Friday, February 11, 2011

Opinions please!!!

Okay, so here are my latest (and hopefully final) ideas about the paint colors for the house..

I just REALLY want other opinions...if you love it, great! If it's not your style, great! If you think it's hideous, great! well, maybe not great , but fine, haha..i just want honest opinions ;)

this is one of those many, many times i miss my mom...she was awesome at this stuff, impecable taste, and a genius with color, ahhhh...i definitely didn't inherit the design gene :P

So, all that in mind, give me the scoop! (oh, and sorry the pics are so small, don't know how to get them bigger from the valspar site ;)

The yellow color is for the living room, we are going back and forth as to whether we want it just like here, with the whitish color to be on the wall below the chair rail trim, or to just have the trim the white, with the yellow bottom and top, what do you think? the dining room is behind, to see what they look like together :)

dining, i realize that it looks different from the above pic, but it's the same, i guess the lighting is just supposed to be different ;)

Audrey's room...i know it's maybe a bit loud...but i want something happy and fun, and matches her's pretty much the opposite of her room now, haha

Our room

hallway/entry i was against having the trim painted a "color" because i really don't like the way it is right now, but i liked the idea of using the same color as the main living space, just switching it, i wanted to keep the same feel throughout :)

so what do you think??

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

big changes.. usual, blah, blah blah, sorry I don't ever update, etc. etc...i will try to do it more often, etc. etc.

Now that I got THAT out of the way...there is lots of excitement going on in the Lowder household these days! Well, the biggest news is that our household is moving to a NEW household :) Yep! We are buying our first place! This is huge, I mean monumental news (well, at least for me, haha). Anyone who knows me knows that I have not been very happy in our place for a while, I mean for about 3 years, haha. It is pretty dang run down, there is no yard, and we can't really make it our own, because we are renting. I will miss the neighborhood for sure, the trail around the neighborhood, and the multiple playgrounds.

We never meant to stay here long..It was supposed to be a place to live while we were saving money and finding our perfect first home. 4 years later, we are finally moving on. We didn't even plan on looking until next year, we were set to renew our lease until right before Christmas when friends of Ron's dad was looking for a buyer for their home. Everything fell into place, and here we are, just a week until we close!
It is a perfect little starter home, 3 BR 2 bath, a living room, dining room, eat in kitchen, a den, utility/laundry room, plenty of storage and best of all a fenced in back yard with a shed out back :)

Well, what this all means, it that we are busy, busy, busy...and this is the time that I choose to start the blog back up? haha!
What I really want is to let everybody in on what is going on...I felt bad that so many people that care about us don't know what is going on with this big event in our lives, so rather than calling everybody and saying "we made an appointment for painters to come to the house for an estimate" haha, I will just update everybody at once ;)

That being said...Closing is Friday, Feb. 18th.. we are getting most of the house painted in the first 3 days (you will see why in a minute), then we move...and try to be done by Tuesday the 22nd when our moving help and babysitters will be leaving for a cruise :)
and I have a bunch of pictures to share (of course, true Nora style)

It's funny, the time I went and took pictures we were showing the house to Ron's folks with our real estate agent (the night our offer was accepted :) it was night, and I didn't get any outside shots, so those will come later..

For now, here is our new little domain

View from the front door...AWESOME wallpaper..think we'll keep it, what do you think? haha

From the entry into the living don't think we have to paint this room, do you?

Living room into beautimous wall paper entry

View from dining room into living room (those beautiful floors were covered by carpet! They are being refinished for us ;)

View into the dining room, sorry..not a great pic, i was trying to do it fast, while trying to keep kids from harming themselves on all the carpet tacks :P

From dining room to kitchen

Audrey testing out the cabinets and drawers

Eat in kitchen

Eat in kitchen to den (play room)

From den to kitchen

Ron in my laundry/utility room (right off of den)

Beautiful pink kids bathroom :P

Boys' bedroom

Audrey's room (must. be. girl will not be living in a gray room)

Our gorgeous pink master bedroom

Master bedroom to bath

Master bath shower stall :P

Cabinets in master bath, will be renovated one day..not yet though, sigh

Weeeelll, thats it! And I couldn't be happier :) This is the perfect little house for us..please be prepared...I am already thinking of a post to ask for opinions on paint colors and stuff..I need to hurry up and make decisions! What with trying to pack our entire lives, while 3 kids are running around, while Ron works about 65-70 hours a week, and all 3 kids were sick with the flu (even though they had the flu shot) this week. I have not had time to think about anything!

So, as I started...I will end with a blah blah blah....I hope that I update more, etc, etc, hahaha :)
Thanks for reading!