Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I change my mind a million times!

So, not that it's anything new but I think I've changed my mind 100 times with this house, between the patio, the furniture, paint colors, accessories.  I've returned more things that I bought that's for sure!  I made a bunch of changes to the furniture order too, my sales rep at Ahaus probably wants to kill me by now, not to mention my order had to be audited because I changed it so many damn times!  But hey, when you are paying that kind of $$ it better be right.  I changed the fabric for the ottoman due to a hide delay, the cow that we wanted hadn't been murdered yet apparently :(..., and for fear our kitty will want to pee on it..  I also nixed the console table and end table and opted for a more simple end table and I'm going to get a simple iron and glass console for behind the sectional.

I am also happy to report that the patio is completed, well ALMOST!  We are just waiting for the pillar caps to come in, the originals didn't look right according to my husband's uncle who installed the patio, and he said if we're paying that much, they better be right!  We also changed our minds on the patio furniture and lay out, we opted for a round 6 person table to put in the circular bump out, this leave tons of room for a section perhaps (until next year...).  That was also a pain for the sales people at Macy's, because we paid with gift cards (Fuel perks!), they had to have corporate accounting transfer the funds, but it's on it's way, just have to wait another week!

So below is all of our new selections, along with the semi-finished patio and 2 of the pieces from Arhaus that have been delivered.  I will say one thing, I love everything that we are getting from that place but good gosh it takes FOREVER to come in!  We now have to wait another 6 weeks for the ottoman, making it a total of 16 weeks!  And we are waiting until October just for one tiny dinky little side table, I really wish they stocked more items and were quicker to deliver special orders.

Another note, the shower is "fixed" so they say... but dry wall repairs still not scheduled and I have some lovely mold growing on my walls now.. yay!  I'm not happy, because I know it's just going to happen again, the put NO water proofing behind the tile... no hot mop, no membrane, nadda, just cement board and wood, which when wet SWELLS PEOPLE!  UGH!  I am about to just rip out that whole damn bathroom myself and hire a contractor to re-do it, I would change the layout too and take space out of the master bedroom that is stupid big tpp... well maybe someday...

The new fabric for the ottoman, it's a sumptuous velvet but it's easy clean and will hide and dirt so no fear of kicking our feet up on it!

I love these trays, it gives so much versatility to this ottoman

here's the cute little table for in between our accent chairs that we have to wait freaking until October for!  ugh...

I love how simple this table is, and it holds magazines!  My husband now has a place for them rather than on the floor!

This chair fits in perfectly, and I can fit 2 of them because they are only 28" wide but they are DEEP, at 39" you can really relax in them!  And, I didn't even have to special order because the stocked fabric is so nice, it's very menswear inspired which makes the hubby happy

Got the china cabinet delivered and it fits so nice in that space and offers up extra storage!
As you can see, we're going to have to raise the mount on the TV this console is TALL!  Once neat fact is that is sits on hiden wheels!  It makes moving it a breeze since it weighs so much.

Here is the Chateau patio set from Macys', a good deal at 1299 with free delivery!  We are also getting hte 11' umbrella and base, all in it was around $1700

And here it is!  Our patio!  I know it's pretty simple but with a budget of 8k, I think we got a good deal, it's all Unilock pavers and Jimi's uncle is very good at what he does, so I'm confident it will stand the test of time!  And to boot, we got a brand new back yard pretty much with REAL top soil!  

Friday, July 17, 2015

Patio Progress! And bathroom update...

I'm so excited that our patio is started, it's really coming along!  I can't wait to be sitting out on it and enjoying the sunshine (that is if it sticks around here in the 'burgh!)

We are going to Macy's this weekend to get a patio set, I actually decided on a different one after seeing my first choice in person.  We are going with the Nottingham rectangle set with spa blue cushions and umbrella.  I think it will give a nice Caribbean vibe to the back yard, I was to really make it into a tranquil spot to relax in.  We still have to hire landscapers too, and I really want a privacy arborvitae "fence" to make it more secluded.

On another note, our master shower is getting fixed next week, AND they said they will repair any damaged dry wall... thanks God because it looks liek total shit downstairs right now.  Rusmur floors was very helpful and nice, the RH service guy, eh... he tried arguing it was "home owner maintenance" and I about flipped shit on him... and even Rusmur was backing me up on this saying there is just no way this should happen 2 times in 2 years!  So thank you Bernie at Rusmur for being on my side!

Also, we got our sectional in, I didn't take any good pics because we still dont have any of our other furniture so I'm just going to wait until everything is in.  We do love it, it's must lower than our old sofa (the back) so it took some getting use to, I need to bring height to the space with curtains and a set of mirrors of the wall between the 2 windows, I think that and once our furniture is all in the space it will really look awesome!

Monday, July 6, 2015

WTF!! Water leaking from the master bathroom shower...

I'm waiting for RH Service to call me back... because we have a leak!  Our master shower is leaking, but I don't think it's the plumbing... the shower seat as lifted yet again and I think water is getting through the crack in the grout, because our morning room opening is SOAKED.  I am beyond pissed and I'm requesting an engineer to come out because it's not an issue with the tile work, it's the fact our shower seems to be sinking... and I thought they water proofed showers now a days so that if water got behind the tile it wouldn't LEAK!  So now all the dry wall needs replaced and I'm sure the sub floor under the shower is soaked... I want a brand new freaking shower done RIGHT because this is the second time we've had to deal with this and this is the whole reason we built a new house so we didn't have these types of issues!!  UGH!!!  I'm just venting now... I'll update once I have someone come out to tell me WTF is going on....

Yup, that's water behind that paint bubble.....

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sectional is on it's way from Cali... now if only it would stop raining!!

I was excited to find that our sectional shipped on Monday to us from L.A. and the company took a few pics of it before it was packed up, I'm so excited!  I do worry that the sectional will be too dark, but I just love the rich look of dark leather... yum!

Now, if only the rain would just STOP!  Our patio is delayed a few weeks due to the rain, so other projects got pushed back, hence ours being pushed back.  So, no 4th of July party at our house!  We also plan to get our patio set from Macy's this weekend, the sales runs through 7/5 with free delivery!  Normally that's $249 bucks, my brother bought a set there last year and didn't get the delivery deal, and he paid more for the same set so I think we are getting a good deal, it's only $999 for 7 pieces, It's not the most high end but it is cast aluminum, so I don't have to work about rust, or cleaning a glass table constantly!

Wentley Patio set from Macy's $999.00 on sale until July 5th with FREE delivery!

So, here's the pics of our new sectional, it looks so comfy!! I can't wait to dive right into it!  I'm hoping to have it by early next week.  The company again is called and they have amazing customer service, I am impressed so far, now hopefully it looks and feels good in person!  I'll do a follow up and review once we get it in our home.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New Patio and furniture haul!

I'm so happy to report we are finally getting a nice outdoor space!  I was getting tired of sitting on a plastic chair in the grass to enjoy the outdoors of our home.  We are doing a simple paver patio, nothing too fancy, as our budget didn't allow for all the extras I would have wanted *sigh* but it will accommodate a 6 person table and a seating area so we will have plenty of space to have gatherings and enjoy the nice weather!

We went with my husband's uncle who owns a patio/landscaping business.  For those of your in the Pittsburgh are, it is Richard Bode's Landscaing on Rt 19 in McMurray, just south of Waterdam plaza.  He does really good work, mostly for all the wealthy homes in Peters and USC.  Our budget is 8k and that will get us a 18x16 unilock patio with a 10x5 half circle bump out with knee wall surround and 2 pillars.  Here are the stone choices below and also my own design of our patio.  We aren't doing a circle pater in the brick it's just the only way I could figure out how to do a bump out with the free room planner I use (which is super helpful btw, I go to and at the very bottom go to the room planner link)

We also made some hefty purchases at Arhaus and are just waiting on their arrival, should be soon.  I did order a special order ottoman in a brindled cow hide so that most likely won't be in for a while.

Below are all the pics of the patio design and the furniture we purchased, I'm excited to see everything when it's all done!  I am itching to start accessorizing but I'm not going to bother until all the furniture is in, and our custom sectional from still has another 4 weeks :(

Above is our furniture haul from Arhaus, it's a nice eclectic mix of distressed painted wood and some metal accents.  I couldn't decide on a coffee table with all the other competing woods and metals so the logical choice was an ottoman.  I couldn't pick a fabric though so I went with a cow hide that has some texture but is still neutral enough to go with anything.  We also purchased the matching cabinet to the media console for our morning room to tie the rooms together.

  • Here is what the patio will look like as far as size goes, it's just the right amount of space to fit everything that we need and still leave us with a decent amount of green space.

Brussels Bock for the knee wall in Sierra

Beacon Hill Flag Stone pavers in Sierra, I like these because they are bigger and will settle more evenly and provide a smoother surface for the furniture.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Rug solution on the CHEAP!

Hey all, just wanted to share a way to get a nice area rug on the cheap!  I stopped into our local remnant store, Remnant City in Wexford, PA.  They are actually a client of my husband's credit card processing company so he suggested we visit them since I've been so desperate to find a rug of the family room that Mr. Tickles won't pee on so I though I'd give it a shot!

I couldn't believe how inexpensive binding a custom rug is!  I can get a huge 9x12 rug for about $220.00 bucks!  I was thrilled because I have been searching for a non-patterned solid beige rug, basically that looks like regular carpet.  I didn't want to spend a ton of a wool rug due to the fear of cat pee and having a 2k rug ruined, so this is a great solution!  I really wanted something basic and plain so it would go with any color scheme i decided to accessorize with.  Granted, it will just be nylon and not fancy wool but I wanted something soft underfoot and low maintenance.  They have tons of carpets from big name brands like Masland and Karistan too, so you know they will hold up!  And, if I hate it after 2 years, I won't feel so bad replacing it.  I'm headed up there today to decide between a few carpets since I couldn't make up my mind there this weekend.  I highly recommend them if you live in the Pittsburgh area.

Friday, April 24, 2015

FINALLY ordering new living room sofas and Patio help!

After years of complaining about our uncomfortable sofa that is no longer my taste, the hubs finally gave in and we're ordering our new leather sofa and love seat!  It will be a long wait though, about 8-10 weeks but it will be so worth it.  No more neck cramps and sore butts!

As I mentioned before in previous blog posts, we are ordering through a U.S.A. made company called Leather Groups.  They are a smaller operation but make everything to order, they do sell other brands as well but they make their own lines too.  They have 2 models that looks identical (well actually nicer) than the Maxwell and Lancaster sofas at Restoration Hardware, and they are cheaper, no tax, and FREE DELIVERY!  Can't ask for much more.  Check them out below, we decided on the clean lines of their Braxton and I cannot wait to be watching movies and snuggling up with Mr. Tickles (my kitty) and I suppose I can let my husband join me as well :)  We are ordering a 180" sofa and 72" love seat.  I may try to see about customizing the love seat since I think 64" would fit nicer.

Braxton Sofa from Leather Groups

Second part to my post...

We are dying to spend the summer outside, coming home from work and relaxing on a nice patio with a glass of wine or entertaining a cookout and most important, relaxing in a hot tub!!  Any advice from the people in the Pittsburgh area on who to hire?  Also, trying to figure our how much it's going to cost!  I know it all depends, we don't need anything too fancy, but I want a nice stone patio that's big enough for a seating area, table and chairs and a hot tub.  I'm praying I can get it done for 8k or less, but knowing my parents spent 15k on theirs and my aunt 30k (her's is CRAZY amazing though and bi-level with tons of retaining walls).  I'm wondering if I'm dreaming here on the budget....