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Patio Chairs

After living in our house for over two and a half years, we finally bought a couple patio chairs! A patio is something we wanted back when we were looking at homes, but ours is not very private so we do not really use it. Also I am not much of an outdoors person, mainly due to the fact that I am afraid of bugs. Mostly spiders, but honestly I don’t like any type of bug.

Despite the lack of privacy of my fear of bugs, Jeff and I finally decided we have a patio so we are going to use it! We went to Lowe’s and picked up these two chairs. I thought getting two different colors was more fun than having them match. These chairs were $20 each.

We are also probably going to buy a small table to put out on the patio, but we haven’t picked one out yet. I saw one at Target that I liked, but I was already buying a lot when I was there, so I decided I would look more at the tables another time.

Jeff is already enjoying the new chairs!


April 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm 1 comment

Looking Back at 2011

2011 sure went by fast for me! In addition to all the home improvements that Jeff and I had done, I was busy with my paralegal classes plus my regular day job at Go Media. I’m happy to say that I only have two semesters of classes left, so I’m close to being done!

I thought I would take a look back on what improvements we did to our home in 2011, which was the second year we lived in this house. To start off 2011, we got the living room painted. The bland white room was transformed into a warm room with a red accent wall. To complete our living room makeover we put up a new curtain rod, new curtains, and various decorations to match the color scheme including art work, candles, a rug, and a clock. The final addition to the living room was a new sectional which we bought in May of 2011. The sectional is so comfortable! Jeff and I both have our own side where we can lay down and stretch out when we watch a movie.

Another new furniture item we got in 2011 was a futon for the spare bedroom. It’s been used several times for overnight guests, but I think it’s been used more by Jeff when he takes a nap! I am glad to have something available for guests to sleep on, instead of just an air mattress.

In January we also had to replace the water heater and in June we had to replace the sump pump. Not very exciting, but we had to do it.

I never posted about this on the blog, but we got new vinyl flooring and a new toilet in the half bathroom. The half bathroom was really in need of an update. I still want to get a new light fixture in that room, but it’s not a huge priority since that bathroom isn’t used a lot.

Another home improvement we did was getting part of the basement waterproofed. The basement already had an “interior system” done back in 1999 which was clearly not working right due to the efflorescence and crumbling block in one corner of the basement. The interior system is basically where they open the floor next to the outside walls, and drain tile is installed and a sump pump is put in. The company we hired, Ace Basement Waterproofing believes in treating the outside of the house in order to keep water out. Their process is explained on their website here. The waterproofing work took about 3 days and was completed in October. The work was expensive but I am glad we got it done.

Not exactly a home “improvement”, but an addition to our home in 2011 was a cat who we named Cookie. We adopted her from the Cleveland APL and she is very sweet and loveable. She is always waiting at the door for us when we come home. She follows us all around when we are home too. If I take laundry to the basement, Cookie comes down with me. If we are watching a movie, Cookie lays on the couch too. And when we eat dinner, Cookie sits on her post that we put right by the dining room table! She’s a real pal.

Looking ahead for this year, we don’t have too many home improvements planned. I think we have spent enough money on the house for a while! Jeff and I are planning to get a new faucet in the kitchen and get the air ducts cleaned. Right now I want to focus on getting rid of items that we no longer need and donating them to Goodwill. I already have a stack of clothes ready to go. What home improvements do you all have planned this year? Here’s to a great 2012!

January 9, 2012 at 11:23 pm 3 comments

Check out the new couch

Jeff and I have recently purchased a new couch (or sectional as these are called)! Shopping for one was a long process, we looked in at least five different stores. La-Z-boy had several couches that we really liked, but they were too expensive. We ended up making our purchase at Value City Furniture, they had the best selection of modern looking couches that were in our price range. We decided that the “cocoa” color would look best in our living room out of the 5 color options that were available. Here it is:

new sectional

It is the most comfortable couch ever! Quite an improvement over the old black hand me down ones we had. Our old couch and love seat have made their way down to the basement now. The day I got home and saw the sectional in the living room, my first thought was – “It is way too big!” It is a lot taller and wider than what we previously had and it didn’t look right to me for a while. I am accustomed to the size now and I think it fits the room well.

Now of course after getting the new furniture, I do not like the look of our old coffee table with it. Several years ago we bought that coffee table and it is pretty big because it has storage space and also you can lift up the top of it. I think we will eventually get a new coffee table about half the size of our current one. We just need something more simple in the room. If you are in the market for a coffee table, let me know, I will consider selling it!

tray from Pier 1

You may have noticed the cool new tray on the coffee table too. It was purchased at Pier 1 just this past weekend. It works really well with our color scheme! Jeff and I have a lot more home improvements we are working on this summer including a living room photo wall and updates to our half bathroom, so look for those posts soon!

July 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm 3 comments

New Futon

Hello readers! I haven’t been able to keep this blog updated as frequently as I would like to due to being so busy with work and school. I only have one class this summer though, so hopefully I can post more often.

Jeff and I recently bought a futon for our spare bedroom. Before this, the only furniture in the spare bedroom was a craft desk that I use for wrapping gifts, scrapbooking, and framing photos. This futon will be great for overnight guests. The previous option for an overnight guest was either the couch or the air mattress. The futon is a lot more comfortable! We bought it at Sleep Source in Cleveland Heights. The nice thing with that store is that you can choose any combination of frame and mattress. There were so many to choose from! We ended up spending $600 after the delivery charges. You can definitely get a futon cheaper than that, but the quality will not be as good. Here is the new futon!

We also decided it would be a good idea to buy a cover for the mattress in order to protect it. Luckily Sleep Source had a deal where if you buy your futon there, you can get 50% off a cover. We picked a nice colorful one!
futon cover

I am happy that we finally have some furniture in the spare bedroom instead of just boxes! I would actually consider the room to be a multi purpose room rather than your average guest room. Since we don’t have guests very frequently, it makes sense to keep the craft desk in there so we can get more use out of the space.

May 8, 2011 at 11:01 am 4 comments

New Furniture

Jeff and I have recently purchased a few new furniture items for our home.  First up was a new TV and TV stand.  Our old TV was a big bulky one that we’ve had for several years and felt it was time for an upgrade.  I let Jeff pick it out so he decided on a 42 inch plasma flat screen from Panasonic.  We knew that the wider TV would not look right on our old stand, and plus we wanted to get a darker stand to match the rest of our living room furniture.  We shopped around and ended up buying the stand online for under $300.  Not bad!  Here is the new set up.  Looks great!  I still can’t believe we have a TV that’s that big!
new TV
Our old TV and stand are now in the basement, which I think is perfect for guests because we also have a full bathroom in the basement.

The other item that we got was a new dining room table!  Way back when Jeff and I had our first apartment in 2005, we needed a table and didn’t have much money, so we went to Walmart and got a set with a table and 4 chairs for about $100!  It’s lasted us through a few different apartments, but now that we have our own home and more space, we wanted to get a bigger, nicer table.  Our new table and 6 chairs were delivered on Monday and I kept thinking “Wow, that table is so big!!”  I think it fits our dining room well, but I’m just so used to our small little table we had for many years.  Jeff kept saying how much he loves the new table and how cool it looks.  I’m really happy with it, and now we have space to have guests over for dinner.  (More than 2 guests I should say!)  Below is a photo of the new dining set.
new dining room set

We probably won’t be buying any new furniture for a while now that we got the TV, stand, and table and chairs.  But the next items we get would probably be a new couch and love seat and then a new bedroom set – bed, dresser, and nightstands.  Oh, and some type of guest bed like a futon.  Currently we just have an air mattress (or the couch) for any overnight guests.

May 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm 3 comments

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