Thursday, May 24, 2012

Only Own Things You Love

What a roller coaster this whole home-buying process is. I thought we were in the clear with a chance to close tomorrow, but now there is another bump. So we wait. It is meant to be, it will be right?

Growing up I liked to go to thrift stores. It was fun finding one-of-a-kind things, and I always had a rather bizarre, eclectic style, which is suited for thrifting. However, I’m slowly realizing that if not kept in check, I could become thoroughly addicted to the whole business.  With the new house in mind, my hubby and I have been keeping our eyes open for good deals on things to make the house home. But with a combo of good local thrift stores, yard sale season, and easy access to Craigslist, I would be dangerous!
Craigslist scored me my newest fav….a reupholstered antique French chair done up in Zebra Print suede.  We also found a magnificent steamer chest in great condition to hold my mountains of blankets in the living room. 

Next came the town wide West Liberty Garage sale. Two day of garage sale-ing lead me to an ikat arm chair, a new lamp, a few pitchers, an oversized owl canvas, and a few containers I will turn into planters. 

My favorites were two framed prints by Giovanni Paolo Panini: The Interior of the Pantheon and St. Peter’s Basilica. He painted them in the 1700’s, so the people in the images are all dressed for that time period. They are amazing.
Even better….these two sites were places that Landon and I visited in Rome on the first day we met in person. Now that is worth $2 a pop!!

This past weekend we went to the Springfield Antique Show &Flea Market. We were only there for 2 hours, but managed for find perfect curtains for the living room, a lovely blue & while ceramic owl, and a two piece mustard colored storage hutch/buffet for the dining room.

Now I sit, happily contended, surrounded by things that make me smile and an empty wallet. ;) I’m starting to put things away, but only half-heartedly as I hope to be packing them soon instead!

All the amazing art at the flea market got me itching for a project, so after gathering some inspiration from Alisa Burke and Jenna via Pintrest, I set out to make a one of a kind art piece for the bedroom that I have had on my mind for a while now. I decided to use various shades of purple and orange, which were our wedding colors, and to write on it a few lines from the song from our first dance.

 I was really pleased with how it turned out. Patience + practice = perfect! 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

So Close!

We are getting closer and closer to owning our own home! Since the end of January we have been pursuing ownership of a fixer-upper short sale 4 bedroom, 2 bath home near Dublin, OH. Finally, we have agreed on a price, the bank is processing our application, and the home inspection is done. Now we wait for the bank to do their appraisal so so can go to closing!!

Now the fun part…packing and preparing!!  And lots of projects and hunting for good deals at thrift stores, yard sales, and Craigslist for wonderful things to make our home HOME.