home ownership

It’s the little things…

Despite Nashville being slow to get on board with the season of autumn (seriously? 90 degrees on Saturday? Ug ) I was feeling the fall- nesting instinct that seems to be going around. I’m about to start some pretty big projects in the house, but I wanted to spend this weekend making a bunch of small updates and doing a few little crafty things. It’s funny, because I feel like the small updates I did actually made a really big impact in helping a few spaces feel competed.

My roommate had a bunch of mason jars lying around that helped inspire a few of my projects this weekend.

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The first I just filled with corn kernels, stuck a candle I already had inside, and wrapped some burlap ribbon I had used for an earlier project around the outside.

The second jar completed a shelf I hung in my bathroom. That one was even easier- add rocks, add a candle, done!

I got around to organizing the buffet in the kitchen, too.

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I added some fall foliage to my painted wine bottle for a seasonal touch, and finally tried the often-pinned trick of adding a candle to coffee beans for a nice aroma… And it worked! I used a cinnamon- vanilla tea light in an oversized coffee mug. Yummm!

The last thing I did this weekend was a quick update to a Home Goods find. I bought a cute wall hanging but worried the color would blend too much with the walls. I simply added some yellow chevron ribbon to the outer edge- just enough color to make it stand out against the neutral walls! It also gave me a reason to bust out the hot glue gun. Woo!

 

 

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I’m going to be posting a lot more updates on the house as I finish some long over-due projects. Stay tuned!

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Baby you can light my fire…

It’s time for another home related post! When I was looking at houses, one of the things I loved about mine was the backyard. It was big and fenced in and even came with a fire pit! … Or at least the remains of one from the previous owners.

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That sad, broken paver stone pit had me dreaming of summer nights by the bonfire, enjoying s’mores and playing music with friends (a very Nashville dream if I’ve ever seen one!).

I started working on the new and improved fire pit a few weeks ago, a few spare minutes at a time. First I had to get rid of all the garbage and half-burnt remains from the guy who lived here before me. I think he may have been a bit of a pyro…. I found trash, old springs, and what I’m pretty sure was something from a car engine. Haha.

After that was done I dug out the ash that was left in the pit to get down to the dirt. I removed all the old paver stones, which were luckily not cemented together, so that part was easy. I removed more of the grass from around the edges to keep more space around the fire pit clear as well.

Finally it was time to build the fire pit! The first row was the most tedious since the old first-layer of pavers was really uneven. I was using the hexagonal paver stones, some from the original pit and about 30 new ones I bought at home depot finish the project. I laid the first brick and then went one at a time, butting them against each other and filling in the spaces with soil or digging into the ground to get a nice, level base. Once I had the first row completed, I packed more soil around the inside and outside of the ring to secure the bricks.

The rest was pretty easy. I just laid paver stones in stacked rows, making sure they were snug and secure as I went. I had debated using some kind if cement to secure the stones together, but after reading a bunch if tutorials (thanks, Pinterest!) I decided that it would be fine to leave them stacked and not glued together.

The final result looked like this:

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I’m pretty proud of this one. I am thinking about adding some pebbles around the edge to give it a more finished look. Can’t wait to start enjoying some beautiful summer, southern nights by the fire!