House Construction + Weekly Links

Lately Around here

Chris closed on a house Friday so that means I closed on a house Friday, too!  We have some basic improvements to make before moving in, no major construction thank GOD (just putting up molding, painting, etc) but I wanted to post a few ‘before’ shots.  And I promise I will try not to become one of those home improvement blogs.  They are so fascinating to me, but man!  When do they have the time to do all of that?  And document it?  Sounds so overwhelming.

So here’s the living room, you can see the paint samples we were deciding between.  How do you pick?  There are about a zillion greys + tans + taupes + greiges to pick from.  And never mind that we are painting over a *ahem* lovely shade of mauve.


There was a little hangover wall between the kitchen and the den that we took down. (And don’t you just love the wallpaper in the kitchen?! Ugh.)


After taking it down, you can see it really opens up the two rooms.  I can’t wait to see the finished product. (Hi Chris!)

Den after

And out on the back deck we have some visitors–three babies and a protective mama.  I felt like that was a good omen they are there, I’ll be sad when they leave.  I love watching the mama bring them worms all day!

bird family

I saw this caterpillar on the ground yesterday and it reminded me of a saying my mom always used to say–“Inch by inch, life’s a cinch.  By the yard, it’s hard.”  As I’m going through all of these changes, I’m trying to remember that simple mantra, to take life by the inch.


Link Love

Some of my favorite links around the web this week: