Hey, y’all! Wow, loooong time no post! Our one year anniversary was this past weekend and it’s hard to believe how much has happened in that time. The biggest change (besides getting used to being married) has probably been moving to our very own townhome! I’m going to try to ease back into blogging now that I’m getting a handle on my Lyme treatments and doing better, so I thought I’d start by sharing a few pictures of my favorite parts of our home!

One of my favorite discoveries has been pre-made table legs from Lowe’s and Home Depot. They’re usually only $3-$8 each and can be used for all sorts of fun projects. I replaced our couch’s squatty legs with slender ones that raised it up the perfect amount for a grand total of $25 and now Calvin doesn’t feel like he’s falling down when he sits on it. 😀 We also used purchased legs to build a little platform for this heirloom chest so it can be used as a coffee table! I think it gives the perfect amount of “manly” for this room that is otherwise kind of feminine.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve looooooved interior design. Before I found my passion for sewing, I would spend hours a day reading interior decorating books and planning out imaginary rooms. It’s always been a wish of mine to have a home to make beautiful and these past few months have been a dream come true. It’s been about 12 years since I stopped actively studying interior design (although it’s always in the back of my mind), so researching and stretching to recall the basics these last couple months has been a fun challenge, especially given that trends have drastically changed since 2004. I guess what I’m trying to imply here is that I feel rusty in my decorating skills and it shows in my home, so please view these pictures with a kind eye. 😀

We purchased a townhome that needed some renovations and a couple spots are still in the middle of being upgraded. This corner of the kitchen is one of those areas. The plan is to install open shelves next to the upper cabinets, but until we can get those finished, the dishes I plan to house there have been living on the counter. That crazy branch is from my mint plant that went wild in a pot on our 4’x4′ plot of yard. 😛

My office/sewing room is still in the middle of being organized, but unpacking the Errand #17 skirts and sorting them by size felt sooo good after moving all the boxes around for the last two years. I still have plus sizes available!

Our guest room is such a happy space! I try not to store anything in there except supplies for hospitality, so when the beds are made it’s a calming corner of our home. It’s such a blessing to be able to have guests without rearranging a bunch of belongings to accommodate them!

One project that took waaaay longer than I was expecting was stripping and staining these stairs before we moved in. It was totally worth it!

I’m still trying to figure out what I want to put in these frames in our hall. I scored those at Khol’s for $2.50 each!

Our dining, kitchen, and living room are all open to each other at the back of the house. I have a lot of things on the shelves on either side of the fireplace in the living room area, so I’ve intentionally left the dining room very clutter-free. I screwed hooks onto a leftover piece of trim and installed it against the doorframe for a very minimalist key rack. I’m thinking a nice fluffy green plant would go well in that corner, but I haven’t found a sale on one yet. When we bought the house this little “everything” room had 3 large ceiling fans in it that hung way too low. We replaced two with flush-mounted smaller fans and the one in the dining area we replaced with this simple linen light.

So, that’s a quick little glimpse at what I’ve been doing lately! How have y’all been??

25 thoughts on “Our New Home”

  1. First of all, happy first anniversary!! How wonderful and exciting! Your new home is lovely and since you have begun your new Fresh Conscious Home Instagram I have been admiring your interior design skills, so I don’t know what this “rustiness” is that you’re talking about. 🙂 Been a fan of you for a long time and it’s so cool to see your journeys. 🙂 God bless!!

  2. WOW! That is absolutely beautiful! My new husband of three months and I have been getting our house set up, so I relate. You have done an amazing job! Good work with the homemaking! Your home looks so restful and relaxing. Well done!

  3. Amazing how fast a year has gone by! Happy First Anniversary;) what a beautifully decorated town-home. Totally love your stair case. Such dark rich wood color:) hope your lime disease treatment keeps working and you feel good soon. Proud of your accomplish ments in just a year! Glad you will be blogging again always enjoy your posts. Thinking of you fondly, Stephanie Means

  4. It is so nice to see you back Olivia! Your house looks lovely! I have been busy setting up my own newly-married life (almost a year now!!), and am slowly getting back into blogging again as well.

    Nice to see another familiar face back in the blogosphere. 🙂

  5. Happy anniversary! Glad to see you guys are settling into your new home. (also, it’s spelled Kohl’s, not Khol’s, just fyi!)

  6. Hello Olivia! I’m so happy for your health, anniversary, and new house! Could you do a video- tour sometime? I’m going to have to get my skirt soon!

  7. Happy first anniversary! I’m so happy to see you back in the blogosphere. I always get so excited when you Instagram, too 🙂 Hope you’re having a joyous time, and I’m glad to hear the Lyme treatments have been going better.

    Dance A Real

  8. Olivia, your home is beautiful! I just loved seeing these photos, and now I’m all inspired to turn my trunk into a coffee table! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. I’m glad you’re back, Olivia! Happy anniversary!!!!!! 🙂 I love your new home! It’s so beautiful! Everything’s so fresh, and clean looking, with just a touch of rustic flair! Perfect!

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