INSTAPOST: What We’ve Been Up To

It has been a wild ride with renovations, holidays, celebrations, and so much more! Here are a few snapshots of what we have been up to lately…

Saw an amazing Charlie Robison show at The Granada theater

Saw an amazing Charlie Robison show at The Granada theater

Ate a Hattie's!

Ate a Hattie’s!

We decorated for Halloween!

We decorated for Halloween!

I officially stained the banister, yes me! With no help from David at all. I am officially becoming a DIY girl

I officially stained the banister, yes me! With no help from David at all. I am officially becoming a DIY girl

The AFTER!

The AFTER!

I did A LOT of Halloween Baking

I did A LOT of Halloween Baking

Our BEAUTIFUL backsplash done by my man!

Our BEAUTIFUL backsplash done by my man!

Our Engagement Party!

Our Engagement Party!

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INSTAPOST: Renovation Update Part Three

We have made a huge amount of progress in such a short amount of time (David you are amazing!) Here are some photos from the past week and half so you can see how much progress we have made!

A typical Sunday in the Stephenson household. Starbucks and Home Depot.

A typical Sunday in the Stephenson household. Starbucks and Home Depot.

David officially layer tile in our downstairs powder room!!

David officially layer tile in our downstairs powder room!!

New light fixtures have gone up!

New light fixtures have gone up!

We started painting the cabinets!!

We started painting the cabinets!!

BEFORE.

BEFORE.

AFTER. (almost) The space looks so much brighter and bigger now!

AFTER. (almost) The space looks so much brighter and bigger now!

I was lucky enough to be able to come home early on Friday to help paint!

I was lucky enough to be able to come home early on Friday to help paint!

My amazing future mother-in-law who has helped David so much! We are so grateful!

My amazing future mother-in-law who has helped David so much! We are so grateful!

Measuring baseboard samples... its so exciting we are almost at that point!!

Measuring baseboard samples… its so exciting we are almost at that point!!

This crazy journey just keeps on going! But I know there will be more insta-photos to share!

INSTAPOST: Renovation Update

It has been a very very busy time in the Stephenson household. We are planning our wedding, working full time, oh and completely remodeling our first floor! The dust and concrete would be enough to drive someone crazy, thankfully David and I have a good sense of humor! They say home renovations are 80% prep work and we are living that right now! David has done an amazing job prepping our house for paint, tile, and hardwoods! Our first area of focus when we get to flooring will be our powder room, you never realize how convent a bathroom on the first floor is, until you have to rip our the toilet and sink! Here are some of our recent renovations photos so you can see the madness that is going on!

The tile AND mortar are gone in the kitchen! (excuse our messiness... it is hard to live in a construction zone and still be chic!)

The tile AND mortar are gone in the kitchen! (excuse our messiness… it is hard to live in a construction zone and still be chic!)

and hallway!

and hallway!

Out powder room officially has been demolished!

Out powder room officially has been demolished!

Where did everything go you might ask? Oh yes our garage. Thankfully that sweet man in the photo has since cleaned everything out!

Where did everything go you might ask? Oh yes our garage. Thankfully that sweet man in the photo has since cleaned everything out!

Next.... the demise of our horrible BRASS light fixtures! This photo makes me oh so happy!

Next…. the demise of our horrible BRASS light fixtures! This photo makes me oh so happy!

And finally a great shot of a freshly painted ceiling and my man installing one of many new light fixtures in our home! A huge THANK YOU to David's mom for helping him paint and making sure he was safe... also for getting me this picture! :)

And finally a great shot of a freshly painted ceiling and my man installing one of many new light fixtures in our home! A huge THANK YOU to David’s mom for helping him paint and making sure he was safe… also for getting me this picture! 🙂

 

David is in charge of the renovation agenda, so you will have to ask him whats going to happen next, but I think it will be painting the walls, cabinets, and backsplash! Or it could be finishing up the powder room! We have so much to choose from here! More DIY and renovation posts to come!

 

INSTAPOST: Renovation Update

So of course this water heater flood has really turned our home upside down! Thankfully I have the most handy man in the world who has decided to take on all of these major renovations (by himself!) in order to make us the most beautiful home. (okay be warned this may be kind of a bragging post because I feel so lucky right now!) The past two weeks David has finished all of the drywall that needed to be done, ripped up all of our baseboards, and has removed almost all the tile on our first floor! Here are some photos of the damage…

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

The next steps include removing the last layer of grout and remove the tile from our downstairs powder room, paint, then we (and by this I mean David) can start laying hardwood floors! Slowly but surely this place will become less dusty and more like our dream home! I am just so grateful for David’s insanely amazing work ethic!a

INSTAPOST: Our Flooded Home

Well I have been absent from the blogging world this past week because of some crazy and unfortunate news! My brother had his lovely wedding in Annapolis, Maryland and while we were out of town our water heater broke and completely flooded the first floor of our house! The ironic (and frustrating!!) thing about this is that we had a NEW water heater in our garage that we had planned on installing when we got home!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

Before the carpet was taken out... it might not look like much but man that carpet was soaked!

Before the carpet was taken out… it might not look like much but man that carpet was soaked!

YUCK.

YUCK.

David enjoying the irony with our replacement water heater!

David enjoying the irony with our replacement water heater!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

My sweet man set up our living room again after the carpet was ripped out so it didn't look so sad!

My sweet man set up our living room again after the carpet was ripped out so it didn’t look so sad!

 

This was so not what we were expecting, but it may be a blessing in disguise. We are hoping to do a TON of DIY projects to really get this place the way we want it to be! Hopefully in a few months (yes I am being optimistic here!) we will have the renovated home of our dreams 🙂 Stay tuned!

 

INSTAPOST: May Vacation

I have been away from the blogging world for far too long now! I decided to fully give myself a break from everything this month and just relax, sleep in and hang out, and that is exactly what I did! The month of May has been a wonderful one, but I am glad to be back to reality! We had a crazy busy month of unpacking and getting settled. We also took a trip to Gruene, Texas for Americana Music Jam at the legendary Gruene Hall, David golfed and of course I rode around with him, we made it to The Colonial golf tournament out in Ft. Worth, and we found our wedding venue!! All in all our first month of being engaged was BUSY, but so much fun!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

The FAMOUS Gruene Hall!

The FAMOUS Gruene Hall!

 

The amazing Gruene Mansion Inn. The PERFECT bed and breakfast for that amazing weekend

The amazing Gruene Mansion Inn. The PERFECT bed and breakfast for that amazing weekend

 

Cowboy boots and all!

Cowboy boots and all!

 

Wade Bowen playing at Gruene Hall

Wade Bowen playing at Gruene Hall

 

Our view from the tent at the Crown Plaza Invitation at The Colonial! Amazing finish by Adam Scott to win!

Our view from the tent at the Crown Plaza Invitation at The Colonial! Amazing finish by Adam Scott to win!

Next Memorial Day Weekend we will be getting married at The Belmont Hotel! We can not wait!

Next Memorial Day Weekend we will be getting married at The Belmont Hotel! We can not wait!

This place as the most incredible views of the Dallas skyline!

This place as the most incredible views of the Dallas skyline!

And of course we enjoyed some amazing wine and food all month long!

And of course we enjoyed some amazing wine and food all month long!

 

and finally...my golf loving fiancé!

and finally…my golf loving fiancé!

INSTAPOST: Spring Break in Kiawah Island

I am off today to enjoy my last college Spring Break! If only the real world had such a thing! David and I are going to Kiawah Island with his family and could not be more excited! I can’t wait to explore Charleston, eat amazing seafood, see the beach, and RELAX!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.