Two weeks until closing…

Today I went to the builder’s office to sign a form for our certificate of occupancy!  Inspections are this week and the appraisal is on Saturday. We are hoping to close next week on either Thursday or Friday.  We will finally move in, just 5 days before Christmas.

I can’t believe it started with this hole in the ground 16 weeks ago.

Breaking Ground

But it all really began 7 months ago when we sold our first house and we signed our initial paperwork to build this new one. I am planning a post about our first house soon.  It was a tiny house at 672 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The location was ideal, but with a growing toddler it just could not have worked for the long-term. I loved that house despite its size and it turned out to be a cute little cottage when we finished our renovations.

The preparations for moving will begin shortly.  I first need to nail down a few items for closing like homeowners insurance and scheduling our utilities to be turned on. Any moving tips you have are appreciated!

Santa Sack

A Brooklyn Limestone posted a free printable earlier this week for this adorable Santa Sack.

It was the perfect answer to a question I’ve been struggling on. How does Santa get into our new house without a chimney or fireplace? This santa sack could be the answer!  Maybe Santa drops presents off in a sack for each child and leaves it at the front door for parents to bring inside and set under the tree? It could work…

I don’t attempt craft or art projects very often, but this was just too cute not to try. I ordered the exact same laundry bag that was used in by A Brooklyn Limestone, which arrived in the mail yesterday along with some iron on transfer paper.

Transfer Paper

First step was making sure my printer had ink.  Black was low so I used gray for the text that was supposed to be black.  I also remembered to print everything as a mirror image on the transfer paper.

Graphics reverse printed

While I was printing, the laundry bag was washed and dried on high heat.  I also ironed the bag and let it cool completely before getting started. I did a rough layout on the table while I waited for the bag to cool down:

Fixing comma on bag

After the bag was cool, I placed a cardboard box underneath the sack for ironing.  The instructions on my package of iron on transfer paper were pretty clear that you should not use an ironing board or towel, only a flat and sturdy surface. I asked my husband to do the final layout because he tends to keep things straighter than I do:

Laying out the santa sack

And right here my friends is where we made a huge misstep.  He put the word in backwards order.  So for example, you’ll see the words are lined up to say “delivery overnight” instead of “overnight delivery”.  I had the job of ironing and I did not catch the mistake.  I was so focused on ironing everything evenly on high temperature that I did not even look to see the order had changed. Here is our imperfect finished Santa Bag:

Completed Bag

What finally made us realize the typo was the random comma that was out of place when we peeled off the top layer of transfer paper. My husband was able to scrape it away with a razor blade, but the order of text still hardly makes sense:

Text Error

My son Lucas is only 2 years old, so he is not really going to notice for the moment.  This year, we are going to use our imperfect Santa Sack to see if he likes it. If it makes sense we’ll re-make the bag with the correct order and placements of words. But overall I think it turned out pretty cute, typos and all.

Affordable Blue Living Room

I have been really in to the color blue lately, as evidenced by this blue Christmas list and this blue toddler room. And today I bring you a blue living room board. I’m so predictable…

Living Room PB Sofa Cost

My goal is to try to furnish the living room for around $1,500, which would’ve been the cost of our new sofa at Macy’s that I recently returned. Using this combination of our existing furniture plus new items from Target and IKEA it is possible to stay on-budget. My first living room board was posted earlier this week, but I think I am liking this one a bit more. Here is how I would use the items:

The IKEA chair is actually quite comfortable, especially considering the price.  In my old house I bought similarly priced chairs that were so stiff I just hated sitting in them.  I don’t want to make that mistake twice, we ended up selling them at our garage sale. I may purchase two of the chairs to create a little conversation area on the far wall.

Our front window is huge (72in x 72in) so I would layer the two sets of drapes with the navy on the outside and the white on the inside.  They come in the 108″ length so for the price they are a steal.  It is very difficult to find reasonably priced drapes for that large window size.

The Target pillow is the right color and ties in from a pattern perspective with the drapes.  They are also an absolute steal on sale for $14 for an 18×18 inch pillow.  I’ll probably buy two of these for the sofa.

The mid-century coffee table is actually the perfect size for the sofa and is not too wide since the room is long and narrow.  The matching tv console will help the two pieces feel a little more intentional against the more traditional sofa and leather chair.  The blue chairs are more mid-century in their shape and style.

Gold tables add a little fun accent to the room.  I’ve actually already bought two of the square tables and one of the gold tray table.  They are sitting in the garage for the moment waiting until we move.  The gold square tables are part of Nate Berkus’ line for Target and are sold only in stores so I wanted to make sure I grabbed those before they are gone.

I tend to wear a lot of navy clothing, so this room feels like my style.  Navy is a great “neutral” to pair with other accessories and fun colors.  Kelly green, a preppy pink, chartreuse, golden-yellow or burnt orange all look nice paired with the navy. This neutral base of furniture is a great start to get us moved in at the new house before I add other colors in the accessories. I might move forward with this plan, but we’ll see, I could still change my mind….

Porch & plumbing

Yesterday, the concrete on our porch was poured so we now have steps.  Take a look:


The mud surrounding our house just got muddier, unfortunately. The sod yards are closed for the year so it is confirmed that we will not be getting grass until the spring. It seems that I will be taking our dog Sophie out on a leash for her potty breaks this year.  Have I introduced Sophie to everyone yet?  We’ll, here she is sleeping, her favorite activity during the day:


And now back to the house. When I drove by this morning the plumber was there so hopefully we’ll have running water in our new kitchen sink and bathrooms this week.

Stay tuned!

Living Room Board

We cancelled our Macy’s couch over the weekend.  There were many factors involved in the decision, but basically I did not love it enough for it to make the cut versus what it costs. I am still pretty young and need to identify my style.  The dark gray sofa with clean lines was feeling very limiting to me from a decorating perspective, so I don’t think it is “the one” for our new house.

Now I am trying to work around the Buchanan Pottery Barn sofa (in Stone) that we already own. I would call this board “warm” and “beachy”.  We also have a leather armchair from Ethan Allen that was handed down plus a leather recliner to add more brown to the room.

Living Room PB Sofa1

table lamp/poster/curtains/coffee table/sofa/pillow/floor lamp/chair/nesting tables

I’m not positive about the direction of this room yet, but this board definitely feels more like home to me. We’ll see where we end up.

On house progress news, today I did a quick drive by to see they were pouring our sidewalk and front porch.  The granite countertops were also supposed to be installed today in the kitchen and bathrooms but I am not sure if that actually happened. Yay!  We are getting closer…

Kitchen organization

During our impromptu house tour on Tuesday, I was able to figure out how many kitchen cabinets we actually have.  The answer is 12 cabinets, which is double what we had in our last house, believe it or not.

Pardon the large box in the way of this picture. That is our dishwasher waiting to be installed:

Kitchen Organization Plan

I’d like to get some pull out organizers for the two drawers that will hold pans and baking supplies for easier access.  I’ll also probably pick up a new divider for the flatware and maybe an organizer for the spatulas. But where do I put my cutting boards?  Decisions, decisions.

Is this how you would organize your kitchen?  What am I missing?