The past few
days weeks at our house have been crazy. Not only is it Christmas time, but we moved to a rental house, had the stomach bug (all three of us), and had our septic tank have issues (which made the stomach bug even more unbearable than it already is). We missed Sam’s company Christmas party, my parents came and stayed with us, and my dad even got sick from us too. It has been absolutely crazy, and with all of that going on, it took awhile for us to get at least mostly unpacked and the house decorated. My mom came to the rescue and helped me all afternoon Friday and all morning Saturday to finally get everything in working order and looking presentable.
I’m also about to get a photography business off the ground in the coming weeks, so we have been preparing for that. While practicing shooting in manual, I decided to take some pictures around the house in order to capture some of my favorite displays and corners of the cozy place we are calling home now.
This bookshelf sits in our sitting room next to a very large window that looks out to the street. Both my grandmother passed away in May after my grandfather passed away in October 2012, so they were cleaning out their house in order to get it put on the market. Before I even went over there for the last time and picked up a few things to take with me, I told my mom that the deer picture was one thing that would always make me think of Mama Pat and Pop. She told me that no one else wanted to keep it and that I could have it if I wanted it from her house, so I jumped at the opportunity to have it in my home. I love how unique it is, and I love that it reminds me of my Mama Pat and Pop. It is something I will cherish for a long time. The Nativity here is one of Willow Tree’s, and my parents gave it to Sam and me. I don’t have a stable to put around them yet, but I think they are beautiful. I’m not exactly sure what will take their place when Christmas is over, but I’m sure I will find something.
These are two groupings we did in the hallway that has all three of our bedrooms and the guest bathroom. The top grouping is at the end of the hallway by Henry’s room, and the bottom one is between the master bedroom and the guest bathroom. A lot of the things we included in these groupings were wedding gifts! We are still so incredibly thankful for all the people that contributed to our life when we got married in August 2015.
I still need to get a few things to complete the guest room, but this is what I have so far. The windows let in a lot of natural light and provide a great place for the “be our guest” chalkboard I lettered. The bedspread incorporates the colors from the bed and the walls perfectly, and my mom bought it without even seeing the room! I’ll continue developing this room, but I’m really pleased with it so far.
After some septic tank issues, this bathroom got a good scrub and a facelift with the shower curtain, rugs, and towels. We based the bathroom off the rugs that we found on clearance at HomeGoods and went from there. In total, it cost less than $50 to get this bathroom looking the way it does now. I love the pop of color from the green towels and shower curtain. I just need a couple small things to hang on the wall to complete this room.
Finally, I thought I would show off a little bit of our Christmas decorations. The three piece wall hanging includes two precious crafts we did at Sam’s mom’s house showcasing Henry’s footprints from this year. I got the “Be merry!” sign out of the dollar section at Target last year. Our little three-piece center-piece includes two Michael’s finds and some Kroger flowers. I just got into having fresh flowers in our house, and it is now one of my favorite ways to freshen up at room. We got a fake, pre-lit tree at Michael’s when it was on sale earlier this month, and I’m very pleased with it. It holds all of our ornaments so far and fits perfectly in the corner of our living room.
A HUGE thank you to my mom who really helped me out with the cleaning and decorating our house. It definitely makes it feel more home-y. Now all we have to do is finish our Christmas shopping, get our apartment cleaned and our keys turned in, and have a merry Christmas!