Monday, October 26, 2015

It Feels Like Fall

We've been in our new home for two weeks now. It's definitely starting to come together. Our basement is full of boxes, but most of the living areas are unpacked. I've ordered lots of new furniture and am anxious for that to arrive in the next few weeks.

I've been working on trying to finish one room at a time. First up, our formal dining area. We didn't go too formal though. It's just not my style. =) I have curtains, but the curtain rods are taking forever to arrive so we went ahead and put the rest of the room together first.

Table- Pottery Barn Banks Table
Chairs- Target {yes!}
Rug- Home Goods
Cylinders- Ikea
Glass Pumpkins- we made these during a glass-blowing class for my birthday a couple years ago

I also want to paint the room a bit darker (gray/beige) and do some kind of wall treatment below the chair rail. I can't decide between wainscoting and textured wall paper. I know, I know. Wallpaper. But I found a fun pin on Pinterest and like the look. I want to upgrade the builder-grade light fixture too, but haven't found the perfect one yet.

The rest of the kitchen isn't finished yet, but I did a little bit of fall decorating. Love my seasonal blocks from Etsy and my Scentsy warmer.

Finally, I started to decorate our front porch. Notice my furbabies in the sidelights, they never get tired of being able to look out. The backyard is really starting to show color in the leaves too. Love this time of year!

Overall, it still feels really good to be home. Happy fall y'all!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

It's Ours! Ryan Homes Olsen Model Pictures

We made it! It came down to the wire, but we closed just an hour behind schedule. Hooray!

My husband had the truck loaded on Thursday night, drove it to closing on Friday, and had us moving in right after. It's been an exhausting two days. Ryan has to go back to work Monday, so the plan is to get all furniture and boxes to the correct rooms this weekend so I can unpack this week. I hate that I haven't been much help-- no heavy lifting while pregnant. Darn. ;)

We have a small list of issues leftover from our final inspection. For example, the house wasn't cleaned so the brand new carpet is covered in muddy shoe prints that we were told would be taken care of in the final clean before closing. A few windows still have exterior paint on them too. I think the biggest bummer is that the master bathtub that we upgraded is scratched. Our project manager said it would clean up before closing, but again it didn't. The house just needed a really good once-over that didn't seem to happen.

Then there are just a few other things we've noticed in our first 24 hours-- a few windows are ajar and don't open/close properly, our keys don't work in the front deadbolt, and the back door lock doesn't align properly at all. Guardian also has a couple issues to fix. I'm sure it will all get worked out though. 

I'll share more pictures as we start to make it our own, but here are some professional pictures for now. It's the first time the Olsen Model has been built around here, so Dwelling Moments took these for our builder.


powder room

kitchen, morning room, family room

entry way and formal areas


basement bathroom

basement bathroom


front bedroom 1

guest bath

guest bath

bonus room

bonus room

bonus room landing

guest bedroom

upstairs hallway


hall bath

view of entry from upstairs

my side of master bath

master from bathroom