I finally have some before and after pictures for you, now that I feel like I have completed one room in the house...Hey it is the biggest room...and really it was a whole floor that got fixed up all pretty!
One reason why this whole process took so long was the fact that I could not choose paint colors for the life of me. On top of that it seems like grey is the HARDEST paint color to choose... you don't want it to look to green, or blue, or tan, or red... Yep there are way to many tones of grey...(FYI: I have done extensive google searching to figure out the correct spelling of grey vs. gray, and have not come to a conclusion of which is correct...so I opted for grey today) What a complicated color...
I ended up going with two different colors of grey, Valspar Polished Silver, and Valspar Almost Charcoal, and an awesome green, Valspar Palm Leaf... My new sofa came from Ashley Furniture (thanks to the awesome Groupon). The rug under the dining table was from World Market, the rug and the sheers in the living room were from Target. Everything else I've had since I lived in Nebraska!
You ready? Here you go!
Living Room Before:
Living Room After:
Living Room Before:
Living Room After:
First Floor Before:
First Floor After:
Dining Room Before:
Dining Room After:
And here are some more pictures of the whole thing put together!
(I love my new sofa)
I hope you like it! I am so incredibly happy with the way that it turned out. :)
I am sitting here on my new couch in my new house and I am feeling so lucky! Just sitting here looking at this beautiful home. I've been working hard to get to this point in my life and I got here. I am so lucky to have wonderful parents who have shown me how to be responsible with money and have encouraged me to make wise decisions. Their support has been so wonderful!
One of the great summer traditions in Nashville is Movies in the Park. Every year, for the past 25 I believe, movies are shown in the pare every Wednesday evening in June.
I try an make it to as many as I can, it is a fun thing to do with family and friends. They give away free stuff, you can enter your name in for drawings, and you get to spend the evening outside watching a movie. We like to pack a dinner, or pick something up on the way. But there are generally food vendors around so if you want to get something there you can!
Last night was the last movie in the park for the year, they showed Where the Wild Things Are. Which I must say I felt depressed after the movie was over, and it is not a good movie for little kids.
This summer I only made it to 3 of the 5 movies. The first one was Sand Lot, what a perfect movie to see outside with 500 new friends. The next week was Legally Blond, also so much fun!
I seem to be pretty lucky at the MITP because the two weeks I entered my name in for the drawing I won $50 gift cards. One to a spa and one to Merrell shoes. I was feeling really nice and gave the Merrell one to Casey, he had been trying to win that every week we were there. I kept the Spa gift certificate however, I am looking forward to a new haircut! :)
This is just one of the things I love about summer in Nashville!
I've had one PRODUCTIVE weekend! It was one of the best Independence Day weekends.
It all started on Friday when my boss kindly us start the party early but leaving work at 2:00! I did exciting stuff, you know like getting the alignment fixed on my car...With that task done it was off to start the painting!
My new couch is arriving Wednesday morning, (Oh gosh that is tomorrow already, EXCITING!!!) and I wanted to make sure that First was
painted before the new sofa arrived. The last thing I want to do is get paint all over the new sofa.
I want to do a big reveal of what the room looks like all put together, but I love the way the paint turned out so I must give you a sneak peak...
Durring one of my many runs to Lowes I saw these cute little American flags and thought they would look super cute and patriotic, so I got them!
I also had serious issues trying to attach my flag holder thing to my
house, so I did the next best thing, I stuck it in the plant for the day! He He... I need to get that problem resolved before football season!
Here are some other cute pictures from the weekend's festivities!
Now those are some good lookin' girls ;)
Look how SHORT I look compared to Will... He has always been tall, but I guess I didn't think I was THAT short!
I can't believe it! I have been in Nashville, TN for exactly 3 years. That is longer than I spent in Omaha...And this is coming from a gril who said she was NEVER going to move to Tennessee after Summer 2002. I had had, seen, and done enough of Tennessee to last me for a LONG time.
Well God had other plans. I left Omaha for Nashville June 30, 2007 and OFFICIALLY moved to Nashville July 1st. Dad and I had a fun little road trip across Missouri, though illinois, indiana and Kentucky to end up in Tennessee. Little did I know at the time that the real adventure was just starting.
I moved in with Allison temporarily, I think I was living on her futon for a month and a half or so, and we were in a sketchy sketchy neighborhood...but we though it gave us a little "street cred" if we could survive living there we could survive living anywhere...got to love
Murfreesboro road west of Briley Parkway :)
When I moved here I thought for sure that I could have a job in a month or two. I had experience, I had my degree, I was willing to work hard. As the days, weeks, and months went by I realized that it wasn't going to be as easy as I thought to find a job. So I did what I had hoped I would never have to do, I took a job at Starbucks.
Even though I struggled with not having the job that I wanted. And I felt like working at Starbucks with a college degree was not living up to my full potential. Little did I know that it was the best thing I could have done! I learned so much about customer service,
I was not allowed to be shy, and that played a role in developing me into the account manager that I am today.
Once I got to Nashville I had to break out of my shell...When you only know tow people in town you have to step outside of your comfort zone to meet new people. So I got a hold of the Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta here in Nashville. One of the ladies told me that she made great friends in college as a Tri Dela, but she made her best friends as an alumnae Tri Delta. She said that the DDD friends that I make as and alum will be better and more significant in my life than my college friends... I kind of bocked at that, not really believing her, after all, DDD's from the Mid-west are quite-a-bit different from DDD's from the south. However, I don't know what I would have done with out my Tri Delta sisters here in Nashville. The ladies I have met are some of my best friends and have truly helped me though some of the hardest times in my life.
July 3, 2008 - I was offed a job! One year and Two days after moving to Nashville, I got the job that I had been hoping and praying for!!! Thank you Gurley Allegiant Direct (Allegiant Direct, Inc.).
During that first year in Nashville there were several times I though about leaving, going back home, and figuring stuff out there...but when it came to doing it, something always came up to keep me in Nashville, a friend renting me a room, the encouragement of my parents, or the job that I had been praying for.
The 2nd year was all about getting settled in and really making Nashville home. Near the end of the 2nd year my brother did what I had done 23 months earlier, he picked up and moved to Nashville from Las Vegas!
So I had a roommate, in my one bedroom apt...eek...the poor kid was living in the dinning room, on an air mattress. His story is very similar to mine. How hard was it going to be to find a graphic design job in such a creative city like Nashville, not too hard right? Wrong! The economy had tanked and people were laying off their graphic designers, not hiring new ones. He would get freelance type work here and there, but nothing consistant enough to rely on...So he like me found a "stop gap" job...Enters Target...Hey it pays the bills...he doesn't have to love it.
One of the biggest most exciting thing I did this past year in Nashville was start the Nashvillians for Nebraska, better know as the Nashville Huskers fan club! I have over 150 Husker fans here in Nashville. And those are just the ones I found on Facebook and other social networking sites...So who knows how many are out there that are not online! Ah the possibiliteis!
But THE BIGGEST thing I did in year 3 was buy a house...That means I am sticking around for several years to come. Nashville is home. It is a fantastic town, and a place where I have discovered so much about my self...
On to year 4, I am looking forward to what it holds for me.