Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New lamps!

One of the things we've had a constant battle with is lamp lighting.  We tend to buy lamps on sale, and we tend to buy a bunch of different lamps, which as resulted in consistent mismatched lighting.  Well, mom and dad alerted us to a lighting sale recently, and we ended up walking out with three new lamps!

We got coordinating lamps for the great room - same finish, same texture, but different shapes...

And we love them!  We really feel like they are modern with a traditional suggestion and unify the sitting area.  We also go another (really cool) table top lamp for our bedroom.  The hope (that came true) was that it would bring a little more light so that we could get rid of a random (and incredibly inexpensive) floor lamp we had to use for lighting.  

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Winston's update on the kitchen...

Hi guys, mom and dad have been super busy, and since I've had to spend some time behind bars this week, I've had plenty of time...

Mom called the electrician, and he came on Wednesday.  I do not like this man one little bit.  I am very suspicious of him, and he doesn't give me the time of day.  This makes me very ornery, and I tried to give him what for.  I got in trouble and ended up in my crate for the day.  Misery.  What's not miserable, though, is how much better the kitchen looks now!  The ceiling looks higher, the cabinets, countertops, everything looks newer and younger!  BEHOLD!!!!  This is a day shot...

One minor detail is that the removal of the fluorescent light box left a rather noticeable mark with some holes in the ceiling.

Dad says he now is going to have to scrape and paint the ceiling.  They planned on doing this, anyway, but not quite as soon as next weekend!  So, for the meantime, let's just soak in the beauty that 6 can lights with non-flourescent bulbs creates, shall we?

Same shot as before, just at night...

Mom can see to cook again!  Yay!  Hope I get in on that sampling action...

xoxo, Winston

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Guess what's next on our project list?

It has been an eyesore from the beginning. We knew we were going to take it down and do can lights. However, a few months back, lights started burning out, and we quickly discovered it's not the lights that need replacing, the fixture is just giving up on us. Well, the time has come. Just one very sad and flickering light now remains...  Let's hope our electrician can fit us in quickly!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Christmas gift

Well, the long-awaited update on what we've done in our house over the holidays is upon us.  So, I will start with a story.  On Thanksgiving day, hubby pointed to a 55 inch TV in the Best Buy add and told his mom he wanted it and that she should go get it - as a joke.  The next day, over leftovers, he asked her if she went and got his TV.  Her answer was yes.  We all chuckled.  The joke was on us; behold our new HUGE TV:

And my little love-bear that my Grammy made ages ago :)  So, she majorly surprised us, and we were left with a large TV that we could move into hubby's office... except that there was already a TV there in an armoire.  So, we did what we do best on a Friday night; we started moving stuff.

First, you will see that the chairs have been moved again, and "Grandma's chair" has once-again returned.  The room feels a lot cozier now, and not so huge and bowling-alley-ish.

And, this new arrangement also allows room to easily access the bookcase storage!  Yippee!

So, the old (big) TV went to the office.  The armoire didn't fit the TV, so we had to do a switcher-roo. First, we have to show off the new duvet cover and shams - the crummy light doesn't do it justice.  Mom and Dad gave it to us (along with a new comforter!) for Christmas, but I had to exchange the pillow shams, which just arrived yesterday!

The paisley pattern has the exact color of the walls in it.  It was absolutely meant to be.

And, the armoire from the front room made its way into the bedroom.  Yes, I finally gave in to a TV in the bedroom.  However, this has been a plus; on the weekends, I now can just fall asleep in my bed while attempting to stay up and watch TV with hubby instead of drooling on the couch until he nudges me awake to stumble to bed!

We love our thoughtful gifts from our parents, but more importantly, we loved the time we got to spend with them over Christmas.  We are so blessed to not only both have wonderful parents, not only both have great in-laws we enjoy being with, but also to have parents who enjoy spending time together with us!  I promise to post updates on what we've been spending our weekends doing soon... but in the meantime, I still have laundry waiting on me!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The year in review...

I know, it's kind of been a while.  Well, we've been busy, just not necessarily always at Turnberry Love.  I promise to show some pictures of what we've been up to soon.  In the meantime, Happy New Year!  Happy New Year?  Excuse me, did 2013 happen?

I read a lot of "Thankful 2013 is over" and "2013 was really tough, glad it's gone" comments on the good ole' Facebook.  Well, I'm glad I had it and I'm thankful for all the experiences.  Yes, it was a challenging year, but has anyone actually had a year that wasn't challenging?  And, with all those challenges came such wonderful rewards.  Let's take a moment and be thankful, shall we?

January 2013: We worked on the Jack and Jill bathroom and blocked off our hallway to experiment with various house configurations.  We also got snow.  We also made it 1 year without Grandma in our lives.

February 2013: My husband made our bed.  Major moment. =) We took a little mini-vacation, and it snowed in Myrtle Beach.  I hosted a bridal shower for my soon-to-be sister-in-law and met an awesome photographer, who documented it all beautifully.  Jack and Jill bathroom still in progress...

March 2013: We began the great "move furniture around for fun on Fridays" theme that lasted the rest of the year and gave some much needed TLC to our first home together.  We also celebrated 13 years since our first kiss, parents' birthdays, and the wonderful news that my bother and future sister-in-law would be staying in W-S for residency!

April 2013: Grandma's dining room table became furniture re-done in our dining room, and I ran the Cooper River Bridge run in my fastest 10K time yet (would have been faster, but people were pooping out all in front of me).

May 2013: I began the unveiling my first real quilt, square by square, which I made with love for the new Rejeski family and gave to them at their wedding.  My brother married a wonderful woman.  I cried a lot this month.  My baby brother was all grown up and entering a new stage of his life... so happy for him and yet such a bittersweet moment, too...

June 2013: We built our closet out and bought a massive 4-poster bed.  Our first house sold.  Yup, you guessed it, I cried again.

July 2013: We stayed busy.  We put in a new back door, painted rent houses, and bought a huge rug for the living room after LOTS of searching.

August 2013: Tragedy struck Turnberry Love.  Winstonian was diagnosed with a bulging disc.  We were heartbroken.  And so began a long journey of recovery and little sleep.

September 2013: We celebrated 4 years of marriage, took a *real* vacation, and looked back on all our progress - in the house, our marriage, and personally.

October 2013: I made my first set of real drapes.  I went nawth.  Travis experienced apple-picking for the first time.  Great memories were made with special friends.

November 2013: We got our new chairs, I entered the world of real slip-covers, we got fans installed... and then tragedy struck again, in the form of taking a life too early, affecting a dear dear friend, and in another dear friend losing a loved one to a long battle.  It made us all hug a little tighter, stand a little closer, live in the moment a little longer.

December 2013: What the heck did we do in December?  Ah yes, focus was really on our next project, which I tease will come soon.  I don't have nearly as good of a log of it, but I'll see what I can do.  And, we welcomed our niece into the world.  I am a legit "aunt" now.  Crazy =)

So, cheers, 2013.  Thank you for the good, the bad, the ugly, and the wonderful.  You shaped us to be who we are in 2014, and we look forward to all the promise 2014 holds!