It’s hard to say good-bye.
“That’s what Momma always says. She says that beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up.” – Hope Floats
The house is mostly packed up. The last three years have been reduced to a mountain of boxes and bubble wrap. I’m not gonna lie; I’m emotional as I write this. We’ve poured so much love into our home these past three years. That’s what we all do; we move into a house and make it our home. It really is our hopes and dreams that we pour into every corner. Whether we decorate a little or a lot, it’s these touches that make our spaces uniquely “us.”
The Mean Man and I have poured our sweat and tears into this place; and yes, even a little bit of our blood! Decorating and craft projects are not for the faint of heart! I always joke about how something a simple as hanging a picture can bring us to the brink of divorce. Don’t worry, y’all, we’re 32 years deep into this marriage, we’re too stubborn to let a little thing like a complete renovation of a 1901 Victorian farmhouse come between us. We have a ton of memories of our time in our current home (that will belong to another family come Tuesday). We thought it would be fun to look back at our journey from when we found this house until now.
We found this house in March of 2015. It was just about in the dry and the brick was started. I fell in love with the entryway immediately. The floor plan was great and we actually put in a contract the next day.
We added hardwood floors, a fabulous antler chandelier and started the projects.
This is really the heart of the house for me. The Mean Man and I have spent an amazing amount of time coming up with ideas to share with y’all while in this room. From shooting video tutorials to brainstorming ideas we’d like to share, this room has seen it all. The new owners wanted this room converted back into a bonus room so we were happy to oblige. We have packed it all up and are excited to do it all again in the new old house.
We next tackled the laundry room. It was a nice-sized but not functional room. We did a faux shiplap wall and added awesome industrial pipe shelving. It went from blah to fabulous in a few short days!
I love the sweet, romantic look of our dining room. It’s a pretty feminine room, the most in the entire house. From the antique plates on the wall, to the pretty flowers on the table, it’s just pretty.
The decor of most of our house is Texas, pure and simple. We even carry this theme into our guest bathroom. Don’t scrimp on your style! The bathroom is a great place to start if you’re a beginner. Make it great, make it you!
This is my place of peace. I love how we managed to make this room not only comfortable for me, but not so girly that The Mean Man can’t be comfy too. He helped me create the awesome hanging mason jars that are over the headboard. I mean, let’s be honest, he created the board the mason jars hang from, I added the jars and flowers.
We expanded our living area to the backyard by adding a pavilion, gazebo, and swimming pool. We generally spent almost every weekend in the fall under the pavilion watching college football. The Mean Man would set up four TVs out there so we could watch all the games. Lot’s of cheese trays and bottles of wine were consumed on these days.
We got dressed up for the holidays!
And into the great unknown!
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” -Thoreau
And so now the time is upon us; the time of which we move on to the next adventure. One that will allow us an opportunity to have a fabulous home that moves us closer to our grandchildren (for now anyway, you know the Air Force makes some decisions for us). This adventure will allow us a bit more financial freedom; which is always a good thing. We expect to face a few obstacles along the way, but we intend to share the ups and downs with y’all and hope that maybe our experiences will help to spare y’all from the same ones should you venture in a similar direction.
Get ready for projects, projects, and more projects! We’ll get started as soon as Wednesday- that’s close day. Pray for us, we could use all the help we can get. And most of all, thank you for being on this journey with us. We can’t wait to see what the future holds. #WingingIt