Our New Home is a Flipped Home

A lot of people were surprised that I opted to buy a house that seems so… done. And honestly, I was too. But don’t you worry, I’ll still find lots to do. Some of it involves the purchase of a brad nailer that I am VERY excited about.:) In the meantime though, someone else already did TONS.

The before and after pictures of our new home are absolutely insane, so I thought I’d share a few today.

It went from this….

front of house

to this….

front of house after

…in just a few months thanks to the work of a local house flipper (I believe this was just his third flip- which is pretty impressive due to the quality of the work and overall turnaround time!).

For the interior, I don’t have shots that line up exactly, but you can get the idea.

Here’s a tiny (sorry!) before of the dining area looking in to the kitchen:

kitchen pre flip.jpg

And the much bigger after:

french country kitchen

And from the kitchen looking in to the dining area:kitchen before flip

And the the pretty unrecognizable after:

dining area- flip house

He changed the entire layout of the kitchen- moving the fridge to a different wall to open up more counter space in the prep area.

I’m a teeny bit sad he removed that brick arch, I would have liked to see it white washed, but he did leave one of the original beams and that baby is gorgeous.

Here’s a shot of the living room before:

living room before flip

And now….

after pictures living room- acid stained concrete

You can see through this picture and the redone dining area image that he added a door to the basement area, popped out a coat closet, and basically tore everything to the studs besides that brick wall.

The living room floor is actually acid stained concrete- the farmer’s porch, walkway, and patio are al stamped concrete. All of which I find to be super cool, and it turns out the flipper is (surprise!) a concrete worker.:)

My immediate instinct is to white wash that brick wall because the red just feels super harsh to me, but I’m going to furnish and decorate the room and live with it for a few months before I decide. I gotta tell you though, a big part of me just wants everything in the whole house white white white. That being said, I only plan to paint two rooms: the master bedroom (white!) and the third bedroom (navy!). The third bedroom will be used as our study/movie room for at least a few years while we save money for an addition.

So basically, this house has been gutted down to the studs and completely redone with new new new everything. What do you think?!

 

 

(Literally) Moving On

If you’ve been following along here for the last few weeks, you know we’ve had a whirlwind of feelings and events around possibly moving. Things are a bit more settled now, so I thought I’d give a general update on where things are at.

outside of house

Week 1

  • Sunday: Went to an open house and fell in love!
  • Wednesday: Got pre-approval letter from our bank.
  • Thursday: Offered on the house we wanted, listed our house
  • Thursday night: our house had a showing already!
  • Saturday: Our house had 5 more showings (no open house!)

kitchen2

Week 2

  • Sunday: We had three offers, worked with our realtor to choose one
  • Monday: Finished negotiations on our house, accepted an offer
  • Tuesday: Finished negotiations on the house we want, our offer was accepted
  • Wednesday: Inspections scheduled for our house and the house we want

living room

Week 3 (this week!)

  • Monday: Inspection on our current home! It went great!
  • Wednesday: Inspection on the home we want! IT went great!
  • Thursday: Negotiations for inspections are underway, but we don’t foresee any issues

backyard

Week 4 (next week!)

  • Monday:  Purchase & Sale for our current house is scheduled!
  • Wednesday: Purchase & Sale for the house we want is scheduled!

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So yeah- holy cow! We’re tired.

….but isn’t our new home cute? I’m still holding my breath that it all works out, but I am very optimistic. 

 

It’s A….. ‘nother dog! (And tips on keeping a clean, animal filled house)

Listen friends, I know as a married gal of (gulp) 30 you might expect me to start making some babies. But I’m totally not doing that and we just went ahead and got another dog instead.

So now we have 3 cats and 2 dogs. And maybe we have lost our minds. But we freaking love animals, and how could you possibly resist this face?

Ichabod- Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption

Meet Ichabod, formerly Banjo, the newest addition to Little Green House! We adopted him through Lucky Lab Rescue and Adoption, the same place our other dog came from four years ago.

two adopted dogs- LLR

Ichabod is a bundle of energy, a huge difference from Dutch The Laziest Dog Ever, and we are having so much fun with him! Everyone is settling in, getting a long, and relearning their place in the pack- including us humans!:)

 

With 5 animals in the house I am now more cautious then ever to make sure our house is odor and clutter free. I prefer that when people say “You have 5 pets? Really?” it’s because they are genuinely surprised, and not thinking “Obviously. It stinks in here.”

Ichabod and Dutch- rescue dogs

So, here’s a few tips:

  • Store all  pet supplies in a piece of actual furniture, so everything (including leashes) is hidden away at all times but still easy to get to. The cats get a shelf, the dogs get a shelf and a drawer (and the bottom drawer stores vases/accessories I use on the first floor).

striped wall room with painted furniture

  • Hide the litter box, whenever possible. Check out my DIY solution here. We keep the DIY version in the living room, then a litter box in Matt’s office, and one in the guest room (rooms generally not used when we have people over).

secret litter box in an old end table

  • Keep bowls and dishes clean and stylish. I built Dutch’s pet stand (here), we got Ichabod a nice metal one, and PetSafe® sent us this amazing 100oz Drinkwell® Sedona Pet Fountain.

Pet Safe Drinkwell Pet Fountain

Sidenote: This founatin is awesome, especially with the amount of pets we have. It blends in, holds a ton of water, and is even filtered. These pets live better than me!  Read more and buy your own here.

PicMonkey Collage

  • Tuck the pet food away in a closet. I keep the cat food in rolling tupperware in the coat closet, and the dog food in a large tupperware in my closet- so it’s not out in the open (THIS one for the cats, THIS one for the dogs)*
  • Sweep daily, vacuum 2-3 times a week, and steam mop once every 1-2 weeks (THIS steam mop is the bomb dot com)*. I know this is a lot, but there are 7 mammals in our house now and that is a LOT of hair and allergens.

rescue pets- cats and dogs

How many pets do you have? And how do you keep everything clean and organized?

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PetSafe provided me with the water dish free of charge, but I opted to include it in this post because it really is amazing and well made. As always, I only endorse products I love and use myself.

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On Turning 30

Today I turn 30. Or, as I prefer to say, I turn 25 for the 5th time. I am struggling with this age. My twenties were awesome, which makes it difficult for me to not stay in my twenties forever.

In the past 10 years I have:

…earned a Master’s degree (age 21)

…bought a house & started this blog (age 25)

…adopted a dog (age 25)

…married my stud muffin of a husband (age 27)

…gotten 2 nephews (and married into having 3 more nephews and a niece!)

…paid off my credit card debt (…twice. whoops)

…switched jobs (3 times! whew!), started a second job as an adjunct professor, and signed a contract to freelance for HGTV.com

A few months ago I was scrolling through  my personal Tumblr page to grab graphics for a class I’m teaching and I stumbled on this post, from 2010, that I totally forgot about:

30 before 30 tumblr screen shot

25 year old me decided a 13 before 13 list was good enough, and I thought I’d check back in on that now:

  1. Well I haven’t made a construction paper craft, but I have done a TON of construction paper crafts with my Silhouette so I think I’m covered (check out this owl themed baby shower with TONS of paper crafts)
  2. Uh yeahh, I’d say I bought a house.😉
  3. I did not join big brother/big sister but I do donate to them almost monthly, and I work with an underprivileged population through my day job too.
  4. Definitely reduced my dependency on paper towels! Yay environmental awareness!
  5. Stay hamburg free? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
  6. Covered it up on Saturday- although I went with a rose instead of a marigold.
  7. Haven’t toured the finger lakes wineries, but I have toured like 5 other wineries so maybe let’s call this half covered.:)
  8. Thanks to my husband, I have seen all the Rambo movies.
  9. Haven’t visited that darn zoo yet and I’m still dying too!
  10. This summer we vacationed in the Bahamas. IT WAS BALLER. (and we’re planning a trip to London for 2017 too!)
  11. I’m glad I put “create,” because while I didn’t paint, I did turn a shower curtain into a canvas (here).
  12. Dyed my hair black a few summers ago. And I loved it! But my husband hated it, so I’ll stick to reds.
  13. No hot air balloons for me yet😦

Soooo… 9ish out of 13 without me even remembering the list. Not too bad! But it still doesn’t make feel great about officially being in my 30s.  ::insert scared face emoji here::

Composting Made Easy

Last year I came up with an ugly, albeit easy and maintainable, composting plan. You can read all about my super simple and very free compost system here – it consists of two garbage cans and a giant stick.

I’m happy to report that a year later we’re still using the same system and it’s working out great. I even got to use some of last year’s compost in this year’s garden (which was very rewarding and satisfying).

Composting is so easy and not at all intimidating, and you don’t need a lot of space to make it happen. I put together a board on Hometalk that’s got all aspects of it covered:

  • kitchen counter composting (for those with no space at all!)
  • what to compost and what not to compost
  • how to build a compost bin out of trash barrels, pallets, hay bales, or lumber (there’s so many options!)
  • how to build a lasagna style composting flower bed (I did this method for my garden bed 2 years ago and it’s still working out awesome- my flowers came in great this year!!)
  • and lots more

Check it out here:

easy composting options for big and small spaces

And for quick reference, I love this printable list of what to compost (download it here) – we kept it on our fridge last year as we were learning and it was a big help:

what to compost - printable list

Kitchen Favorites & Wish Lists

Tis the season for tons of eating, amiright? For us, last week it was Thanksgiving and soon it’ll be Christmas. As a little Italian lady-in-training, I spend a mighty amount of time in the kitchen so I thought I’d pair up with my friends at Wayfair to show you what kitchen stuff I already own and love, and what is on my wish list (and should be on yours too! treat yo’ self!). kitchen appliance must haves First up is the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Portable Slow Cooker . Guys. I travel at least an hour and a half to all family gatherings. And this thing plugs into my car (my car has an outlet in it). It is amazing. For example, let’s say I’m making meatballs (because I usually am). I can prep them the night before. I can pop them into the slower cooker in the morning. Then I can put the slow cooker on the floor of my car and finish the cooking while I am driving. Ugh. You need this. Next there’s the classic Pizzelle Maker. This is only about $50, but I’ve been holding off buying one because I know my grandmother’s is coming straight to me some day. And while you can’t beat a nice, worn in, thin style pizzelle maker- this is a close second. Mmmmmmm pizzelles. Do yourself a favor and make a few with cocoa powder too. You’re welcome. Finally, if we’re wishing for things, let’s go big or go home. Starting with this KitchenAid Mixer . I don’t know how I don’t have one of these yet, but it’s been on my wish list for like 3 years. I particularly like the glass bowl over the stainless steel one, for no reason other then aesthetics. easy table scape I don’t set up elaborate centerpieces or tablescapes, because that leaves no room for the food. And while I like my cookware new and shiny, I like my table settings old. The gold flatware, wine glasses, ceramic serving plate, and glass spoon rest are all family heirlooms. The amber plate set I got at my city’s online auction for $6 (for a set of 4!). The napkin is a rolled piece of scrap fabric because let’s face it… we’re going to use paper napkins…. and the tablecloth is actually a leopard scarf. I dare you to find an Italian woman who does not have a spare leopard scarf. Oh! And if you’re not in the market for big budget wish list items, here’s a few smaller things I can’t live without: small kitchen must haves

garlic press / cheese grater / wooden utensil set

What’s on your kitchen wish list this year?

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This post was written in collaboration with Wayfair, and while I was compensated for my time all stereotypical Italian references and kitchen wish lists are true.

An interview, a book, & a recipe

I’ve got a little hodgepodge of thoughts for you today…

1. I’m over at Terry’s Fabric’s blog talking about creative trends (colors, textiles, fabrics) that are interesting to mix and match. Check it out here.

trendy fabric material colors

 

2. Have you checked out the Craft Fail book by Heather Mann yet? I got it in the mail and meant to just flip through it and then read it later…. but like an hour later I was on the couch going page by page. Loved it! Makes a great coffee table book and would be a fun little gift for a crafter in your life.

Craft-Fail-Book

3. Tis the season to cook/bake your butt off. Might I suggest the following dish…

pumpkin pie cake

I made it two years ago and it was a huge hit- so so good. And super easy! Check it out on Sawdust & Embryos.

 

What’s happening in your world these days? Share in the comments!