Our teenage son’s room is coming together

Now that we are getting settled into our new house, I have the very beginnings of some before and now pictures to share with you. Today I'm going to finally share our son's room which you got a glimpse of yesterday in our video walk through. Our son is 13 now (14 in January! Ack!) and wants a room that reflects him and his personality. I've been trying to put his room together and he has become so opinionated lately, which honestly, I think is great. I want him to love his room and enjoy spending time there. When we bought the house the room had two light blue walls and two dark blue … [Read more...]

More progress in the basement – the furniture is in!

The basement has furniture! Finally. I thought this day would never come. In the last two posts I talked about removing a wet bar and having carpet installed. You would not believe the difference those two things have made in this space. In the back half of the long narrow main living area in the basement we set up our Ikea sectional and entertainment center. And in the front half of the main living area we set up our foosball table and drum set. The space is not huge like you'd assume a basement would be, but it is big enough for our needs and we are happy with it. … [Read more...]

Buying one of everything at IKEA, oh, and we moved in!

Hi! Man, we have been so busy trying to get moved into the new house. When we left Austin we sold most of our furniture, so moving into the new house was easy because we only had one Pod to unload. However, we hit up IKEA for most of our furniture and between buying, moving, unloading, and assembling, our time is zapped! Here's Ben getting ready to unload the Pod last week. We hired a few guys to come help unload so the thing was unloaded in less than 2 hours. Ah, a nice empty Pod. Come take it away pod people! Like I said, we hit up IKEA for most of our new furniture. IKEA … [Read more...]

Chocolate Bar Toffee. Delicious easy to make treat for the Holiday season.

I served this Chocolate Bar Toffee to all the shoppers at the Kirkland's Grand Opening Event last week. It was a huge hit and I want to share the recipe with you guys now. (Don't forget to go enter the giveaway for a $100 gift card to Kirkland's!) This Toffee is so stinkin' easy to make. I don't generally enjoy cooking and baking, but I do enjoy delicious food, so when I do bake, it better be an easy recipe that is extra yummy. I have no patience for mediocre recipes. To make this Toffee, you only need 6 ingredients. It is that easy. The only tricky part about the entire recipe is you have … [Read more...]

Banishment of the game room blinds

We moved from a suburban neighborhood where I could see into 5 other people's homes from my back deck, out to the country where we have more than an acre of privacy and tons of trees (and if you can believe it, we paid a lot less for this house than the previous one). One of the perks is that I can't see into anyone's house from my backyard (and no one can see into my house). Because of the awesome privacy I was able to take the blinds down in our family room and not worry about any Peeping Toms. I have enjoyed being blinds-free in our family room so much that I got a wild hair and … [Read more...]

A family room update

Hey guys! I realized I haven't updated you on the family room - where we spend the majority of our time - since we moved in. Here's what it looked like when we moved in: I have spent 4 months moving chairs around and decrapifying all the piles of decor and frames that got dumped in there. Coming up with a chair configuration was making me a little insane. You can see from all the before pictures that I kept moving chairs in, then out, then swapping them, then changing their angle, etc. In this photo from the house tour everything has been moved around again. It's always so … [Read more...]

A mini master makeover (bedding & curtains in the master bedroom)

Do you ever go through phases with decorating or crafting or whatever? It's like I get tunnel vision or something. I'll get on a DIY tangent, or a crafting tangent, or a decorating tangent. Lately I've been on a curtains tangent. And a sprucing-up-the-place tangent. I haven't done many huge DIY projects or crafting lately. I've been focusing on just tying up loose ends and sprucing up the place so it feels more cohesive and livable. I just blew through a master bedroom tangent, in part thanks to my blogging-turned-in-real-life friend Jenn. Jenn is literally the bomb dot com. She texted me a … [Read more...]