Who knew a fence could make me such a happy woman? Owning a home does weird things to you. When we visited the house (before making an offer), Mike and I decided there were a few things we wanted to take care of right away assuming we were to move in. On that list was paint the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms, get a higher fence and look into new kitchen countertops. There was a little white picket fence enclosing the backyard but it was not tall enough for our 2 pups. Zalea would see a squirrel on the other side and be long gone. We wanted to feel completely comfortable with opening the back door and letting the dogs out to run around and play.
Let me tell you, a fence isn’t exactly a fun thing to spend money on and we had to get a certain type according to the neighborhood HOA guidelines. After several calls and estimates (which were done while we were still living in CT) I found an amazing company, Charleston Fence. And their logo includes a pineapple so clearly I was extra thrilled 🙂
We went from this:
MUCH better. They took the old fence down and put the new up in 2 days! We’re happy we went with Charleston green as a color instead of white and the best part is we can let the dogs out without having to worry about them hopping the fence! I highly reco this company if you’re in the area and need a new fence they were so great to deal with.
After this was completed we decided to look into changing out the kitchen countertops. It was something we knew we wanted to do early on and since our downstairs is very open concept it would change the entire look of the space. Plus, the brown granite was not helping me achieve the all white/ gold/ navy blue color scheme I was going for, ya know?!
Picking out the stone was pretty easy– we knew we wanted white with some subtle gray veins. As much as I love carrara marble I’ve heard it’s really hard to keep clean and if you spill something (like red wine which is a frequent visitor in our home) you’re kinda screwed. Plus it’s got a heftier price tag than quartz. We looked at quite a few different slabs but ended up loving a quartz called calacatta santorini.
The next step was much easier than we thought it’d be. We had some concerns that ripping the granite out would ruin the bottom layer of the backsplash or even the cabinets underneath but there were zero issues! We worked with someone who was really amazing, he had no problem taking the old granite out– they didn’t even have to break it. I actually sold it to someone else who will put it in their kitchen! They then put the quartz right in– all of this only took 2 hours. We were shocked and I told Mike I was going to sleep on the center island I loved it so much 🙂
Here’s the granite:
And the new quartz:
We are obsessed with the new countertops and will also change out the lighting (to gold or white) and the cabinet + drawer handles (gold) within the next few months!
You may also notice we changed the faucet too. I’ve been dreaming about this Delta Trinsic Touch2O Fauce in champagne for probably almost a year. It is ridiculously gorgeous (yes I think a sink faucet is beautiful, I told you owning a home does weird things to you).
The day the moving truck arrived was one of the best days ever. We were back in NY saying goodbyes and getting ready to make the trek down with the dogs and our car, but my Dad and uncle were still at the house painting. It was so nice knowing once we got back our things would be there and we could start to unpack and get settled.
We were dreading the drive down because our goldendoodle, Zalea, gets car sick after being in the car for 2 minutes soo the thought of 14 hours scared the crap out of us. We gave her some Benedryl and left Westchester at 2am with fingers crossed. Somehow, the ride went totally fine. I think the dogs liked how comfy we made the car, we listened to a podcast (Serial..so good!) and ended up in Charleston by 3:30pm!
The first week of being back home was pretty surreal because we’ve been to Charleston a bunch of times but never with our dogs and we always had a rental car. So to wake up in the morning and have the dogs with us and our car in the driveway was a little weird at first!
It didn’t take too long to unpack, we had all of our kitchen things and stuff from our wedding registry we hadn’t even opened yet because there wasn’t enough room in our old apartment for it. I looooved organizing everything (duh) and it was really great having actual dishes and things to cook. Living off of paper plates and plastic cutlery was now a thing of the past.
We didn’t bring much furniture down at all, just a bedroom set for one of the guest rooms and 2 queen beds from our old apartment. We ended up sleeping on a queen mattress on TOP of the air mattress for 6 weeks. That was tough times. Before we moved down I was researching organic mattresses like a crazy person. They’re definitely more expensive but after reading about how harmful a conventional mattress can be for our health there was no other way to do it in my mind. After a lot of back and forth, we ordered a king sized organic latex mattress from Sleeping Organic. They have a store right in Mount Pleasant so we stopped by 2 days after we closed on the house in hopes of having it delivered pretty quick. They’re made to order though so we had to deal with another 6 weeks on our current air/queen bed. By the way, the Sleeping Organic mattress is the best thing ever. I’ll write up another post on why we ended up choosing this one but I highly recommend!
One week after my Dad and uncle left my Mom came down for a visit. She helped organize some more and plant in the front yard/ on the porch which was super helpful because her green thumb was definitely not passed on to me.
We will eventually put palm trees in front of the house to get that total southern charm 🙂 But man, what a big difference some plants make!
Next up is a new fence, new kitchen counter tops (which I’m SO excited for!) and our garage gym!
Thanks for following along with our new home happenings! If you have any questions or reno/decor related post ideas leave a comment below!
Ahhhh it happened, we closed on our very first home! Actually, closing was almost 2 months ago but things have been a little cray cray since then.
We heard from SO many people that closing day was going to be such a long and boring process, but ours did not go that way. We went to the house with our real estate agent in the morning to do a final walk through and then the closing process only took 45 minutes. Fastest close every maybe? Fine by me!
The first thing we did (after a celebratory lunch) was a Target run for some garbage cans, toilet paper, soap..all the essentials. We sat on the back porch, literally on the porch because we had zero furniture, with some champagne in plastic cups and then went back to our hotel for the night. The following day we did a big Bed Bath and Beyond shop and bought some air mattresses and the very first night we slept in our house was the 4th of July!
The first 5 days we ran around like crazy people. We had the guest bathroom tile floor glazed right away. This was an easy and relatively inexpensive thing to do but it took 24 hours to dry so we wanted it done before family arrived to help.
What a HUGE difference the glazed tile made!
The following day my Dad arrived to help with some small renovations and a few days after that my Uncle joined in to paint the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms. We knew the moving company wasn’t going to come for another week so we all slept on air mattresses and used paper and plastic EVERYTHING. Mike and I weren’t bringing much furniture from CT so we started our hunt. It’s slightly overwhelming to have to furnish a big ole’ house but our main goal at the time was a dining set for the breakfast nook so we could all finally have somewhere to sit. My Dad and uncle were troopers the entire time but were very happy when the delivery truck pulled up with a table and chairs (from Celandon– LOVE.)!
While Mike and I did lots of shopping my Dad made a book case for the right side of our tv. For whatever reason the people who lived here before had the TV to the right of the fireplace and just a picture on the mantle. We knew right away we wanted to change this up to create some symmetry. Luckily my Dad is the handiest guy I know and did this in just a day!
My uncle is a painter and drove up from Hilton Head to help us. The bedrooms were all interesting colors (mustard brown, bright pink and teal) so we wanted to get some paint on those walls before getting a bunch of furniture in. He did an amazing job and we are so happy with how everything turned out. We used Sherwin Williams Olympus White for the 3 guest bedrooms (one will be a den) and our master. For the 2 guest baths we used Sherwin Williams Topsail and for our master bath Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray.
Thank goodness for my Dad and Uncle helping us out with this. Now onto the next!
Fly back up to NY to say our goodbyes and drive back down with our car + the dogs