Room To Spare

July 29, 2010

Unpack. Sort. Place. Breakdown. Repeat.

My gosh – make it stop!!!!!

We’re really getting there – you can actually walk through most of the rooms now. Just a few more tweaks in the living areas – then we tackle the basement. *Shudder*

The POD is gone!!

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I would definitely recommend PODS if you are moving long distance. The friendliest and most normal customer service people ever. Our whole move (including a month of storage) cost about $1300 moving 5 hours away. I thought that was really reasonable, especially since we didn’t have to do any scary truck driving. Some of our furniture was dinged, but nothing broke.

For lunch we tested out the dining room!

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These cabinets are from Crate + Barrel. We used the lower one as a TV stand in Charlotte, but now they’re both dishes.

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My grandmother’s chair. Its partner is in the foyer

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The french doors were a huge renting point of this house :)

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While I worked upstairs, Matt made lunch.

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A sandwich on frozen/thawed Great Harvest bread with Applegate Farm’s Organic Turkey, Whole Foods hummus and romaine.

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Love that they have bulk Applegate items at WF so we can get as much as we need. [And guess what – they are supplying the deli meat for the Healthy Living Summit!!]

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Bella Eats Peach

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A blob of hummus with Food Should Taste Good Chocolate chips. LOVE this flava!!

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Foyer disaster pile

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Here’s some of the progress!! Artwork is coming out. Although, the walls here are plaster and we are pretty limited of what we can hang (or at least feel comfortable with).

Adam + Eve

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Our honeymoon painting from Sonoma

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Master bedroom!

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Linen closet – very spacious!!

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Guest room – come visit!

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That means you, Bears!

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Queen Room project to be unveiled tonight! I’m most excited about that room :)

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1 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm

The house is looking so neat, organised and beautiful! You must be so pleased :)
Stunning looking peach, I love the colours 😀


2 Rosey Rebecca July 29, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Your house is so beautiful! I love the way you set everything up! Makes me want to redecorate!


3 Jessica @ How Sweet July 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I love the dining room! IN fact, I love the whole house. I’d like to move right in.


4 Kim King July 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I love the quilt in the guest bedroom. Where did you get it?


5 Kath July 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

It’s a duvet cover from Crate + Barrel


6 Liz July 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

OMG! I love your grandmother’s chairs. That’s exactly what I’ve been looking for, for our living room to have as extra seating.

I have to say, i’m really inspired by your posts the last couple of days. I’m planning to go through my kitchen atleast this weekend and get rid of some stuff that we hardly ever use.

What a great job the two of you are doing getting your house in order!


7 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm

amazing…seriously gorgeous! i said it on twitter, but i’ll say it on here…you’re more than welcome to come to colorado and decorate for me! :)


8 Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Wow, you work FAST!!! I almost feel like I should move just so I can get my house organized….haaha


9 Ashley July 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm

You two are the fastest unpackers I have EVER seen!! I can’t believe you’ve already hung things on the wall. Impressive!


10 Jen July 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Kath – I am SO IMPRESSED by how much progress you have made in just two days! The house looks awesome and is super cute.


11 sweetersalt July 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm

What fabulous colors – especially for a rental! Very nice – love the orange.


12 Kim July 29, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Check and see if your Whole Foods has Niman Ranch Ham in the deli case. SO GOOD!


13 Gavi @ GaviGetsGoing! July 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm

The French doors are so beautiful! Really lovely touches all over the place. I can’t wait to see the Queen Room!!


14 Evan Thomas July 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Your place looks amazing.


15 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Your new house is so duuuurn CUTE!! I am in the process of packing up–it’s so hard :( I hate throwing away stuff. I need to channel my inner KERF. You’re the best at that kinda stuff!


16 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Love the wall colours in your place


17 Laura July 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

It looks rather amazing!xx


18 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 29, 2010 at 2:06 pm

It is absolutely beautiful! I am actually going to show my husband later today since we both love this style of home! I am really glad that things are coming together!


19 JenATX July 29, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I love it too! Can yall just buy this place? haha


20 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy July 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Its really looking great!

We’ve moved a month ago, and we still have a big pile of boxes in the office that we haven’t oppened yet :(

We definitely need to tacklt them of just lit them on fire!


21 Jen July 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Kath, everything looks wonderful! You’re making such great progress so quickly!


22 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day July 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Oh I love old craftsman style homes! The details in the windows and moldings just do not exist in new homes these days. I’m now very inspired to organize and decorate my own place!


23 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm

You guys are making GREAT progress!! The house looks great!


24 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) July 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

The house is looking great and you are still making time to make a great meal?!?! Wow you are such a go getter!


25 Dynamics July 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Your house looks amazing! You are so lucky to have such beautiful colors. Most houses here are ALL white and boring.


26 erica July 29, 2010 at 2:25 pm

looks great! i still am in awe at your speedy unpacking and decorating abilities! please come to my place and help me!!! hahaha.


27 The Wife of a Dairyman July 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm

What a great feeling to unpack and get settled! Beautiful place, as I’ve said before:) Home sweet home!


28 Tara @ Food for Fuel July 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm

I love your house! It’s so picturesque and looks like it came straight out of a magazine! Very impressed with your organization and getting things unpacked so quickly!


29 Courtney (Delightful Devours) July 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Hey you did a fantastic job! I can’t believe how fast you got those rooms together. I am seriously impressed girly. Wanna come do my house?


30 Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life July 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

You two work fast! Great job- it all looks GREAT! :)

I moved in months ago and you’re already ahead me!


31 ri'chele July 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Wow making beautiful progress. Love your clean uncluttered style, you have a consitent look. Your own home in N.C. was adorable, and that style truly complements (and compliments) the already lovely space in VA. Your land lord/lordess should be proud. Thank you for sharing with us, you must be very busy. Even so you take the time to share in a pleasant cheerful fashion.


32 Stephanie July 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I looked into Pods for my move but it cost almost the same as a moving company…sad it wasn’t a deal for where I am moving to.


33 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 29, 2010 at 2:37 pm

The house is *gorgeous*. And I love the color of the room just at the bottom of the stairs (almost like a periwinkle??) That’s the color I’ve been seeking out for my bedroom paint. 😀


34 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete July 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Your house is beautiful. I love your furniture! I recognize the guest bedroom furniture as Pier 1 Imports — I worked there all through college so you can’t fool me! :)

I love the french doors and the brightly colored walls.

Are you going to be renting for a while or will you be purchasing a new home down the road?


35 Kath July 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

You got it!

We might buy in a year…maybe 2-3?


36 Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! July 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Your house has such a peaceful aura about it. Does that make sense or is that too woo woo? In any case, it looks lovely!


37 Marilyn July 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I love the guest room bedspread!


38 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) July 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Looks stunningly beautiful! I can’t wait to see the Queen’s room!


39 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I love your guest room bedspread!! Your guests (and bears) are lucky!


40 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write July 29, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Holy cow I love your house. I would give my baby toe to have hard wood floors like that.


41 [email protected] Nation July 29, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I am so curious to find out what a Queen Room is. I love that painting you got from Sonoma!


42 Marisa @ Loser for Life July 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Everything looks great! You really are making progress!

Love the dining room color!


43 Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life July 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Wow! You guys are the like energizer bunny today; you just keep working and working!! It looks great! I’m lovin’ the cabinet of bowls! Bowl heaven :)


44 Heather July 29, 2010 at 3:32 pm

everything looks homey! I can’t wait to hear about this project!


45 Kathy W. July 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Really beautiful!

I use those picture hangers made for plaster walls–the nails have round, ribbed heads. You can find them in most hardware stores and (I think) Target, and come in different sizes for different weights.

Just found an example online:

They make really tiny, neat holes, even in plaster.


46 Kath July 29, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Thanks Kathy!


47 Simply Life July 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Oh it looks gorgeous- what nice homes you live in! I love the flowers for decoration!


48 Alyson @ Nourished Fitness July 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Your new home is gorgeous, congrats! .. hehe sounds like you had a child or something :p


49 Lora July 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Did you know you can sell your empty boxes on Craigslist? I made a fortune doing that after our last move–they were gone within hours. :)


50 Kath July 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Great idea! I think we’ll just give them away if someone will take them.


51 Colleen July 29, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I love your new house; it’s beautiful! I can’t believe you didn’t have to paint – such great colors on the walls already.


52 Cynthia (It All Changes) July 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Beautiful pictures. And thank you for the final update on how using PODS went. When we move we don’t want to drive the truck like last time so this seems very economical and easy.


53 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm

That peach looks so vibrant – lovely! You must be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel with regards to unpacking, it looks as though you’re almost there.


54 Andrea @ Thin Thighs & Sweet Potato Fries July 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

The house looks beautiful! And so did that lunch! I have yet to go to Great Harvest, which there is no excuse for considering it’s right down the street from me. I will have to make it a point soon.


55 Lisa @bakebikeblog July 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Kath – it is all looking so wonderful :) YOu must be so pleased that it is all coming together :)


56 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Loving the house and the decorating!! It’s great to see that the unpacking is going so well!


57 Carla July 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm

That house is fabulous!!! You have me wanting to move!!!…and go to Crate & Barrel!


58 Megan (Braise The Roof) July 29, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I have to say- I can’t even tell that you’re in a rental house! I’m very impressed with the wall colors. It’s so hard to find a rental with any color. Well done Kath+Matt!


59 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) July 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Your house looks gorgeous, I love the color scheme you have going. Lots of neutrals and pastels. I’m also completely in love with your dining room lamp! It really compliments your Grandmother’s chair.


60 [email protected]:// July 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm

It looks like a really nice house, things are coming right along.


61 Lisa @ Early Morning Run July 29, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Your house is amazing! So beautiful it should be featured in a magazine!


62 Margaret July 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Thank you so much for the wonderful pics….it looks like a house with a lovely “feel” to it, rather restful and calm. You have done a really nice job of decorating, I am sure you will enjoy living there.
Please, please, put the knife rack in the pantry, the sight of knives out, just gives me bad “vibes” not at all in keeping with the atmosphere of the rest of the house.


63 Lindsay in Indy July 29, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Wow you’re fast!! Looks like a page out of magazine!


64 Meagan July 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I really like the paint color in the foyer!


65 Kristine July 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm

The house looks beautiful!


66 Margaret July 29, 2010 at 5:40 pm

Sorry guys, Forgot to say …..if you can’t put holes in the plaster, there is a company called “3M” that has picture hooks (plastic, about 2 ” long)for different weights that are attached to the wall with some removable stuff that looks like a cross between ” blue tac” and bubble gum, when you want to take them down you just slowly pull the stuff from the bottom, it stretches like gum and releases and falls off.


67 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I love your house, Kath!! It’s coming along beautifully! 😀


68 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 29, 2010 at 5:58 pm

the place looks great! as does that guest room – i want to come visit “cville!!!”


69 Rachael July 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm

The house looks beautiful – I love how simple and elegant your taste is!
Try to chocolate corn chips with a spicy fruit-based salsa – the combination is one of my favorite snacks!


70 Marie July 29, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Wow everything looks great. I love your style!


71 Cara July 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I love your guest room bedding!
Green is the best colour for decorating.


72 Leanne July 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I love, love, love you decorating style. I’m drooling over you dining room set. Does that make me officially a grown-up?


73 Emmalinda July 29, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Oh geez, you’re giving me heart attacks! $1300 to move? We live in Denver and are considering moving to Pittsburgh after the next year, to be closer to family. We’ll probs sell most of our furniture, but we have this beautiful, antique furniture we must move with us b/c we love it and it’s a family heirloom….I can’t even imagine how much it’ll cost for movers to take care of that…I’m not sure a POD would be the best place for that kind of furniture. Gah!

In more positive commenting, your house looks beautiful. The paint colors make me so jealous! Our rental apartment is stark stark white…it’s so nice to see rentals with color!


74 jenna July 29, 2010 at 6:51 pm

can I come visit?! I’ll bring a bear!


75 Dynamics July 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Have you thought about turning the white cabinet in your dining room at an angle? Like the chair? I had a corner unit before and it looks good that way. You would see the bowels better I think. Not exactly sure where the entrance is. I love your new home.


76 Kath July 29, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Considered it, but it was pretty tight.


77 Paige @Running Around Normal July 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm

B-E-A-utiful home! Love the decorations – and the greeeen :)
Chocolate chips?! No way. Must have :)


78 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Love the front door/foyer/stairs – lookin’ great, guys!!


79 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 29, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Your rooms look amazing! I can’t believe you set them up so quickly!

I love the colour of the dining room. It looks so warm and inviting. :)


80 Mom July 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm

The bears like the looks of the new house, but they are refusing to come unless they have their own room, their own TV and computers, and a trampoline. They said a chair in the corner was not enough reason to leave Grammy’s. I told them they were acting like very spoiled bears to be so demanding, sweet as they are.


81 Kath July 29, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Awww. Tell them to be nice.


82 Lauren @ Eater not a Runner July 29, 2010 at 7:34 pm

It looks SO beautiful!


83 Callie July 29, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Those french doors are so gorgeous. :)
Your house is really starting to come together nicely. I love the decorations.


84 Paula July 29, 2010 at 8:00 pm

I love the hardwood floors in your rental. I love the windows too. They open into the room. The charm is over the top! We live in an old farm house in Wisconsin & I love it. We are looking into remodeling some of it. Maybe you could post some bathroom pictures as I am looking for ideas. I can understand why you picked this place. It is so warm it looks like home already. Good luck.


85 Wei-Wei July 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm

O______O You guys are incredibly fast! It’s been like what, only a few days since you got here?! Wow. You guys must have planned very well 😉



86 klm July 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm



87 Hannah July 29, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I’m absolutely amazed at how much you’ve got done in so few days! You and Matt are the Moving Masters, clearly!


88 Kerri @ Kerri Turns into a Zombie July 29, 2010 at 11:38 pm

Queen’s Room! How royal. I love all the storage containers.


89 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 30, 2010 at 1:02 am

Absolutely beautiful Kath. Every bit of it.


90 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef July 30, 2010 at 8:51 am

love it!


91 Caroline July 30, 2010 at 9:06 am

Your house is gorgeous! I totally feel you on the repetition though. We moved last weekend too… So much organizing… Finding new homes for things can be so difficult.


92 Sarah (Enjoying One Meal at a Time) July 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Everything looks so cute! Love the house! :)


93 shari July 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Love it!
Where did you get your dining table?


94 Kath July 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm



95 Nicole August 6, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Where did you get your bed? That is the exact bed I want to get when we move in a few months!


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