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. ūüėČ 

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 barn wood shelves in the kitchen. 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.

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

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

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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.

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Hey there, my friends, I hope you had a great weekend. We were busy, busy here trying to get the house in order…still. Our 25-year-old a/c unit has been on the fritz since Friday, so most of our weekend was spent trying to figure out how to keep it running, in between doing other projects.

Beautiful vignette using color, texture and fresh flowers. chatfieldcourt.com

Anyway, I’ve been so busy getting the house set up that I haven’t shared the little (and big) things we’ve been doing behind the scenes to get our house up and running. I know blogs are here to show pretty and styled rooms but that takes a lot of work, and time, and we’re not completely there. I promised to share our journey, all of it, so I’m happy to fill you in on what’s been going on in our stone cottage since we moved in 8 weeks ago.

Our house was built in 1946 and came with an oil burner and all electric appliances. We brought our fairly new dryer with us from Chicago, and we love cooking with gas, so we knew when we made the offer on our house that we would be installing a gas line. This has, by far, been our biggest and most time consuming project since we moved in.

Hooking up gas lines in a 1946 stone cottage. chatfieldcourt.comIn true DIY fashion we did all of the inside pipe work ourselves. There was a bit of a learning curve, we’ve never done it before, but our new lines were installed and inspected (and passed…yay!), and our dryer is now hooked up. Next up is our new gas stove, that’s sitting in the middle of my dining room at this very moment.

Along with the gas stove, we bought a new dishwasher. The one that was in the house was really old, and moldy inside. Yuck. The new one went in fairly easily, after an unexpected trip to Home Depot, of course.

Hooking up a new dishwasher in the kitchen. chatfieldcourt.com

If you’re a regular reader of Chatfield Court, then you know that I’ve been working on the bathroom. We’ve had some vanity and paint issues so it’s taken me longer than I expected to finish. We are close to finishing though, so stay tuned.

bathroom before 4I do have a new addition to announce. No, it’s not what you think. ūüėČ My new sofa has finally arrived. We had it custom made and I was really nervous that I wouldn’t like the finished product. I’m happy to say that I love it and I can’t wait to give you a tour of our living room, even though it’s a work in progress.

New sofa details. chatfieldcourt.comThe kitchen island is getting a bit of a makeover, new paint and a couple of stools. It’s one of those projects that I keep starting and stopping but, as soon as it’s done, I’ll share it with you.

Kitchen island before it's big makeover. chatfieldcourt.comIf you follow me on Instagram then you’ve probably gotten a peek of my guest bedroom. (If not, you can follow me here). I’m still working on furniture placement in this room. Love the windows but there’s really only one short wall to put furniture against and my beloved pine armoire has taken the spot.

Guest bedroom with lots of windows. chatfieldcourt.comAfter looking at all of the projects I’m working on, I guess you could say that I’m all over the place. I feel a bit overwhelmed at times, like it all has to be put together and perfect right now, but I love this process and I’m trying to take my time and enjoy it. I rushed through our Illinois house and never really got to enjoy it so I promised myself I would do it differently in this house.

On another note, I wanted to talk about you, my fabulous readers. I have gotten so many lovely comments and emails throughout our move from Chicago to North Carolina, and I can’t thank you all enough. It’s been tough (really tough) to stay motivated and keep up with the blog when so many other things are going on, but I get a thoughtful email or comment, and it reminds me why I love doing what I do. So, I thank you.

One email I got recently was from Angela. She asked about our DIY platform bed (which is the project I get questions about the most). Anyway, we emailed back and forth a couple of times and then she sent me this…

angela bed

Isn’t it awesome? She tweaked it to suit her needs and I think she did a great job. Way to go Angela!!!

Thanks again for stopping in. I love to get your comments and, if there’s something you want to see more of or you just want to fill me in on what you’re your up to in your own home, I’m all ears. I hope you have a great week!

I have completed one space in our house, our small hallway, if you want to check it out.

Small hallway redo using gray paint and items from around the house. A big impact for little money. chatfieldcourt.com

Small Hallway Redo

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Hey, ya’ll. We are in North Carolina and I’m so excited to be back. It’s been a crazy few weeks but we are finally in our temporary digs, a one bedroom apartment, so I thought it was time to give you an update on what’s been going on and where we’re headed.

Selling our house in Illinois and moving to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.comNorth Carolina, Here We Come!

In case you’re new to Chatfield Court, I’ll give a quick rundown on the big move. In February, the hubs was offered a job in North Carolina and, after a whirlwind trip and some soul searching, we decided to take the plunge and move. I shared more about it here.

Selling our house in Illinois and packing up the movng truck to go North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

We had 6 weeks to get everything done before his job start date, and by everything I mean we had to get the house ready to sell, put it on the market and sell it, pack all of our belongings, find a temporary place to live in North Carolina and plan our 2-day trip down, which included moving trucks and hotels for the 10 days prior to moving into an apartment. Sounds reasonable, right? ūüėČ Luckily, the house sold in less than a day and, although it was difficult, we got all the packing and plans made before our move out date.

Selling our house in Illinois and packing up the living room to move to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

We looked into having a moving company come and do everything for us, packing, loading the truck and driving our stuff down, but after working the numbers decided to do it all ourselves. Paying a moving company to move out of state is expensive…very, very expensive, so there was no question that we would have to do it all ourselves. Well, not all by ourselves, we had a few awesome friends come to help us load the big yellow truck.

The kitchen…my newly remodeled kitchen. Sigh…It was hard to leave it after all of the work we put into it.

Selling our house in Illinois and packing up the kitchen to move to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

Unfortunately, we ran out of room in the moving truck, so the hubs will be going back to Illinois next weekend to load up another truck to drive back down. I know…what a pain, but we saved thousands by doing it all ourselves (that’s what we keep telling ourselves anyway).

Selling our house in Illinois and filling up the truck to move to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

We’re Here!

It took two long days to drive down and, once we were here, we headed straight to our storage unit to unload the truck. Because we couldn’t move into our apartment before April 1st, which I rented sight unseen, we had to stay in a hotel for a week. We had no time to rest though because hubs started his new job the day after we arrived in town and I hit the ground running with our awesome realtor.

Selling our house in Illinois and packing the truck to move to North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.com

On April 1 we were ready to give up living out of boxes and suitcases and move into our apartment, so it was back to rent another moving truck, load up the necessary belongings from the storage unit, and head to our temporary digs. Are you dizzy yet? We weren’t dizzy but definitely sore, bruised and thoroughly exhausted.

Selling our house in Illinois to move to North Carolina for a new job. | chatfieldcourt.com

It took a few days, and lots of trips back and forth to the storage unit, but we are settling in. We haven’t lived in an apartment in 30 years and it’s taking me some time to adjust. It’s not ideal, but I know that it’s only temporary.

Where We’re Headed

I’ve looked at a few homes since we arrived but the inventory is pretty low. We’re working on it every day and I know that the right house will come along, I just hope it’s sooner rather than later.

Our big move to North Carolina for a new job. | chatfieldcourt.com

So that’s where we stand as of today. In case you’re keeping score, we’ve rented 2 moving trucks (with 2 more in our immediate future), stayed in 2 hotels and drove 600+ miles over two days (with one more 600+ mile trip to go). The good news, though, is that the hubs’ job is going well, it’s springtime in North Carolina and we’re excited about finding the perfect home. I think we are going to like it here.

Springtime and wisteria in North Carolina. | chatfieldcourt.comI’ll be sharing a post or two on what you need to do when you’re getting ready to move, and our house hunt journey, so stay tuned. Happy weekend!

I shared some tips on getting your home ready to sell if you want to check it out.

How to get your home ready to sell, quickly and for the most money. | chatfieldcourt.com

How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

 

 

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You know what the say about the best laid plans? We were busy finishing up our kitchen remodel in January and looking forward to enjoying all of our hard work, when we get a phone call that changed everything. It wasn’t a bad call, no one was hurt or sick, it was…an¬†interesting phone call. A¬†change of plans…

A Change of Plans... | chatfieldcourt.com

Sure, we discussed it from time to time, especially when we had a particularly rough day, and it’s something we had done several¬†times in our 30 years of marriage, but we were still caught off guard and were totally unprepared for what was about to happen.

The phone call that we got? Actually the hubs is the one who got it and it was a job offer in North Carolina. So totally off of our radar. We had discussed moving to Califorrnia one day to be near our girls but North Carolina was never in the picture.

A Change of Plans... | chatfieldcourt.com

After the offer came, we casual discussed it¬†and went through a few¬†what ifs, but after a few days the talk became more serious. We both knew¬†that we couldn’t make a fair decision without visiting the area and learning more about the job and company, so the decision¬†was made to¬†fly down for a weekend to check it all out. We told each other that we would keep an open mind and take everything in but¬†we were both thinking that it would¬†never¬†happen, it just wasn’t something we were looking for.

Needless to say our trip went well, we loved the area and the¬†hubs was thrilled with the job, so we came home and, after a week of intense discussions, decided that we would go for it. Eeek…so much to think about…so much to do.

A Change of Plans... | chatfieldcourt.com

We accepted the job in the middle of February, about 2 1/2 weeks ago, and¬†the start date of the new job will be¬†March 28. If you’re counting, that’s only 3 weeks from today and there is so much that we have to do. At the top of the list¬†was to sell the house, which was¬†not an easy thing for me to think about. Even though I am the adventurer of the family and up for anything, I’ve really grown attached to this house. I’ve put so much of myself into it and we only finished our kitchen remodel a week ago, but, if we were going to do this it had to be done. So we¬†made sure¬†the house was in order, called the realtor and it¬†went on the market last Thursday.

A Change of Plans... | chatfieldcourt.comJust 10 minutes after it was listed I got my first appointment for¬†a¬†showing that evening and an appointment¬†for the next day, Friday.¬†By Friday evening, after only 1 day on the market, we had an offer and¬†we¬†accepted. Of course it’s not a done deal and we still have a long way to go, but, if all goes well we will be closing on April 29.

While we wait for some of the real estate stuff to go through, like the inspection, we had to get packing. This is what we did all this past weekend.

A Change of Plans... | chatfieldcourt.comSince our house is small, and lacking in storage, a lot of our stuff is still in the basement and in boxes from our move almost 3 years ago. It wasn’t neat or organized,¬†so each box had to be checked, repacked and labeled. We were able to get the garage and 1/2 of the basement done but we have a ton left to do. Not fun under any circumstance but we only have 2 weekends left before hubs leaves to start his job so we are really under the gun.

That’s where we stand as of today.

I’m sure you’re wondering¬†what¬†this means for Chatfield Court. Things may change a bit but I don’t plan on going anywhere…well, except for North Carolina. The plan for now is to rent an apartment while we look for a (small) house to buy, so I’ll be sharing all of those adventures as well as posts with tips on getting your house ready to sell and moving.

We are really excited, and very¬†a little nervous, about this next chapter¬†and¬†I can’t wait to share it all with you. I hope you’ll come along.

 

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Sorry I’ve been MIA this week. I’ve had a¬†nasty stomach flu since last¬†weekend so I’ve been doing a lot of sleeping and movie watching. I had to pop in though, and share CC’s second anniversary with you all.

Two year blogiversary | chatfieldcourt.com

After all, you are the reason I’m still here, the reason I come back every week to share our house full of never-ending DIY’s. Chatfield Court would be nothing without all of the support and kind words I get after each and every post I share.¬†Whether it’s an original idea or one that you’ve seen before, somewhere else, you are always here to lift me up, give a compliment, tell me what kind of project your working on or to just to say hi, and for that I am truly grateful.

Two year blogiversary | chatfieldcourt.com

I can’t believe that 2 years have passed since I hit publish on my first post. Little did I know then that 2 years later I would not only¬†still be doing this, but that¬†I would have met so many wonderful people and made so many meaningful friendships. Even if I stopped doing this tomorrow and closed down my blog, I could honestly¬†say that this was one of the best experiences of my life.

Last year for CC’s first anniversary, I had a giveaway¬†and¬†this year I wanted to¬†do something a little different. I don’t usually share a lot about myself so I thought it¬†would be fun to share some little tidbits about me that you may not get from my typical DIY or kitchen reno posts.

Two year blogiversary | chatfieldcourt.comSo here we go…probably more than you ever wanted to know about me. ūüėČ

  • I have a tattoo…just one, and it’s¬†on my right foot. I got it about 6 years ago with my girls when they were going to college in Boston.
  • I am an animal lover. I’ve always had a dog in my life (my husband never had a dog until he married me). I would love to have some chickens but they aren’t allowed in my town.
  • I met my husband when I was 16 years old at a campground that his family and my family were camping at. We met one night during a¬†4th of July party¬†and we’ve¬†been together ever since. We’ll celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this September.
  • I¬†love to travel and I’ve even gone on a cruise by myself, twice.
  • Before my back surgeries, I briefly worked for a foot doctor¬†cutting the toenails of elderly diabetic patients. You’ve not lived until someone else’s¬†toenail hits you in the face when you’re clipping…um, yeah…great memories.
  • I grew up getting¬†perms to make my poker straight hair curly…really curly. I got one every 3 months from age 8 until I was¬†25 (I had long beautiful hair but begged my Mom to get it cut off).
  • I am a huge sports fanatic (while Mr. C could care less). A great weekend for¬†me is hanging out and watching sports.

Ok…have you had enough?

I also have to give thanks to my patient and ever supportive husband. He’s put up with all of this blog business for more than 2 years, listening to my constant chatter of projects I want to do and pushing me forward¬†when doubts about my ability to do this¬†creeps in. Thanks for being my rock and the icing on my cupcake.

Two year blogiversary | chatfieldcourt.com

Two year blogiversary | chatfieldcourt.com

Again, many thanks to you. It’s been quite a journey these past 2 years¬†and¬†I’m so excited to see and share what’s to come.

Have a great weekend!

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I’ve been away this week with my husband on a last-minute business trip. He doesn’t ask me to go with him¬†often because he never knows what his schedule will be but this week was different, so¬†we dropped the dog at a sitter’s and off we went, 11 hours to Ridgway, Pennsylvania. It’s a small town, a very small town, located in¬†the Allegheny Forest and far from any major cities or airports.

Country Girl, City Girl | chatfieldcourt.com A step back in time, at least for me, because this place so reminded me of my childhood in New Jersey. Walking down the street, looking at all of the big beautiful homes with their gorgeous covered front porches and the simple farmhouse style homes with their white siding, the smell of freshly mown grass and burgers on the grill kept bringing me back to a time when I was a child.

Country Girl, City Girl | chatfieldcourt.com

I grew up in a tiny town in New Jersey and I was the odd one in the family who longed to be somewhere else. I have fond memories of playing outside all day and running around barefoot, catching lightning bugs on warm summer nights but I always knew that one day I would move away.

Country Girl, City Girl | chatfieldcourt.com

I’ve always longed to live in a big city, NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, but that’s never happened, probably never will. My husband’s work will never bring us to a big city but we’ve lived¬†in 5 different states during our marriage and we brought our girls up¬†with the love of travel and adventure. Now that they are grown they both live in a big city, just as I had always dreamed of doing myself.

Country Girl, City Girl | chatfieldcourt.com

I’m not sure I can adequately explain my desire to live in the city, especially since I’ve never actually lived in one, but I’ve visited and stayed in enough of them to know that I love that there is always something going on, there’s always a certain sense of excitement in the air, people out and about eager to get to their destination. Like I said, it’s hard to explain but if you share my love of city life, I’m sure you’ll understand.

Country Girl, City Girl | chatfieldcourt.comThis week, while staying in a beautiful bed and breakfast and taking my daily walk¬†around this small, quiet town, I had time to remember the good things about my childhood and where I came from. I also realized that, although I spent my childhood in the country, I’m¬†still a city girl at heart. My husband could move to a place like Ridgway and be happy for the rest of his life, me…not so much.

Country Girl, City Girl | chatfieldcourt.com

It was a great place to visit and relax for a few days¬†but I miss my dog, my house and the busy, bustling town we now call home, the closest we’ve lived to a city in 30 years. Will we move on to a new adventure? I can’t say for certain but I’m up for almost anything, as long as we’re near the city.

Country Girl, City Girl | chatfieldcourt.com

How about you? Do you prefer the quiet of the country or the excitement of a city?

Hope you have a great weekend.

The interior photos shown are from our¬†stay at Cooke’s Murphy House, a B&B located in Ridgway, PA.

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