Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year!

Hi friends! Matt and I got ahead of ourselves this year and ordered holiday cards to send out. Its that damn Adele, she's too cute not to document :) Problem is, the cards never hit the mailbox. I'm determined to send them, hopefully friends and family will receive them before Valentine's Day. For now I wanted to virtually say, Happy New Year! from our family to yours.

(Yes, we made a poop joke on our holiday cards.)

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Almost done dining room

Hi friends! Adele is napping for longer than 20 minutes! (Knocks on wood.) She’s usually a great sleeper at night but naps are a challenge. Anyway, since I have a little time I wanted to show you our new dining room. What I really want to show you is the kitchen, but I want pretty, the counters are not covered in breast milk and formula photos, so it’ll have to wait till a weekend when I remember to clean AND take photos :)

When we added on to the kitchen, we also added about 70 square feet to the dining room. Boy, does it feel bigger! We can have our (new) 92” table in there and still have a clear walkway from the kitchen to the deck. Like most rooms, its 90% complete. We still need to caulk and paint the trim and hang art on the walls.

My laptop died and I lost a bunch of photos, so this is the best/only “before” shot I have. Its a screen shot of a video on Matt’s ipad, when the chickens were living in the dining room. Sorry.

(I don’t like it when he takes videos :)

As you can see, the room is sort of short and squatty. The visual appeal of the vaulted ceiling makes up for it, but whenever more than a few people were in there, it was really cramped. Now, we have room for our big families!

I’ll post someday about how we framed the house, why we chose to close in the vaulted ceiling (hint: money), and how to lay the flooring, but for now I just wanted to show you a couple pretty photos and share my sources.

The best part is the added windows! There weren’t any windows in here before, so I love all the added light, even in dreary November.


If you look at the photos side by side you can see how much space we gained. (The doorway on the left is in the same place.)

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What I’m really looking forward to is some art on the walls! The room definitely needs some sprucing up with window treatments and art on the walls, but its come a long way!

My favorite details so far  in this room full of wood are the metal accents on the table and chairs.

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And of course a place to keep my wine.

Can’t wait to decorate for Christmas in here!

The best part of DIYing this room was that Matt is more willing to purchase some new furniture, you know, to make the floor we laid look good :) Works out for me!

In case you’re interested, here is a source list:

All construction lumber and supplies from Home Depot or Parr Lumber
Flooring: On clearance at Great Floors in Portland, $2.49 / sq ft
Table: Clayton table from World Market, $524.25 with 25% off coupon (not currently on their website but this is the coffee table in the same style)
Chairs: Avington dining chairs from Target (on sale at $159.99 for 2)
Wine rack: Norden occasional table from IKEA, $199.00
Light fixture: Drum fixture, Lamps Plus on clearance and an extra 10% off because it was the floor model, $120ish (I can’t find it on Lamps Plus but here is something similar)

”Oh, we’re documenting the dining room? Let me get on the table.”

And for good measure, the little mohawked gal I get to hang out with when she wakes up.


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