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Thanksgiving.

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This year, we decided to keep things low key and just stay home and celebrate our first Thanksgiving together in the new house.  I have missed being with our families, but it was also nice to just spend the day relaxing and doing whatever we wanted.

Some things that I am thankful for haven’t changed much over the years: my family, friends, and the health of all those I love.  But this year there are new things.  I am thankful for my job, even though it has been an almost constant source of stress and anxiety.  I really love working there and (usually) enjoy  what I do.  I am always thankful for Chris, who is in my humble opinion, the greatest husband a girl could ask for.

And of course, I am so thankful for our new house.  Who knew that it was possible to fall in love with an old pile of wood and nails?  But I have, I love every bit of this house from the deck that is nearly falling down, to the crazy blue flooring in the kitchen and bathroom.  The views of downtown Santa Barbara, the old gravity furnace that makes our house so warm, the hardwood floors, and even the cave downstairs (but only in the daylight, at night it scares me).  Just sitting in my living room looking around my house I feel an overwhelming sense of happiness and peace.

I hadn’t planned on cooking since it was just going to be me and Chris, but then Chris decided he wanted a turkey.  Then we decided it would be fun to have several of our friends over for dinner the day after Thanksgiving to eat leftovers, and so I went from not cooking at all to making a feast to end all feasts.

Thanksgiving Spread

Green Bean Casserole

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey Butter

Southern Biscuits

Country Bread, Sausage, and Sage Dressing

Mashed Potatoes with Pancetta and Rosemary

Cranberry Orange Compote

Turkey Gravy

Turkey!

Bacon, Garlic, Butter and Herbs under the Turkey Skin. Mmm!

I’m waiting till tomorrow to cook the desserts.  Partly because I just cooked for 7 hours and am about to fall over, partly because dessert is best hot out of the oven and our guests deserve only the best.  🙂  Tune in tomorrow for Pumpkin Cheesecake Crumble, Apple Pie, and Cranberry Orange Scone.  And, if you’re lucky and I’m feeling extra energetic (which depends on how many cappuccinos I will have had) we might have pictures of the office and bedroom curtains.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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What a difference a curtain makes.

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My brain feels like a pile of mush right now, but I’ve been getting demands for pictures of our curtains so I thought I’d throw up a few before and afters for your viewing pleasure.  We still have to hang them up in the bedroom and office, so those pics will come later.

 

Living Room Before

Living Room After

Living Room French Doors with Sheers and a kitty

Living Room French Doors

Living Room French Doors

Dining Room Before

Dining Room After!

Dining Room with Curtains open (the two smaller windows will soon have sheers)

 

Guest Room (this is a before before, before paint even!)

Guest Room with Curtains and rearranging the furniture

 

 

 

 

Chris’s Favorite Room

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Before we had signed away our lives on our new house, Chris had already claimed his favorite room.  It’s actually not really a room, more of a closet at the end of the hallway.  I would guess that it used to be a broom closet or storage area.  But Chris had big plans for it, his dreams of turning into a media/server room that would put any geek to shame.  I’ll be honest, I really didn’t think he could pull it off.

To better orient you to where this server rooms is, if you look at a picture of our living room, it is behind the fireplace.  So how do all the cords get from this media closet to the TV you ask?  By drilling a hole through 4 feet of stone and cement.  Which as it turns out is a very tricky thing to do, Chris called 3 people before finding a man with a diamond tipped water powered drill who said he could pull it off.

The Hole.

TV Mount & Cable Hole

Once we had the hole drilled, Chris installed adjustable shelves in there for all his components.  Our server room consists of:  Onkyo receiver, Dish network HD DVR, Macbook pro, Nintendo Wii, 4 USB Hard-drives, lots of monoprice cables (cheap and amazing), and just to be uber cool/geeky a blacklight.

Before Closet

Chris's Favorite Room

I am quite amazed with Chris, he somehow managed to merge his love of technology and home theater with his newly found handyman skills.  He loves how minimal it all looks while at the same time providing a crazy tech experience (the steve jobs minimalist coming out in him), I love that we can have all the cables, components, and geekery hidden away.

Glorious TV

 

 

Frame Arranging.

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Chris and I are big fans of a blog called Young House Love which is written by a young, hip couple in Virginia who bought an older house with the intent to fix it up.  They have fabulous and inexpensive ideas and whenever we have a design quandary we search through their many blog posts for answers.

I’ve mentioned before my fear and hesitation of hanging up things on the wall, especially after we spent SO much time painting and making it pretty.  It just pains me to drive a nail through my freshly painted walls.  Thankfully, we found this very helpful video from Young House Love on framing arrangements which was really helpful.  I highly suggest watching it if you’re as unsure about wall decor as I am.

We knew we wanted white frames, and in an effort to save money we tried to paint some of the black frames that we already had using our white trim paint.  Really bad idea.  I’m sure this would work if you used the right paint or sanded them or something, but it went all wrong for us and ended in me stomping on one of them after 3 days and 3 coats of paint.  Three of them were salvageable, the others we bought at Aaron Brothers and Ikea.

Once we’d gathered all our frames and printed the pictures (Costco is the way to go for this, awesome quality and ridiculously cheap) we had to figure out the layout before getting down to business.  Bobby was up visiting so he, Chris, and I all took turns arranging the frames.  Bobo was the winner.

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The next step is quite tedious, but very important.  Cut a piece of paper for each frame and tape them together in the arrangement we created, then transfer to the wall, as seen here:

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I have no patience for hanging things, using levels, and measuring.  Fortunately, the Rose boys are quite handy and took over from here.  I did help by handing them the nails.

The Rose Boys

We’re quite pleased with the finished product, it was worth all the work.

The finished product

Coming Soon…Chris’s Media Closet, complete with black light!!