July 22, 2017

Pupdate: A Year of Stella

Prepare yourself for a ridiculous dog mom post with possibly too many photos.
It's so crazy to think that Stella has been in our lives for a whole year! She's still the insanely demanding and adorable pup we adopted a year ago, just a bit bigger and more clever.
She's still extremely energetic and if you leave the door open, you better believe she's going to make a break for it. She likes to run to each of our neighbors' houses usually ending across the street where her corgi friend lives. While she looks lanky and maybe even weak, walking her is next to impossible because of her strength. She pulls at the leash until her eyes and ears are bright red and she's aggressively panting. She's broken five collars in under a year, but thankfully our neighbors or we have been able to catch her every time she breaks out. We're definitely planning on fencing part of the yard in the near future so we don't have the risk of her running into traffic.
 Her curiosity and intelligence usually gets the best of her and gets her into trouble. She learned how to open the trash cabinet, and if we leave her out when we run errands without taking out the trash, she sees it as an all-you-can-eat buffet. She always knows she's in trouble when we come home to the mess and tries to plead her case before reluctantly going into her cage.
Since our house is only a four minute drive from school, I occasionally come home for lunch which tends to be a bit tough for Stella, the stage five clinger. I showed my students photos and videos of her regularly and they asked what kind of trouble she was getting into almost daily. On the senior's last day, I went home for lunch and brought Stella in for the last two periods of the day. Needless to say, this people-obsessed pittie was on cloud nine. She got endless attention and the kids snuck her a few treats when they thought I wasn't looking.
Now for a quick walk down memory lane.
 Oh my goodness I miss her stubby legs and rolls of extra skin!
She used to sleep with her tongue out all the time and it killed me! I love when I catch her doing it now.
I have this photo on my desk at work so I get to see her sweet face. The dopey look was totally unprovoked, I just came home from work one day and she sat there staring at me like this for a solid five minutes. 😭
She's the only dog I know who HAS to sleep under the covers when we first go to bed. She nuzzles her way between us and heads to the bottom of the bed where she then sprawls out or curls up between my legs. 
It's really difficult for me to put into words just how much I love this doggo, so I'll let the photos speak for themselves and I'm sure your heart will melt almost as much as mine has. Unless you don't like dogs, in which case I have to ask, WHAT?! Are you crazy?!  I digress.
While she can be a bit overwhelmingly strong-willed, and intentionally disobedient, we love our Stella (Stelly, Stellman doggo depending on the day) and can't imagine life without her.
Want to see more of this face? You can follow along on Stella's adventures on Instagram.

July 21, 2017

#AptCharp: Dining Room

I've burnt myself out a little bit with home projects and have been dreaming of the day when things are actually decorated. I thought in the mean time I would (finally) share another room from #AptCharp, the dining room. It's crazy to me that we haven't lived there for eight months now. It feels like we've been in this house for a while, but it also feels like I was just at the apartment last week. Anyway, I snapped these quickly before I started packing to move and I really didn't have time to wait for a good lighting day, so please excuse the strange color casts and the grain. 
That washi tape arch design was a totally impulsive project, but I loved the splash of color it added to an otherwise boring space. I'm really not sure if it took longer to install or remove, but I would 100% do it again.
I saw these plates on Instagram and had to have them. My mom and I spent months searching every TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods and she found them all for me. At the time, there were only three large plates but after we moved she found me a fourth one. If you give my mom something to search for she will find it.
Broken blinds courtesy of Stella's intense "bird-watching" sessions. 😒
The apartment had the biggest, loudest, ugliest vent in the dining room. I covered the top portion that didn't have any vents with a rug my mom pulled out of the cedar chest. Don't quote me, but I want to say my dad bought it on a trip to Arizona (?). Wherever it's from, I absolutely love that woven beauty.
There was a long empty wall right outside of the bedroom in the dining room. It was too narrow for a console table or shelves, but that blank wall drove me nuts. After months of searching for something cute and functional, I found this shelf and it was love at first sight. I threw Stella's bed over there in hopes that she'd lay in it while we ate, wishful thinking.

You can see my other #AptCharp room tour here
xo

July 20, 2017

PJs for Days

One of my favorite things this summer has been waking up and seeing Stella sunning herself in the light streaming in from the skylight every morning. She just looks so happy and makes me want to stay in bed and cuddle with her all day!
Contrary to last summer where I lived in pajamas on the couch binging countless series on Netflix, actually I've been getting dressed and leaving the house a couple times a week to run errands. That's not to say I don't still love lazy days at home in my coziest pjs. Some of my pajamas have seen so much wear over the last couple of summers that I think it may be time to invest in some new ones. I love a good night gown, but there's just something so satisfying about matching sets in fun colors and patterns. 
I've rounded up some of my favorites under $100 below.

July 11, 2017

CHKMHome: Update

We've checked off a few things on our to-do list since my last update. Progress is slow, but summer is a real blessing. We replaced the upstairs toilet so we no longer need to stack books on the tank to prevent it pouring out water all over the place.🙌   My dad and Kyle put in some more outlets in the living room, because for whatever reason when the barn was converted into a house they only put one outlet in most rooms, none of which were in a convenient, logical place. We also replaced the blinds that Stella decided to break for a more direct view of the neighbor's corgi with much nicer cordless, faux wood ones from Blindster. The only downside is that since the one window is 72", the valance is a little too heavy and scares the crap out of us every time it falls. It actually fell right before I took the photo below and I've been too scared to put it back up since. 
Right before school ended, we removed the floor to ceiling wallpaper in the dining room and began painting the bottom half of the room and some of the trim. I'm currently looking for some super fun (removable) wallpaper for the top half. I'm pretty much set on a banana leaf paper, similar to the Beverly Hills Hotel but at a more affordable price point. 

Upstairs, there are identical windows on opposite sides of the house, one in the master and one in the hallway outside of the cloffice, that have pine jambs. They looked unfinished (probably because they were) so I painted them black to add some contrast. I love the impact a little bit of paint can have on a space. 
The cloffice is the only room that's almost finished, if a room can ever really be considered finished, with painting the door being the last thing that needs to be done. It's the room I post the most of on Instagram, but I can't wait to photograph all of it and share.
It's been so satisfying to see things coming together. I've been loving every minute of planning, shopping and decorating this home. I'm hoping to have the upstairs hallway, dining room, living room, kitchen, sun room, and stair gallery wall finished by mid-August so I should probably get back to work instead of binging every TV show I find 😬.  Just a reminder, you can view some progress shots on Instagram by following #CHKMHome
Thanks for stopping by! xo
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