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Building Our Very First Home {Part 14}

So, spoiler alert – Luke and I moved into our home in the beginning of March. I know, I’m a horrible person for not keeping you all updated! Sorry. We’ve been so busy moving, decorating and finishing things like the outside fence, laundry room cabinets, laundry chute and more.

We were told “you’re never actually done with your house” and I now realize (and believe) that statement. But it’s okay (!!), because it’s exciting to keep adding new features and decorate. I love it 🙂

Oh, and did I mention that we still have no TV or internet??? Yup, that’s right. Over a month with no media… thanks …

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Sign the Wine Guestbook & Gift {DIY}

A couple of years ago, I had the wonderful pleasure of being a bridesmaid to my BFF [and fellow LL805 blogger], Hayley.  There are so many fun details when it comes to planning weddings — some of which, include the parties and celebrations surrounding the big event.

At Hayley’s engagement party, I wanted something for the couple to have that would commemorate this celebration.  Also, I wanted it paired with a fun activity for the guests to do, while milling around the party.

Thus was born: Sign the Wine.

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Building Our Very First Home {Part 13}

Hardware. Lighting Fixtures. Again, not as easy as you’d think. I know, I’ve said that a lot during this whole process. And it’s true.

There’s just too many options and when you have a budget, you always tend to like the ones that are just a little bit too expensive. We ended up getting a lot of our lighting fixtures online and from Lowe’s – which had great prices. Our dining room chandelier from Ballard Designs and our kitchen pennants from Grandin Road (we actually bought these both before we even started the house!).

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How to Make The Most of Your Garage Sale {10 Things}

Considering the fact that we are having a SWEET multi-family garage sale this Saturday, we decided to reference our previous post for some tips and tricks to holding the perfect garage sale.  This is the time for Spring Cleaning [and for saving up for those summer vacations!], so organize that closet and turn your trash into cash!

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So, we all know that garage sales are a lot of work, but they can also be super worth it (if you do it right). My husband was not excited to hear …

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How To: Host a Beer + Bourbon Tasting Bash

My husband Brett turned 32 in January (??!), and for the second year in a row, our plans for FootGolf got rained out — boo!  C’mon, when does it ever rain here?!

With the stormy forecast looming in the near distance, I knew we had to switch horses — and fast.  With 4 days to spare, we created a birthday bash from two of Brett’s favorite things: beer + bourbon.

Here are some of our favorite details that we incorporated to pull the theme together:

Beer Blind Taste Testing

It’s simple: go to your local liquor mega-store (like Total Wines or BevMo), and pick out 6 different six-packs …

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How to Create Your Own Decor {DIY Painted Mirror}

One of the things that I love about my mother-in-law is that she is the best garage sale shopper.  She always finds the coolest pieces that have good bones, and knows the difference between a great find and a piece of you-know-what.  When we moved into our first home two years ago, she brought down a slew of amazing pieces to help decorate the empty spaces that come when moving from a 1-bedroom apartment to a 4-bedroom house.

One of my favorite items was this mirror, which has graced my mantle for the past year and a half.  It’s a great mirror, but it was ready for an update.

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Building Our Very First Home {Part 11}

The cabinets boxes are in (!!), and the paint… ohhh the paint. We were told that picking out paint colors is really difficult, so we did a ton of research online (hello, Pinterest and Houzz) and thought we had it in the bag. No need to buy samples and try it out beforehand.

Well, the next day we came in just a bit after our painter had started and we immediately had to stop him. Our main “greige” color looked more like a powder blue and the “navy blue” powder bath looked way too bright. #gofigure #itoldyaso

So Luke and I then stopped everything we were doing and drove down to the Sherwin Williams store in Thousand Oaks, picked out more …

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Building Our Very First Home {Part 10}

A lot has happened at our home. Things have been moving quickly and I’ve fallen a bit behind (sorry!), especially with the holidays. First major update, the exterior stone veneer is done! LocalLove805 - craftsman home - new constructionLocalLove805 - craftsman home - new constructionSecond update, doors are in! We picked the three panel doors to compliment the craftsman style, but also because some of our doors seem very narrow and tall so this style looked the best (we have taller than average doors, 8 ft).

We also picked our …

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Chocolate Stir Spoons: Holiday Gifting {DIY}

When it comes to the holidays, it’s often overwhelming to think of how many people there are to buy for — especially if you work in an office with a ton of coworkers!

There are a ton of great DIY gifts floating around the cyber-verse (ahem, Pinterest), but here is one of my new favorite gifts that you can give to bosses, co-workers, administrative assistants, your mail carrier, your child’s teacher, and anyone else that unexpectedly gave you a gift but you awkwardly didn’t get them ANYTHING.

I made a grip of these chocolate stir spoons as a party favor for last year’s Fakesgiving event, and people …

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