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Pimpin’ Connor’s Ride

Check out this hunk.

Now, that picture right there, is going straight into his senior yearbook ūüėČ Sorry bud, just paying it forward.

I got this Step2 Buggy from our local Facebook Resale page for $5 last year.¬† This boy LOVES it. We take the dogs for a walk after dinner every night and he loves driving his car around the neighborhood.¬† In fact, “a car!” has become one of his favorite phrases, as he insists on pointing out ALL of the cars on the road, and making all of the car sounds.¬† Best $5 I’ve ever spent.

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Our Office/Playroom Combo… Revealed!

Well, we finally feel like we’re at a point where we don’t think we’ll be changing much more in the office/playroom. ¬†Dare I say this room is “done”? ¬†Well, it’s done… for now.

Here is what we were looking at when we moved in:

And here’s what we have now:

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Fine Art Gallery

David and I have become avid art collectors, if you didn’t know. ¬†Fine art in particular:

And we feel the need to put it on display for the world to see, just so we can brag about it. ūüėČ

Back when we were planning the office/playroom, after we came up with our travel map idea, I came across this project on Pinterest that I absolutely loved!

Source

How cute is that?  The room that we chose for the office/playroom has a ton of wall space, so I thought it would be the perfect place to put it.

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The Wall is Down!

Since the load bearing wall removal is finally complete and now we’re just working on the furnishing and room design, I figured I’d do a post summarizing all of the posts and work we’ve done over the past few months.¬†Plus, I like being organized and having things in one place, much to the annoyance of my husband, but who still reaps the benefits of this trait anyway.

We started with this mess of a never used room:

And are now here, to a beautiful, open, family room:

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This Wall is Coming Down! – Recessed Lighting, Molding, & Paint

For the last few details of the wall removal posts, we just wanted to go through some of the finishing touches on the room.  Starting with the electrical and recessed lighting:

The room is pretty large, and we knew it would be our main gathering area in the evenings after dinner. ¬†It’s so large though, that for it to be properly lighted, we would have had to have way too many lamps, and I knew that just one ceiling light on each side wasn’t going to cut it. ¬†We wanted some lighting that was soft (cue a dimmer!) but lit the area evenly and well, so we (I, haha) decided on recessed lighting. The rest is¬†David’s department, so I’ll let him do the talking:

We didn’t realize how many decisions we had to make on the recessed lighting in the room. How many? What size? How far from each other? How far from the walls? How far from the beam? Should we treat the room as one huge room and space evenly, ignoring the beam? Or is it two separate rooms? It was a lot more difficult than we expected. There is so much conflicting advice online. One thing became pretty clear though, since the beam is not exactly in the center of the room, ignoring it to space the lights would have looked very strange. One row of lights would have been very close to the beam.

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This Wall is Coming Down! – Flooring

This would have been an easier job if I weren’t particular about our flooring. ¬†There I go, making things difficult again. ūüôā ¬†The existing wood flooring in the formal living room area was still in pretty good condition, but my need for consistency won over the opportunity of reusing or refinishing. ¬†The carpeted area in the family room was trash from the day we moved in. ¬†It had a huge stain on it in the main walkway from the previous owners, and it was always embarrassing to have someone over and see them look at it.

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Family Room Design Ideas

I almost titled it “Living Room Design Ideas” but really, it’s a family room. ¬†It’s going to be a place where David, Connor, the dogs, and I will spend a majority of our day while we’re at home (either that or the kitchen), but also where we welcome and have our friends and family congregate and enjoy each other’s company. It’s going to be ALL centered on the family in our home.

Last week we revealed the (almost) finished room HERE.

So before I get back into the not so exciting details about flooring and electrical, I figured I’d do a fun post of what I’m probably going to spend the next 2 months doing: designing and shopping! ūüôā

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This Wall is Coming Down! – The REVEAL

Well, after about 3 months, we have a habitable room again… sans furniture! ¬†Many months of planning and preparation allowed us to get here, and David and I trucking through the final touches after the contractors were finished have finally given us the big, beautiful room that we had always hoped and planned for when we bought this house.

Wanna see?

Here’s a reminder of what we were looking at before. From standing in the kitchen ¬†we used to see this:

And now, we see this:

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A Growth Chart for our Growing Boy (and a discount code for you!)

I’d like to interrupt the “regularly” scheduled wall removal posts for a fun little DIY project. Don’t forget, there’s a special discount code for you readers at the bottom of this post!

We’re pretty close to being done the living room, but we need about 2 Connor-free days of work to finish the flooring. ¬†I’d so much prefer to use a vacation day to get this done while Connor is at school so that we can enjoy our weekends together as a family. ¬†Like this past weekend, we had 3 busy but fun filled days together going to the local coffee shop, hanging out at University of Delaware Alumni weekend, going to the farmer’s market and library, seeing good friends at a going away party (we’re going to miss you, Adam, Janet, Keira, and Cameron!), and a local town’s fun day out¬†(Yorklyn Day). ¬†We were thoroughly exhausted but wouldn’t have it any other way ūüôā

So before we can finish up the living room, I decided to try and finish up this small project over the weekend during one of Connor’s naps. ¬†It’s been something that I’ve been trying to finish ever since Connor turned 1 year old back in February. ¬†We were pretty religious about taking weekly (ugh!) and monthly progress pictures for him for his first year, but then decided to give ourselves a break after year one to just check in once in awhile. Man, was that a commitment. ¬†But the output was priceless! ¬†Here’s a glimpse:

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This Wall is Coming Down! – HVAC, Electrical, & Drywall

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Thank you to all of our armed forces who sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy the freedom that we have today <3  I read something in the news last week about the National Moment of Remembrance that I probably should have know about before, but I hope everyone took a moment to think about the importance of this holiday.

What. A. Project. ¬†The end is near, you guys! ¬†Yet, not near enough. ¬†Sorry for being so silent these past few weeks. ¬†We’ve been posting over on our IG¬†about some progress here and there, but life has just gotten in the way. ¬†Surviving through the days lately has been our motto.

The good news! ¬†The contractors are all done! (Well almost… apparently there is a rule that you must have a smoke detector in every bedroom before we’re allowed to close out our building permit, but eh, minor details.) ¬†And now the rest is left up to us to finish. ¬†So here, we’ll just detail out some of the rest of the things the contractors had to take care of before they handed it over to us.

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