Tuesday, September 1, 2015

House Tour

It's been about 2 (oops 3!) months since moving into our new house. We made a priority to unpack pretty quickly but the decorating is slow and steady. The townhouse is twice the size of our last place so we've got a lot of surface to cover! Here's the house tour "before"!

These shots have been very little prepped for photos. Obvious clutter was cleaned but it's more of an everyday look.

The downstairs foyer. The office is to the left, the garage is in the back, and the front door is behind the camera. We are in an end unit townhouse so we have windows on 3 sides. 

Tony and I painted this 1st floor ourselves. The color is the same color as the powder room. It was our first official paint job in the house. It wasn't that hard, even with 9' ceilings. I hope to update this space with some mudroom-ish furniture and organization. There is already a coat closet down here, but a nice bench, maybe some cute low-to-the-ground hooks for Ashby's coats for the winter would be handy (and adorbs!!). #spotthecat

The living room.

We LOVE this living room. It's big. It's bright. We have waay more room than the old house and it's really comfortable. The paint here and the rest of the house was done before closing/moving. We paid the builder to do it since it was a big job. We love the color except for the finish; they went with a flat paint and we would have picked something with more sheen.

We got this new sectional when we moved in from Macy's. We added a matching bookcase and mounted the tv ourselves. Most of the rest of the furniture is from our old house. That ceiling fan is new as well and we hung that ourselves too! So. Proud.

The tv spot was prepped for mounting when we bought the place. The builder package included this fancy wire-ing in the wall in that spot (cable, hdmi, outlets etc). We didn't have a choice about it or the location; so this is where the tv is mounted. The cable boxes/dvd player are in the closet one floor below; controlled through magic.

You can see the baby's toy section. She's amounting lots of toys and stuff. I go through and get rid of stuff pretty often but it just keeps coming!

The door on the left side behind the couch goes to a small balcony. These living room windows get the BEST sunset views. We have a great lot!

The kitchen!

My favorite part of the house! We spent the most money here and spend the most amount of time here! It's beautiful!

The powder room on the main floor.

The dining room area. This table expands but is small for everyday use.

Ashby's nursery. This is the same furniture, curtains & decor as her 'coming home from the hospital' first nursery that she had from 0-8 months. We did add the star lamp, which she LOVES!!! I almost thought her first word would be 'star' she loves it so much. Turns our her first word was 'uh oh'... if that's a word :/. We added some wall bookshelves on the side; not shown.

The guest room. It's pretty bare bones right now but it suits the guests we have - which have been a lot! It definitely needs some decor and sprucing up.

This is the third floor landing. We've got a laundry 'room' (aka closet), hall bathroom for Ashby's baths and our guests. The 3 bedrooms are on this floor plus the stairs to the rooftop terrace.

The master bedroom. 

We bought this bed along with the living room sectional from Macy's when we moved in. It was on back order forever but we finally got it! We also bought a leesa mattress. I'm working on shopping for side tables (why are they so dang expensive!?). The couch under the window came from our old living room. The walls here need something; they are so blank!

The door in this shot below goes to a small balcony. It's faces the front of the house where we have a nice gliding bench. 


As you can see we're still working on adding decor to the walls and such. It looks pretty good but could use some more personal touches around, maybe some paint to more walls. 

Can't wait to share more details soon!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Beach baby

This past weekend we had a mini adventure and decided to take Ashby to the beach! It's something we felt we couldn't pass up since we're so close to the coast and Ashby is now mobile. We drove to Ocean View beach in Norfolk along the Chesapeak Bay. We had a blast! It was a very quick trip and was back in Richmond by 2:30pm. Ashby loved the sand and even the water some. She barely even ate any sand!

We had a hand me down water swim diaper that luckily fit her. We stuck her in a long sleeve tee shirt and loaded up on sun block. I got to pack a family picnic since she eats bread and peanut butter now - how fun! Also she likes to 'eat' apples whole now. She'll suck the juice out (her only exposure to juice) and try and get bits of the fruit. She still has no teeth so it's a challenge.

After a baby size beach time in the sun we got cleaned up and ate our lunch before heading home. Ashby was completly exhausted! Complelty wiped out! She could barely hold her eyes open while getting her strapped in her carseat. This is after napping on the car ride down and only an hour or so playing. Being a beach baby is hard work apparently!

I loved Ocean View beach. No crowds, free open parking feet from the water, clean bathrooms, clean beach, gentle waves, shopping/restaurants across the street if you need anything, and it's right off the highway. I would definitely go back and recommend it!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

House color scheme

First house. First opportunity to paint. First time to make holes in the walls with nobody to patch them but us. Lots of responsibilities! 

To help keep us on track and not go paint or design crazy I created this little mood board. Our color these for the house is... grey. Grey with touches of color like blue, teal and white. We seriously have so much grey in the house, and I'm still excited to add more! We have dark grey walls on the main floor - which is the living room, kitchen, dining room and powder room. That's already a lot of grey. Then we have grey bottom kitchen cabinets and some grey in the master bath.

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I'm excited to add more decor pieces and paint more room in the house. I'd like to paint the master bath, master closet, nursery, hall bath & guest room eventually. Maybe someone will google 'grey girl nursery' one day and find our Ashby's room... because how many people have little girl nurseries that are grey? Maybe we will that's who.

This house it twice the size of our last house so there is a lot to decorate! I used to think we had a lot of photo frames and things on the wall. Now I'm eager to drive up to IKEA to get some more.

Once a patch gets fixed we plan on taking nice photos. For a brand new house it sure has had its share of broken things #storyforanotherday. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

house, baby, & food update

So. Behind. On. Blogging.

I've been MIA lately. We've been busy bees (parents) with a 9 month baby (wow!!), the new house and everything that comes with that. Summer is flying by and life is good.

In updates...


We built a house. We bought the house. We moved into the house. Here are some 'before' shots. These are the squeaky clean professional shots. I can go into details later.

The move went well. Very smooth and decently cheap. I highly recommend Moxie Movers for locals! Closing on our first house also went well. The lawyer said I looked nervous when we were signing the papers but I really wasn't. We got the keys and were super excited!

You can see in the photos we chose a dark paint color (we saw it in the model/show home) and just went with that. So far the AC has broken (twice!), the dryer vent broke, and currently the microwave is dead. Fun times, but we LOVE the house! It's so spacious and the flow with the layout works so well for us. Ashby has room to crawl around and play with all of her (accumulating) toys. We bought some new furniture and most of it has been delivered... more photos soon.


We bought this fan and installed it ourselves! Nobody got electrocuted or sliced!

We have a nice sunset view most nights. 


Ashby is growing. She's a whopping 9 months now. Her achievements include crawling, standing, walking with assistance, walking while holding on to furniture. She eats lots of food now including chicken, yogurt, beets, squash, toast, peanut butter, waffles, berries, pasta, avocado, and lots of puree mixes. We do a combo of baby led weaning and purees since she seems to love both ways of eating. Sometimes she's a 'give it to me and I'll do it myself' type of girl, and other times she's content with 'baby bird style open my mouth and fill it please'.

She can point her finger now and lick her lips (not at the same time). She's hilarious. Some favorite games include 'pretending to chase her' and 'the multi pacifier game' (where she just takes one pacifier out of her mouth, then inserts the 2nd, then inserts the 1st, then repeats over and over). She loves finding the cat and attempts to grab fist fulls of his furr. She still likes to suck her toes, take baths, and ride in the car. She hates diaper changes. We still are rocking the BumGenius Freetime cloth diapers at home (disposables at daycare) - she's almost in the largest snap size!

https://instagram.com/p/4SyuHElYO5/ (we got the baby gates up just in time!)

Food update

We've been really enjoying cooking in our new kitchen. It's so nice having a gas stove! We love all the space, the nice counters and more!

My in-laws came to town and they made us this great english muffin recipe (I think this is the one): http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-english-muffins-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchen-106360

Last night I made these as a gift for a coworker (if you've got a cake mix and brownie mix in your pantry and want a quick dessert give it a try: http://www.yourcupofcake.com/2013/06/cake-batter-brownies.html.

I've been loving reading this baby food site: http://www.babyfoode.com/. I make a lot of the purees and food for Ashby. She likes most of what I make :/ 

A friend gave us their hand me down baby food maker (this babycook classic) which works great for steaming (not for pureeing), and just yesterday I bought these little green pouches online so I'll see how well they work since Ashby is on a food pouch kick (and they are expensive!). 

Now that we're moved in we can make more Jeni's ice cream! I got her 2nd book last year and we made a batch of the new base recipe - with coffee last week. It's delish!

A family dinner!

Yummy homemade summer spring rolls (on our new countertops)

That's all for now!


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