March 30, 2014

March in Review

-Hosted our first soiree in the new house - fajitas with the Sieling+Mott crews
-Enjoyed a great Spring Break by working lots around the house and a sweet weekend in Spring
-Fun times at the Lakewood Brewery (impromptu Tech reunion!)
-Frisco Arts Festival - we love our Texas wood cuts from Wendell Fuqua

Around the House
-Bought/assembled new ottoman-style coffee table for living room and added decorative accessories (new lamp, pillows, and blankets)
-Bought a contractor hose, leaf blower, and shop vac
-Finished painting the living/dining area, kitchen, and hallway Crisp Linen White
-Painted over stenciling on the stairs and master bathroom with Marshmallow White-no more fleur de lis
-Added two new outdoor rugs for sliding glass doors
-Added holly privacy screen by garage fence
-Added iron arched trellis (thanks Shandy!) and climbing confederate jasmine to side yard
-Landscaped area behind pool with stone walkway and blue liriope (monkey grass)
-Landscaped mid yard area with rosemary, mexican lavender, yellow broom bush, mexican hat, and liriope grass border
-Landscaped deck pots with boston ferns, hostas, chocolate mint, spearmint, lavender, and begonias 
-Landscaped north fence area with blue liriope and lantana
-Removed wooden short fence and posts around air conditioner units, cleared area and added river stones (moved from behind pool) and pots of boston fern, katherine fern, and blue potato bush
-Ice maker repairs-apparently it was working as perfectly as Matt wanted it too?
-Had custom mats cut and hung new vintage postcard art
-Bought/assembled deck storage box for pool/grill equipment
-Bought/installed new fan for master bedroom
-Bought new gray master bedding set-thanks mom!
-Moved dozens of found rocks/landscaping stones behind garage (for future projects or donation)
-Bought/framed new wood print art pieces from Frisco Arts Festival
-Added a total of 81 new plants to the yard (mind you most were monkey grass) and Matt planted 78 of them!


Spring Break in Spring

Spring break was a success again this year with LOTS of work around the house and our second trip to Spring for 2014.
Monday-Thursday the week flew by as we worked around the house: painting + landscaping (81 plants!) + SO MUCH shopping. (Can you believe Matt is even sick of Home Depot?) Of course, we did enjoy quality time on the back porch, lots of home cooking, and sleeping in too.
Friday-Sunday we headed south to Spring to hang with M+J and baby L (so cute!) and attend Anne+Andy's beautiful wedding at the Rice Chapel. Three cheers for Southern Star Brewery, Trivial Pursuit, and Buc-ee nug-ees! Can't wait to see you all again soon for Easter weekend. 

March 27, 2014

Three Months in 1925 {Outside House Pictures}

We're three months in and our yard is just about ready to start the summer. It doesn't look like much but we've spent a ton of time getting the outside of our house looking neat and clean.
[Notice the big cottonwood tree on the left.]
Front/Side Yard: No more cottonwood tree, ivy, or dead plants

No more cottonwood tree - and too bad it wasn't an oak planted 10 feet further away from the house. :(
 Backyard: Removed dead plants, added low-maintenance plants to beds, privacy screen plants around fencing, and vines and a free arbor to the side yard (thanks Shannon+Andy!)
So far so good in our new old house, we can't wait to break in the pool!

March 23, 2014

Three Months in 1925 {Inside House Pictures}

How have we been in our new old house for 3 months already? Here are some photos of what the inside currently looks like, before pics are here. Nothing much has changed upstairs, but the downstairs is pretty much done for now - we just need more art (and more money - ha!) to finish it up.

Living/Dining/Kitchen/Hall: Painted everything white, added stained glass & curtains, replaced light fixtures, and almost all new furniture
Den: Painted orange walls gray, added curtains and a fan
Master Bedroom
Upstairs (Getting rid of that orange is next on the list!)
That's it for now - come see us soon!