Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cute Find!

I was perusing Apartment Therapy, again this evening and came across this super cute find! This is a hand made invitation by Bryn Chernoff I will post the link to her website at the bottom of the post.

I think I like this so much because it reminds me of my childhood. My mom would always doodle on napkins whenever we went out to eat. I loved looking at the things she would draw, and I find myself doing the same thing. I write notes on them, draw flowers and design dresses. This is a perfect invitation. So sweet. I adore them so much! Enjoy:)

Isn't it lovely?


Monday, May 18, 2009

Interior Decorating

Hello All!

This last week has proven to be a very stressful week. First we were buying a house, then we weren't, then we were, now we might. The house I wanted, Josh didn't want, and while that was a huge bummer, I was okay with the other one. Then we decided that we didn't want to make that big of a payment. We are already poor, we're young, who isn't? But Josh says house poor is different. And the anxiety got worse. There were tears on my part, stress on my part, stress on Josh's part. Alot of, "what ifs, and I don't knows, and I think we can do it. And, maybe we can't."

Should it really be that stressful? I know buying your first home is going to be stressful, but should I really feel this bad about it? I don't know. I'm too young to die of a heart attack! So right now things are up in the air, and hopefully soon I will get some sign from God about where we are supposed to be, because I've been continually praying for some guidance.

In the meantime, I'm trying to think on the positive side as much as I can, and I will still dream about my interior decor, and paint colors. Here are a few things I love! (Even if they don't all go together). Like I've said before I like a mix of things. I need to hire someone to help me with what works.

A few photos of my own that I want to finally hang on the walls.

This beauty I own! I got a copy of it for our First Anniversary from my wonderful husband.

Do all of these go together? No. Do I care? No. Will I put them all on my walls. Yes. I'm going to surround myself with things I love. And these are the things I love. Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, May 14, 2009

House Hunting

It's a truth universally acknowledged that men and women are completely different. Yes, yes, we are all humans, and all function pretty much the same way, but there are huge glaring differences. This is so true in just about everything Josh and I come across in our marriage. We have differing opinions on most things. The things that really matter we agree on, but some times I really do wonder what's up! Sometimes I swear we disagree on something just to disagree.

When I was little I always dreamed of living in an old house with coved ceilings, and hardwood floors. I wanted a huge colonial style house with long tree lined driveway (I should have grown up in the south). Dreams of an enormous house gave way to a more practical way of thinking: more space means more crap to fill the space, and like I've said before, while in Germany, I learned the value of streamlining. I've decided I don't need a house, just something that I love and is cozy.

So going with the statement made earlier, Josh and I disagree on what we want from a house. Ultimately we want the same thing. I'm pretty sure he's all for the colonial, old style house, he just doesn't want the house to be located near the lake like all the the older homes are.

Josh wants a yard, I want to be in the middle of everything, and with that comes limited space. Josh wants spread out, I'd like two stories. I want to live by the lake, Josh wants to live out further. I'm looking for character, built ins, and secret hiding spaces, and Josh is looking for practicality. And practical I am usually not.

So we after looking at some real doozies, with horrendous smelling carpets, and awful floor plans, one with countless rooms that had linoleum flooring, jungles for yards, and scary neighborhoods with homemade signs claiming there will be justice and punishment for crimes, we found two that we like, and hope to put an offer down on one within the next couple of days.

And they couldn't be more different... Of course...

Both houses are great. They even each other out well, what one house doesn't have the other does, it's just deciding what we can live without, and what we have to have. Mine has amazing curb appeal, it has my coved ceilings, hardwood floors, and its next to the lake.

Josh's pick has 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths, an a two car garage.

But mine would look so awesome with Christmas lights, and a little Christmas tree by the fireplace. And it would look WAY better with the whole decor idea I've got going. I'm really, really into aesthetics... I'm stressed to the max, slowly accepting the fact that I won't be getting the house that I prefer, and succumbing to the fact that we will choose practicality over attractiveness. One good thing about being completely two different personalities, we even each other out. Where Josh is laid back, I'm more passionate, and where I'm more stressed, he is the voice of confidence. And where I am idealistic, he brings in a little realism.

I've tried not to get too attached to the idea of a cute little house (not so little 4 bedrooms), but its just so exciting! I've picked out paint colors for the master bedroom, which could really go in any type of house, it would just look cuter (is that a word?) in my pick!

So what would you choose? Attractiveness both inside and out, downtown, or practicality with more bathrooms and a little more elbow room?

Oh the dilemma

have a great rest of the week!
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