Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day & Home Tour!

Happy Memorial Day!

Words cannot express my gratitude to those who serve our country and fight for our freedom <3 Our community does an amazing job of commemorating this day with a parade that happens to go right down our street! It's pretty awesome. 

In addition, Evan and I took advantage of this three day weekend by working on the house (what else!) Mostly a little spring cleaning that we've fallen behind on, but we also mulched the beds in the front yard, trimmed the hedges, and planted flowers. Since the house was looking so nice I decided to snap some pictures! It's been awhile since I've done a "whole house tour". 

We kept commenting this weekend how far our house has come in a year! Last year at the time, we had only JUST started demolition of the walls in the kitchen, the mudroom and half bathroom downstairs hadn't been demolished and re-tiled yet and we hadn't even touched the second floor bathroom! What a difference a year makes!

(I love this dining room table more and more every day!

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Central Park

I know this outdated but bear with me, its been a busy month!
Just a couple more posts recapping my trip to NYC! I think one of my favorite parts of the trip, and quite possibly one of my favorite parts of this YEAR, was our time in Central Park! It was so beautiful out - the sun was shining, the trees were blooming, the buildings were beautiful... it pretty much made me want to move to NYC ;)


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Knock-off Restoration Hardware Dining Room Table - Complete!

Below is my FINALLY finished dining room table!
If you remember, here was my inspiration from Restoration Hardware (which of course I've pinned to Pinterest 10000x times) 
Let's start with some pictures of the project in process. First, we used cedar wood.. (This probably would not have been my first choice BUT Evan did the shopping!) We customized it to the dimensions we wanted to fit our dining room and seat 8-10 people. That being said, it is 90 inches long and 46 inches wide.. (I love wide tables!)
We made the top first (by we I mean HE), using the table saw to create tongue and groove paneling to make sure it was nice & tight.

He then proceeded to sand it.. and sand it some more.. and then a little more after that!

Since our house has small doors and narrow hallways, we disassembled it and brougth it inside prior to staining so we wouldn't ruin any of the finish by bumping into things on our way in (which always, always, always happens!)
Of course I couldn't wait to stage it until after it was stained, so here is me pretending it was done ;)
And finally.... Ta Da!! The finished result!

Funny how my husband finished it JUST in time for my surprise birthday party too ;)
We used Sherwin Williams "Woodscapes" Stain in the color "River Birch".  It ties in well with they gray kitchen walls while still giving it a pretty rustic feeling.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Saturday was my 30th Birthday! It was a BEAUTIFUL day!

After 3 weeks of traveling, I was mostly looking forward to a day off at home to go for walks and work in the yard, and thats exactly what we did the entire day :)

We then had dinner reservations on the patio of my favorite restaurant in town. We had a great meal and a couple of delicious glasses of wine. At this point I didn't think the day could get any better! I was so relaxed and happy!

When we were about a minute away from home, Evan told me to look in the glove compartment, because my gift was in there. Cue the confusion! I opened it and inside was our garage door opener.. I pressed it as we were pulling into the driveway, revealing about 35 of my closest friends, coworkers, and family members inside! SO SURPRISED!!

And that's not all.. While we were gone, Evan's brothers and our friend Matt installed a firepit in the backyard, installed string lights that ran from the house to the garage, and tied HUGE balloons along the fence line! It was absolutely beautiful. We had a great night catching up and celebrating with so many people we love!

Beautiful day + Wonderful Friends + Amazing Husband + Huge Surprise = Perfect way to turn 30!

I still cannot stop smiling!

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