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The master closet is by far the biggest eye sore left in our house. After the A/C issue which flooded the closet, the ceiling has looked like this.

Closet 1 Closet


We’re finally having it re-drywalled this week, so stay tuned!


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It’s been a while…. About 9 months it seems.

We took a break from the house. Admittedly, we were dragging our feet. After about 2.5 years in a state of constant construction, we decided we needed a break, and we chose to just live with what we had for a while… i.e. concrete floors, no baseboards, no doors etc. It was crazy to say the least, but we just wanted some semblance of of a normal life and routine for a while.

After the busiest part of this session passed, we came to our senses and decided to just buck up. lol… Now, things are moving at a rapid pace with the goal of having a finished house in July! Just in time for Matt’s birthday! ūüôā

While we’re very excited about the prospect of new floors, doors, and everything in between, we do plan to put the house on the market as soon as it’s finished, and that’s bitter sweet to say the least.

Anyway, now you’re up to date and you can expect to see lot’s of pictures of the progress.

After several visits from contractors, we were told that my idea for a front door with side lights and a transom could not be done without serious structural modifications, so we opted to replace the existing door with something that was the same size. It has not been painted yet, and the hardware isn’t on, but here’s a sneak peak!

Entry Door

Front Door

We’ve also been working on the flooring, which meant that I had to empty out the hallway closet. If you need any holiday/entertaining items, I appear to have a one-stop-shop! lol

Closet Stuff

More to come! The only downside is that the mess seems like it will continue to get worse before it gets better.

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Our 4th of July

The 4th of July has always been my favorite holiday! I like it more than Christmas, Thanksgiving and my birthday combined. The problem however, is that the weather is usually miserable this time of year.

So, when we realized that there was a pretty good chance of rain on the 4th, Matt and I decided to buy a new patio set and have a “picnic” at home.

We aren’t ready to commit to a patio collection yet, because we haven’t finished the back yard, but we¬†thought a small set would¬†make¬†our¬†outdoor space ¬†much more useable for now, ¬†so we headed to¬†Target.

They are currently having a sale on patio furniture, and from what I can tell, the prices are even better in the store than they are online.

Here is the set that we chose:

We were very impressed with the quality, and it matches the Pottery Barn Hampstead Teak Collection nicely, so we plan to add more pieces when we finish the landscaping in the back yard. (More on that later.)

We also stopped by home depot and picked up this fun friend.

What is that you ask?… A bug zapper? A light? A bird feeder?

No. It’s an outdoor wireless speaker… and boy does it have good sound!

If you’re interested – the company that makes it is called Acoustic Research and the main selling point for us was that we can hook it up to our Sonos¬†system and control¬†everything from our ipads… Lol we could even have a war between the ipads if we disagreed on a song. ūüôā

To complete our evening, we selected the 2008 Federalist Dry Creek Zinfandel and Matt made a motion¬†using Roberts Rules of Order (of course!) to adopt it as¬†the official 4th of July wine of the Wharton household. Umm… yes… We are MAJOR nerds. Don’t judge.

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If you’ve been reading for a while, you will¬†probably¬† remember this chair which was purchased for the master bedroom a few months ago.

Well, it¬†did go in the master bedroom for a while, but it never felt quite right there, so we’ve moved it downstairs next to the fireplace.¬†

… and we replaced it with this find from the Brass Armadillo.


Here’s the new chair in the room.

I think it goes with the bed frame quite nicely!

(By the way, you can expect a new bedding post shortly. The current mish-mash is mostly the result of poor planning and an over use of bleach.)

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Last fall, I purchased a set of glass drop sconces with burlap shades to match the rest of our lighting from Pottery Barn.

The sconces matched our Celeste and Audrina chandeliers as well as the Francis sconce¬†in our hallway… and I have plans to get the Hundi lantern for our entry way as soon as our front door has been replaced.

I can’t find the sconces on the Pottery Barn website anymore, but here is a picture of what they looked like in our room.¬†

Please ignore my poor bed making skills. It was done in a hurry, and I probably should have at least centered the pillows for the picture. ūüôā

As you can see, the sconces were made to plug-in, and were not designed to be hard-wired, which was a source of constant frustration for me. I attempted to hide the tacky looking wires with these burlap covers.  (Also from Pottery Barn.)

The problem however, was that the chord covers kept slipping and they were impossible to keep straight.

So, I talked to my dad about the possibility of hard-wiring the sconces and hooking them up to the switch. He told me that he thought he could to it, and this was probably the ideal time because the bathroom on the other side of the wall is already still gutted. (See here.)

On Saturday, we made a trip to purchase the necessary materials and¬†then got straight to work! The project took a few hours, and we did run into a few bumps along the way…¬†In the end, we wound up tearing out¬†two more walls in the guest bathroom in order to find a place to feed the wire, but when it came to the electrical work, we didn’t have any hiccups. Thank¬†God!¬†

Now we are able to turn on the sconces with the flip of one switch, and I am much happier with the way they look as well.

Now, I suppose it’s time to start considering some artwork for above the bed. I’m thinking about this piece from Restoration Hardware. What do you think?

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I was recently inspired by my good friend, Beth and her post on pantry organization.

As you can see from the picture below, it was difficult to find just about anything in our pantry… especially spices. They were staked about 10 wide and 20 deep, and you had to lift each one to read the label if you were trying to find something.

Bags of bulk food were also a big issue…¬† So, I headed down to The Container Store¬†in hopes of finding something¬†to¬†fix my problem, and I came home with the following items. (By the way, if you spend $100 in-store this month, you get a $15 gift card to use in June!)


Then I stopped by Hobby Lobby to pick up some craft supplies.

So I could do this:

Please ignore the burn mark on the counter under the cashews. Someone (hmhm)…. put a very hot pot there and the counter pretty much melted. Oh well, new countertops are on the list, so we won’t have to look at it for long.

Overall, I think the pantry looks much more organized now, and it’s certainly more functional. I still need a few more containers (Apparently we have a lot more food than I thought we did)… and I would like to find a solution for the cans, but overall I am happy with how it turned out.

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Well, I’m back after a long hiatus… I apologize, but this session got the best of me, and I’m just glad it’s over.

Regardless, I am determined to have a productive interim. (For those of you who don’t know, I work at the Legislature and interim basically means that my busy season is over.)… and Matt and I started this year off right¬†by cleaning out the garage on Friday.

After 2 years of constant construction and furniture projects, our garage was in a sorry/scary state… so much so that just getting to and from the car meant you could potentially lose an eye, or even a limb.

Here’s what it looked like before:


And here’s what it looked like after a trip to the Phoenix City Landfill, Goodwill, and a “FREE – take me!” post on Craigslist.


There’s still a bit of work to do. I need to re-epoxy and repaint the walls. We need another set of cabinets on the left side and the bar in the corner needs some wheels before we can put it¬†on the back patio. (More on that later.)

Regardless,¬†I can now park my car in the garage, and I don’t have to worry about anyone’s safety on their way to the¬†the¬†vehicle.¬†

So, thank you Mr.  Speaker  for giving us the day after Sine Die off!

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