Alright my friends, from now on Wednesdays will officially be “house updates” day! That way I can keep posting Five Things Friday. Organization!

On Sunday Jonathan’s parents made the drive to Charlotte to check out the house and to help us begin some new projects. Jonathan’s dad is incredibly handy so we were excited to have his help – and the use of his tools!

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We are hoping to keep the original hardwoods in the house, but we want to do away with the yucky engineered floors in the “new” section. We weren’t sure what we’d find underneath, and boy did we find some stuff! Basically (top to bottom) it goes: engineered hardwoods glued to linoleum, glued to plywood, glued to linoleum, nailed into original floors. Oy!

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Jonathan and his dad made quite the demo team, although I must say, I did do my fair share of ripping up! I need to get other people to take charge of my camera so that there is proof of me working. :) We only had a few crowbars to share, so while the guys pulled up floors, I began removing baseboards.

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Floor renovation continued downstairs and I headed upstairs to start demo in the master bathroom. The walls are covered in a fake plastic tile, so I figured that the owners had updated the bathroom and simply covered up the original tile. I was anxious to find out what was underneath! I used a utility knife to cut the caulk and was able to pull the fake tile back in a big sheet. Black and white original tile back there, plus more layers of wallpaper!

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Jonathan went to the house a few nights this week to work on bathroom demo and the glue on the fake plastic tile was so strong that it pulled most of the real tile off the walls! No idea what we’ll have to do in here because it’s a mess! Jonathan even found a cool little shelving unit behind the fake tile walls. So funny to me that the owners just covered things up when they were doing “updates.”

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Jonathan has also been a champ (when is he not?) in starting to remove the plywood from the original hardwoods this week. Such a drag but at least they still look good under there!

removing hardwood floors 9removing hardwood floors 10We are planning to have a couple solid work days this weekend so I will see you next Wednesday with some new updates! Until then, see you in a few days for Five Things Friday. :)



Hello! It’s been a few months since I’ve recapped a Stitch Fix box, but I am still receiving fixes on occasion. I definitely don’t get them every month, but rather when I’m finding gaps in my wardrobe or needing something specific for an event or an occasion. Here’s what I received in my last two boxes:

December Box:

For this box I didn’t request anything specific, but did make a note to my stylist that I was looking to potentially add some more bohemian-inpired pieces to my wardrobe. My stylist this month was Jackie and I really appreciated the nice long note she wrote me on my style card.

1. Stevie Mixed Material Sweater by Le Lis

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2. Bria Graphic Knit Sleeveless Cardigan by En Creme

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Mmmm, meh. Weirdo fringe at the bottom and a little too tribal for me. Returned.

3. Torrey Henley Button Top by Fun2Fun

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This top was very plain Jane and the material felt extremely cheap. In the picture above you can see that there was a hole in the middle. This was my first piece from Stitch Fix that has ever arrived damaged. I kind of feel like they should give you credit of some sort if you receive a damaged item, because you couldn’t keep it, even if you wanted to. Returned.

4. Adelade Woven Fold-Over Clutch by Urban Expressions

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I think I would have liked this clutch more if it was a neutral color – maybe a nice camel. I couldn’t see myself carrying a green clutch too often, so it was returned.

5. Dean Skinny Jean by Just Black

Just Black Dean Skinny Jean Stitch FixJust Black Dean Skinny Jean Stitch FixA win! These jeans are incredibly soft and fit perfectly. Kept them and have worn them lots!

 March Box:

This month I told my stylist that I was recently engaged and asked for pieces that I could wear for upcoming showers and engagement photos. I asked for pieces that were either white or light aqua (our wedding color). I also asked specifically for dresses. Once again Jackie was my stylist and I will definitely request to keep her in the future. I think she’s great and as always she included a sweet and thoughtful note on my style card.

1. Ohara Faux Wrap Tie-Waist Dress by Pixley

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I appreciated that this dress was in the color palette that I asked for and it was super comfy, but as I have stated in my style profile countless times, I don’t like chevron. It’s kind of baffling to me. I repeatedly tell my different stylists that I am not a chevron fan, yet almost every box I receive contains something with a chevron print. Sigh… Returned.

2. & 3. Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse by 41Hawthorn and Hiedi Jean by Mavi

41Hawthorn Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse and Mavi Hiedi Jean

Surprisingly I don’t really own a simple white blouse, so I was happy to receive this. You can’t tell from the photo, but the sleeves have a tulip cut which is a nice detail. I wore this top in our engagement photos this past weekend! I have been searching for a pair of black jeans so I was thrilled when I pulled these on and they fit perfectly! Kept them both.

4. Iva Short Sleeve Cardigan by Staccato

Staccato Iva Short Sleeve Cardigan Stitch Fix

My stylist sent me this cardigan since I wasn’t a fan of the fringe on the vest in my December Fix. The royal blue is a little out of my comfort zone but I loved how cozy the fabric is. It’s very light weight so I figured it would be a good piece to transition into Spring. I kept it.

5. Alika French Terry Dress by TART

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Oh man, this dress gave me a hard time. First of all, it’s by far the most expensive item I’ve ever received from Stitch Fix. I’m sorry that the photo quality is so poor, but the dress was a very nice material and was truly gorgeous. I loved the off white color and thought it would be great for upcoming wedding showers. Unfortunately I felt like the dress was not very flattering on my body. I know it looks decent in the photo but you should know that my full-length mirror subtracts a good 10 pounds. I don’t know how it works but I love it. ;) Anyway, the dress was a bit “hippy” on me and the pleats gave me a tummy, so I very sadly sent it back.

As always, if you’d like to sign up for Stitch Fix, you can do so here. :)

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Thank you guys for all of your sweet words of congratulations on our new home! Going forward I will likely do a weekly house update, but this week, you get two. :) We got the keys last Friday morning and that night we went to the house, got mexican take out, and ate on the living room floor. Saturday morning we went back to the house to meet with a few contractors and I took before photos of the entire house. On Sunday, we got to work on some early demo!Beck Bungalow Home Renovation 2Beck Bungalow Home Renovation 3Beck Bungalow Home Renovation 4Jonathan got started by removing the chair railing in the living room and the office. We worked together to remove a bunch of small things like wall sconces, mirrors, shelves, curtain rods, switch covers, and other odds and ends.
Beck Bungalow Home Renovation 5While Jonathan got to work on removing the crown molding, I started pulling up the yucky blue carpet. We were SO happy to find the beautiful, original hardwoods (in pretty good shape) underneath! Beck Bungalow Home Renovation 6Beck Bungalow Home Renovation 7Our painter came by the house to check out the walls and started peeling back some wallpaper. There are layers and layers of thick wallpaper (almost like contact paper) with a layer of plaster underneath, and then another layer of wallpaper. The worst is in the stairwell where there is grasscloth underneath. Beck Bungalow Home Renovation 7Beck Bungalow Home Renovation 8Jonathan and I went over to the house almost every night this week after work to get “just a little more” demo done. It’s hard to stay away! Jonathan wanted to get all of the molding off before the crew came to remove wallpaper and I was determined to get rid of all the blue carpet! 
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We were worried that the top half of the stair case might have been plywood instead of hardwoods, but were pleased to find original hardwoods top to bottom! Pulling up the carpet was the easy part. The real pain was removing the staples and taking up all of the tack strips. Once I got my hands on a crowbar it made the job much easier!

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Doesn’t the stairway already look wider without the carpet? The steps will be sanded, stained, and painted with a fresh coat of white paint. Better already!

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Bye bye “crown molding.” I put that in quotations because it was actually a thin window casing instead of molding – I guess it was a way to get the look for less?

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Jonathan started pulling down the laminate walls in the basement and found these painted bricks with different initials written on them. I wonder if the original owners had some kind of club down in the basement? Looks like the date is 1954.

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Last night Jonathan and I went over to the house to make sure our painter and his crew had come by to start tearing down the wallpaper. They had! All I can say is bless them. They took down half of the wallpaper in the living room, and most of the wallpaper in the stairway. They also scraped the popcorn ceilings in the living room and the office.

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I can’t begin to imagine what a royal pain it was to take this down. The stairway looks like something from a horror movie right now – layers upon layers of wallpaper with a spread of plaster between each layer. Yikes!

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No huge surprises hiding under the wallpaper with the exception of this big crack int he wall in the stairway. We’ll have to wait and see what that is all about.

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Hopefully by the time I write a progress post next week all of the wallpaper and popcorn ceilings will be gone and MAYBE a wall in the kitchen will be knocked out. Fingers crossed!


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