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We’re coming up on the 1st anniversary of closing on our house. Wow. Doesn’t seem possible it’s already been that / only been that long.

-Pulling out a lot of the crazy over-grown English garden we inherited

-Starting a decently sized raised bed veggie garden out back

-Painting over the prison gray paint color in the kitchen with an awesome green shade my mother in law refers to as “highlighter green meets tennis ball yellow”

-Painting the living room 2 subtle gray variations (previously was a country golden yellow)

-Painting the upstairs hallway from boring tan to happy light blue

-Pulling up all the nasty old green carpet in the living room, exposing the original 100+ year old oak floors

-Replaced the dining room light fixture with a much more modern fixture from IKEA

-Installed a pot rack in the kitchen/rearranged some furniture to get more storage

-Finished one of my first sewing projects in years by making some curtains for the kitchen

Here’s what we want to do in the next year:

-Pull up the carpet in the office upstairs

-Refinish ALL the hardwood floors to a dark finish

-Repaint the front porch, add house numbers, and pull up the astroturf

-Add more storage to the pantry so it’s more usable

-Reupholster the dining room table chairs

-Redo the half bath downstairs: replace the sink with a vintage sink, replace the vanity, and remove the hideous wallpaper

-Finish the picket fence we’ve started in the backyard

-Paint the master bedroom

-Replace the broken ceiling fan in the master bedroom with an awesome fixture still TBD!
-Get a new sofa for the living room and move the seen-better-days Karlstad to the office

-Replace the laminate floor in the kitchen and put in cork

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This is our lovely folk art acquired from an artist while on holiday in the Smokey Mountains. It is called “Fox Wood.” We were perusing a group of shops near Gatlinburg when we found an eccentric artist with quite a bit of really strange stuff. A lot of weird dragon and wizard stuff. Then we found the Fox Wood, he said it has been sitting around for about 20 years, he used to do a lot of nature stuff before he got into Lord of the Rings.

This is our lovely folk art acquired from an artist while on holiday in the Smokey Mountains. It is called “Fox Wood.” We were perusing a group of shops near Gatlinburg when we found an eccentric artist with quite a bit of really strange stuff. A lot of weird dragon and wizard stuff. Then we found the Fox Wood, he said it has been sitting around for about 20 years, he used to do a lot of nature stuff before he got into Lord of the Rings.