Frames, Frames, Frames

We’re making progress!  We took something which was ready to take up permanent residence on the floor and incorporated it into the decor.  At our wedding, I had a display of family photos.  I pretty much took a bunch of random frames and spray painted them all white for a cohesive, yet (hopefully) not matchy-matchy look.

Here it is in action.

After the wedding, I had to figure out something to do with all of these frames.  I thought it would be fun to make them into a collage on the wall.  There is definitely a lack of usable surface areas in this house.  So if something can go on the wall, we are all in.

I took the frames and played around with them on the floor and tried a bunch of different arrangements.  I settled on this one.

That was all fine and good, but it took a few more weeks for us to actually make any moves.  On Sunday, we finally got around to it.  We cut paper in the shape of each frame and used them to layout the placement on the wall first.  I figured it was in our marriage’s best interest to “measure twice,” so to speak, before putting nine holes in the wall.

Prince oversaw everything.

Scott took a stab at arranging them on the wall.  He was so helpful, but left all of the tweaking to me.

There was much studying of the original picture.

I then sat for a good 10 minutes looking at the following scene…back and forth between the real thing on the wall and the original photo.

I finally gave Scott the go ahead and he put all of the frames up.  Aaand I love it!

Another angle.

We now need to fill the frames.  I used a free credit on SnapFish to order the photos and they should be here any day now!  I’m afraid it may look like an homage to the wedding at this point, but my goal is for it to be an ever-changing display.  More updates when the photos are in!

The After

So I promised before Thanksgiving to be back with some “After” pictures of the apartment.   “Current” is probably a more accurate term.  I tried to get some from the same angles as the “Before.”

Here is our view of the living area as you stand in the kitchen.  Please notice the new couch and ottoman.  It’s a storage ottoman, which is key.  There’s still a lot of stuff lying around we aren’t sure what to do with.  I think the next purchase will be an entertainment center or some sort of storage unit under the TV.

The new couch with Scott’s Newport painting.

Our table, which I redid before the wedding.

The kitchen.

Close up of the shelves to the right.  I’m still working out what I want to have on those, but it works for now.

And now for the bathroom…

The shelf we put up.

A different angle.

The bedroom.  It’s a big step to have Scott’s closet organized and have a bed and dresser in there.  But we obviously have a lot of work to make it pretty.

My closet, in the hallway.

The backyard.  There are still some boxes/a table out there we need to clear out, but it’s so much better.

The backyard is Prince’s favorite place, by far.  He’s mastered jumping out of the door and if it is shut, he cries to be let out.  We have to remind him that he isn’t a dog.  We may actually have to cut him off completely, as he is tracking in a ton of dirt and I’ve found leaves stuck in his tail.  Oh the joys of pet ownership.

So there you have it.  I’ll do a side-by-side before and after when we make a little more progress!

Decorating for Christmas!!

I love Christmas.  I always have.  Decorating is probably the best part.  I think it’s in my nature to enjoy the preparation, decoration and organization of an event just as much as (or more than) the actual event.  It’s good that I’m an event planner, I suppose.  I mean, I used to organize the buttons in my mom’s sewing kit…for fun.  That’s embarrassing so, enough about that!

After the TV Saga and the Virginia Tech game on Saturday, Scott and I regrouped for dinner and then spent the evening decorating our new home for Christmas!

Scott was in charge of putting up the tree.

I was in charge of “floofing” and fluffing.

Prince oversaw the stringing of the lights.

This is the ornament we bought on our honeymoon.

And this is where I think Prince will spend the month of December.

The finished product!  Scott and I each brought a tree topper to the marriage.  We couldn’t agree on either (I don’t know why he doesn’t like my Tinker Bell sitting on top of a snowflake and his tinsel star didn’t have enough flair for me).  So I made this bow and I think it actually works really well!

Scott strung up lights in our backyard!  I love turning them on at night, even though we may be the only ones that can see them.  I think they frame the tree nicely.

A few other details around the house.  We only used ornaments and decorations that we already owned.  I would love to buy some more that coordinate in the future, but that will come in time.

A glittery cat door hanger.  I believe this was a gift, but I may have bought it myself.  I need to put a picture of my kitten in there!

We got this bowl as an engagement gift.  It says “…and they lived happily ever after.”

I even put some Christmas cheer in the bathroom. I usually keep my Lush bath bombs in there.

Our kitchen table centerpiece.

I definitely missed my Christmas traditions from home, particularly decorating trees with my mom.  So I decided to carry one of the traditions over and watch my favorite Christmas movie, “White Christmas,” with a bowl of popcorn before bed.  It was fun decorating our new home together. Here’s to our first Christmas as husband and wife!

The TV Saga

This past Saturday, Scott and I had big plans…we were going to mount the flat screen on the wall, decorate for Christmas and then head to the NYC Hokie bar to watch the Commonwealth Cup at 3:30 pm.  So after breakfast, Scott got down to business, promising me it would be an hour long project.

Where the TV needed to end up (wall to the right of the fireplace):

Where the TV started.

There was much measuring and I marked everything off with post it notes.  Very clear, right??

Scott then starting drilling the six holes needed.  That’s when we found out that a little over an inch behind the dry wall was solid brick.  So off Scott went to the hardware store for a masonry bit.  It helped, but it wasn’t easy going.  I soon stopped thinking we’d get Christmas decorating done and just hoped it would be up in time for the 3:30 pm kickoff.

Well, a little after 3:00 this was our scene…

Poor Scott, putting all of his weight behind the drill.

And my feelings about it all…

So my sweet husband hooked up the little TV to tide me over and kept working away.  You know he was frustrated – he hadn’t showered yet and was continuing to attack the wall rather than kick back with a beer and football.

Making progress.

And done!  Scott doing his happy dance!

And here is the finished product.  Go Hokies 😉

The Before

So I wanted to share the “before” of our apartment.  I know not everyone has seen it.  I’ll be back after Thanksgiving with the “after.”  It’s more of a work-in-progress, but it’s much better than when we first started settling in.  So here we go.

Our front entry way.

The living room (and a view of the backyard).

The kitchen.  This is taken standing in the middle of the living room.

The kitchen as you stand in the entry way.  Look at all the counter space and cabinets and drawers!  That is NOT the norm in NYC.

The door to the backyard.  It’s actually a dutch door, which I find so charming.  It’s been wonderful for letting fresh air in.

The backyard.  Look at all of that ivy!  Scott actually talked about being excited to attack it while we were on the honeymoon.  We inherited the chairs and the pots (also several sheets of glass…not the safest thing to discover).  I’m going to plant an herb garden and maybe some flowers in the spring.

Here is the view from the backyard into the house.

The teeny tiny bathroom.  Again, I can’t complain, because at least it’s not a pedestal sink and there is storage in the mirror as well.

Aaand the bedroom.  Here is Scott pacing it off.  Believe it or not we fit a Queen bed and a dresser in here.

There you have it.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Settling In

For the first week of November, Scott and I were able to spend the whole week settling in and exploring our neighborhood.  In a way, it was like an extension of the honeymoon.  We didn’t have work responsibilities, were able to spend all of our time together and go out to dinner every night!

Once I was pretty much finished with the kitchen, there truly was nowhere else to put  away any of our things.  We have two small closets in our apartment which we split up for each of us to use for our clothes.  Which left us with no hall closet or other storage.  So the priority our first day was clearing enough floor space to put together our new nine foot armoire. Scott was such a trooper.  I did have to help at certain points when he claimed that the Ikea directions called for a “wife” to help.

Once we were up and running, it was so nice to put everything away.    Here is the finished product.  See if you can spot a Prince…

Another challenge was the couch – or lack thereof.  While we were moving in, we realized that Scott’s old couch would not fit in the apartment.  All it took for Scott to admit defeat was 3 guys trying to move the couch (and 5 more people watching and “giving advice”), a half hour of trying and a gouge out of the hallway outside of our apartment.  So out to the curb it went.  There was already a lovely red velour couch sitting out there, so we just added to the pile.  They were both gone the next morning, which was actually quite impressive.

So we were in the market for a new couch.  One of our first trips on the subway was to Chinatown to buy a couch and dresser.  I was secretly (or not so secretly) happy to get a new couch in the color of our choosing.  The bad news was that it took a week for our new furniture to be delivered.  I never realized just how much we rely on couches and how comfortable they are!  So until the new, pretty couch was delivered, we had to get creative.

We weren’t able to assemble our kitchen table for a few days, so a bookshelf my grandfather built was our table for our first meal at home.

And when Modern Family came on (I could have cried when Scott asked if I wanted to take a break to watch it!) here was our set up.

So that was our first week in the apartment! More details to come!

The Move

Scott and I got back from our honeymoon on October 29 and were greeted with snow when we landed in DC.  We knew we had a lot to accomplish before our move to New York on Halloween.  Between the amount to get done and the weather, we felt like the honeymoon was long gone by the time we caught our cab from Reagan. But we were both so excited to get to New York, our first home together and just to be settled that we just kept moving.

So we managed to fit family time, church, Matron of Honor duties, and packing my parents basement (with their help) and Scott’s apartment into a U-Haul into 36 hours.  It was such a whirlwind!  We made two stops on our way out of town – Bed, Bath and Beyond for essentials and Ikea for some much-needed storage for the new apartment.  Navigating parking lots, turnpikes, New York City streets and having to re-load the U-Haul at each store was great bonding for me and Scott.  I was actually very pleased with how well we handled everything together.  But picking out an armoire from Ikea was probably our first real compromise as a married couple! 🙂

When we got to the city we met up with Scott’s parents and several of our friends also came to help us schlep our stuff in.  We were so blessed to have so much help moving everything in and to have such a warm welcome waiting for us.  It put me at ease to have the move be full of laughter and wedding talk and cupcakes!  After some pizza and beers everyone left and it was just me and Scott and the following scene…

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Scott left to return the U-Haul (without much success, unfortunately) and I was left to tackle the apartment – I started with the kitchen, of course.  I threw on some Michael Jackson and got down to business.  It was so wonderful to unpack and find a home for all of the beautiful gifts we have received over the past year.  When Scott finally returned we unpacked into the wee hours of the morning.  It was so sweet to have our first night together in our new home.