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Our First Anniversary

Our first anniversary was back on 8-10-13, but I realized I never shared it with you.  We didn’t do anything too extravagant, but as a part of my gift to Noel (and let’s be honest, myself), I scheduled us an anniversary shoot.  I thought I was being all clever seeing as the traditional gift for your first anniversary is paper, and you know, photographs = paper.  Yeahhhh. Anyways, when the photographer asked us where we wanted to take our pictures, at first I wasn’t sure.  But the more I thought about it, it seemed perfect to take them in our house.  We only had about a month left in our townhouse, so I wanted to capture us in our first home, seeing as that house was such an integral part of our first year of marriage.

So I’ll get right to it and show you the goods.

Kirsten + Noel-7N+K House 1 Kirsten + Noel-1 Kirsten + Noel-3 N+K Dining RoomKirsten + Noel-15 Kirsten + Noel-18N+K 2Kirsten + Noel-26N+K RoxyKirsten + Noel-65N+K Roxy2Kirsten + Noel-90

We absolutely love how they turned out…and I find myself going through them when I get homesick for a clean, comfortable finished home.  Soon enough this house will get there, but until then, I’ll just live vicariously through these photos.

All photos courtesy of Hello Love Photography 

Dining Room Dreaming

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break!  Between being busy with work & holiday festivities, I not only took a break from blogging, but we ended up putting the entire house on hold for the past month.  Now that all the holiday craziness is over though, we’re excited to be back at it and making progress.

When we first bought the house, I had hoped to finish majority of the kitchen by Christmas, but our month hiatus put a damper on those dreams.  Now Noel thinks we’ll be able to finish by February (he wants to finish before the Olympics so we can watch them on our big TV in the living room), but honestly I’d be shocked if that happens.  I’ll keep hoping it does though because I am ready for a kitchen again.

Today we actually aren’t going to talk about the kitchen though, we’re going to focus on furniture.  Dining room furniture in particular.  And as you probably remember, when I last updated you guys on the dining room, we had just bought our dining room table.


Since then, we also purchased a rug for the space too (although it hasn’t arrived yet).

Homespun Moraccan Blue Gray Rug

With those two big items down, the only main pieces that remained were the chairs and the light fixture.

Now before we started buying furniture, I did a complete budget breakdown, allocating how much I could spend on each item for the house.  I highly suggest doing so if you’re purchasing a lot of furniture too, because otherwise it’s easy to get carried away and not realize just how much you’re spending.

For the chairs, we had allocated $100 per chair (and if you’ve been in the market for new chairs recently, you know just how impossible that is).  Everything that was the style I was looking for was easily $200+, and I didn’t want to go buy some cheap Ikea chair that would get all wobbly by summer.  I wanted an upholstered look, which isn’t something I could easily thrift and refinish either (because all that detailed tufting work is harrrrrrd to do).

Well, I ended up finding near perfect chairs at Target (the Brookline for those of you that were wondering), that came in at $89 per chair.


I waited for months and months for them to go on sale (even though they were in our budget, I’m all for saving as much as possible, and I know Target does a good job of rotating sales through their home furnishings).  However, during those months, I started to second guess my decision (which is so unlike me).  Because we opted for a dark rug, I thought we should maybe instead go with the lighter version of these same chairs.


I knew the light colored ones would pull out the light pattern in the rug, but I worried they wouldn’t have enough contrast with our light table.  On the contrary, because both the rug and the darker chairs were gray, I worried the two grays would be just off enough to make the colors clash.  So I did what any normal crazy person would do and ordered them both once they went on sale.  Thankfully Target has the best return policy ever, so I knew returning the ones I didn’t want would be no big deal, and then I could compare the colors myself.

Well, everything was all hunkydory until I was reading up on Bower Power Blog the other day.  And lo and behold guess what I found – the Brookline Chairs paired with reclaimed wood table.  And suffice it to say, I didn’t love it.


Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it looks bad at all.  I love the table and I love the chairs, I just don’t like how the chairs block so much of the table’s beautiful details.  Don’t quite understand what I’m talking about?  Check out the chairs she had before.


Voila!  See how their lower profiles and minimal design allow you to really see the beauty of the table?  Yeah, now I’m kind of torn as to what to do.  I’m contemplating using a larger upholstered chair on each end of the table, with lower chairs along each side.  I love the look of benches (like in the image from Z Gallerie below), but I hate their functionality (they’re such a pain to get on/off of if multiple people are sitting there), so we definitely won’t go the bench route.


Perhaps we’ll pair a large upholstered chair on each end with Tolix-inspired chairs along each side?


Or I could go the mix & match route I’ve considered for so long…


One step forward, two steps back. Which route would you take? Leave a comment and let me know!

The Dining Room Table Tale

I’m so excited to announce that Noel & I bought our very first piece of actual furniture for the new house!  While I had planned on waiting until Black Friday to do any major furniture shopping, I’ve been keeping my eye out for any good deals that come along while we wait.  But before I get too ahead of myself, let’s go ahead and see where we started.

For those of you that haven’t seen a picture of our dining room, this is a glimpse of what we started with:

The Harriet House Dining Room Before

A lot will be changing (and already has changed) with this room, in addition to simply filling it with furniture.  For example, the wall on the left no longer exists (yay!), the floors will soon be refinished, and that awful beige color will definitely be going.  I’m still torn on what to do with the dark wood wainscoting on the walls, but that’s an entirely different conversation.  Anyways.

The dining room is a pretty good size, so we wanted to get a fairly large table to fill the space.  We were leaning towards something contemporary with perhaps a bit of a reclaimed look (or something reclaimed with a contemporary look), to complement the mix of old + new that we’re basing the rest of the house’s design around.

The first contender in our dining room table quest was the Basque Dining Table in honey from Crate & Barrel.  We liked it because of its simple design, and the slight color variation in the mango wood.  Plus, the $800 was pretty darn reasonable for such a high quality table.


While we loved the table, it didn’t have quite the “reclaimed” look we were going for, and I was afraid the color of the wood would feel a little off when compared to the wood in our space.  So we continued our search.

As it turns out, about a month ago, Restoration Hardware decided to have a mega huge friends and family sale.  Being a big fan of their furniture, I drug Noel to the store to look at a table I had my sights set on: the Salvaged Boatwood Dining Table.  In my mind, this was the perfect table for our space.  It had the contemporary lines that we both loved, a reclaimed wood top, plus the metal legs gave it a bit of an industrial edge I knew Noel would love.  And he did.  And I did.  Until our dreams were crushed.


You see, when we got there, we noticed that the top of the table was, let’s just say “very reclaimed.”  To the point where it looked like you’d get food stuck in all the divots and cracks (you can kind of see what I’m talking about in the picture below).  And that’s gross.  So we admitted defeat and decided to just walk around the rest of the store.


And you guys, that’s when something crazy happened.  Noel pointed out this table:


As we walked over to the Salvaged Wood Trestle Table, I honestly didn’t know if he was serious.  I mean, come on, look at those legs!  Mr. Clean Lines pointing out something with some dare I say detail?  My mind was boggled.  Sure, I really liked the table, but I thought it was something that was way to frilly for Noel’s taste.  Turns out he was being serious and he did like the table, but with its $3000 price tag, there was no way it was coming home with us.

After continually striking out, I started to look into other options.  I contemplated building a farmhouse table, but seeing as how I’ve had literally zero free time the last month, I decided that was completely unrealistic.  So I started looking into options to have a farmhouse table custom made.

Recently, I discovered a lot of people that build custom furniture will post ads on craigslist.  So I took to the ol’ craig and started researching all of these different people.  I saw a lot of beautiful tables, but nothing that really jumped out at me.  Until I saw this table:


When I clicked on the picture, I literally let out an “oh my gosh” because the table was so gorgeous.  It ended up being for sale at this shop called Nadeau in Uptown, which was only 5 minutes from our house.  So I woke Noel up, got his approval, we hopped in the car, and went and bought this bad boy before someone else did.

As of today, our table sits disassembled in our living room (along with all of our kitchen appliances), waiting for us to refinish the floors so it can sit proudly in its new home.

Have you made any major furniture purchases lately? Let’s hear about them!

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