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New homeowner Mecca... The Home Depot!

Mecca for new homeowners…  Home Depot!

My house is a sea of unpacked boxes and my shower is currently full of wet paint, so I am hardly in a place to post any current pictures.  But don’t worry — I’m taking a few days off from work to organize my new life and I’ll be back (and properly coiffed) next week!

Yesterday

So…. yesterday I bought a house!  It was a very surreal feeling as I signed a million forms and walked away as a homeowner.  Funny thing is that after you sign all the forms you can’t actually go into your new house for a few hours!  So we killed some time exploring our new town.  Our first stop was to Tendercrop Farm, an adorable local shop with fresh produce, bakery items, and meats. I admired all the pumpkins on display and I can’t wait to go back to pick one out to carve!

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Sweater: J.Crew / Pants: J.Brand / Boots: Frye / Bag: Longchamp / Sunglasses: Prada

Tendercrop Farm is also an actual farm and I channeled my inner child as I ran around looking at all their chickens, turkeys, roosters, cows, pigs, sheep, ducks, and an alpaca!  I just think these guys are so neat looking. And we clearly hit it off, as he had no problems posing for a little iPhone photoshoot.

Llama Tendercrop Farm

When we were finally allowed into our new house we rushed back to talk about paint colors.  We’re repainting nearly every room to give the house a fresh start and help make it a little more “ours”.  Sorry to the previous owners, but I’m not a fan of the olive green living room, nor the lime green and red kitchen, or the bright blue bathroom.

Coop

Speaking of farms, we now have our very own chicken coop right in our back yard.  I’m not sure when there were chickens in it last, but sadly I think it will just be an ornamental fixture in our yard, as Doug is very adamant that I cannot have any chickens. I think it would be kind of fun to have your own fresh eggs, but I suppose I can take the 2 mile bike ride to Tendercrop Farm when I’m in the mood for an omelette.

Things may be a little slow here for the next week while I finish packing, moving, and unpacking.  But stay tuned for some house updates, adventures in our new town, our last two weddings of the year, and more!

Modern Girl Monday: House Guest Rules

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My home for the week

Now that summer is finally in full swing, I know I am just dying to get out to the local beaches and lakes with my friends and family.  But sadly I don’t own a house by the beach or lake, so I’m usually a guest at someone’s house. And while it is so nice and relaxing to get away from daily life, there are some rules to being a good house guest!

1) Clean up
This should be a no-brainer, but I’ll just go ahead and mention it first anyway.  Make sure to clean up after yourself!  Put your dishes in the dishwasher (even if the host puts theirs in the sink!), keep your room and bathroom tidy, and don’t leave your belongings everywhere.  Leave the space cleaner than you found it!

2) Entertain yourself
If you’re visiting for more than just a day or two, give your hosts a break from entertaining you and do something  on your own.  Go for a walk on the beach or a drive into town. As much as they love having you, everyone needs their own alone time!

3) Don’t poke around
Most hosts and hostesses will say “make yourself at home” or “help yourself to anything you need,” but just because someone has opened their house to you, doesn’t mean you can poke around everywhere!  If your host doesn’t leave a set of towels for you in your room, ask where they are before you start opening cupboards and closets. If you wake up before your hosts and you’re starving, don’t head to the kitchen and start making a mess– pour yourself some OJ and sit on the porch with the paper until they are awake.

4) Thank your host/hostess
Be sure to explicitly thank your host/hostess for inviting you into their home. I also like to bring a little something along, just a small token to show my gratitude. The gift varies depending on who I visit, but it might be an outdoor plant for their patio, a nice bottle of wine, or something a bit more personal like this adorable monogrammed cheese board.

Of course this isn’t an all-inclusive list.  Use your best judgement (and common sense!) and think about how you would feel if the roles were reversed.   And don’t forget to have fun!

House Adventures & Misadventures

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Another weekend of house hunting, and no success.  I am starting to think that I will never find a house!  We’ve been looking for months, had some offers declined, and our only accepted offer we decided to rescind after seeing how many skeletons were hiding in the closets. (Thank you awesome home inspector!) However, the day wasn’t a total bust, and we stopped at Whole Foods for lunch, coffee, and a peony pick-me-up! I’m thinking I should have spent more time ironing my shirt before we left the house.  Oh well!  Now I’m just waiting for Friday when more open houses will be posted for the weekend.  Wouldn’t it be nice to find our dream house on our 1st wedding anniversary??

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Shirt: J.Crew (chambray version) / Pants: J.Crew / Bag: old Kate Spade (similar)
Scarf: vintage Valentino (similar) / Shoes: Dolce Vita / Sunglasses: Prada

Dinner party!

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This warmer weather has made me really excited to have friends over for outdoor barbeques and dinner parties!  I know that all you really need for a great party is some food and your friends– but, of course, there are some other items that help make the event even better!  For a fancier dinner you may want a decanter to help open up your wine and let it breathe.  If it’s a birthday you could display your confetti cake in a cute domed cake plate.  Or, you can just jazz up your table with some candles and Ikat plates!

Bamboo serving utensils / Ikat dinnerwear / Decanter
Cake plate / Cutting Board / Candles