Before + After – New Floors

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IMG_0775I’m currently bed ridden with a giant bowl of ice cream after getting my wisdom teeth out on Friday, but I couldn’t wait to share this little before and after of our new floors! Fair warning – this blog post may be a little all over the place as pain pills run through my system, but i’ll do my best.

We still have a lot to unpack and move in, but here are the beginnings. This felt like such a long road, but it was so worth the wait. Matt Woodward from Twin City Flooring did such an amazing job, I couldn’t be happier.

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beforeHere are a few images of the home as I bought it (images from the property listing, not my own).

We tried to save as much money as possible on this project, so we opted to do all of the floor removal ourselves. It took about about a day to get everything out and disposed of – with a few breaks & having to stop and get tools we didn’t realize we needed. We took out the carpet, underlayment, then went pack through with a hammer + screwdriver to get out the nails that lined the perimeter.

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Rollin’ out those old carpets

The next job was removing the vinyl plank flooring from the kitchen, where we found some seriously gross vinyl underneath. The vinyl plank was in great condition and came out really easily, so we plan to reuse it in the bathrooms. Then Matt finished up with the crowbar to get all of the sticky hardwood flooring in our entryway up, while I swept up the concrete. (I promise I had the cuts, sweat, + bruises to prove I helped, but I was on photo duty lol).

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Removal completed!!

IMG_5938We chose Lifeproof Vinyl Plank in Fresh Oak and I’m completely in love. I liked that it was a little rustic, but not too many ridges like some of the other vinyl planks had. It has warm undertones and changes at different times of the day.

My biggest advice is go to the store and check out the flooring – everything I looked at online was completely different in person.

 

 

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This project was a little tiring, but so so worth it. It felt good to get dirty and to put work into this place and make it our own. Everyday I’m loving it even more.

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Pinterest Roundup – Interior Decor

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The month before I closed on my home is a blur of negotiations, phone calls with insurance agencies, and a lot of Pinterest-ing. I went down the rabbit hole and started a vision board for what could be. I’ve slowly but surely started the process of moving, renovating and redecorating, which is super exciting. But, with the hurricane delaying pretty much everything, I’ve been seriously trying to keep my anxiety in check.

The dream of what could be is getting farther away as dirty concrete floors, partially ripped off countertops, and a shoe requirement becomes the new norm. Living out of two rooms with boxes stacked high from both me and my boyfriends old apartments was dreamy and exciting at first, but I’m officially ready to start unpacking and making this place a home!

Our floors are going on a month behind and the countertops, even later – BUT, we got the call this week that materials are in and we have an official start date of next Wednesday! I could not be more excited, and that “no end in sight feeling” is starting to drift back into “spend all of your money and create a Pinterest perfect home right away.”

I’m working on my patience, I promise.

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Click the photos to take you to the Pinterest link!

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Literally everything I want in a living room. AND THAT RUG omg. If someone can tell me where to find one like it, hook a girl up!

Via: The Glitter Guide

 

 

 

 

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Aaand the bedroom of my dreams. A little midcentury modern and a lottt of comfort.

Via: West Elm

 

 

 

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Anyone else obsessed with white uppers and painted lowers?? I’m also really into this teal-y green color right now. I want it everywhere.

Pic 1: Loom + Kiln // Pic 2: Wit & Delight

 

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A Time to Blog

Sunrise-wrightsville-beach-rominskiquote-so-it-beginsYears ago I had a blog that I loved. I was consistent and dedicated, but – as the story tends to go – I got a full time job and there wasn’t enough time in the day. I think out of fear that I wouldn’t succeed on my own, I needed (and maybe still need) security and I ended up giving all of myself to someone else’s dream.

You know the story.

Since then, I switched jobs and made a move to the warm, beachy North Carolina Coast. I’m a photographer and my main goal has always been to make a living in this field and I’ve worked very hard to make that happen. I think for me, it’s always felt easier/less stressful to be in a full-time photography position than to freelance. But, while I love what I get to do, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for personal projects.

I decided to begin this blog journey again as a way to hold myself accountable – to get back into consistently making art. I realized I’ve worked for other companies so long that I need to explore my own style & see my visions come to life. I would love to hear any feedback so, please feel free to connect, share stories, & give advice!

Here’s to a new chapter and a place to share new work, ideas, and pieces of my life.

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