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Yay, it’s Friday. I’m so ready for the weekend. It’s been slow going here trying to get back on a regular schedule after our vacation but we are making a little bit of progress as far as the house goes.

It may only be the first week of November but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our little stone cottage. Ah, the life of a blogger. I’m really excited to decorate for our first Christmas in the new house though.

Ask me how I’m feeling about it on week 5. 😉 

Progress in the new house, including putting up the Christmas decorations.

Besides Christmas, I’m pushing forward with some of my other projects. One that I’ve been dying to do since we moved in this past July, is the DIY kitchen open shelving for under $50.

There was a beat up wine storage cabinet on the one wall and I’ve wanted to replace it with something that I could get more use out of, like barn wood shelves.

Progress in the new house, including taking down a wine storage cabinet.

Not the best pic but it gives you an idea of what it looks like with the cabinet gone.

Progress in the new house, including taking down a wine storage cabinet to make way for new shelves.

As you can see, the wall behind the cabinet was never painted so, after I patch the holes, I’ll have to paint that side of the kitchen. I’m really hoping to get this done in the next few weeks. Fingers crossed.

I also wanted to show you how the sunroom is coming along. The last time I shared it, we were just moving in. 

Progress in the new house, including cleaning up the sunroom.

Not much done in here…yet. I did ditch the blinds and gave the whole room a good cleaning. It doesn’t look it in the picture, but it was filthy. 

We have grand plans for this room but it’s way down there on the bottom of the list. 

Progress in the new house, including setting up the sunroom.

For now it’s a comfortable spot to sit and watch the leaves fall. This room is up in the air a bit so it feels like you’re in a treehouse. 

Almost everything in this room came with us from Chicago. The only new purchases are the pillow covers, the floor lamp, the checked throw and the rug, that I just got from the Pottery Barn Outlet.

A source list for the room is at the bottom of the post.

Progress is happening in the new house, including setting up the sunroom.

This is the corner opposite the couch. It’s a cozy place to sit and read a magazine, or scroll through Instagram and Pinterest. 😉

Progress is slowly happening in the new house.
Sharing the progress and happenings in the new house.

So, that’s what’s cookin’ here.

What have you been up to? Are you ready to see Christmas all over the internet or are you like my mister…bah humbug?

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope your weekend is great!

Source list

If you want a little perspective of the room before, I made a quick video of the house when we first moved in and the sunroom is the first space I shared.



  1. Good Evening Kristi, Your house is beautiful and I just know when you are able to put your plans into action it will be even more so.
    I love that you have made a lovely reading corner…. and your sunroom with all those lovely windows, must be a joy to sit in to enjoy the sunshine.
    I know how you feel about selling your lovely furniture as my daughter has just returned to America after living in India for 5 years… she also has to sell furniture, because the rooms in her new home are much smaller than the one’s she had in India.
    I look forward to hearing all about your adventures.
    Best Wishes

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Daphne, and for stopping by. I’m loving our sunroom too and try to enjoy it every day. πŸ™‚

  2. Brenda Lane says:

    Oh, so pretty! Everything is coming together. I thought at one time you wanted to sell the sofa, but so glad you didn’t, it fits so perfectly. I always look forward to your posts, never know what you are going to do next!

    Brenda, Florida

    1. Thanks so much, Brenda, for your sweet comment.

      You are correct, I do still want to sell the sofa but I’m not in a hurry. Once we decide to start the renovation on the sunroom, I’ll have to sell it…no room.

      Thanks for stopping in and I hope you have a great week!

  3. Diane C Parmigiani says:

    Just noticed the chair is the same one I have in my bedroom except it is mauve. Wondering if yours came with an ottoman? My chair is around 18 yrs old and still in great condition. It is the best kind of chair to sink yourself into.

    1. Mine didn’t come with an ottoman, we had no room at the time. I had it made for a small bedroom about 18 years ago. We haven’t used it much so it’s still in great shape and it’s so comfy. I’ve talked about getting rid of it every time we’ve moved but I just can’t do it. πŸ˜‰

  4. Everything looks great, Kristi. You have a wonderful eye. I am not ready to drag the tree out just yet, but I will admit to listening to a few carols today…and I bought a reindeer and some mini trees last week!! My kids laugh at the hodgepodge of pumpkins, turkeys and reindeer in my kitchen! Ha!! ; )

    1. Thanks so much, my friend! My front porch is a hodgepodge as well, pumpkins on one side, Christmas on the other. I hate to get rid of perfectly good pumpkins. πŸ˜‰

  5. Kristi, what a beautiful home you have! Sometime I would see if they’ll like to see a photo of the outside too.

  6. Looking really good. Could you be more specific about the rug? I see Pottery Barn Outlet -but what was the name/style/number of the rug? Is it soft or hard. I have been looking online for a rug, but fear to purchase one without knowledge of what it feels like. I love the natural, woven look. Thanks.

    I love this room! Wish my porch was enclosed to make a sun room!!

    1. Thanks Linda!

      The new rug is from the Pottery Barn Outlet but they do sell it on their website. http://www.potterybarn.com/products/heathered-chenille-jute-rug-natural/?pkey=cnatural-fiber-rugs&&cnatural-fiber-rugs

      It’s the Heathered Chenille Jute Rug in Natural, size 5×8. I love natural rugs, they are so versatile, but they can sometimes be a bit rough. This one has some softness to it from the Chenille. Of course, I’ve only had it for a few days so I can’t give you a real review yet, but I love it so far.

      Hope this helps. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

  7. I can’t wait to see what you do with this lovely cottage home. I’ve always wanted to live in a small but cute cottagey (is that a word?) house on a tree-lined street or a lot with large trees. From the very beginning, I felt at home with the photos you posted and I’m sure that when you’re finished, I’ll be so envious. Right now, what you’re doing with this space is my favorite blog and I can’t wait for your next installment. I absolutely love cozy spaces and while they aren’t necessarily best for families with children, for one person (me) or two people (empty nesters) they are charming and wonderful. I think you found a great home.

    1. Wow Pat, thanks so much for your sweet comment. While living in a smaller home has some disadvantages, the wonderful things we’ve discovered about this house far outweigh the bad. We feel so lucky to have found this cottage of ours and I’m having so much fun making it our own, and sharing it all with you. Thanks so much for following along. πŸ™‚

  8. I love that sun room! I would love to have a room with that much natural light. And I can’t wait to see what you do in the kitchen.

    1. Thanks Brenda! Coming from Chicago and a house that got little sunlight, this sun-filled room is much appreciated. Happy weekend!

  9. I meant pop up, not post!

    1. So very sorry about that Kathryn. Could you tell me what kind of popup it is that you are having trouble with so I can take care of it? Thanks so much!

  10. Kristi,
    Love your blog, but can’t read it beacause a freaking iPad pop up keeps me from it!!! This is my 5th time on your post to try to read it because of it! If you want to keep your readers please disable this post!!! Thank.

    1. I just wanted to add that I hate popups too so I completely understand. I try hard to keep them from popping up but sometimes they sneak through. Again, very sorry you had trouble.

  11. Love that room. I would spend all my time there. I was disappointed that the chair is no longer available, it makes a cozy reading space. Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Thanks Debbie! I didn’t like the room when we looked at the house but it’s become a favorite. It’s such a cozy space to read a book.

      Hoping you’re doing ok after the hurricane. Hugs to you, my friend.

  12. I love your house, especially the sunroom. I would love to see a layout of the rooms – it is just so cozy and your style compliments the home perfectly. Your blog is one that I go right to and I look forward to seeing your touches to each room.

    1. Awww, such a sweet comment, it really made my day. Thanks so much Janet. I’m not sure if you saw the video I made when we first moved in. That may give you an idea of the layout. Be warned though, the house is in a messy, just-moved-in state. πŸ˜‰ https://www.chatfieldcourt.com/were-moved-in-finally-plus-a-video/

      I’ll have to take a video of the completed room. Maybe that will help put things in perspective.

      Have a great weekend!

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