Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New House Update: This and That!

 


Our move went so smoothly and we got settled in here right out of the gate I think it gave us a false sense of security we are now in the danger zone. 

You know the zone where you tell yourself you have all the time in the world to get the rest of the, “Stuff,” unpacked.  

When I say “Stuff,” I mean the things still in boxes that you don’t need in your everyday life.

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I seem to have a shed full of that kind of stuff. 

Oh My!! 

Everything is packed neatly in boxes with my writing on them to tell me what the box contains.

THE CRUEL REALITY

Let’s face it, they have to be brought here ,and I need to decide if I am keeping, giving away, or donating them.

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Then there is the Holiday season which I feel we are officially in, with Thanksgiving only 16 days away, and Christmas is only 44 days away. 

I don’t know about you all, but when I write those number of days down, I realize just how quickly all this is going to be happening and then the mental list starts going off like a ticker tape!!

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With that being said, my mind goes from new home projects, landscaping, menu planning, to Christmas shopping for gifts and décor. 

So you can see why I don’t want to dive into the boxes just quite now. So much to do, but some of it will just have to wait until January.

MOVING RIGHT ALONG………..

Some decisions have been made!!
 
We did order our window treatments for the house so that is exciting, however they will take 6-8 weeks to get here so that will be after the Holidays.

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Before we moved in I was pretty sure I was going to get bamboo shades for the great room, however after living here just a few days and studying how the sun moved throughout the day I realized I needed light control. 

With the bamboo shades they are either up or down and this girl loves light so having them down for half the day just would not do. Plus, I can not live with that much brown in my life.

The other thing I discovered while living here is this home has a slight elegant feel to it. I had great plans of going more casual, but the house spoke and she wants a classic look with a slight casual vibe.

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There are two treatments that will let you control light in your rooms and that is blinds or shutters.

Since this house is calling for a certain look, and feel, along with function, the shutters seemed to be the way to go.

All our windows except for one will have plantation shutters. (that will be changing before I even finish writing this post.) 

I have never had shutters, but have always admired them so we are excited to see them installed.

The one exception is the dining room window at the end of our kitchen. I wanted something a bit different there.

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In my minds eye a white roman shade with black trim would be absolutely perfect. I took the plunge and ordered some from Pottery barn….

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I just knew this would work. They arrived and guess what I was WRONG!!!

First the white is not white at all, a very creamy white, which I usually like, but with my swiss coffee walls it just did not work. 

The other surprise, too casual of a look for this room as well.
Hmmmmm? so what is a girl to do?

Stop the Process until she makes up her mind!!!

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After thinking about it long and hard, and going over all scenarios in my mind I am going to get the shutters like I have in the Great room. 

I had to consider what would be on each side of the window and also the furnishings in the room, table and chairs style and the low boy server.

If I choose later to add some side panels to soften the look, I can do that, but for now we will have a very sharp looking base with all shutters.

ANOTHER DECISION WAS MADE!!

The other thing we got for our new house is a door mat! Aren’t you excited for me? Okay, maybe not, but I was really excited to get it!!

I ordered it from Grandinroad, and it came yesterday.
 It looks perfect on our front porch.
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Of course ours has a letter, “P” on it!
I highly recommend this mat, it is so thick, and well made. It makes a beautiful statement at the front door. This would also make a great Christmas gift as well.

With Christmas on my mind, I have done a little shopping online, and also I have been pinning images for inspiration. More on that later.

My Mom came and stayed with us this weekend, so she was our first over night guest. We had a wonderful visit and she loved the new house and felt quite comfy here. 

Having family here is what makes it feel more like home to us than anything else.

Basically this has been my week in a nutshell, but there are more decisions to make and more project to be done, so come back to see how I am going to.........

 
 

9 comments:

Karena Albert said...

Kathysue, you are getting so much done! truly, so if you need to step back on a couple of decisions, that's okay! I just love the way your home is shaping up. It will be so fun to be there for the Holidays!

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Karena
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Mary said...

You are so smart for listening to what your new home is telling you. So many folks rush to get their home finished. Then regret their decisions.
I've always loved the look of bamboo shades. But you are right...they don't offer any light control. That's why I have blinds.
I was wondering if your shutters will have tops & bottoms or just 2 side panels.

Lady of the Manor said...

Love the plantation shutters! I'm considering them in our new home, too. It's a good thing you lived in your new house for a few days to see how the lighting is before deciding on what window treatments you need. Can't wait to see them!

Donna Marino said...

I'm also unpacking now that our remodel is complete. Deciding what to keep and what to get rid of is SO difficult. I was thinking about Roman shades in my sitting area, but I agree with you. I want to be able to control the light and privacy so blinds or shutters for me too! I look forward to your house updates. They keep me inspired to get my house in order.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

You are the most thorough and planned person I know! Too bad the PB Roman Shade didn't work. At least it's an easy return. I'm sure the plantation shutters will look wonderful. That's a sharp entry mat you found too- you are on a roll! How nice that your Mom was your first visitor! I'm trying not to think too heavily about the number of days left before Christmas. It all happens so fast!

Gabrielle said...

I am sure you will love the shutters. I have recently had them installed in my daughter's room, as she has moved out to start her own life, and in one of the guest rooms. I love how they look, and how easy they are to clean! I also think they are kind of have a changeable nature. I think they can look formal, and casual. They give a lovely spaciousness to the rooms, which had curtains previously. Not only do they control the light, but they let the air flow through, which is important if you live in a warm climate like I do in Australia. Even though they were expensive, they were worth every cent! I am looking forward to seeing how your house decides to look in the future.
With my warmest regards,
Gabrielle

Elizabeth Day said...

We invested in plantation shutters for every room in our house except the Master bedroom and bath, when we moved in eight years ago and I have not regretted that decision at all. I can control the amount of light while also keeping a view. They are also wonderful for keeping out the sun and heat on the west facing side of our house. They look great from inside and out. You will not be disappointed!

Libby said...

We have plantation shutters in every room downstairs, plus we had filters put on all the windows (that hot hot Southern sun would do a job on any and all furnishings!). I love love the shutters. Always wanted them. Ours are top and bottom, but then our windows are about 60" high (I think). Yes, they are an investment, but so worth it. We are now, after five years here, doing some work in the kitchen: new countertops, cabinet doors etc. It never ends!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Plantation shutters are my all time favorite....glad you "lived with the windows" for a while and then made your decision which I am sure is the perfect one!