Wednesday, April 15, 2015

All the not-so-small things! - Ryan Homes Build

Can I just say how pumped I am to only have two more weeks to go to closing?! Wednesday the 29th - you are oh so sweet! We have 3 relatively simple things to get together to submit to our loan processor for final underwriting this week and we are good to go.  That's all that's looming and I'M SO EXCITED

We went a little hog-wild this past weekend shopping for odds and ends for the home, but necessities are necessities! :) Plus we are going to be pretty tight for money as the mortgage starts rolling around.  Welcome back to real life

Again, I really have NO idea what we have hanging around in our storage unit as it's been 2 years since we've dug through it. We've got the bigger things such as couches, dining room table, dinette table, TV's, barstools, a glass coffee table and a black (super cheap) coffee table, a TV stand, beds for the rooms, one nice dresser and one old chest-of-drawers, and a few lamps. So no super big purchases for us for AWHILE. Some of the stuff we have needs upgraded, but that will come with time and money. I think we can survive, otherwise. ;) However, a new mattress the day we go to closing is happening. I cannot live another month on the current mattress we have. It's seen its last leg! 

We did, however, drop quite more than I dreamed on things this weekend. 

The handles/pulls on the kitchen cabinets! This has proven harder than I thought to be. But we came upon these at Home Depot and after holding them up against our cabinets, we have fallen in love! We initially just got enough as pulls for the drawers and were going to use knobs for the cabinets, but I love the look of these on the cabinets as well. But that explains why I couldn't find a knob I liked! :) We bought a couple of these a few weeks ago and finished up the remainder this weekend. 

And these knobs for the cabinets in the laundry room. In love with these! My husband actually picked them out. How does he have such good taste? 

These knobs picked out by my husband also for the master bath. I got lucky! I can't believe he is letting me add a little "glamorous" feel to the bathroom. 

These knobs are for our sons hall bath. It's got a modern feel to it, so it only felt right to select these knobs. I'm excited to see it! 

Lastly, these knobs for the bonus room bathroom. 

We have also stocked up on a few blinds. We still have at least half to go. Eventually we will obtain these! Oh goodness I forgot how much these guys cost! So, I previously attempted to compare different sites in regards to prices, but it all comes back to Home Depot being the most affordable. We used their faux wood blinds in our previous home and we really liked the look they brought. I will forever dream of having plantation shutters, but cannot afford them in the least. Maybe room by room in the future.. ;) 

This little fan is pricey, but we think it will tie in perfectly with the bed frame in our sons room. :) Also, trying to keep in mind fans are something you don't change very often, if ever! Surprisingly, we didn't buy our room a fan, yet. We got his.. oh children! ;) 

I have pondered pendant lights FOR EVER but could not figure out what kind of look I wanted for our home. My biggest thing was that I did not want my home feeling too sterile. I love the modern look of white, grey, and black which my home boasts A LOT of, but I'm a girl of COLOR! I need some pops here and there. Initially, I wasn't set on these. I really was going to settle for another white or "simple" pendant. But my husband helped me with this decision. Even though he really wanted red pendants, which would not go with our scheme. Oh well, sorry bud. 

We settled on a garage door opener. This was my husbands major call. We settled on one that was in the middle. Not the cheapest but not the most expensive. It got relatively okay reviews, but for the price paid we wanted a belt operated opener since we have the bonus room above the garage. It may or may not make that big of a difference, but we bit the bullet. Time will tell! 

This little (big) guy we got a steal on! This isn't the exact model, but it looks just like it but in chestnut. I don't know how it happened, but we just finished looking at blinds and lying on the ground were two of these bookshelves. For some reason priced at $30 instead of the original $130 because it's been discontinued! Are you kidding me?! Such a steal and it's a gorgeous bookshelf. Exactly what I had in mind for the living room/office area. I am so excited about this! Mostly because I could never again beat that price. 

Got this little guy for the baby's room. We don't know the gender so we're going mostly neutral. I really like the look of this. I wasn't sold on a fan and if so, that can always come later. 

This shower curtain will be going in our sons hall bath. It's the only thing that I could find so far that was relatively close to something I was looking for. If the new baby turns out to be a boy, I still want the "we are superheros and rockstars" shower curtain, albeit super pricey. We picked up some plush light green rugs for this bathroom as well from Home Goods. He loves green, so it's a requirement. ;) We got yellow towels for his bathroom from Target as well. I'm not sure what color we are going to paint this bathroom still. Time will tell! :) 

For our bathroom, Home Goods had certain white rugs that I have wanted for ages, but never bought. Well, that's what I get for not buying them right away because they no longer have them. However, I still managed to find a different type of plush white rugs. I just want a super cozy bathroom! :) We bought towels in white & gray from Target. Still leaning towards a purple/gray paint. 

Otherwise, we picked up a few kitchen odds and ends and some pillows for our couch in the family room. They are pool/Tiffany blue. And before I forget.. we bought a rug from RugsUSA! The colors are exactly what we were looking for for the family room. I can't wait to see it with the misty gray floors. The colors are definitely darker in person, but I believe still provide that pop of color we are looking for. :) Also, RugsUSA is still having a KILLER sale, up to 75% off their rugs! We got an amazing deal on our rug and I can't help but pass it on. If only I had more money right now! Because the sale is THAT good! 

The last thing we have to buy is a water softener. I think we are just going to get a mid-level one from Home Depot for around $500. Our area is the worst for hard water. Our last home didn't have one and my face was constantly reddened because of the harshness of the water. It was our fault since we just never got around to putting one in. But in this home, it it taking precedence! :) 

But really guys, I cannot wait to put all this stuff in its proper places and show you all the results! I just want my home! And we are so close! :) Can't wait to continue watching all of your beautiful homes being built, too. :)


  1. Now I have to go back to your paint choices to picture it all. I love how each room is going to have its own unique look and feel. Even down to the hardware. You should go into design. It's brilliant.

  2. Bookshelves for $30 apiece??? If I didn't have to work I would be at Home Depot RIGHT. THIS. MINUTE.

  3. Lots of great finds then! We are in love with plantation blinds ourselves but not in love with the price! I think we are going to try to go room by room as well in the future. But in the meantime we are sticking with faux wood blinds. I love all of items you've posted and can't wait to see them in your new home!

  4. Love your selections! The rug is so cute! And we are thinking of doing the same blinds as well. I have checked out Lowe's but will look into Home Depot as well.

  5. Michelle does the hardware not come standard with the cabinets?

  6. So excited for you guys! We invested in a new mattress right before moving and a good mattress is worth every single penny! I also love that you're putting little pops of color everywhere! We're sticking to mostly neutral colors as well but I'm going to upholster some stools with a funky fabric to bring some warmth and uniqueness to the space (plus we still have that bright teal couch I reupholstered which I still love). Glad someone else loves color as much as me!

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