Sunday, June 19, 2011

Please don't judge me. House BEFORE pics...

Welcome to the Casa de LeeLee and B. Please don't judge me based on these pictures. I'm a very clean and organized person, I have just acquired too much "stuff" in the past 4 years, thrown it into a room and called it "decorated."

Not anymore, my friends. It's time to purge, clean, organize and STYLE!

This is the front of our house. I love our sweet little yellow house. Don't love the overgrown landscaping and bushes-that-need-to-be-trimmed.

Plans for the front/outside of our house:
1. Clean up landscaping.
2. Freshen up mulch.
3. Clean & freshen up porch & sidewalk - new wreath, cute sign to go by sidewalk.

This is our back patio. I love a patio, but we rarely spend any time out here because it gets a lot of sunlight = it gets HOT.

Plans for the back patio:
1. Re-paint patio flooring, steps and back railing.
2. Paint patio furniture - already have the spray paint!
3. Put up umbrella - hello, it's been sitting in our garage for months!
4. Clean up and freshen up.
5. Fix water feature - see that galvanized tub in the bottom right corner? It's actually a cute water feature, it just needs to be cleaned up!
6. Put wagon in garage.
7. Possibly get an outdoor rug?

We have an ENORMOUS backyard. Like crazy big.
See those chairs sitting back there?
Well those are some cute Adirondack chairs sitting INSIDE our fire pit.

Plans for backyard:
1. Clean up Adirondack chairs and set them AROUND the fire pit. Duh.
2. We would also like to eventually put some pavers/stones around the fire pit. We may have to wait for those as $$$ is the key!

Inside our sweet house.

Plans for the living room/den:
1. Above the couch, we want to make a gallery wall of pictures and artwork with barnwood frames. We already have a ton of barnwood frames, so we just need to get some pictures printed and get started on that!
2. I have already bought some fun green fabric to make 4 pillows for the couch, and last night, we found a couple of throw pillows for cheap at TJ Maxx, and they match perfectly!
3. We're hoping to score a couple of inexpensive wicker ottomans (with storage capabilities) to go in front of the couch - anyone know where we can find some for a good price?
4. I'm hoping to find a rug - one that's big and colorful. The thing with rugs and our house is that our dog, Turner, destroys them. He LOVES to run through the house, and a lot of times, he ends up snagging/pulling them. Has anyone else had this problem? I found a jute rug at World Market that I LOVE, I just don't want to spend any money on something he will tear up...suggestions, please!

5. We need to get rid of baby gear that we don't use anymore (i.e., the swing and bouncy seat)
6. Re-arrange/purge bookshelves. Looking at this picture, I realize just how messy and crowded they look. I want to STREAMLINE and organize BIG time!
7. I'm obsessed with the Ikea green boxes (we have some in our office) - they are great for magazines, books and DVDs (plus they are super cheap!). So, I'm hoping to figure out what we want to keep, put it in a box and get rid of everything else!
8. I'm going with a navy and green color scheme in this room, so I want to use only those colors on the shelves.
9. I want to line the bottom shelves with big baskets for Annie's things - she doesn't have too many toys and things right now, but we spend a lot of time in this room, so I want to be able to just pick her things up at the end of the day and put them in "her" baskets!

10. We also want to get a new entertainment center. The one we have is OLD. B had that ugly old thing in college - it's all scratched up and worn out. I want something with drawers/openings for baskets or boxes where we can store DVDs, video games and movies. And something that doesn't look too bad would be nice, too! B and I have picked out a nice, inexpensive one from Ikea - hopefully, we can make a trip there soon!
11. You can get a glimpse of our china cabinet in the left-hand side of this picture. B and I bought this piece for $50 when we got back from our honeymoon. It's the first piece of furniture we bought together - it's gorgeous, but doesn't really fit with our living room right now - so off to storage it will go!
12. My mom has a really neat china cabinet that she's not using at this time, so we're going to take it off her hands, paint it green to match the den and put our china and serving pieces in there. I have NEVER used my china to date, but I know one day when I have a beautiful dining room, I will display it proudly!


Plans for our kitchen:
1. Love the kitchen - not too many plans here. Just organizing and freshen-ing up! (notice a theme here?)

Eating area beside kitchen

Plans for the eating area:
1. Move our antique red and white enamel table from the office to the kitchen. The legs need tightening up, but that's about it. This black table with either get passed on to another family member or put up in storage, as it is a nice table and chairs.
2. I have some really cute and colorful wooden chairs to go around the table.
3. Make a cute "eating" station for Turner - right now we just use a mish-mash of bowls and things for him. I would like to make him something cute!

Laundry room/nook

Plans for the laundry room/nook:
1. I have already organized all the cleaning products - I just need to make labels for each basket.
2. I want to either wallpaper this room with some adorable gingham paper, or paint it a fun color.


Plans for the hallway:
1. Create a gallery wall of frames and art. We have tons of pictures that need to be framed, as well as a few pieces of artwork from some of our family members - hopefully this will be something we can start small and make bigger!

Annie Louise's/guest bathroom
Right now, this room is a mess! It used to be our "pretty" bathroom, now I'm wanting to liven it up and make it cute for our sweet girl.

Plans for AL's bathroom:
1. Finish shower curtain - my mom and I bought a fun, bright shower curtain from Target, and we made big appliques for it - now it just needs to be finished!
2. Change our accessories and make it more fun (the lamps, artwork, etc) - spray paint is GREAT for this!
3. We need a cute and colorful basket to sit on top of the countertop for towels.

Please excuse the mess in here - I was taking pictures as Annie Louise was dragging everything out. That's her NEW favorite thing...pulling things OFF shelves!

Plans for playroom/office:
1. Organize toys and crafting materials
2. Paint desk that's in our garage to match - it's going to be teal blue!
3. Get a new desk chair - hopefully, Ikea will have the $22 red one I want!
4. Make a wire/twine hanging place for manner cards (those are the cute cards I scored for almost nothing...they are the inspiration behind this room)
5. Create a gallery of frames for pictures and artwork - I have some really great photos of Turner that I would like to use in here!
6. Purchase a new light fixture - we like the sun ceiling lamp from Ikea - we already have the flower wall lamps, so the sun will look so cute!
7. Find a rug!

Other side of the playroom where our computer sits
(that's the table we're moving to the eating area)

hey, where did that baby come from????

A look at the playroom from the door - I have a lot of organizing to do!!!!!
there's that cute baby again!

Master Bedroom
Sorry that the light in the pictures is so bad...

We are hoping to create a calm and peaceful bedroom - we don't want too contemporary, but we do want something that is more young and appropriate for us.
I mean, we are kind of hip and all!

Plans for our bedroom:
1. Paint - we have picked out a grey color. This room gets a TON of light, so we want to do something a little darker to balance all the natural light it gets.
2. New bedding (something for a couple on a budget) - we used to co-sleep with a big dog named Turner. I am proud to say he hasn't sleep with us for the past couple of months - I am sleeping MUCH better and not waking up covered in dog hair. He pretty much destroyed all of our nice bedding, thus the need for something new.
3. New curtains (again, budget is key)
4. Fix the frame above our bed with wire and clips so we can hang pictures on it.
5. New lamps (budget, budget, budget)
6. Get rid of television...I'm kind of nervous about this one, but I know having a television in the bedroom isn't very good for, uh, romance....
7. Streamline and organize!

Master Bathroom
We want our bathroom to be an extension of our bedroom - right now, the two rooms are not cohesive at all. Hopefully, we can change that!

Plans for our Master Bathroom:
1. Paint a lighter shade of the grey we are using in the bedroom - there are no windows in the bathroom, so we want it to be lighter in here.
2. New shower curtain to match.
3. New rugs/bathmats to match.
4. Streamline/organize.
5. Re-cover the top of my little stool - leopard print doesn't go very well with the colors we have chosen!
6. We BIG time need to organize our closets. Every other room/closet is pretty organized, but you do NOT want to look in our closets!

So, as you can see, we have LOTS to do. B asked me why I was putting this all on the internet for everyone to see, and I told him that I hoped it would keep me accountable to get these things done! Plus, I want to have AFTER pictures, too!

Anyone else out there doing the same thing I am doing, and can you offer any advice/tips!?!?!???

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