We took one more round of pictures, just as the sun was setting the other night. Thought I would share my talented friend’s hard work!
I wore my new favorite hat which absolutely mortifies the Mr. when I wear it. Doesn’t he know that Indiana Jones is back?
Just waiting on a train
Okay, I’ll take it off
Forget this, I’m out
Thank you friend!
Photos by Melanie Kirkpatrick
It’s crunch time at the fixer upper before snow flies so we have been busy, busy, busy! Thank you for being so patient with my posts.
After we finished with installing the windows and doors, we had siding to start. This process has been pretty lengthy and we’re still not 100% done. But it certainly makes a difference!
Here are some shots of the siding going on.
First Side Going On
Top of the Front
As the designer, I also had an idea to put some faux stonework on the bottom of the fixer upper, just to dress up that portion a little bit. It’ll eventually wrap all the way around the front, to the garage.
Close Up of Stone
And speaking of the garage, the house has one now! We hired the footings and floor to be poured from a local concrete company and it was so nice to stand and watch someone else work for awhile!
Before the Footings
Footings and Walls
After Floor Poured
I really enjoyed seeing how the concrete was smoothed out. That was cool.
Then the Mr. and my dad began framing. We ran into a little trouble with the roofline and some miscommunication between the designer and the workers. 🙂 So we had to make some adjustments which delayed the process.
From Far Away
Figuring Out the Roofline
In Its Final Spot
It was so light and bright in there, I thought maybe we should add some skylights. That did not go over so well with the workers. 😉
With Sheeting and a Backdoor
The housewrap went on after the sheeting went up and it was sided so fast that I didn’t even get a picture of it! And then when it was time to roof, help appeared and we couldn’t be more thankful for the friends and neighbors who have helped out- without even being asked!
In case you forgot what the before picture looked like, here’s a reminder-
Fixer Upper Front
After Thru This Week
I’m sure you noticed the front door. But the saga that was working on that is another post in itself!
That’s all for now!
So I had a few new pictures taken and I wanted to share them with you before I put them up and took down the pictures of me pregnant last year. 🙂
Just a quick little photo shoot with my friend. Believe it or not, I’m very uncomfortable having my picture taken. But she does such a great job, it’s hard not to have fun anyway! Thank you girl!
A Little Bit Gypsy
Photos by Melanie Kirkpatrick
Sorry for the delay! I thought I had already gotten this post out but I guess not. Here’s my last fall fashion- Victorian/steampunk.
I’m not talking wearing corsets and fingergloves, but some touches of the steampunk/Victorian look into your wardrobe. It seems this style comes and goes about every ten years. A few sure-fire additions are: a small pleated skirt and any feminine lace up boot.
I’m also into greys and navys this year. Do your closet a favor and buy more of these neutrals this season. Give the creams and blacks a rest.
And there are my five fall fashion looks. I hope you found at least one look that you’re thinking about incorporating into your closet this fall!
Have you seen any Target commercial this fall? Buffalo check (the big square check pattern) is everywhere. And it isn’t just on clothing…it’s everywhere for the home too!
Speaking of Target, I’m SERIOUSLY loving their Mossimo jeans lately. It’s pretty much all I wear. They are affordable ($28- yes!), stretchy and comfortable and…they have low back pockets. Which for you JLo blessed girls like me means they equal flattering!
I know this year’s burning question is, are skinny jeans out? Well, according to New York they are. But out here in the sticks, it’s going to take some time to trickle down. I see the flares coming back for the younger set. What cut do I buy? Straight. I love them. They are more forgiving than the skinny and I can still wear them with my boots and booties. Roll ’em up and they are great capris. And when I get a stain on them, I don’t feel the need to freak out. Don’t forget to watch for sales where they are buy one, get one 50% off!
How to wear the buffalo check without feeling like a lumberjack? I recommend jewelry. It’ll add some instant femininity. Unless you really are working. Then you should probably just throw on a ball cap. 🙂
What’s the surest way to having a wardrobe that gives you a big old yawn? Having no prints in your closet. Yes, solids are staples and put the focus on you. But let’s spice things up a bit. I challenge you to buy three new pieces this fall that all have prints. I bet they become your favorites!
This outfit features a tribal print. I’m mixing a little bit of Native American/Boho and Indian style here. What does that get me? Gypsy. I’m pretty sure there are no rules for what qualifies in this genre but don’t forget the western influence. Think of it like modern country, ya, just like your house.
I styled this outfit with my new hat, the Panama, a sun catcher necklace and a tasseled bootie. If you don’t have a neutral bootie, I’m not sure what you’re waiting for.
However you style your gypsy gear, it should set you free. 🙂
As promised, this week I’m taking a break from the fixer upper and focusing on fall fashion!
I’ll give you my five top trends for fall, starting today with fringe. It is perhaps my favorite fall trend as I think this fall I have officially gone gypsy. I may never come back.
What I love about the gypsy style is that it combines two of my favorite styles, boho and country. And it tacks on just a hint of glam (read- lots of fun accessories). This style isn’t for the faint of heart, it takes courage!
You can find fringe on just about anything this season, from shirts to bags to boots. I recommend using one standout piece.
I also really love the smaller trends in this outfit- the feathers, the arrowhead and the bucket bag.
Oh that’s right, I doooo blog about fashion once in awhile. 🙂 It’s been an interesting summer with all of the fixer upper work. I’m sure you’ve all enjoyed seeing me run around in my painting clothes. Sometimes it feels good to be a compete mess. I’m praying that it slows down one of these days. There’s only so many projects a girl can handle and I’m at my maximum lately! I’m looking forward to a little more family time and fewer trips to Menards. 🙂
I’m going to try to post more on fashion these coming months in the hope to phase out of complete fixer upper world. I’ll still keep you updated but I need to get that sense of normal back.
On that note, here is my review of the Fall Fling I attended recently and the fall fashion trends that were showcased. I’ll be doing my own set of fall fashion next week, so stay tuned! Remember that my trends are necessarily what you’ll see on the runway. I try to focus on trends that I like and will wear. Who cares what’s going on in New York if it doesn’t work in your lifestyle here in Iowa?!
This year Jennifer’s on Main and Lillian’s were both there again. Jennifer’s trends included: fringe; booties; faux leather and fur; the colors blacks, grey, plums,navy and olives; and ponchos.
Let’s talk about those trends for a moment. While I’ll still say that I feel Jennifer’s gears towards a little more mature fashion, I thought they were spot on in saying that fringe is a trend. You’ll see next week that this is one of my obsessions for this fall. IT IS EVERYWHERE. If you don’t have something with fringe on it, go shopping!
I also appreciate the poncho. I love them for fall. It’s the perfect mix of a sweater and a scarf. What I appreciate about the poncho is that it isn’t quite as hot as a sweater. I overheat quickly.
Lillian’s trends were: floppy hats; the color marsala; plaid; dusters; mixing prints; print leggings; faux leather jackets; oversized shirts; and lace.
This girl loves hats. While I have a floppy hat from a few years ago, I’d love it if I saw it out more. I did invest in a panama hat recently. And for me, it’s a great mixture of a cowboy hat and a floppy hat.
The other trend I’m really loving is the dusters. They add so much fun to an outfit. Don’t be afraid of them; wear them with confidence!
Overall, it was a great day and I’m always glad I went. Here’s what I wore:
Fall Fling outfit
I wore my Joanna Gaines denim shirt (Old Navy) with my thrifted brown linen skirt with ivory embroidery I like that the shirt toned down the feminine shirt. My accessories were brown and copper and gold. You get a glimpse of my sandals that were beaded and I also wore some vintage orange rhinestones.
Here’s a shot of some of my favorite ladies-
4 the Love of Junk
We like to go junkin’ together. You can find us on Facebook.
Also, if you’d like to read more about my review of the Fall Fling, you can read it at:
Photos by Melanie Kirkpatrick
One very, very tiring weekend, we installed all of the windows and two doors. It was amazing what we accomplished with a small crew but everyone helped, including babysitting. And with only six adults, we got it done!
Here are some pictures of them going in!
Back Side First
Big Front Picture Window
Using the Skid steer
Front Windows In
Patio Door Going In
New French Doors
Original Opening for Front Door, Looking Out
Opening Minus the Old Door
Front With Door Installed
I have to say, there was a dramatic finish to the front door installation, which we did last. The doorway had to be widened and it took most of the day to put in a new header and supports. So by the time we were ready to set the door in, it was almost dark and it started to rain. But we got it! Just a few chiropractic visits in my future…
Doesn’t it look nice?! A big thank you to our crew that worked so hard!!