Friday, May 25, 2012

anniversary weekend recap

it's hard to believe a year has already flown by. 



 i recently read the book simple truths by kent nerburn and the following excerpt really spoke to me:

"laughter is one clue to compatilbility.  it tells you how much you will enjoy each other's company over the long term.  if your laughter together is good and healthy, and not at the expense of others, then you have a healthy relationship to the world.

laughter is the child of surprise.  if you can make each other laugh, you can always surprise each other.  if you can always surprise each other, you can always keep the world around you new."

we spent our anniversary weekend in the hamptons visiting our new fabulous friends we met in costa rica a year ago on our honeymoon. 


their family house was perfection.  we parked ourselves by the pool for the majority of the weekend. 


(don't you love how rob's shirt has a heart sun shadow?) 

let me tell you, there was lots of laughter going around that weekend. we really luck out sometimes with the amazing people that stumble into our lives. i'm especially grateful for a husband that keeps me laughing constantly. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

refinished floors!

what a month it has been as we took on the project of having the hardwood floors refinished.  slowly but surely we moved everything out of the house, down to our closets.  and slowly but surely, 4 weeks later, we are still working on getting settled back in. 

that said.  it was all worth it in the end.  the floors are gorgeous!  the biggest transformation i have seen yet to this house.  we are in awe.

you may remember the original retro linoleum flooring in the kitchen? 


here is mr. buddy wiggles showing a close up of where the linoleum and wood used to meet, both in poor condition. 


the use of two different floor materials with a threshold in between the kitchen and living room always bothered me.  i dreamed of the day that the floors would be cohesive throughout. 

the process of refinishing the floors itself took 5 days.  we hired this work out and they did a beautiful job.  i was pleasantly surprised to find that the refinishing price here is around $2/square foot vs. the $3/square foot it was in savannah.     

step 1:  sand


step 2:  patch in kitchen with new red oak


step 3:  stain so that old and new floors look cohesive


step 4:  3 coats of polyurethane

here is a before and after shot of the kitchen:

before

after

biggest lesson learned:  try to have the floors refinished if at all possible, upon purchase of property, prior to moving in.  it is otherwise a huuuuge inconvenience.