moving into your first home is exciting. settling into it, now that’s where the challenges begin. you think after you sign your life away, it’d be a downhill slide into homeownership. or maybe not. regardless the amount of “needs” when you’re going from an apartment to a house is crazy. prepare to spend all of your free moments at a home improvement store. your husband will get overly excited about lawn care equipment + seed, while you scan through instagram and only blurt out “NO!” when you hear how much grass seeds costs.
I’ve learned I am learning is that you should go at your own pace when settling into your own home. it’s yours. do it right + do it at your speed. you don’t need to have all your boxes unpacked the first weekend, or even the first month. it doesn’t need to be fully decorated + beautiful right away either. that’ll come with time. it’s fun + rewarding to see it evolve from a blank canvas into ours.
the dining room.
you know how I mentioned go at your own pace? occasionally, I don’t take my own advice until it’s too late. so we painted the master bedroom + two of the bathrooms before we moved a single box or piece of furniture into the house. then my husband + father proceeded to tackle some rather impressive home improvement projects. we’re talking kitchen backsplash, new light fixtures, and a wood wall in our downstairs half bath. so while they’re doing that, I got a little antsy. so I took the dining room table I’d been given from my grandparents and started painting it. with the color we used in our master bedroom. even before my mom could say “is that a good idea?”. I figured it wasn’t the BEST, but certainly not the worst. so I went with it. we painted the entire table + all four chairs. not my most genius moment, but I absolutely love + adore the way it turned out. (I do NOT recommend painting wood furniture with bedroom paint).
the chandelier was a lowe’s purchase. the blue vintage distressed area rug is amazing. (even eleanor loves it) the centerpiece was located in the nearest box when the table was done drying, so I put it right there and there it stayed. the candles + wine glasses are from the dollar store. soon, I’ll get an actual centerpiece. but for the time being, we’re doing just fine going at our own pace.