Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Food Storage When You Don't Have A Pantry

I feel like almost everyone in America has a pantry in their kitchen. Unfortunately we don't and that was a bummer when we fell in love with our house. The good news is I can share how we are creating more spaces for food storage and how we make it work in our house. Let me know if you have a pantry in the comments!

We have a double cupboard we have dedicated to food storage. It originally had three shelves inside but I decided not to put one back in after we painted our kitchen cabinets. I thought this was a great idea but in reality it made more sense to have all three shelves for more storage so I ended up putting it back in this past weekend. 

Let's start by cleaning up and cleaning out! I pulled everything out of the cabinet to throw away anything expired and organize what we wanted to keep.

We have so much candy right now. There is still leftover candy from Halloween and we accumulated more candy over Christmas. I guess we will be sharing with guests for quite some time!

At this point I had emptied out the bottom shelf and put all the contents on the counter. See how much room the bottom shelf had? It was a little ridiculous and I felt like we were just piling things on top of each other and it was just creating a huge mess!

Here's the after! It's certainly not as Pinterest perfect as many pantries I see on The Home Edit Instagram page but it is functional and works for now! With having three shelves there is less room for stacking and that will hopefully keep us a little more organized!

Our basement door is right next to this cabinet so I use the back of the door for a little more storage. 

We purchased this unit from The Container Store back when we lived in our apartment. It worked great in our pantry there and also is doing a great job on our basement door.

It works really well for canned goods and other condiment containers that are unopened.

The last place we are storing food is on shelves on our basement stairs. 

Tim and my dad installed these three shelves from Home Depot and I am so thankful for this extra storage space.

This area is great for rice and other unopened grains.

We also use it to store pasta, unopened chips, potatoes, and coffee.

The built-in shelf underneath holds all alcohol, which we have a ton of and I'm not sure how we accumulated all of it!

So that's how we store all our food without a pantry. It may not be Pinterest worthy but it certainly woks for us while we don't have a pantry! 

Let me know if you have a pantry and how you store all your food!

Have a great day everybody!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Straightening Up The Office

Happy MLK Jr Day! Are you off work today? I am and am greatly enjoying my long weekend. I honestly spent most of Saturday laying on the couch resting up from the week but yesterday I did manage to get a ton of laundry and cleaning done which made me feel super productive.

Sometimes I get super hard on myself because this house is moving along slower than I thought it would. I came in thinking we would do all the projects in one weekend and we would instantly be amazing at renovating. News flash: we have NO idea what we are doing. Neither of us has a clue and we've been learning a LOT throughout the process. I will go into more detail in another post but we had a huge fail yesterday! It involved yelling and tears and feeling like failures because we purchased parts that were too big. 

So for now I'll stick with what I'm good at, organizing and cleaning! Let's get started in our office closet which had turned into my Monica closet.

This closet was full of gift wrap, my wedding dress, childhood items, bags, games, and other random items.

It was truly a mess and I pulled everything out, sorted through it all and when I placed everything back inside....

Still pretty full but it looks SO much better! I am so impressed that I managed to put almost everything back in, but more organized. There were a few things that went to the basement but it was all childhood toys that I want to save. There were also bins of toys and other gifts I've picked up on sale and those were able to go downstairs in my stockpile.

I still have room to grow on the top shelf if I need to store more items.

The fact that you can see the floor in there is huge since before you couldn't!

Now, let me show you what the office looked like after Christmas when all of our Christmas gifts were piled up inside.

Insane right? So much stuff and it just looks like a total disaster.

But now....

I just have pictures that we haven't hung up yet, a few things left to put away and our new coffee table we need to put together but are waiting for Wayfair to send some parts they left out of the original package. It's not perfect but looks SO much better!

This is the other side of the room. It's definitely not complete but I will keep you updated as we continue to update this area!

I am really happy that this room is *almost* complete and at least looks presentable if people come over to visit. That's the number one thing I'm going for in our home. I want everything to look presentable even if it's not 100% perfect and there is still a ton of updates we want to do.

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Sophie's Week

Today I'm sharing a sad story. Sophie unfortunately had a rough week last week. She stole a grocery list from Tim on Monday and when he took it back she jumped up to grab it and when she came back down hit the coffee table and hurt her left shoulder. We spent six hours at the emergency vet while they examined her and then took her back in for sedated x-rays. Luckily it appears to just be a muscular issue, but she is on pain medication and we are trying to get her to rest as much as possible.

Here she is after her morning of sedated X-rays. Poor little sweetheart.

She's doing lots of resting.

Eating fake donuts...

While mom eats really Allie's Donuts (a Rhode Island classic) but I thought it was cute that we matched with our blue donuts.

I can't wait until she can run and play again. She really is so sleepy from the medication and we are trying so hard to take care of our little girl.

She's such a good girl and we hate for her to be in any pain.

Hopefully she will be back to new in a few weeks!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Hallway Wall Decor

Hey everyone! 

We finally have stuff up on the walls in our hallway! Slowly things are happening around here!!

I originally planned on doing a gallery wall, similar to the one we had in our apartment above the couch. You can see that gallery wall in this post. The reason I decided to not do that in this hallway is because I thought it would be too overwhelming. I don't like things to look cluttered and I thought the wall would look far too cluttered if it was filled with frames.

For this project I laid out exactly what I wanted and then coerced asked Tim to help me. I am very impatient when it comes to measuring and making sure everything is perfect where Tim is a perfectionist. He carefully measures and uses the level so I put him to work getting the three items up on the wall. 

Here he is hard at work! 

I love that it's super simple with only three pieces. I will change out the pictures in the future but for now I have a picture of Tim and I from Florida in 2016 and a picture of Sophie in the other frame from this Christmas.

The palette sign I believe is from Target and Tim picked this out for apartment when we first moved in there back in 2016! 

The glare makes it a little hard to see, but I'm just thankful we had some sunny, warm days this past weekend that I will take all the sunlight we can get!

I'm very pleased with how it came out and that's one thing I can check off my to do list!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Ultimate House To Do List: Exterior Edition

On Monday I shared our interior ultimate house to do list and today we are chatting about our exterior list. As you saw on Monday there are a ton of things we want to do inside the house but I wanted to share what we hope to do outside our home. Our house sits on a little over an acre and we have a LOT of yard. Years ago this lot was covered in trees and the previous owner cut down almost all of them. We have a huge front yard which is nice in some ways but we definitely have plans for our yard to make it a little bit nicer.

Our Exterior To Do List

  • New Grass: Luckily my husband sells turf for a living and we might be able to get this done fairly inexpensively. 
  • Front Walkway: There is no walkway from our driveway to our front door and having one would be so nice. Right now you go down the front steps directly into the grass. I would love to have a nice walkway with gardens on either side.
  • Sugar Maple Tree: I plan to plant a sugar maple tree in the front yard because they are absolutely gorgeous in the fall and I desperately want one!
  • Gardens: I want to completely change the front gardens and create a garden along the side of the house. 

I would love to have evergreens here so it would be green year round. Right now the plants look great in the summer but everything is so dead and dull in the winter. Having the evergreens would give it a nicer look year round.
  • Window boxes: I think window boxes would look great on the front of our house! I have seen simple directions on how to make them yourself so it's something I am thinking about taking on as a project. 
  • Move the Fire Pit: Right now the fire pit is exactly in the center of our backyard. I would like to buy a fire pit kit from Home Depot and put it together closer to the back of our yard, away from the house and more out of the way. I have dreams of a fire pit surrounded by small rocks and Adirondack chairs....

  • Fenced In Backyard: We would love to fence in our backyard for Sophie! This would make letting her out much easier since we could let her run around on her own.
  • Install Lattice Under Deck: Sophie loves going under the deck. We bought lattice but haven't installed it yet. 
  • Refinish Deck: Our deck desperately needs to be refinished. Our plan is to do this in the spring. 
  • Buy A Shed: Having a shed would be great! We need one that has a ramp for our lawn mower and I would love to store shovels and gardening tools out there.
  • Buy A Patio Set and Outdoor Rug: I'm dreaming of a cute little set sitting on the deck! I am going to keep my eyes peeled for sales.
  • Buy A Grill: Done! It's boxed up still in our basement, but we have it! Also, thanks to my parents Tim received a ton of grilling tools. 
Right now that is our to do list for our house! We will definitely be working on some of these this spring and I can't wait to share with you how it turns out. 

Do you have any major house goals right now? What landscaping ideas do you have for your home?

Monday, January 6, 2020

Our Ultimate House To Do List: Interior Edition

Hey everyone!

Today we are chatting about our ultimate house to do list. If you are new around here, my husband and I bought our first home back in September and we are slowly turning it into our customized home! So far we've done things like painting the kitchen cabinets, buying all new appliances, organizing, bringing home a new family member, bought wall art, and have done some minimal decorating.

We've been here four months and we haven't gotten as much done as I thought we would in this time but quite honestly life gets in the way. I always used to judge people who took forever to do things in their homes but I get it now.  I would much rather hang out with my husband and dog after work instead of doing a project. It doesn't help that it gets dark at 4:30 right now and by the time I get home it's already pitch black.  That to me equals zero motivation.

So let's get started with the to do list! I'm going to separate it by rooms that we currently have in our house and at the end I will share what we hope to add onto the house one day if we choose to make this our forever home.


  • All new appliances: done! We purchased them from Home Depot and absolutely love the ones we chose. I also am still living in bliss since we didn't have a dishwasher before and now have one.  We have this set in black stainless and highly recommend it!
  • Paint cabinets: also done and was way more of a pain in the butt then we initially thought it would be. We now have a gorgeous white kitchen and I couldn't be happier with how the cabinets came out.
  • Add trim underneath dishwasher: It looks incomplete under the dishwasher so I definitely want to get some trim under there.
  • Replace kitchen counters: I have my eye on some quartz countertops to replace the counter as well as the island counter. They are two different colors now and I definitely want them to match. 

  • Complete touch-ups in kitchen: The area next to the stove needs to be painted, the area below the microwave and the side of a cabinet we had to life a little bit in order to fit the microwave and fridge in.

It's not a huge area, but certainly one that needs to be fixed!

  • Replace kitchen sink with a large farmhouse sink.
  • Crown molding above the cabinets.
  • New flooring

I dislike the color of this floor, I just think it looks dirty all the time. I wouldn't mind matching wood floors throughout the entire house...but another tile floor could be okay too. 

  • Shades for windows (you'll see this on the list for every room...)
  • Wall hangings: I am far behind on decorating and I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with the big wall in our kitchen, but so far have hung up a few things. I'm thinking maybe shelves, but I'm holding off for a bit. 
  • Organize all drawers and cabinets.
  • Line all drawers with contact paper.
Big Kitchen Ideas: Eventually I would love to have a pantry. Right now we are using two small cabinets and they are a total disaster. However, this may be something we won't get without adding an addition onto the house. If we had a pantry I think we would have plenty of space for food and other storage and this kitchen could be our forever kitchen.

Living Room

  • New coffee table: I just ordered this last week. Just waiting for it to come in and then we will sell the old one. The new one is a little bit smaller which I think will work better in this space.
  • Replace ceiling fan: All of our other ceiling fans are white and this one is just old looking. It would work with someone who likes "country" themed things but I am definitely not that person. I prefer more modern, simple and sleek. We will definitely be replacing this at some point.

  • Wall Hangings: Again, we need to hang things on the wall. This huge wall behind our couch just looks lame. I have something I want to hang here, I just need to get Tim to help me!

  • Shades on the windows (like I said, this will appear on every list!)
  • Rug: Done and I love how it looks!
  • Mount TV
  • Add decor: It is seriously lacking in here and that's mostly because we weren't able to trust Sophie but I'm thinking if we had shelves on the wall I would be able to decorate a little more.
  • Organize closet: The closet in this room is okay but could definitely handle being renovated to make it a little more customized. I also would like to go through all our coats and donate some but that's another story.

  • Wall hangings: I have plans to frame our wedding guestbook at the end of the hall but just need to get it custom framed. Normal frames aren't thick enough. I also need to figure out what I want to do in the hallway.

  • Replace light fixture: No rush on this because I really don't care about it, but the light fixture is really small and I'm sure we could find something nicer!
  • Rug: I need to find a big area rug for this room.
  • Shades for the window.
  • Curtains
  • Serious organization of the closet.
We honestly aren't planning too much for the office and I'll explain why when we talk about future additions.

Master Bedroom
  • Shades for the windows.
  • Curtains for the windows.
  • Area rug
Again, not too big of a list because of possible future additions.

Guest Room
  • Shades for the windows
  • Curtains for the windows
  • Area rug
  • Shades for the window
  • Possibly curtains?
  • Replace shower/bath
  • Replace toilet
  • Replace vanity

  • New flooring 
  • Organization in closet.
  • Patch holes in closet and around shower head: When a plumber came he had to cut around the shower head and now it needs patching and repainting. The other hole already existed when we moved in and needs to be patched and painted. 

  • New washer and dryer: They were both set to be delivered this past weekend. Unfortunately the washer had a huge dent in it and we had to refuse delivery on it. We did get our dryer though and are just waiting for the new washer to come!

(Sorry it's so hard to see.. it's so damn dark in the basement! But it's the same black stainless LG like we have in the kitchen! Here is the set I purchased from Home Depot)
  • Finish basement (big dreams here, but we would love to have a finished basement, or at least a semi-finished basement)
  • Create a storage area for all decor: I would love to have storage shelves for all our decor to keep it organized
  • Stockpile area: Sort of completed but I would love it to look a little more organized.

Big Interior House Ideas:

If we decide to stay here and make this our forever home we will definitely have to add some rooms on. We hope to have kids someday and if that is a possibly we will definitely be over capacity at this house! Even though we have three bedrooms I currently have all of my clothes in the guest room closet, clearly we won't be able to fit kids here too!

So here are the rooms/areas we will need to add on/renovate in order to make this our forever home.
  • Garage: I would love to have a two car garage! This is a dream but definitely a possibility in the future.
  • Master Suite: We would love to create a master suite with a bathroom and a huge master closet that we could both fit our clothes in. 
  • Upstairs/ Bedrooms/ Bonus Room: I definitely think that adding another level onto our home would create a perfect area for future kids rooms and a bonus/playroom. This would be a huge renovation but one that I think would make the most impact.
  • Dining Room: We don't have a dining table because we have no room for one. We would potentially knock down the wall between the living room and the office to create one. 
  • Main floor laundry/ Mudroom: This would be a dream room off the garage. I would love to have the laundry on the main floor and would love to have a mudroom.
  • Pantry: I would potentially put a pantry in the mudroom so it would be right off the kitchen and give us some more storage space.
So those are our big house renovation dreams right now. I know that other things can always come up  and we might need to do other house repairs and I don't think we will get all this done anytime soon. I am excited to get some of the projects done in the near future and will always share them with you here! 

Stay tuned for the exterior edition of this list which will be coming up next!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Decor Updates

Good morning and Happy New Year! I can't believe we are in 2020!! 

Today I want to share two little decor updates with you guys. On Sunday I took down Christmas and I'm slowly working on finishing decorating the house. 

We had our neighbors pop over to say hi on Sunday and they said they wanted to wait to introduce themselves until we had settled in and I kept thinking OMG I am not settled in. We have SO much left to do, there are a million things I need to do in this house. I know the house will never be "done" but I wanted to make a little dent in my to-do list (which I will share with you soon).

One of the things I decided to do was hang this sign over our side door. My mom bought this for us this Christmas and I really wanted to hang it up right away. I knew if I didn't it would end up in the office with all the other wall hangings we haven't done anything with yet. 

Ignore the chair that is still in this picture. Short people like me have to stand on chairs to hang up everything.  If you can see the little hole at the top I did originally have it hanging a little higher but I didn't like the height so I redid it. This is what happens when Tim doesn't do it for me :)

I think this little section of the house can be considered done now. I love my Magnolia Home wreath, my Home RI sign, and my Charlestown sign all in this back corner. One corner down, all the other corners to go.

Another new addition is this rug I recently purchased from Wayfair.

We finally have a rug in our living room, yay! Sophie is thrilled to have a soft floor to lay on besides her bed. I think we may replace our coffee table for something smaller. I love this table but I think the room would look so much better with a smaller table here.

What do you guys think? I'm also thinking maybe a white table would be nice. It might look better than the dark wood. We also need to remove Sophie's old bed which is only being used as a toy bin right now.

Here you can get a better look at the pattern. I love how it looks light and subtle and fits perfectly in our living room. Now I just need to find rugs for our bedroom, the guest room, the office, and two small ones for inside the front and side doors. 

Like I said, I have a long to do list! :)

Have a great day!