Saturday, April 30, 2011

Hasta Luego!

Tomorrow, I will be here.....
Mayakoba Mexico!

Yes please

But before then, we get to celebrate the marriage of our dear friends Johnny and Coe. I am pumped about the Peterman/Heard wedding tonight. Last night we had a delicious dinner at Mere Bulles for the rehearsal dinner. Yum. Yum, Checkout my hot date :)

We will be back next weekend... maybe. The most exciting part has been turning on my "out of office assitant." Gah, I love her. Adios Amigos!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Considering These...

I noticed today that I have put a major hold on shopping. It has been MONTHS, or so it seems, since I have purchased any clothes. Perhaps it is the lack of space I have in which to store new additions coupled with the distraction of homegoods. Yes, these days I would much rather spend my money on curtains than dresses; still, I do have a couple of gift cards that are burning a hole in my wallet. Which ones are your favorites? You can choose two :)

Not sure about this one on a 5'10" frame. Love the retro feel though ($19)

Versatile and comfy-looking (below$30)

Fun for Mexico! ($25)

More for Mexico ($25)

I already have some earrings that are very similar to these but they definitely were not $4.80 and not rainbow :)

I could wear this every day. ($30)


Thursday, April 21, 2011

3.5 Baths

Yep, three and a half baths... that's all I needed to hear last week to sign the dotted line. For those of you who havn't had a chance to visit the lovely Fuson flat over the past 10 months, your time is officially running out. After a few weeks of entertaining the idea of moving, Chad and I have decided to move to a new mansion.... or so 1,800 sq ft seems to us! Honestly, our tiny little love nest has been more than sufficient over the past 10 months, but the time has come for a few important things. The most prominent request on my list? Another bathroom! Yes, while I love that Chad and I have learned to share EVERYTHING... I wouldn't mind sharing a little less...i.e. bathroom time. For me, we didnt need tons and tons of space, but another bathroom was obligatory.

For the Mister... the non-negotiable item was a garage. Honestly, I couldnt have sided more with this request. I don't know, maybe it's the road bike and golf bag taking up the entire floor of the "extra" bedroom, but yes, a garage sounds nice. Keepig these main requests in mind and considering that our current location works so nicely for us, the Fusons made the decision to move less than a mile down the road. We will be moving into our new little townhouse in August and could not be more excited. Not only will we have 3 large bedrooms, but we will be going from one to THREE and a half baths. wow.

While I can't help but count the days until we can spread out in our new home, I am definitely going to be a little sad to pack up our place. After all, this 900 sq ft place welcomed us home after our honeymoon, helped us celebrate our first Christmas together, and truly taught us how to share...everything. In a way, however, this place won't be going anywhere. As many of you homeowners our there know, this is not the best time to be selling a property that you've owned for less than 5 years; therefore, beginning September 1st, we plan to find a renter for our 2 bdrm/ 1 bath condo. Chad and I are hoping to rent to a friend or friend of a friend, so please start getting the word out to anyone who might be looking for a place. We are right off Nolensville Road (about 1 mi. from Bell Road) in the Cane Ridge community. Our place is very accessible to Brentwood and downtown and a great alternative to anyone looking for an apartment in the area. We havnt really set a price yet, so let us know if you have a prospect, and we will talk details.

Though I have 4 months before we will be making our move, I have already purchased myself one house-warming present. You see, for years I have lonnnged for a cow-hide rug to put... well... anywhere. I have always like the modern/rustic look they give to a room. Saturday, after signing the contract on the new place, Chad and I visited the Sears Outlet Store to begin our search for a new refrigerator (hallelulia!) and then went a block or so down to Southeastern Salvage, one of my very favorite stores. While I have always been able to find a few interesting items in this warehouse of a store, I was literally thrilled to discover their myriad of cow-hide rugs, starting at only $128!!!! What a steal! Prior to that day, I had never seen one of any size for less than $400. Though the rug will look much better in our new townhouse, I couldnt risk it getting away... especially for that price. Of course I couldn't wait until August to put it out, so a picture of the rug will follow below. The other photos are just a few things I have liked and therefore snapped pictures of over the last week. Enjoy!
Meet the "Dude" Bunny. I saw this little guy (actually not so little, about a foot tall) while walking through Wal-mart Tuesday night. Initially I was startled, assuming he was there to rob the store, but after a while, I realized that rather than judging him for his gold chain and bleary eyes, I should take him to the Frid's for Avery's first Easter.
Last week, I found my dreeeam home. Unfortunately, due to the $549k price tag, it was NOT the home we purchased... by a long shot. Still, a girl can dream. Check out the kitchen/garage door that opens up to a covered porch, complete with an out-door fireplace. Maybe Fuson barbeque's will take place in a setting like this someday.
Back to reality. At only $79, I can definitely see one of these cute navajo-inspired ottomans infront of the reading chair in our bedroom. Love these.
Or hoe about one of these awesome bicycle-inspired kitchen carts? I know they are hard to see, but I think this would be stylish and functional.
No, I have no room for a new coffee table... but if I did, I would buy you tomorrow. I looooove this.
I will be needing a new rug in my kitchen, however. I love the size and feel of this world market rug. It fits too! Trust me, I've already measured.
I seriously have to have this in my new living room. Ok, I don't have to have anything. But I would realllly like it. The size and rustic feel are perfect. Checkout those hues of green peeking though. Love it.

Maybe I can't grow up, but I will always be "horse crazy" (yes, this was printed across my favorite childhood nightgown). I don't know where this would even go, but I do know that I would love a small oil painting much like this one by Anne West. The actual painting is $500, but the prints are $64. I do have a birthday coming up.

And finally, my cow-hide rug. I know she will look better in my new place, but let's face it, I couldnt wait. No way. I can't wait to see it against my new, dark floors. Ooh lala. While a part of me felt a little sorry for Miss Moo, I like to think she led a long and healthy life on some farm in Brazil. Now, let's just hope I'm not allergic to her. My receipt tells me I have 72 hours to make up my mind!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

And Today...

How about his and her sconces hanging above our floating bed-side tables? Yes, please.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ready to Nest

From the very first time I dove from the parents' proverbial nest, I have been in love and subsequently tortured by "nesting" my own space. Tortured? You wonder? Lets put it this way... after pain-stakingly chosing every last detail for my first college dorm room in Samford's lovely Vail Hall, I actually stayed up one of my last summer nights and set up an entire "mock-dormroom" in my parents' guest bedroom. Yes, we are talking full bedding, lamps-out, shades-on kind of craziness. Later, when it was finally time for my friends and I to move into our own little house as seniors, I endured many sleepless nights, mentally visualizing furniture layouts and practical purchases (well, at least after I got off the phone with a certain crush at 5am). I'm sure as my own mother is reading this she's smiling and cringing a little too, remembering those days of searching for the perfect curtains or awaking to the fumes of paint after I decided to be "creative" again at 2am. For my mom and I, though, I think we will both agree that those days and shopping ventures served up more happy memories than flashbacks of frustration. Well... for me anyway... after all, she had the credit card.

Ahhhh the credit card. The mention of that little piece of plastic compels me to explain the deeper layer of my afforementioned love-hate relationship with interior design. Sure, my mom and I always kept to some form of budget and always looked for the most price-conscientious ways to realize my imaginative interiors; still, now that the hubby and I are the only ones on the "other end of the plastic," I have come to the saddening realization that even the "great deals" and "almost-free finds" add up over the course of a room. Dangit. Sure, I can buy curtain pannels from Target, but it would look so much more rich with 6! And of course, only the 96" ones are worth buying... right? There goes $300 bucks. Dangit.

I hope you're starting to get a vague notion at this point as to why I MUST keep my nose out of certain magazines/stores and resist the urge to search certain blogs. For me, the most effective alleviation to my ailment (lack of funds) has been the size of our tiny love nest. I truly do love our home. After all, I can clean the entire house in 30 mins.... supposedly... like I've ever done it all at once. While our place may be a little square-foot-challenged, I have certainly benefitted from our obvious lack of space. Still, I can dream. And on nights like tonight, I still occasionally let my mind wander... far, far away... to thoughts of our NEXT home. To a place that will have vast room for treasures like these.....

The 6x9 apparently costs $600 (which I personally think is a steal!) So you know I emailed to ask about a 3x5 runner. That's all I need.

You are so beautiful, I will put you anywhere. But you would look most lovely on the below...

How wonderful would all of my white dishes and glass serving pieces be on this? Or on two, side-by-side?!! The master-mind behind has a new stalker. I love his whole industrial-ispired collection. I DO have a birthday coming up... in Spetember... and 26 is a pretty big deal... right??

Or maybe this piece to incorporate storage options as well. Who cares? Give me both! I'll find room.

OK. I'm in need of a reality check and more importantly, a BONUS check. If you are interested in purchasing any of these items... hopefully for me... let me know. night night