Welcome Home Gift Basket

What better way to say congrats “on your new place” than with a welcome home gift basket filled with all the essentials for moving day?! It’s the perfect gift for someone who just closed on their house! 

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Back in March we closed on #ourfirsthome, (you can read more about it here and here) and my parents congratulated us with adorable welcome home gift baskets complete with items from toilet paper, cleaning supplies and gloves to champagne and lots of yummy prosciutto. It seriously had everything  we needed for the first few days in our new place!

Our parents spoiled us and greeted us with three different types of welcome baskets, one for food, one for cleaning, and one for drinks/plastic-ware. To recreate these very thoughtful gift baskets, you’ll need the following items:

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Beverage Tub Gift Basket

  • Beverage tub (similar one here)
  • Paper towels
  • Chips
  • Dip
  • Snacks (like granola bars, cookies and other goodies!)
  • Plastic wine cups
  • Regular plastic cups
  • Fruit platter
  • Proscutto

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Utensil Caddy Gift Basket

  • Tin caddy (similar one here)
  • Champagne
  • Paper plates
  • Plastic ware and napkins

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Canvas Storage Bin Gift Basket 

  • Canvas Storage Bin (similar one here)
  • Plastic gloves
  • Bleach
  • Windex
  • Dish soap
  • Bar keeper
  • Toilet paper
  • Mold and mildew cleaner
  • Hand soap

Mike and I loved having these helpful items around when we first moved in, it was one less thing to worry about and allowed us to waste no time on demo day 🙂

What would you add to the list of items? Anything I am missing from your experience of moving into a new house? Share them in the comments below!

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Home Renovation Update

Happy Saturday!

Phew – I feel like I finally have a minute to catch my breath. We’ve been very busy since we purchased our home in March, and April has been a crazy month with our anniversary, my beautiful friend’s wedding, in-laws being in town and attempting to keep the house moving along in between!

I’ve had a few people ask how the house is coming along and lots of requests for photos. So… now that we are starting to settle in a little more and there’s something to actually take a picture of, I went around the house this morning taking some progress photos!

Before checking out the progress of our home in the photos below, I should preface these “before” photos. Mike and I were quick to start making this house our home, within the first two hours of having the keys to our new house, Mike already ripped up the carpet in the master bedroom, reconfigured the doorway for the master closet and popped off all of the baseboards in the main house just in time for the tile cleaning company’s arrival. So our “before” photos aren’t the true before photos, but you get the idea!

MASTER BEDROOM BEFORE + AFTER

The master bedroom was the first place we started working on. Prior to getting the keys to the house we already picked out the wood floors for the three bedrooms, identified tile for the main house and had an idea of paint colors.

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We’re finishing up the master closet today and can’t wait to do a final reveal of the completed room!

GUEST BEDROOM BEFORE + AFTER

The original look of the guest bedroom.

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After ripping out the trim, we found some mold in the room and needed to re-drywall the areas that had been affected. Home Tour 4

Here’s a progress photo of the guest bedroom as of this morning! We repainted, put down new wood floors, added new doors throughout the entire house and just installed the door hardware last night! We’re almost done with this room!

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OFFICE BEFORE + AFTER

This is what the office looked like when we purchased the house.

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We removed the wainscoting and were greeted with bright pink walls!

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We still have lots of organizing and decorating to do in the office, but it is coming along and gives us a place to work!

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KITCHEN BEFORE + AFTER

The kitchen was in pretty decent shape when we purchased the house, except for this awful wall that cut the living area. Mike constantly refers to this wall as Swiss cheese, more holes than wall and so unnecessary. We took this down the first night.

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Although the kitchen is nice, it doesn’t match our style, so we are planning on staining the cabinets to make them more of a chocolate color, and eventually we will replace the backsplash and granite to be more of a gray – white color.

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The wood counter top on the half wall is a temporary piece until we add additional cabinets with a wine cooler and the granite throughout the entire kitchen. Progress 8

MAIN HOUSE BEFORE + AFTER

The main house had chair rail and ornate molding around all of the doorways… it had to go! Oh and did I mention the ceilings were the same color as the walls? And they painted over all of the vents and shelving units throughout the entire house?!

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What do you think of the progress?! Are you working on any home projects? Let me know in the comments below! I can always use a little inspiration! 

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Friday Font Favorites: Cantoni Pro

Who’s ready for the weekend?! This girl is!!

I can’t believe two week ago, Michael and I closed on our first home together! We’ve been very busy picking out paint colors, looking for inspiration on Pinterest, knocking down walls and turning this house into our home! (okay,  let’s be honest, I’m busy pinning, while Michael is busy doing all the heavy lifting). More about our inspiration board and what we are looking to achieve in our new home, here.

Last night, I was busy designing our new return address stamp using another one of my favorite fonts, Cantoni Pro Regular. This feminine and playful font seemed like the perfect touch to provide that little flair needed for our moving announcements we ordered from Minted.com! More on those coming soon 🙂

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We even used Cantoni Pro on some of our wedding details last year. I know it may seem like we used a lot of fonts for our wedding details, but when you mix and match a few key typefaces, you can create the perfect balance of whimsical fun and sophisticated elegance.

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What font are you currently crushing on? Share some font love in the comments below!

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Our First Home!

Last week, Mike and I closed on our first home!!! We were so excited leading up to it, we woke up at 4am on closing day :0

Once we got into our new home we were so anxious to get started. We ended up ripping up the carpet, tearing down a wall, and began scrubbing the place clean, all within two hours of being in the new house!

The past four days have been a whirlwind. We’ve been hard at work redesigning the space to make it our own. Between the two of us, we are designing and handling most of the renovation ourselves, with a little help from our friends and family. After four days straight of tackling every. single. part of the house, my entire body hurts, but it is totally worth it! I can’t wait to share some of the progress photos with you.

Here’s a little peek into our inspiration:

Mood Board Inspiration

Our goal is to create a cool neutral palette throughout the entire house. We want the soft, airy look with touches of warm tones to keep it comfy and inviting.

Although the house was in decent shape, there’s something in almost every room we want to change. So, we are tackling a lot the big messy projects the first month, but will be completing our house in phases so we don’t break the bank 😉

I’ll be sharing our progress photos and what we are doing room by room each week! To see more of our inspiration check out our kitchen, dining room and master bath Pinterest boards to see what we’re planning!

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Friday Font Favorites: Josefin Sans

It’s Friday and we have two reasons to celebrate today! If you follow me on Instagram, you already know Mike and I purchased our first home together!!!! We have been sooooooo excited about the new home, we already have our project plan outlined and have been busy cleaning and moving in!

Since the new home list is rather long, I’m going to be quick. This font favorite was used on our wedding design to provide a contrast to the soft, whimsical Anna Clara font I shared last week.

Josefin Sans

Josefin Sans is a free font from Font Squirrel with a geometric, elegant, kind of vintage design. To truly highlight the clean, sophistication of the font, I decided to use all caps on the wedding invites. This created a dramatic difference between the whimsical Anna Clara and the sophistication of Josefin Sans.

Here’s a closer look!

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What do you think? Do you like the modern look of Josefin Sans? How do you plan on using  this font?

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PS – We will be providing design inspiration and our DIY home progress on the blog, check back next week for a behind the scenes look of our new home!