So I’ve been on the hunt for a dinning room chandelier. Our dinning room now currently has a fan. A fan to me just does not say elegant dining room. The fan, though, does help keep air circulating in the downstairs of the house!
We are obviously still unpacking our dining room. I usually leave the dining room table set, but I am still finding homes for things. We are also missing a few of our dinning room chairs. We had to store them at my father in laws house when we moved to PA, because they would not fit in our tiny apartment. Half of them have not made there way to our new house yet.
We had a gorgeous chandelier in our previous home that I found in a salvage store in Columbia, SC. The chandeliers style, though, doesn’t go with our current home. I also left it when we sold our home.
So here are 4 gorgeous chandeliers that I have been eyeing for our dinning room:
It has been crazy at our house with both of us working. My job especially heats up this time of year as we gear up to work with teachers for our workshops over the summer. At nights after my daughter goes to bed, we try to tackle a room at a time or lets be honest more like a box at a time. By the time 8 pm rolls around this momma is exhausted! The number of boxes is going down just very slowly. We are also trying to organize as we unpack especially since this house does not have as much storage as our first house. I have gotten pretty intentional with how I use space and organize our belongings in this house. One of my favorite items right now is the Ziploc Storage bags!
You saw my pile of clothes to be donated/sold to Thred up and I am still running out of room! So we purchased these Ziploc Storage bags and I have taken my winter clothes, folded them, piled them into these bags, vacuumed the air out, and placed multiple filled storage bags into plastic containers to bring up to the attic. They have worked wonders and now I don’t have to worry about finding critters in my clothes when I pull them out of the attic in the fall! Although I can totally hear the hubby saying to me or you could just get rid of some more clothes.
This week I also dressed up our craigslist couch I talked about in my first post. One of my favorite ways to update our couch is with new throw pillows. I wasn’t a fan of the busy pillows that came with the couch, so off I went to Home Goods.
You will have to excuse the dark photos. This is what I get for taking photos at night after work! As you can see between the before and after pictures we cleaned off the coffee table, so progress is in the works! The rolled up rug in the background still hasn’t found a home. I promise you it won’t stay there! There are still boxes in this room, luckily they are just hidden in the corner.
I found our throw pillows at Home Goods. Home Goods for me is always hit or miss. When I went on Monday, it was definitely a hit! I found so many items that I loved including our throw pillows! The new throw pillows cost $40 dollars total. I know the couch isn’t balanced with 4 pillows, but I absolutely fell in love with the white pillow. I could only find one of the white pillows at the store, so I figured I would go with it. That pillow makes the couch for me and adds lots of brightness!
Greg and I were talking the other night that the paint color in this room is too dark for us. Plus the walls need some touch up paint from where pictures were hung by the previous owners. It is on our running list of things to do in the house. I am thinking I might go with a creamy white for this room to brighten it up. I love all the windows in here, and we would eventually like to hang curtains too! What do you think?
So we made it through moving day! It was crazy and chaotic. Not only did we move, but we also had to pick up our craigslist couch find and our armoire find. I know poor planning on my part! I will post more on these later. We are excited to finally be in our house! Our moving company did an excellent job! Shout out to Packer Up Moving who did our moving for us. They were timely, efficient, polite, and had great customer service (more on this later)…They loaded the truck, drove to our house, and unloaded in about 4.5 hours. This is the amount of time it took our movers in SC to just load the truck!
Moving with an almost one year old was a new set of challenges, although I wouldn’t change it for the world. Unpacking or helping give movers directions only happens during nap time or when someone else is occupying her. Luckily we did have help from my in-laws! One thing we learned during this move was ziplock bag your screws to your bed frames and tape them to the item. Once the movers had completely unloaded and left for the day, my husband and I couldn’t find the screws to my daughters crib. The one thing you don’t want to lose! We were frantically opening boxes, looking in dresser drawers, checking the empty apartment, and calling the movers. I was not a happy camper! We had set aside her pack-n-play during the move just in case she wanted to nap. Turns out she ended up sleeping in it for naps and the first night in the house. The movers did look when I called and could not find them originally. The next day they went above and beyond and tore the truck apart to look for them and they found them! The owner called and apologized profusely. We told them no need to apologize! We are just so glad you found them! So my daughter has a crib to sleep in again! Always good.
We are still working on our sea of boxes, but I am using the move as an opportunity to clean out our items and organize our life! These pictures are after a little bit of unpacking in our mudroom and kitchen. We tackled unpacking first in our daughters room and kitchen then moved to our bedroom and mudroom.
We are setting aside donate boxes of kitchen items that we do not use and I ordered a closet clean out kit or two from Thred Up. Thred Up is an online consignment store and they will send you a bag with pre-paid postage for you to fill with your clothes to ship back to them. Thred up will donate the items you do not want or pay you for your lightly used clothing. I find this a win win! I get to empty my cluttered closet, donate items, and if need be make a little bit of money on the side to put into decorating our home. I still have a few boxes of clothes left to unpack in our room and I already have an over flowing laundry basket of clothes to send to them! My tiny little closet in this house is at least looking lighter!
We also set up a command center with a calendar and place to organize our mail. In the past our mail has piled up and cluttered either our kitchen island or kitchen table! No more! I had my husband hang a calendar and two wire baskets in our mudroom, the room we enter our house into. The calendar has important family events, travel, appointments, and our chore chart. The two wire baskets are for incoming mail and mail that needs to be sorted/shredded. The goal is to go through the mail drop once a week! I found both of these item at Home Goods for $15 dollars a piece!
My to do list for the mudroom is getting shorter!
Command center $30
Set up desk and organize
A place to hang coats and keys when you walk in
Built in storage and place to sit
How do you organize and declutter when you are in the process of moving?
Today was the day! We finally closed on our home in Happy Valley! I felt like we waited forever, because we did a ninety day close at the request of the sellers. Closing was relatively painless as we signed our life away. Then there was that glorious moment when our realtor finally handed us the keys!
We did go over and drop a few things off, but moving day is not until this weekend. We also did some measuring for our furniture. We will definitely be starting a furniture hunt, because a few of our pieces won’t fit like our couches. I happened to scroll through craigslist today, and I found an awesome couch that we are picking up on Saturday. It was quite a steal for a couch that was a few months old and never really used. It was also the size that we were looking for! Here is our Craigslist find:
It is so strange to walk into an empty house. The rooms always feel so much smaller without furniture. My mind today was busy creating a list of projects for my hubby and I. First thing on the list is to paint the kitchen! While I like the choice of a dark color for the kitchen, I am not a fan of the red paint!
I am trying to decide on a paint color, and I know I would like to stay in the blue family and with a darker color. A few colors that I have in mind are Magnolia Silos District, Magnolia Weekend (although this paint looks more green it is beautiful), and Sherwin Williams Denim. We had Sherwin Williams Denim in our dining room at our old house, and I loved it! Do I go with the same paint color or dare to be different? What are your thoughts?
Magnolia Silos District
Sherwin William Denim
We still have quite a bit of packing to do, but luckily we left a lot of our things packed when we moved from South Carolina. I better get back to packing or more like the last minute scramble to throw stuff into boxes. My boss is cringing at the idea of haphazardly throwing belongings into boxes somewhere. At least I am labeling the boxes right?