This one was a long time coming, folks! When we first moved into our house, some of the lighting choices were not my favorite. They were fine…they worked…but were not my style per se.
One of these light fixtures in particular was our dining room chandelier. It looked ok, but really wasn’t suited to our long, rectangular wood table in the space. Back when we first moved into the house, I had immediately marked this fixture for replacement. But I needed to find the perfect piece to decorate the space instead.
It just so happened that I stumbled upon an orb chandelier at West Elm shortly after our move in date. I knew I loved it, but I couldn’t pull the trigger on the purchase at the time. I thought I’d take some time to mull it over and shop around before making any decisions. Well, that “mulling it over” period lasted almost a year.
I don’t think I’ve ever taken the time to talk about our couch.
I know, I know: how exciting could a couch really be? I have to admit, the entire process of finding a couch I loved was long and drawn out. Consider me picky: it was difficult to find one that was the right color, the right fabric, the right cushion shape…
After months and months (I’m serious. How aggravating!) of looking, I finally spotted the perfect fit: the Lounge sofa from Crate & Barrel. The deep seats were probably my biggest draw – I can sit on the couch regularly, stretch my legs out, and only my feet hang off the edge (the seat is 46″ deep). It is SO comfortable. So, we went ahead and made the purchase in the chinchilla shaded fabric. The couch arrived about this time last year, and things were awesome.
First: I can’t believe it has been almost a year since we moved into our home. How did that amount of time pass by so quickly? Sometimes I look around the house and wonder how I managed to do so little over the course of the year. I JUST hung a painting on our living room wall a few weeks ago – it was the first item I hung on a wall. First thing. Almost a year after we moved in. The shame. But – that’s a story for another day.
Today’s story is about our backyard. Thankfully, our front yard was looking pretty great when we moved in. The previous home owners kept everything up pretty well so there wasn’t much we needed to do other than maintain it. The backyard was also well kept, but it was lacking quite a bit in the landscaping department. I mean…it was looking kind of sad back behind our lanai. There was just a big, uneven span of old mulch and some randomly placed plants. It was kind of an eyesore, as that area runs along the entire back side of the house.
The challenge we faced when it came down to deciding on what to put in that spot was the fact that our backyard is very shaded. That enormous tree that I love happens to provide shade to almost fence to fence back there. Justin and I really had to do some research to figure out what plants we could put in the ground that would not require 6+ hours of sun a day. Most flowers were eliminated by that requirement, sadly.
It is no secret: Justin and I are big fans of Halloween. Big big fans. We make our yearly trek to Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando (by the way: loved it this year!), and I’ve always longed for a yard to decorate for the holiday. Well, this year was our very first shot at it, and I wasn’t going to miss out on the opportunity. I’ll be honest: I didn’t think Justin would go for any of this…but after he heard me giggling after seeing a picture on Pinterest of some skeletons carrying a coffin across a yard, he was hooked on the idea of creating our own scene.
We brainstormed for a bit; how many skeletons would we need to acquire? How will we pose them? How will we make them stay put in the yard? Come to find out: purchasing full size skeletons isn’t exactly a cheap feat. Plus, depending on how you would like to position the skeleton, certain joints are required. For our final product, we needed two different types of skeletons – one with arms that had rotating shoulder/arm sockets, and one without. However, we managed to score an awesome deal at Ross for our first one: $24! Good fortune was shining on us. We found our second skeleton at Target; it was the cheapest option after shopping around at various party and Halloween stores in our area. Go figure: I love you, Target.