Monday, September 29, 2014

And The Living Is Easy

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Well, hello there.

I have had a gloriously filled to the brim break from this blog, though I don't know if you can call it a break when you normally post sporadically and whenever you want to and sometimes not for months. 

Moving and starting a new job at the same time has been the single most exhausting time in my life.

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It's also been so much fun.

 We had so much help with the moving part it was amazing. The night of the "official" move we had lots of people stopping by including our friends Aislynn and Cole who brought over shrimp and grits and we had our first dinner party at Hillside, complete with chair coolers and all. 

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Movers relaxing after a long day.

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We're finally at the point where things are starting to make sense. Walls are painted. Pictures hung. Furniture settled. Bookshelves up and running. I haven't gotten the guest room and my art room or the sunroom set up completely but we've accomplished a lot in a few weeks.

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The dining room is all set up with the Morracon blue rug under the beautiful antique table I bought for a song and my sister and Mom helped me paint and distress. The purple. I love it. Go big or go home, right? Witt is slowly becoming convinced that it's a fabulous color. Slowly. But he'll get there. 

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Can we take a moment to admire my kitchen? It's still in decoration process but ya'll its huge

It's a joy to load and unload the dishwasher, to do laundry, to fold clothes, to vacuum all my beautiful rugs from RugsUSA. I'm so grateful for our hard work over the years that brought us to this point.

 So grateful. 

I also love the vintage guest bathroom.

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So does Olive. 

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I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on moving, I was stressed out half the time, but I will say, paint is your very best friend. I took pretty much all the furniture we had in the old house and some I found at antique stores and painted, stained or spray painted them into beautiful pieces.

 It's the best way to use what you have. 

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One thing I didn't love about our new house was the light fixtures, they are pretty circa 2000 with an awful shade of silver green. Lauren had given me a pretty dark brown chandelier, so I took the greeny one down and Witt spray painted it black.

 It now looks perfect outside with our spray painted black wicker furniture on the back deck. I left the ugly glass out of it and I like the spindly affect.

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We painted so many things, the dressers in the bedroom black to match each other and I found beautiful drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby. All the side tables. The gorgeous table and chairs in the dining room.

I won't bore you with all of it, but don't discount a piece of furniture until you try to put some sandpaper and paint to it. You may be happily surprised.

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Love the beautiful red couch from my in-laws.

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A work in progress but everyday it's more and more like home, exactly where I want to be.

And tonight, in honor of the first day of fall which was not today, I decided to share this martini I made the other night.

 I made one for Witt who is not a fru-fru drink kinda guy and he really liked it. I made one for our friends Friday night before we went out to Fourth Friday downtown Burlington and I made one for my Mom last night before dinner.

 This is the drink of Fall 2014 I'm declaring.

When my sister came into town she brought over so many thoughtful housewarming gifts and one thing she brought was sugar free pumpkin spice coffee syrup (!!!).

I had no idea such a thing exsisted.

We all made coffee drinks that day but then last week I mixed a little spiced rum, regular rum, half and half, agave and a dash of cream and topped it off with pumpkin pie spice and strained into a martini glass.

Yeah you could have a pumpkin spice latte but if you want something with a kick this is it.

Next on my list to paint, this table. 

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Pumpkin Spice Martini

1/2 cup spiced rum
1/8 cup regular rum
1 cup half and half
1/8 cup heavy cream
A teaspoon or more of agave nectar
Splash of pumpkin pie syrup
Dash of pumpkin pie spice

Mix in a shaker with ice and strain into two or four martini glasses. Garnish with pumpkin pie spice.

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