Another week in the house, another week closer to feeling settled and another Tuesday Tidbits. We are still working on lots of odds-n-ends with the house (a trim piece here, some more caulk there, etc) and we are slowly decorating. As I’ve said before, I take my time with this. I especially take my time with making decor purchases and hanging things on the walls. They both feel so permanent that I want to be really sure.
Below is our upstairs guest suite and while it is not decorated yet, it is done enough for guests. New bedding, new towels in the bathroom, extra blankets….you name it. While we have entertained friends during our evenings, we haven’t had any overnight guests just yet. But I’m guessing that will change in the near future. As we have found in our master suite, the upstairs of the house is SO quiet it’s amazing and a littler eery. Side note: if you ever wondered whether the spray insulation was worth it or not – it IS. That stuff lets in no sound. Zero. Zilch.
I’ve posted several photos of our kitchen, but it’s tough to get a feel for the size. I thought I would try and show you the dining area. The table (including the chairs) is a little over 12 feet long.
We ended up with so much space on each side of the table, that we could turn the table side ways and it would still fit with room to spare.
And while some people we use this space, Trent and I have found that we love (read: absolutely LOVE) having empty space. I realize it’s not everyone’s taste…but we love having room to roam.
In other news, we are trying to figure out what we want to do with the small fireplace. Both fireplaces have been a huge ordeal that never should have happened (take my advice and never…repeat NEVER hire someone without a massive reference list in the exact area you are wanting). While the large fireplace did not come with any great quality from the carpenter, we have managed to “fix it” and are happy with it now (generally speaking). The smaller fireplace is a much worse situation. The carpenter mis-measured several pieces and when asked to measure correctly and repair it, he did but then handed it over unfinished (no paint, final sanding, nothing). Trent and I have been ignoring it for the last couple of months and now it’s time to figure it out. Originally, the plan was to paint it the same white as the trim. While I think we will still do that, we feel like the entire fireplace needs to be beefed up in size. Initially, we are thinking all the trim pieces need to be twice their current size. So, as the old saying goes “if you want something done well, do it yourself.” Do you have any great ideas on this fireplace? We have talked through tons of options. Painting it a different color, adding a matching piece of granite to the top mantel (that would match the hearth), even adding some brick/stone, etc. It’s time for us to stop ignoring this little guy and just fix the problem.
As always, thank you for following along and have a wonderful week!