Foyer Updates!

8/24/2014

Last we left off in the foyer, I told you all how I used Jedi mind tricks to convince Aaron that we needed a fancy chandy to spruce up the entry. See ladies, watching Star Wars really does pay off.

Over the months following, I slowly but surely got the entry space furnished and styled and for now, I am happy with how it looks.


I knew I wanted some kind of console table or credenza (even contemplated mounting the fauxdenza, but then found a better spot for it) in the entry and when I stumbled upon a mid century dresser at Salvation Army, I snatched the price tag off that bad boy before you could say "bye felicia!".

The dresser overall was in really good shape. I did clean it up really well with vinegar and then gave it a good rub down with some restore-a-finish just to fill in any superficial surface scratches, etc.


As soon as we put the dresser in the foyer, I went to town styling it with things we already had from the townhouse. I hung the flower prints that were originally over the couch in the living room. The lamps were from our master bedroom and the rest of the knick knacks were random things I threw together. 


I'll be honest and say I wasn't sold on the rug at first, but it has slowly grown on me. I got it for super cheap during a rugsusa sale and immediately wanted to return it when it arrived, but when I learned I would have to pay return shipping (almost as much as the rug cost!), I decided to see if I could use it elsewhere or if worse came to worst, Craigslist it. 

I haven't really been looking for a replacement so it hasn't moved yet, haha!


Ugh, these photos are all reminders that I need to get a power strip to plug both lamps into so that the cord is hidden.


Anyways, the rug stays for now!

So that's the updated foyer! The chandelier is still my favorite part but I do love that the space feels "put together" and the extra storage in the dresser is great!

As a reminder of where we started, here's a photo from when we first moved in!


Now that I've painted the front door black, I'm wondering if I should do the same on the inside of the door? I feel like there's so much pretty molding in the entry and it doesn't really pop. Painting the door may help. Here's a quick mock-up.


What do you guys think? Paint it black? Leave it white? Paint it a different color? I'd love your suggestions!

xx, Shannon

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I built a chicken coop and i want to shout it from the rooftops

8/22/2014

Remember about a year ago when I was super proud of myself for building an herb planter box?

BOOM!
Move over dinky little planter box, I built a freakin' chicken coop!

What started as a sketch on a piece of paper, slowly but surely evolved into an actual chicken coop that actually functioned and actually was not going to fall down/break in half/crumble into a million pieces. 

This thing is solid and it damn well better be after many, many hours of weekend work. I'm obviously not going to give a tutorial with the coop because I'll be honest and say there was a lot of guessing and trial/error. I feel like if I tried to build a coop now it would take me 1/2 the time and would probably even be functionally better. Practice makes perfect, right? I'm going to include a lot of photos though so that those interested in building a coop of their own can see what I thought was best.

Okay, enough talk. Here's some more pictures of the coop and the girls (which PS they are all laying so much that we have eggs coming out of OUR butts!!! Fritata or quiche anyone?)


The run that attaches to the side of the coop allows the girls to walk around if we are not home and need them to be safe/protected from predators. The whole run is covered in chicken wire or hardware cloth and the roof we quickly upgraded to clear PVC panels (you can see that a few pictures down). I made a screened human-size door to easily enter the run.


I added 2 vents to the coop and the windows are also open and covered with hardware cloth so that there is enough air flow and ventilation inside the coop. Even in the Summer (we live in Florida so it is HOT), the coop stays cool from the ventilation, shade of nearby pine trees and the cedar shingle roof).


Here's the clear PVC panel roof to the run that I mentioned above. It allows the girls to stay in the run even if it's raining outside. You can also see the cedar shingles on the main coop.


They walk up this cute little ladder to get into the coop at bedtime.


I added a hinged access door on the bottom of the run so that we can easily add food and water (without having to crawl through the run and under the coop). The silver bucket is the feeder and the home depot bucket has nipples underneath that I ordered on amazon and attached to the bottom. This is the cleanest/most hygienic way for the chickens to access fresh water. 

On the back of the coop is the nesting box. This is where the girls lay their eggs each morning! The box makes it super easy for us to collect eggs without having to enter the coop or run at all.

On the other side of the coop, the whole side panel acts as a door that opens up to the inside of the coop. This allows for easy cleaning, I can fit a big broom or rake in there when I am changing out the pine shavings.

Oh and those bolts on the bottom of the coop are where we can attach wheels if we want to move the coop (it is SUPER heavy though, we've moved it once and wouldn't move it again unless we had to).


I covered the bottom of the coop floor with cheap peel-and-stick tiles and painted the inside of the coop with floor paint so that everything could be hosed down if needed.

The bar is where the girls roost and sleep each night. We've actually learned to put strips of cardboard right under the bar because 90% of the chicken poop ends up right in that spot so the cardboard keeps the shavings clean and allows for us to clean up more easily!

So that's the finished coop!

In total we spent about $800 in building materials, but when you compare to what you can buy online for the same price, this coop is definitely worth the money. Plus, I don't think I have ever felt more proud of myself as I am when people ask me "YOU built that?" Why yes, yes I did. I will take my trophy now. That feeling is priceless. :)


xx, Shannon

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I'm getting married in 53 days!

8/19/2014

Hi guys!

I know it's been quiet around here, but that's because the biggest DIY project in my life right now is my wedding! We're getting married in less than 2 months. Ahhhhhh!!!! 

We didn't hire a wedding planner (although we did just hire a day of coordinator because let's face it, if we didn't, I would probably have a heart attack before even making it down the aisle). So no wedding planner means we have been coordinating and planning every little detail on our own. Basically what I'm saying is, I am going mildly insane.

Okay enough of the pity party for one, time for me to give you the wedding update I have owed you for literally months!

We're getting married in the evening at the most beautiful church in the area, Sacred Heart Catholic Church! This church was built in 1905 and is breathtaking inside.

Jason Collin Photography

Our reception is then up the street at a venue called The Vault. The Vault was built in 1923 and was originally the Exchange National Bank.


The Vault has the original, decorative ceilings, and 35 foot floor-to-celing windows.


To keep with the historic theme, we're getting ready at the new Le Meridien hotel. The hotel was transformed from the old courthouse downtown.


The hotel has been completely updated on the inside and decked out with my favorite mid century modern furniture!

One Mile at a Time

Our theme for the evening is classic elegance with a little bit of Gatsby / Old Hollywood Glam thrown into the mix! Colors will mainly be shades of white, champagne, and gold!

The bridesmaids will be wearing sparkly champagne, floor length gowns and the groomsmen will be wearing classic black tuxedos.

I am 115% positive that it will be the most happiest day of my life thus far! I'm anxious for it to arrive but know that the day will go by so quickly and be over in a flash, so I am okay right now still basking in my fiancé-ness. :)

Speaking of fiancé I just ordered this shirt and am basically questioning every life decision I have ever made. Why did I not order this shirt the day I got engaged and why have I not worn it every day of my life up until this point?


I have 2 months to make up for lost time. Wish me luck.

Oh! I have my first dress fitting next week so I'm trying to cut back on basically everything I normally eat. Except nachos, I could never cut back on nachos.

Anyone else tying the knot in the near future? Have any advice for me in the last couple months before I say I do? Cutting back on nachos (don't do it to yourself!!!)?

xx, Shannon

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