Monthly Archives: May 2013

Two Year Anniversary

Can you believe it’s been 2 years since we said “I Do”?  I took the day off to run some errands and such before our anniversary date.  April let me sleep in before going on a long walk.  It’s gotten pretty hot and humid down here in Knoxville, so April gets tired during her walk.  She actually sat down and panted heavily today, making our walk about 10 minutes longer than usual.

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After our walk, we came home and heard a knock on the door.  At first, I thought that April had knocked something over upstairs.  But no, there was a box of flowers from my awesome husband.

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I ran some errands and then came home just before Matt got home for work.  We lost power for 45 minutes due to severe thunderstorms in the area.  It got pretty stuff in the house, but luckily we didn’t lose anything in the fridge.  We went down to Market Square for dinner. It is my favorite part of Knoxville.  We ate at Bella Luna, which appears to be the only Italian restaurant in town that serves gnocchi.  It was pretty good.  Nothing to write home about, but good food and good service.  After dinner, we headed to Café 4, since I had a BOGO on their cupcakes.  YAY CUPCAKES!  We came home for cupcakes and champagne to celebrate our second anniversary, like we did at our reception.

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The cupcakes were actually pretty good.  I’ve been underwhelmed by them so far, but these were moist and great frosting!

We settled in to watch a video of our reception.  It’s pretty special to us, made more so recently by the passing of my stepdad’s brother, who was the cameraman for us.  Matt doesn’t love watching himself on television, but it’s fun to see our family and friends.  It was a great Second Anniversary.  YAY!  Matt’s the best.

6 Months

Yup, it’s been over 6 months, since I’ve updated.  In that time, we’ve moved into a house, and I’ve finished the first two semesters as a PhD student.  All A’s!!  Oh yeah!

Well, I think I might try to this blogging thing again, so let’s start with a tour of the house including what we’ve been up to with decorating it.

DINING ROOM:

Before (lots of unpacked boxes)

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After

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UPDATE:  Here’s a photo with pictures on the wall!!

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We painted it (Valspar Motor City Blue) and added picture frame wainscoting.  That beautiful corner china hutch was a hand-me-down from Matt’s grandmother.  I love it!  For the wainscoting, I followed this tutorial.  My only words of wisdom are: we nailed in the top of the box, then put glue on the other three pieces and moved them around until they fit.  Then we nailed them in place.  This helped when the pieces weren’t 100% exactly cut correctly.  I love the way it all turned out!

KITCHEN:

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After

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We painted the kitchen (and living room) Cincinnatian Hotel Lindner Blue.  The hallway was already painted Cincinnatian Hotel Nichols Taupe (as a Cincinnatian, I took that as a sign from God), so we kept with the same collection.  As I was painting, I was really worried that the color was too purple.  I couldn’t even sleep the night after I did it, sick with worry.  Luckily, the more I look at it, the more I love it.  Thank goodness, because taping the kitchen took 6 hours.  I don’t ever want to do that again!!  I love how the wall color goes perfectly with the countertops.

LIVING ROOM:

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After

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I love the way that the wall color looks with the white plantation shutters!

HALF BATH:

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After

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YUCK!  This was our first room to paint.  What a horrible faux finish!?!  We just painted it the same color as the hall way (Valspar Cincinnatian Hotel Nichols Taupe).  And that picture is something that I bought about 7 years ago, and I finally found a great place to hang it up.  YAY!

READING ROOM:

Before:

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After

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I apologize for the mess.  BUT WHO PAINTS A ROOM THAT HORRIBLE ORANGE!?!  The only excuse is if you’re a Texas Longhorns Fan.  YUCK!  Again, since the room is really open to the foyer and hallway, we painted the room Nichols taupe.

MASTER BEDROOM:

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After

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Not too much here.  We hung up some pictures and then BOUGHT NEW FURNITURE!!  We’re trying to be adults and stuff.  Both of us have been using the same dressers since college, so we splurged on some Amish solid wood dressers.  We hope to add matching nightstands and a bedframe, soon.

MASTER BATH

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We truly haven’t done much other than add some towel bars.  I’m hanging up some new pictures as we speak.  Stay tuned!

GUEST ROOM

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A need to update the picture, but  just a full size bed.  This quilt (and the one in our bedroom) were both made by my mom.

GUEST BATH

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DUCKS EVERY WHERE!!

OFFICE

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Pretty blah.

LAUNDRY

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In Tennessee, not many houses have basements, which I believe is due to the rock profile beneath the soil.  So our laundry is on the second floor. Hella convenient!

BACKYARD

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April’s favorite part.  She spends most of her time out there.  It’s not big, but big enough.  The holly trees give privacy from the neighbors.  We hope to get some patio furniture and enjoy summer evenings out there, soon.

So that’s the house.  We painted most of the first floor and none of the second (aside from patching holes).  Now that it’s nicer, we’re working a lot in the yard.

What have y’all been up to?  Fun house projects?

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