Happy Easter!

I can’t wait to decorate next year for Easter!  Who am I kidding…I can’t wait to decorate for any holiday at all in our new house!  I think I will probably use any excuse to decorate.  Secretary’s Day?  Groundhog Day? National Cookie Day?  (Yes, there is such a thing…and it’s December 4.)

Here are a few of the decorating ideas I’m currently loving:

easter   spring mantle. Gorgeous   Dear Lillie: Spring Tablescape and Dining Room - It's a Spring Thing

Spring Mantel   eggs

You can check out more of my favorite holiday ideas on my Pinterest page.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday, and that the Easter Bunny is good to ya!

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More Fireplace Love

Yall know that I’m in love with the fireplaces in the house…all 8 of them!  And I’m also a huge fan of the blog Young House Love.  On Wednesday, two of my favorites came together in this blog post.

John and Sherry of Young House Love updated their ugly old brick fireplace into a large, inviting focal point.  And they made it look so easy!  I’ve seen enough of their stuff to know that they are true DIY pros, but I think Charles and I could handle this project.  I think it would look great to add it to the office fireplace and stain it a very dark brown.  We are planning to go “moody” and paint the walls a hunter green  with lots of dark and wood accents, so I think this would be a great addition!

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Here’s a few pictures of John & Sherry’s work:

Another Craigslist Score

Charles and I definitely want a 36″ gas range for the new kitchen.  However, since we know it will be quite a while before we get to the kitchen, we didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a new appliance.  So I was excited when browsing Craigslist one day I found a Jennaire 36″ gas range.  It was white, and not the prettiest thing in the world, but it would certainly get the job done until we can afford an upgrade.

So Charles contacted the seller and we went to check it out one Sunday afternoon.  The sale price was $90, which is super cheap…these retail for around $1600 new.  The range looked to be in good shape.  A few minor cracks and a couple of knobs needing to be replaced, but overall, a good option for us.  (It even included the manuals!)

After we looked at it for a few minutes and decided we wanted it, Charles offered the guy $80.  (I learned from my dad that you NEVER pay full price on Craigslist and everything is negotiable.)  The guy seemed sort of put off and said that he would like to get at least $125 out of it.  WHAT!?!  It was listed for $90!!!!  He didn’t seem to want to budge, so Charles played hardball and walked away, telling him to give us a call if he decided he could sell it for $80.  Well it was only about 4 days later that we got a text from him saying it was ours for $80 if we wanted it.  I was so proud of my hubby for his negotiating skills!!  It really paid off and ended up getting us a fully functional gas range (in the size we want, which is hard to find) for an incredible price.

Check it out…and yes, it does include all of the knobs and burner covers, I was just too lazy to get them all out and put them on!

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On a similar note, our apartment living room is starting to look like a used furniture and appliance shop!  Oh how I long for storage!!

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702 Park Avenue…Across the Country

It started with me wondering what 702 Park Avenue in Manhattan looked like.  I feel like I’m way above my pay grade living on a street named Park Avenue!  The cheapest apartment I found for sale when browsing Park Avenue in NYC was about $1.3 million.  So yeah…we’re gonna stick with good ol’ NC!

So I began to wonder what some other places with the address 702 Park Avenue might look like in different parts of the country.  Here’s what I found…

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park city, ut

pasadena

silverton 2

silverton, ID

tucson - UA

Happy Friday, yall!  Have a fantastic weekend!  (And happy birthday to my favorite cousin-in-law, Coach Michael Ellis!)

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