From House to Home

Ever since Steven and I moved into our home (now over a year ago!), we've slowly been trying to make it more "us" on a very limited budget. Here and there we've added small touches and, at the lightening fast pace of a snail, it's getting there. Slowly but surely it's getting there!

This past fall and winter we were able to spruce the place up a bit with this repurposed garage sale find my mother-in-law picked up, the amazing Pinterest inspired desk Steven built me, and our comfy living room couch and love seat that were a Craigslist find! But overall, we've only been able to make small changes here and there. Yet even with just these small changes, I find it very rewarding to put time, effort, and love into our home.

When I moved in last May, things were busy! I was planning a wedding and honeymoon on the opposite side of the country, and then when that was over Steven moved in with me just in time for busy season at our place of work. We hardly noticed our yard! I honestly don't even know if I saw the 4 mature rhododendron bushes in our front yard or the lilac tree around back! Things were just too busy and yard work was definitely not on my mind.

But already this Spring we've been spending a lot of time in the yard --weeding, and composting, and waterings, and weeding, and weeding, etc., etc. -- it's never ending! And (I admit it!) I enjoy being out there!! Yes, I'm still afraid of worms and scream and sprint a 100ft away when I encounter one (which is often...so really, I'm probably not getting much done), but I really enjoy working in our yard!
I did not adjust the saturation on these photos. All of them all unedited so the colors are true to life.

There is still so much work to be done. This year, Steven and I are starting small with only tomatos and green peppers in our garden. We hope to get a lot of fresh raspberries and hopefully some grapes as well! But I'm really thankful for this little place and the sanctuary that our yard has turned into for us. Yes, there are a lot of projects that may take years before they're done, but we love it and with each and every passing day, it feels more and more like us.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures.

M. at Making Sense of Cents said...

So very pretty!

From Foothills to Fog said...

Such a beautiful yard! I can't wait to have a garden someday. I tried growing tomatoes last year and the fog put the kabosh on that real quick.

Loved the older posts you linked to. I am always afraid to actually tackle DIY projects too. Always afraid it won't turn out how I imagine. But lately I've just been trying to slowly hang photos and try to make our house feel like home. Throw pillows in the living room made a huge difference. I got them on etsy and at Marshalls.

Anonymous said...

I love all the little things you are doing to make your house a home! I can't wait to be able to do the same thing, one day :)
I love your garden! I am the same way with worms - if I see one I immediately shriek and run ha ha!!

Sarah and Stewart said...

I can totally relate to this... we moved into our house about two months ago and we still don't have furniture in the living room! It's actually getting delivered this evening and I'm super excited. But since we upgraded to more than triple the square footage it's taking a lot of effort to make the new house into "home." We're basically going room by room, paycheck by paycheck. But you're right, it's super fun and rewarding to see it all come together!

Sarah @ Life As Always

Lisa Erdman said...

I enjoyed hearing about your Craigslist finds and Pinterest ideas...very inspiring. We too moved into a new home in October, so we are noticing things outside for the first time. I love living in the country!

A and B said...

Your yard is so pretty! Its so green that I thought you were in Seattle! I had no idea West Virginia was so green!

LWLH said...

What a lush yard!
We're trying to slowly but surely spruce our house up too.