Building House|Making Home Christmas House Tour

So today I’m linking up with The Nester’s Christmas Tour of Homes.  This post is a very real, very authentic look at what our house looks like 10 days before Christmas and 17 days after moving, pictures are taken with a cell phone and this totally goes against my perfectionist tendencies ;-).  BUT…. I’m posting it anyway since The Nester is all about opening up our imperfect homes, love that!  And boy, do I have some imperfections to share–here we go:

The stockings were hung by the exposed chimney with care” because why unpack regular decor when you can unpack the Christmas stuff?!?  As you can see our “hearth” is not quite complete ;-).  My wonderful husband has that on his to do list for the one day he has off between Christmas and New Year’s Eve that we are home.  He’s just the BEST!  Shiplap all the way to the ceiling, baby!  I couldn’t be more excited!  Here’s an inspiration photo that we are modeling ours after:


You can also see that our Christmas tree is sporting exactly six ornaments.  After locating the tree box, lugging it upstairs, setting it up, stringing the lights because the “pre-lit” lights no longer work, and starting to “fluff” the branches, I called in the reinforcements.  My ten-year-old son was in charge of hanging the ornaments while I dispersed the other decorations.  Six ornaments in and he needed a break…  Sheesh!  I had no kind, Christmas spirit words at that moment for my son.  The tree currently sits surrounded by the ornament storage totes and when our plumber came to install the last two faucets, he wondered if we were all getting Rubbermaid totes as gifts this year ;-).  Not a bad idea, actually…

Let us continue the imperfect tour with the lovely hole in the wall to the right of the fireplace which SHOULD have a vent cover installed but our HVAC guy ordered the wrong size.  We will be finding the correct size and installing that ourselves…. soonish.

The stockings were a Pottery Barn online purchase and sadly, they are no longer available.  I do love these stockings and haven’t seen any that rival them in my book since I purchased them ten years ago.  They are the exact colors that I use to decorate for Christmas each year, they are large, and they are stretchy.  Our families’ stockings need to be large and stretchy since that is the only gift giving that we do around here.  The stockings will hold magazines, t-shirts, underwear, socks, candy, toys and much, much more.  My sons have been known to put the stockings on after they have unloaded them and walk around like a bunch of goofballs.  😉  It’s a pretty hilarious tradition actually and cracks me up every year.

What goofy Christmas traditions does your family have?  Please tell me something so I know we are not alone in our Christmas goofiness!

Anyway, Merry Christmas and the most Blessed 2017 from my imperfect home to yours!  Thanks for stopping by and come again real soon!  ♥ Tina


We’re in!

Hello friends (and family) ;-)!  The huge delay in posting on the blog means…… we have moved in!  Yay!  Time to unpack!  Boo!  Actually, very excited to unpack FINALLY after having much of our “stuff” boxed up for the six months we were in a rental house.  The delay is also due to the fact that we do not have internet or tv at our new house-we have been in for over 10 days.  10 days no tv/internet + 4 males in the house (2 teenagers) = 5 Unhappy Campers.  Oh well, we sure have been knocking the projects off the list each evening without internet or tv to distract us ;-).  #silverlining

I have a few really dark and unimpressive pictures for you.  Sorry, I haven’t been home much during the daylight hours since we moved to get some well-lit pics but promise to do that this weekend.  For now, here are a few of the kitchen.
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Yes, those are sticky notes on the cabinet doors ;-).  My awesome mom and sister helped us move in and set up my kitchen for me.  I quickly jotted down the desired contents of each cabinet/drawer on a sticky note and placed them so they could unpack away while I was directing traffic elsewhere.  #movingischaos  #neveragain  Also, our plumber still has a few faucets to install and the kitchen island faucet is one of them.  For now, we have a faucet in a box sitting on our island.  I hope the kids don’t get used to using the big sink to make their lemonaide because the sink directly in front of the refrigerator is for that purpose ;-)!  It will also be handy for filling the coffee pot in the morning (our microwave, toaster and coffee pot are behind those two large pocket doors to the right of the fridge–breakfast central!).  img_20161201_212709I was a bit disappointed that the open shelving was installed so high above the counter top.  However, if we were going to fix or change anything, that is totally the easiest thing to fix as my husband can shift those down about 12″ or so by just drilling new holes for the brackets and then I will fix the old bracket holes–not very labor intensive.  My hope for the bottom shelf of the open shelves was for everyday dishes and glasses and in real life it is working out great other than the fact that it is hard for our youngest to reach.  We’ll get that situation rectified very soon–right after we get tv & internet installed,  bathroom mirrors hung, closets organized and boxes in the basement organized…..  Hmmmm, maybe that won’t happen so soon after all ;-).

Our youngest couldn’t wait to try out our new stove so here he is on Monday morning–day #2 in the new house–making himself eggs and ham for breakfast before school!  Notice the boxes of wine on the far left because, hello, priorities ;-)–we need to relieve the stress somehow–we just moved, people!img_20161128_071234

Here is a dark and blurry picture of our master bathroom sink cabinet I quickly snapped this morning with mirrors propped against the wall.  I am not 100% sure about whether or not I am painting the frames and wanted to decide before we hung them.  I got the mirrors at a hotel resale store in Michigan–actually my parents picked them up for me as I didn’t decide until we had left the country that I wanted them after all – thanks Mom & Dad ;-).  Unfortunately the mirrors were too big for the main bathroom but they will work just fine in the master. img_20161206_070832

Can’t wait to get some better lit photos for you real soon and then I can do source lists as well for the hardware, faucets, lighting.  Stay tuned folks–we’re bound to get internet around here soon ;-)!

Last post I asked you to comment on what you thought our “special feature” in the kitchen was and my Aunt Karen was correct–a cutting board with a hole in it so compost can go directly into the compost bin.  Those contents will be for the enjoyment of our chickens when we are able to build a coop next spring and order some more baby chicks–can’t wait!  


We are still awaiting the hardware for the bottom door of this cabinet–the kitchen installers misplaced my knobs and handles when they came for the last install visit.  The missing hardware has been located and I am promised they are in the mail at this time.  I’ll get you an updated post about this handy little feature just as soon as it is functional!

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Thanks for stopping by and come again real soon!  ♥ Tina

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