Contain Yourself {Cleveland Got a Container Store!}

The Container Store (The Original Storage and Organization Store) in Beachwood has been open for a couple of months now, but I just recently found time to get my Westside self out to the Eastside to do some storage shopping.

Do you follow me on Pinterest? If so, you may have noticed that I have a board dedicated to organization obsessions. I’m slightly obsessed with finding new ways to organize and store stuff.

My very pregnant friend Natalie and I met up for lunch and a visit to the Container Store for no other purpose than to explore. I’d never been in one before, because there weren’t any local, but I’d browsed online. Let me say, browsing in the store is so much better!

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8 Things Not to Do As a Guest In Someone’s House

It’s easy to think that everyone treats their home the same way you treat yours, but that’s not a safe assumption to make. It’s always best to err on the side of overly polite when you visit someone. There are things that you may do that drive the person you’re visiting crazy, but they’re too polite to mention it.

Here are some things to not do when visiting someone else’s home:

1. Do not go to the side door, back door or door from the garage to the house. Especially if it’s your first time at someone’s house. Go directly to the front door. This is the main entrance to the house and the place where you’ll typically find the doorbell and welcome mat. When you’ve reached the back/garage door entry point with a family, you’ll know. Also, the last thing you want to do is stand in the rain at someone’s back door because they’re upstairs and can’t hear you knock, but are listening for the doorbell.

2. Do not take more than 2 steps into someone’s home without asking if they’d like you to remove your shoes. I say two steps because that’s far enough to close the door behind you but doesn’t typically get you off the rug or tile at the door and onto carpet. This goes for any flooring choices. We have all solid flooring on our first floor and you still aren’t allowed to wear shoes in my house. If the hosts says not to worry about it, then don’t. But if they’re a shoes-off house like mine, they will truly appreciate it. Continue reading

Decorating a New House for Christmas

Before we got married, I had a 3-foot Christmas tree in my room. Our first Christmas together in our apartment, we were given a hand-me-down tree from my in-laws. Then when we moved into the Pelham House we bought a bigger tree. Most of our holiday decorations were gotten for specific uses in the Pelham House, which had an expansive mantle and built-in shelves.

We have yet to put a nail in the wall since building this house and our mantle is smaller, so trying to figure out where decorations go in the new place was fun.

We put our big tree in the main family, the middle-sized tree in the formal living room and my short tree in the office loft. And scattered decorations around various places.

Here’s a brief tour:

Outside is minimally decorated

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It’s Done!

We had our pre-settlement walk through today and our house is done!

Today is day 78 of the build.

We’re off to sign the final papers later today and the keys are ours on Friday, which is good because we’re moving in on Saturday.

The house itself is completely finished, but there are a couple of things they’ll be working on after we move in. The wet weather has delayed grading on the yard, but we won’t be planting that until spring anyway.

80 days from breaking ground to handing over keys.

Wow.

First selfie in the new house. Locked out until final walk through. #probablybuild

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I’ll post some pictures after we move in.

Weekend Wrap-Up: Appliances, Furniture and Laundry (Oh My!)

This was the first weekend we didn’t have “plans” in a long time. On Friday Brad and I were both dismissed from work early for the weekend, which was nice.

We spent our weekend doing the crazy exciting things that every 20-something wants from a 3-day weekend… shopping for appliances and furniture, and doing laundry. It’s the first Labor Day in a long time that we haven’t been able to grill.

Labor Day is a pretty good time to buy things for a house. Appliance sales rival those of Black Friday. Furniture stores often slash prices as well. (Labor Day isn’t a horrible to purchase a lot of things either…

Appliances

Brad and I have been looking at appliances online for months now. Our house comes with very basic appliances (range, dishwasher and over the range microwave). We’re self-described appliance snobs, so we want more than the basic and we want stainless. We priced out “upgraded” appliances through the builder and it was unsurprisingly not worth it. We did our research and ended up at Best Buy on Saturday ordering an entire suite of appliances. We’re going with Samsung and getting everything, fridge, dishwasher, microwave, Flex Duo range (yay!), washer and dryer, plus all the cords and connector kits that people forget they need.

Image via Samsung.com

We ended up saving over 40% on all the new appliances and scheduled them for delivery on move-in day. Yay! Here are some tips for appliance shopping: Continue reading