Sunday, February 3, 2013

A Very Belated Happy New Year!!!!!

Hi Ryan Homes Blogging Community! 

I took a little hiatus from blogging due to travel, work and life in general.  But I have been inspired by all of the messages and visitors I've received asking questions about our home.  Since my last post our community has taken off and RH only has a few more lots to sell.  Also, the James Joyce has become very popular in the Charlotte area and folks have come by to see our unique selections.

Because I have been busy, not a whole lot has been going on at the house.  Here is my list of all the projects I would like to accomplish in the New Year:

(1) Organize, organize, organize!
  • Install organizers for the muchkin and my closets (will check out the Elfa sale at the Container Store this week).
  • Create extra storage space in the pantry and laundry rooms.
  • Utilize over the door space to hang things like brooms and floor cleaners.
  • Do SOMETHING about the garage. 
(2) Finish out the lighting.
  • Add lighting to the study.  I was too cheap to pay $125 for the extra light fixture.  BIG MISTAKE.  It's now going to cost me 3 times that amount to have the electrician come back and install one :(
  • I found a kit to convert the recessed light over the master bath tub into a pendant light.  Stay tuned.
  • Swap out the remaining ugly builder grade fixtures in the hallways and staircases.
  • See if we can get a ceiling fan installed for the front porch.
(3) Furnish/paint/decorate the guest bedrooms.  I really don't have a good excuse for why this isn't done when folks come to visit.

(4) Tackle the monster deck.  Last summer we purchased a grill and temporary patio furniture so that we could at least sit outside.  But I have big plans for the space:
  • Stain and de-rust (if that's even a word) our current patio furniture.
  • Add container gardens and decorations to make it more of an outdoor living/dining room.
  • Add sectional seating to the bottom deck.
  • Possibly add a shade or two to protect from the intense sun.
Whew that's a LONG list of to dos!  In the meantime here are some pics of the family we took in and around our home:


Hope the New Year is treating you and your family well:)