our third house - 2009

Monday, June 27, 2016

If your just jumping in here, I'm sharing tours of our homes over the past 10 plus years.  You can visit our first home here and our second home here.  But prepare yourself, it 'aint pretty.  That's the point.  Sometimes it takes a lot of time to find your style.

Our 3rd House - Wichita, KS 2009

You guys, I'm physically ill over not finding a full photo of the exterior.  I have so many happy memories here and I can't believe I don't have a photo of the house.  Ugh, I just want to cry.  Technically, this was our 4th house.  When we first moved back to Wichita we rented for about six months so we could have time to find the right house.  I can't find pictures (you picking up on a theme here?), but trust me, you aren't missing anything.  We weren't allowed to change a single thing, not even curtains, but it really didn't matter because I knew it was going to be short lived.  I will say though, that really effected my mood while living there.  I was in the last trimester of my pregnancy with Izzy, we were living out of boxes, and I felt like squatters in someone else's house.  I couldn't wait to be out of that place and was thrilled when we found our home.

When we bought this house it was oak central.  I definitely earned my painting badge in here.  I painted my way through the house and switched out doors and baseboards.  It was at this house that I started my blog and really started becoming interested in DIY and home decor.  I was starting to find my style.


This kitchen photo is from the MLS listing before we moved in.  OAK.  Oak everywhere.  The only change we made was paint, and adding hidden hinges and new hardware.  It was such a huge transformation for only a couple hundred dollars.  You can find out more about the kitchen makeover here.

The dining room was bright red when we moved in.  In the second photo, I painted it a second time and installed the picture frame moulding right before we moved out.  The chandelier came with us to our current house.

Here's how the bedroom looked soon after moving in.  It later received a small facelift before our move as well.

You guys, there are so many things I would go back and change now!!!  It's kind of like looking back at wedding photos and imaging what it would look like if you had a chance for a do over :) Overall I learned a lot in this house and left feeling much more confident about what I liked and didn't like.  While a lot of things changed, none of the furniture did.  I was learning that even if I didn't LOVE our furniture, I could find different ways to work around it to make me feel really good about the space. 

You can find more photos of this home under the Home Tour tab or by clicking here

Are you guys growing sick of this yet?  I hope not because I have one more house to share with you!  It's the one we rented when we first moved down here to Texas. 


our second house - 2006

Thursday, June 16, 2016

If you missed the last post where I shared our very first house.  I'm sharing some photos from our houses over the years.  A look back at what they looked like before I knew what my style was.  Long before this blog and Pinterest were a thing ;)

Our 2nd House - Bixby, OK 2006

Mike had just got out of the military and took a civilian job near his home town of Owasso, OK (outside of Tulsa).  I LOVED Tulsa.  It was such a change coming from the small town of Sumter, SC and it was about 2.5 hours from my family.  This home was our first single family house.  The last was a duplex with a small yard.  We were beyond excited about this place!

We finally bought some new furniture when we got to here.  Wooohoooo!!!  Out was Mike's bachelor couch, his parent's old green chair, and the coffee table that he bought off his friend in exchange for beer money.  GONE.  I did have to negotiated for this new couch though.  Which, is still the same couch we use to this day.  Mike agreed to be on board with a new couch if we used one of his rugs.  Deal!  This large red rug of his was the only one that fit the room, so red became the decorating color.  

The zebra chair was my first reupholstery project.  I made the drapes with help from my mom, and thought I was nailing it with the red ribbon down the sides :)  

Another gallery wall using DIY floating shelves.

Our new kitchen was mind boggling after our last kitchen.  I still think this one had the most cabinet space out of all of our kitchens.  I was so thrilled to have a breakfast nook and finally use my parent's old oak table.  This is the same one that we currently use, just now refinished with liming wax.

Bedding stayed the same from the last house with exception of the lumbar pillow, and I made some window shades out of sheets to look like ones I loved from a PB catalog.

I know I have more photos somewhere on the computer, but I can't for the life of me find them.  We lived here for about 2 years before moving back to my hometown of Wichita, KS.  The move was well timed as I was pregnant with Izzy and looking forward being near my parents.  At the same time, this was a hard one.  I loved our home and loved Tulsa.   


our first house - 2005

Monday, June 13, 2016

The other day I was going through photos and came across some from our first home eleven years ago.  We were newly married, Mike was still in the Air Force, and we had just PCS'd from Wichita, KS to Sumter, SC.  We bought a small duplex and were beyond excited about owning our first home.  This was long, long, long before I started a blog (or even knew what one was) and I had taken photos solely for the purpose of sending them to my parents so they could see our home.  And as you will be able to see for yourself, this was also long before decorating was something I was interested in.  But, I thought it would be fun (fun for you, a little embarrassing for me, ha!) to see how things change over the course of several years.  Proof that style can sometimes be SEVERAL years in the making :D

Our 1st House - Sumter, SC 2005

Newly married and the awkward blending of furniture begins.  Mike gave me such a hard time because not even two days after moving in I decided I couldn't live with white walls.  I absolutely had to paint all the walls this pale green color.  He still teases me about that to this day.  I also think it's funny to see that I documented my first ever "gallery wall".  Maybe some things don't ever change!

This is the original color of Mike's grandparent's dining set.  Orange.  We were already in the process of refinishing it here.  This was our first project together.  We used this set until last year when we purchased a new table.  I still use the chairs, which are now painted grey, and the base of the hutch, which is now covered with a skirt.

Here is the set refinished and the chairs with the slipcovers I made.  I was so proud of those slips and couldn't believe they actually turned out so well.  We had also changed out the chandelier which I forgot about.

Well I thought I had painted the whole place the same green color, but looks like I went baby blue in the master.  I was so happy about that white duvet on the bed.  It was a wedding gift and it replaced a nasty royal blue bedspread Mike had that I couldn't wait to be rid of!  I loved those euro shams.  I had made them out of a quilt to match the one at the end of the bed.

Notice the music stand and case?  I was still playing the flute regularly back then.  I should get that out again.  I don't think Sam has ever heard me play and I'm sure Izzy doesn't remember me playing for her as a baby.  Those windows.  I don't think we ever put up curtains.

Looking at this photo of our master bath I can still smell that candle over the toilet.  Our duplex neighbor smoked non-stop in her house and the smell came through so strong in our bedroom and bathroom.  You had to have a candle lit at all times to try and block out the cigarette smell.

So that's our first house!  Crazy huh?  We were hear about a year until Mike got out of the military and we moved to Tulsa, OK.  I'll share that house with you next.  

When it came to your first place were you style challenged or were you already on your way to having it figured out?  I was obviously challenged :D


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