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Moving stage 2 complete

Whoa Nelly, it's been daaaayyys.

Okay, let's catch up! 

First and foremost, Billy and I are homeowners!! 
We closed on our house October 11th. I am so very happy the whole loan process is over with. It was such a headache. I was cautioned that the buying process would be a hassle, but I think I may have underestimated it. 

Next, stage 2 of the move is complete! Mom and I drove a moving truck, with my two cats in a crate, 30 hours to Austin. I was so worried that the kitties would freak out and yowl the whole way, but with some calming collars and a pheromone spray, they were so good and barely made a peep. I do think they are a little traumatized, however they will get over it quickly now that they have their very own room in our new house.

Rolling down MY street, to MY house for the first time was surreal. I got so giddy, and immediately ran into my house to check that it was still as awesome as I remembered.

And then I killed a tiny baby scorpion in the dining room. No joke, it really happened. 
Welcome to Texas, y'all.

We unpacked the truck and ended up getting the kitchen unpacked, but I have pretty much left everything else for when I head back next week. I did manage to get the dining room painted, because I was dead set on getting rid of some of the awful yellow that covers the entire house. Why the previous owners were so yellow happy is beyond me. I'm not kidding, both guest rooms, the hallways, the living room, kitchen and dining room are all a very heavy mustard, or what I termed "Corona with a lime in it" yellow. Wanna see? Oh, twist my arm...Here are some cell shots I took as I ran around the house before unloading my stuff inside.
Kitchen and dining room from the living room
Living room {and soon to be turquoise accent wall} from the hallway
buttery yellow dining room, and scene of the scorpion murder
living room and fireplace from kitchen {and the door to the master bedroom}
Don't think for a minute that I wouldn't share an in-process photo of the painted dining room! I have to buy a ladder to finish the edges, and probably do a lot of touch ups once I am back out there next week, but oh my goodness, what a difference a coat of paint makes! I want to put wainscoting or beadboard and a chair rail on the bottom half of the walls, but was intimidated by the prospect of having to cut the wood board to accommodate our low windows. Then I stumbled onto the genius idea of wainscoting wallpaper. Um, even I can cut paper and paste it to a wall. 
 I chose Behr ultra in Iron Mountain, and I love it. I had my heart set on a darker shade of gray called wet asphalt, but the test patch looked black at night, and my mom talked me out of turning my dining room into a dark cave.
Those two bottom photos are from Southern Hospitality Blog when Rhoda did her bathroom with beadboard wallpaper. I am completely inspired and cannot wait to attack this project.

Unfortunately, I am stuck in California this week, and won't be able to  get my hands on some paint and wallpaper until next week when I visit Billy for his birthday. My man is going to be 31! Aside from painting, I plan on grocery shopping and making a bunch of freezer meals to last him the 3 weeks until I move out there for good.

And man, I am ready to be completely moved and living with my hubby again. This back and forth business is for the birds.

So there you are, all caught up to where I am now. Come back tomorrow for my Pinterest inspiration for the rest of the house!


  1. Ew, that yellow is overwhelming haha. Painting asap is totally something I would do too! Congrats on everything!

  2. Ah congratulations again! Yuck to the scorpion though. Can't wait to see how everything comes together! I love the backsplash too

  3. Congrats on the house! It's gorgeous! Can't wait to see more pictures. People pick the weirdest colors for their houses. Ours was all pink. Even under the terrible wall paper, it was all pink!

  4. Ugh-- I hate yellow in the house. It makes everything look dingy! The colors you picked are gorgeous, and I had no idea there was such a thing as wainscoting wallpaper! I'm going to have to look into this...


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