Lately

Monday, March 5, 2018

It's been awhile since I've posted a "Lately" post, so I thought I'd share what we've been up to our way. I would say the majority of our time has been spent working on the never-ending project known as our house. At times, it feels like we've accomplished SO much, then I look at the list of what's left to do and realize we are still so far from finished. I'd be lying it I said I haven't contemplating getting Juston to list the house and buy something turnkey or just build something new. I'm not exaggerating when I say that by the time we finish with this place, there will not be a single room or surface we'll have left untouched. The cabinets/materials we are keeping will be getting sanded and painted, we've painted every single room in the house at this point and I'm working on scrubbing and painting all the trim throughout the whole house. 

Now with the weather warming up, my focus is on making more progress outside as well since we haven't done much over the winter months. At this point, we still have a few paint projects left (kids' bathroom vanity, mudroom cabinets, front stoop steps, siding on the back of the house and the back deck to name a few), plus updating both of the upstairs bathrooms. The master is a complete overhaul, while the kids bathroom, we'll be keeping the vanity that's there, but putting in a new tub and new floor tile. The square footage in their bathroom isn't very large, and for the improvement new floor tile will make, it'll be more than worth it. 

As for the exterior, we're finally making some headway with adding the side porch to give us some added outdoor square footage as well as balance out the house a bit better. I'm a huge lover of symmetry. Juston was able to dig the footers and get the concrete poured this past Sunday. We'll also be updating the landscaping since the previous owners had the most non-kid-friendly landscaping EVER! I'm not exaggerating when I say that every single plant out front has thorns on it and most of the ones out back have throrns. They're awful and I can't wait to dig the rest of them out. I'm thinking I'll replace what was there with a mixture of Rhododendrum, azeleas, hostas and caladiums, plus a few other accent plants thrown in for good measure. 

Recently we took a trip to Charleston. We go numerous times every year, but it's generally a long weekend trip that just Juston and myself take. this time we took the kids and were quickly reminded why we normally don't haha. They were both perfect for the car ride, barely made a peep, but Carter is just not ready for nice restaurants yet and I refuse to be one of those people who ruins others' dining experiences with the bad kid in the place. We really only did one nicer meal and that was brunch at Magnolia's, which he was luckily very well behaved for, but a couple of the other places we stopped he wasn't so well behaved. I'd say we shouldn't show our faces again in the BBQ restaurant on Cumberland st. Luckily, we were the only ones in there besides the employees, but Carter Scott put on quite a show. It was incredibly embarrassing. Overall, it was a great trip, but much more enjoyable when it's just Juston and myself.


We took a little detour on the way to Charleston and stopped to see the Old Sheldon Church Ruins in Yemassee. It's about an hour outside of CHS but worth the trip if you have the time. Here's a few more pictures from the trip. 




This weekend, we'll be heading to North Carolina to pick up some antique furniture I found online. One piece is a restored Lineberry cart that I've been on the hunt for literally for years now. I'm SO excited to finally have one. Then we're picking up a beautiful antique wash stand pictured below. 


We still need quite a few furniture pieces to get this house finished. Carter needs a dresser or chest of drawers for his room, we need a headboard for the guest bed, some sort of piece for the entrance foyer (I'm thinking maybe an antique secretary but not certain. I'll know it when I see it). The living room has a couch in it right now, but it's the couch we'll be using downstairs when we finish the basement, so we need a couch for in there as well as either a love seat or two chairs, then some sort of organizational storage for the kids playroom. Oh, and we need some sort of chair for our bedroom nook. Ugh, the list is soooo long and I just want it to all be finished, but I don't want to pick furniture just to have it, I want it to be things that we'll love and keep for a very long time. Finding those pieces takes time, but I'm very imaptient, plus budgets haha.

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