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we’re sleeping in tomorrow

Yesterday’s agenda:

  • work our booties off for the next 3.5hrs
  • head to Pat + Nat’s [bro in law + sis in law] with my mom to visit
  • head to Denver to pick up my mom’s necklace
  • head to REI for my mom to try Merrel’s minimalist shoes
  • meet up with Melissa + Sammy!
  • do some shopping at Cherry Creek Mall
  • grab dinner…not sure where yet!
  • see the movie Bridesmaids
  • pick up Chris from the airport!

Pretty productive, right?

Here’s a little glimpse at everything on the list!

The work started in the master bedroom.

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I attempted to install our ceiling light.  First remembering to turn the breaker off. :)

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Success!  Lovely white light!

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Then there was cleaning. 

After 1 week of not vacuuming, this is the massive pile of Kenna + Dakota hair floating around the floor.  Aren’t you glad I documented this?

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Can you tell what’s new in this photo?

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I showed you the new counter the other day, but I just finished painting the underside of the archway!!  My mom and I also put together a little flower arrangement.

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We decided to go with a very deep blue/gray color for the archway.  It contrasts with the backsplash and adds a bit of warmth to the kitchen.  It’s a bit brighter in person, and I’m loving it!  Such a quick and easy improvement.

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Now, to the spare bedroom!  It’s coming along!!

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We bought dark gray sheets, a polar fleece blanket for under the quilt, matching shams, and 2 throw pillows.

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I thought the matching shams might be overwhelming, but I think it turned out great, especially with the throw pillows.  It’s hard to tell, but the yellow has lines of white thread running through it.  I’ll still decorate a bit more at some point with a few artsy touches, a lamp, etc.

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My mom is the best shopper + house helper!

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I love when the dining room table is clear.  It’s not frequent!

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A little better show of the archway.

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And archway number two!  It compliments the gray of the couch + the chair [charcoal grey], without being overly matchy.

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Quite the improvement from this!

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Besides the bedding, do you spot something else that has changed? 

We have window trim on every single window!!!  My uncle was busy while I was gone in Ohio.  He did an amazing job and it really made a HUGE difference.  Every room feels MUCH more finished now.

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We also picked up cute square base + square shade lamps from target, along with small matching alarm clocks.  I was really sick of my gigantic CD player alarm clock from 1999.  It’s in the donate pile and Chris’s old alarm clock was moved to the spare bedroom.

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The duvet + shams are amazing.  The light wasn’t the best when I took these.  They have a bit more detail in them than you can tell here.  There is a light checked pattern going through the leaves.  The duvet is super soft and I absolutely love our down comforter.  My parents bought us one from Bed, Bath and Beyond as part of our wedding gift, 3 years ago.  We’re finalllllyyyyy getting to use it! 

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Here are a few better photos showing the rocks in the counter.

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We headed to Westminster and had a nice visit with Pat, Natalie, and Nat’s dad.  Natalie is due in only 6 weeks!!  My mom + dad gave them a very cute bath-time themed gift!

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Then we headed to the flagship REI in Denver.  It’s probably the most amazing store I’ve ever been in.  If you’re visiting Denver, you must check it out!  We finally saw the sun, too.  It turned into a gorgeous day.  [view outside of REI]

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Cute momma!

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Hat day!

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We caught up with Melissa + Samantha at Cherry Creek Mall.  Such a little peanut still!!

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My mom got her birthday necklace!

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We of course had to check out Anthropologie.

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It was hard to leave there empty handed!  Sammie was perfect.  We didn’t hear a peep from her!

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Such a nice visit with the girls.

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Then the 4 of us headed to Vine Street Pub, in Denver.  Such delicious + affordable food.  One of our favorites, that we really miss in Ft. Collins.  They offer a large menu, with awesome daily specials.  They even have a daily hummus!  There is something for everyone here.  GF, vegetarian, vegan + meat lover friendly

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After dinner we headed to the airport to pick up Chris.

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Look at this cute face.

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I’m feeling a bit like Sammie right now.  Sleepy!

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Time for bed!

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We’re sleeping in tomorrow.


Reader Comments (73)

Ashley - I got the lovely yellow and grey quilt (with matching pillow shams) that you have in your 2nd bedroom for our bedroom earlier this week. You see, we had a little cat-astrophe (literally one of our cats using our bed as a litter box after he got accidentally locked in our bedroom and freaked out!) and our old bedding was ruined. So, I took the opportunity to get cute new bedding. I absolutely love the bedspread and the fact that it's reversible! Have you by any chance found any euro shams that match the yellow and grey? We have two larger pillows that need euro sham covers but they didn't come in that size in that pattern at Target.

Congrats on your super productive Saturday! Or was it Sunday?

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamar

I LOVE your countertops and the stone detail is so great! Also love the dark color on the really makes things pop. Remind me to ask you for design advice when the husband and I finally buy our own house. :)

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

I love how the arch color gives a nice contrasting effect. And what a beautiful countertop! Love the stone details :)

Your new home is beautiful!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessy

May I please move in with you?
LOVE it!

Ashley- It looks so fantastic. Congrats on all of the accomplishments! My mom helped me when we first moved in and I don't think I could have done it all without her! :)

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

You totally rocked your to-do list:):) Isnt it fun to cross stuff off?!

I love the painted archway! The kitchen really looks finished now!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterallison

Everything is looking so good! The color under the arch really adds a lot. It's amazing what an accent like that can do for a space!

The house looks so beautiful! You've put in a lot of hard work & it definitely shows!! Makes me want to do some redecorating too!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

You got so much work done! Moms are great for helping out!

Oh my gosh, that little peanut is so cute! She is just beautiful! Love the comforters and I really like the dark paint on the arches. It looks great Ashley. I hope you have a great day today too!

I liked the gray and yellow bedspread best when you had them up for voting, but I never put in my vote, haha. It looks great!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

you guys deserve to sleep in the next few days the house looks amazing!!!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw Twins

Wow! You've definitely earned the sleeping in! I'm exhausted just looking at your day! Your house looks adorable- nice work! :)

Ashley- I absolutely love your kitchen! the new countertop is so unique.
Glad you're enjoying your time with your mom, looks like you are getting a lot done and the house looks great for it!

Oh and it totally makes me feel better that your dogs make that much "hair" mess in your house. When I'm on the floor doing yoga and can see at eye level all the hair from our dog it gets me all stressed out!

What a busy day!

I love the painted archways -- the color looks perfect!

What a cutie! :)

I love the idea of painting the underside of the arch a darker color it really accents the room. Everything looks amazing, congratulations! :)

You definitely deserve to sleep in. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that quilt. The yellow is so light and airy.

I love what you did to the guest bedroom. It looks great with those throw pillows.

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJust Audrey

your house is coming together SO well ash! it's beautiful...and perfectly matches your personality :)

Sammie is precious precious Precious. Love babies with a good head of hair. ;)

Wow Ashley, your house is looking great - it's all coming together so well. I love your taste. Really digging the painted archway and your choice of colors, and I love all the white walls and hardwoods. Simple and tasteful. My kind of decor!

Thank you for showcasing the dog hair - good to know we're not the only ones. :)

The arches look amazing!! Your whole house is coming together nicely. Makes me want to remodel. And you're not alone with that dog hair. I only have 1 Australian Shepherd and I get piles of fur like that, too!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

i feel like we have similar decorating styles! i love yellow/gray combo and the stripes make it perfect! my dream place is a mix of industrial/french vintage (think inside of anthropologie). i want my kitchen table to be reclaimed salvage wood with big metal rivets etc. it's something we need to think about in the next 2 years when our lease runs out! enjoy the extra zzzz's!

Your home is coming together beautifully. I've enjoyed following your progress.

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane Plass

busy day! haha I love the pile of dog hair you picked up. Very similar to what we see in our house too.

I am obsessed with the painted archway. We are installing a breakfast bar/countertop on the wall between our kitchen/family room and that would look to choose a color...

You have done an amazing job in your house! That rock wall is to die for!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKell

SO many things I love in this post. To name a few...

- gorgeous painted arches - AWESOME improvement!
- rocky counter-tops - LOVE
- your adorable mom
- baby Sammy and her pouty face
- stripy guest bedroom - still love it

I'm sure the house feels like chaos to you, but from the pics you can tell all the hard work is absolutely paying off! So worth it to take your time and make every room special and complete. :) Enjoy your week with mom!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily Malone

Looks like you accomplished a lot-- the house looks ridiculously amazing! I'm jealous at how perfect and new (remodeled) your house is, but I know it took a lot of work :-)
That baby is SO cute- I just want to squeeze her!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilia

holy moly, girl! First off... LOVE the decision you made with the comforter + stripes in the spare bedroom! It looks really nice. Secondly, when my husband and I buy a house someday, would you mind coming to live in Seattle for a while, so you can renovate and redecorate it? Awesome, thanks!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Crouch

The archway color looks great! Amazing how just a little splash of color goes a long way in a room :)

We were at Vine Str Pub last night, too! I wanted to sit outside but the wait was like 45 min, with too many open tables inside. We were starving ;)

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather C

This calls for a 'whoa baby' ;) I never would have thought to paint the archway! What a great's so sharp, crisp, and clean looking. All of the rooms look great. I can't believe how much you've completed already...seems like you just moved in.

Your house is looking great. I need to go back and look because I love the stones in the countertop.

I hate to be city-competitive, but Seattle claims that the REI here is the flagship!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbitt

i heard it was bad feng shui to have your bed directly under a window...

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlou

Everything looks like it's coming along fabulously! I love how much just a painted archway can enhance a room. With all the work you've been doing you definitely deserve to sleep in!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkris (everyday oats)

Your house is gorgeous! Bet it was great to get home - but even better to know you're having a lie-in :-)

No Bridesmaids? You could just call me. I'll make you laugh.

Hope today was a little more laidback!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

wow - you guys have been busy! Love the archways - and the bedrooms...WOW!!!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa (bakebikeblog)

P.S. Blogs are funny because, since your food interests are so similar to mine, I often think "Ashley from Edible Perspective would like this"... but you have no idea who I am. Well, I'm still going to share, because if I was the blogger I'd want the reader to share :)
Today I made a smoothie that was like a banana milkshake but better: first I soaked 2 tbsp of oats and a sprinkling of chia seeds in water (probably around 1/3 cup). Then I blended that up until it was milky, then added a frozen banana, blended til smooth, then blended in a tbsp of peanut butter. It was still a little too thick so I added a tbsp or so of soy milk. It was soooo good- perfect after a run on an 85 degree day! The oat flavor actually came through, which surprised me, but pleasantly since I love oats.
Also, I thought these might be something you'd be interested in pursuing (or at least knowing about): I'm definitely curious.

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Haha! I was just going to type "nerdiest" comment ever, so I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed that! REI is a Washington-based company and the "flagship" store is on Eastlake in Seattle and their corp. HQ is just south of Seattle. Haha, I'm a Washington native with a couple friends that work for REI HQ, so I had to point that out ;)

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCat

Wow! You're house is GORGEOUS! You guys have done such an amazing job. Now you need to come decorate and design my house. Seriously. I'm so impressed!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

I was just going by what they call it on the website and what I've heard. :) Maybe they mean flagship Colorado store?

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you so much!!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ah, that sounds like an awesome smoothie!! I love infusing mine with oats too and peanut butter banana is a favorite combo of mine too. :) Looks like you "know" me pretty well!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks dear!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

We didn't have time! :) We need to chat!! Maybe tomorrow? Yes, today was quite relaxing...I did install another light fixture though!

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I've read things on feng shui before, and while I think it's interesting, it's not always possible to follow the "rules." However, I was looking at the website and it specifies that it's bad if you're directly under the window, but we're not. It's a king size bed and the window is right in the middle. We're both on one side or the other. :)

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Funny! It seems REI designates them both as the flagship. I was just going by what I've heard! :)

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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