Jun 11, 2012

This past weekend both Jesse and I got a lot done. Which was exciting because it means that the future weekends to come we will be able to do absolutely nothing if we choose... actually that will really happen once our roof is re-shingled. But other than that, we have the next couple years to work as slow as we want on our house now that the upstairs is 75% complete.

First though, Jesse and his brother Kyller built a picket fence around our garden using old fencing Kyller had found. I love it,  and I love how rustic it looks. The little gate is also a favorite. Part of it is the old window from our garage, Jesse knocked the glass out and voila...you got yourself a garden gate!


We acquired some chairs from Jesse's dad's house last week and I decided to recover them with my two Ikea rugs [$3 each] so they would have a hearty look and feel to them. I also liked that they already had red and black in them to tie in with our kitchen.

Side note: our friends Scott and Lyric brought us a little house warming gift the other day and I thought it was too cute not to share. Definitely framing this little print and putting it up in our kitchen! Scott's sister Lindsay drew this and I think sells them at the Farmers Market? You can check out her blog here. 

The office.....oh the office. I cannot tell you how nice it has been to finally have our office done. I was starting to feel like a hermit with being stuck in our bedroom all day with the blinds closed, so as not to put a glare on the computer screen...That was probably the hardest thing for me about doing this fixer-upper, was being stuck in one room all day long...and it doesn't help much when you get those nasty blues... :/  But it's done, and it doesn't feel claustrophobic anymore! :)

Keep in mind...each room still has some minor tweaks [like curtains, lighting, artwork & shelves hung] but overall the whole upstairs is starting to feel complete.  The desk below in our office was a fun little project to work on with Jesse. It's really neat to put our heads together and see what we can come up with...i've said it before and i'll say it again, I love working with my husband and learning new things from him. i.e. the metal hardware on our desk that we got was galvanized [very cheap by the way, at Home Depot] and to get that worn look, Jesse told me to sand the exposed sides down with our electric sander, dig a hole, bury them with water, cover with dirt and then wait a day or two to uncover...such a difference and I love the subtle look it brings.

Lastly, the living room. This room has taken the longest...and still has a little ways to go, but we were finally able to move the furniture in. Those floors are a little different than the hallway and office. We actually scrubbed those floors with brillo pads to take away the stain to make the floor look really old..it reminds Jesse of the way people use to stain their floors in the beginning with tar [?] <- I had never heard of that before, but sounds really interesting and cool!

You may be wondering whose dog that is... or not. :) Well as of yesterday this little guy is ours! His name is Harley and he has been Jesse's family dog for the last 10 years. His dad is moving down south to Provo and because Harley has a tendency to runaway a lot, they were afraid he would be gone for good...plus,  Jesse's dad and stepmom aren't as home as much. So when they suggested [or we offered? I forget] we take Harley both Jesse and I were totally on board! Today was his first day here and it was too cute and familiar of when I had my two yorkies years ago. I have missed soooooooo much having a pet companion. There is nothing like having animals around, especially the kind that follows you wherever you go in the house. Hilarious! They are such a comfort to the human soul!

Early this afternoon I walked into our bedroom and saw Harley laying on our bed in the sunlight and just had to take a picture of how cute that moment was. No, this blog isn't going to turn into a Harley loooove fest, however if there is an adventure that he goes on that needs to be shared...well, I don't really have a choice now do I? :-[) 


Laura Lee said...

I love your kitchen chairs! I love it all.

ROXY MARJ said...

Thanks Laura! :) We will be having a friends bar-b-q here soon and I will let you know when that is, it would be fun to see you and catch up! :-[)

Jill said...

Your office, amazing! That light, the furniture, the rugs. The floors are so beautiful. Everything in your homes looks so lovely.

ROXY MARJ said...

Thanks Jill, you're so kind to say those nice things. Especially since all of our stuff is either from the thrift store, KSL.com, craigslist, Jesse's dad, or made by one of us. This being because we don't have a lot of money to spend on brand new things... and even more now since we got this house. Jesse and I don't need to have a stylish home, but we do want to have a cozy/welcoming home...:]

That Open House said...

Roxy!!! I check your blog every morning, it was fun to see that you updated it!!!! I am excited to come up and see you this week! I feel like a bad friend, life gets so crazy and hard to catch up with everyone!! Always remember that I love you. Your house looks great! I am excited to see how it turns out.

ROXY MARJ said...

Tilly!!!! You lil sneak! :-[) You went and bought a Tilly brooch! :) ahhh thank you so much, that seriously made my month..and tear up a little. :) Do come visit me, whenever you want...and don't for one second think your a bad friend. It's crazy how getting married all of a sudden makes you even busier. so weird! Anyways, seriously don't feel bad...Megan and I kind of have an unspoken agreement on that I think where it's no big deal when time goes by that we don't talk/see each other, and when we do...we just pick up where we left off. Same goes for me and you! :) xo

dqb said...

So glad to see this post! you've done an amazing work! And your new friend looks really comfortable at his new home ;) That's a very good sign.

Do you cook?


ROXY MARJ said...

Thank you for that sweet compliment Dominique! :) Harley has definitely settled in AND his manners are improving each day which is a good sign. :) I do cook and bake. I wouldn't say that I'm amazing though but rather, I have a love of making food together with friends. :)

Do you cook/bake?

dqb said...

Yes I do! when I turned 30 (I'm 31) something about the "cuisine" growth in me. And I really enjoy preparing my meals. And since my boyfriend doesn't cook, is up to me to feed us!
We both are skinny so I'm always thinking yummy stuffs to make.
You should post a recipe made in your new kitchen. I will make my specialty and send you the pics and the "how to"


ROXY MARJ said...

Oh I would love that, DO send a recipe and I will definitely make it! :) xo

Anonymous said...

Roxy, I've been reading your blog for several years now (although I don't comment much). It's so exciting to see what you are doing with your new home! And I'm so happy to see you have a new animal friend. I remember the photos you'd post of Stella and Sebastian (I think I have the right?) - will look forward to hearing about the adventures of Harley!


ROXY MARJ said...

OHHHHHH Don't make me cry Merideth! :/ You are right, my yorkies names were Stella and Sebastian!!... :( I miss them so much. It has been so nice having Harley! And he reminds me tons of Sebastian it's just crazy... for instance he somehow got Jesse's razor and was chewing that this morning under the kitchen table..I couldn't find him for 5 whole min..which is rare because he follows me wherever I go..anyways, I finally found him under the table either hiding, scared or hurt because there were two huge spots of blood under his chin... :( poor guy. annnyways.... I am sure there will be plenty of adventures to talk about with Harley, he's definitely keeping me on my toes. :)

Thanks so much for reading my blog for so long, that means a lot to me. :) xo

Anonymous said...

Oh no hope Harley was okay - poor little dude!!


Eva @ Sycamore Street Press said...


I love your house! So cozy and charming... perfect for you! And congrats on doing the illustrations for that Olive Us video. They turned out so well. (Well, of course they did. :) Hope you are doing well!


ROXY MARJ said...

Merideth, well unbeknownst to me...He apparently has a thing for razors. Jesse told me he thinks they taste like blood, therefore is always on the lookout for one. lol eww! Anyways, he was okay...thanks :)

Eva, Thank you so much for your sweet compliments. :) It is coming along little by little...I am glad that it comes across as cozy that is my ultimate goal for our home. :]

Sarah Larsen said...

So neat to see you with a little pet! Your house is looking so so lovely, and as always, you are SUCH an inspiration of using utmost creativity which is something you can't buy. I don't leave your blog feeling anxious about what I can't have/buy, I just leave inspired to be creative. :)

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