{Progress} Exterior Paint + Landscaping

Morning!

If you’ve been reading this little blog for awhile, you might remember that Kyle and I painted our last house. We swore we would never do it again. That’s why when it came time to paint our new house, we hired my brother. He’s a teacher and has the summer off (lucky duck) and he hammered out our house in a week. And he did a really, really great job. We love the color we chose (Benjamin Moore’s snowfall white/Benjamin Moore’s racoon fur for the trim) and are happy with the exterior transformation thus far.

Again, just to remind you, this is where the house started…

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And then we wiped out the landscaping, and we were left with this…

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And here’s where we are today…besides the paint, we¬†also did our share of landscaping. And when I say we, I really mean Kyle. He has a thing for plants and works his tail off in the yard. I’m crazy impressed by all that he’s been able to accomplish this summer…green plants do wonders for a white house!

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We aren’t finished yet (tear!), but I thought it was due time to show you where we are at. We still have new light fixtures to install (do you like the one hanging off the wall on the brick? Ha!), pots that need plants, and a number of other crucial curb appeal items to check off our list. I’m saving the panoramic pics for the official “after” shots. Stay-tuned!

I SPY! Sleepy Jones

Morning!

I clearly must be thinking about sleeping/resting/relaxing lately as I can’t get these darling pajamas off my mind. Earlier this year, Andy Spade launched a new pajama line named Sleepy Jones and it’s over-the-top hip. And super cute. And spendy. Why do those two things always have to go together?

The photography is crazy creative and fun…

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And the actual prints are pretty darn lovely too…

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And another thing I can’t get off my mind…who actually has a bum that looks that perfect? Not me!

Happy Thursday:).

{Progress} More Fireplace Updates

Friends! I am here. I am sorry for the silence lately, but I’ve been stuck in photo shoot madness mode at work for the last 3 weeks. Schoolhouse Electric’s Fall 2013 collection is launching in September, and there is SO MUCH good stuff to capture through a lens. Like so much. I can’t wait to unveil what we’ve been working on, as it’s truly been a labor of love (and tears, and sweat, and muscles and everything else in between).

Despite all the long hours at work, we’ve managed to make a bit of progress at home. The fireplace is nearly complete, the exterior of our home is freshly painted, and we have a working second bathroom. Hallelujah.

Progress at home means I have lots of good updates to share. Let’s start with the current state of the fireplace…

As you might remember, this is what the fireplace looked like when we bought the home…

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And this was where we were headed with this project…

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To kick this project off, I took the plunge and painted the brick Benjamin Moore’s white dove…here it is primed…

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And here it is painted…

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And then we hired an electrician to install electrical outlets for sconces and a woodworker to plank the wall above the fireplace. Yes, we probably could have DIY’ed it, but due to our busy schedules, it was best to have someone else tackle this project. And here we are today…

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Not a super swell photo, but you get the idea. All that’s left is some touch-up paint (we’ll also paint the beams white too) and some Schoolhouse Electric scones, and we are in business. I’ll take plenty more photos of the planks and the entire fireplace once it’s officially complete!

Next up on the blog…exterior paint updates. Happy Monday!