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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Goodbye Carpet, Hello Tile "Wood" Floors

So...our new floors in the living areas are done!

We considered replacing the carpet in the living areas when we first moved in July, but it was put on hold when my dad had his emergency surgery.  We returned to it  when Commander, our new puppy, decided he liked pulling those carpet fibers out!

We like the wood look with the easy care of tile. It blends well with the tiles already in place.  

Below are a few before and after pictures.

Before
 

After
 


Our next step is decorating the two living areas.  We also a have several art alcoves we will be working on soon.

Has anyone else put this tile in their home? Do you love it as much as we do in our home?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Outdoor Living

One of the best parts of living in Phoenix is outdoor living nine months out of the year!  Fall, Winter and Spring the weather is perfect for hiking, camping, outdoor dining, and evenings by the fire.  Our new home is set up to enjoy outdoor living. 

The front entrance to our home has a courtyard with a gas fireplace which is perfect for windy evenings.  A love seat directly across from the fire place and one chair on each side fit perfectly.   It has a cozy indoor feel with a night time sky. 


The rear of our home has a covered patio.  Our outdoor table set, two red chairs, and side table landed here. 



The pygmy palms will be removed this this weekend.  They are toxic to dogs and our puppy will not stop chewing on the bark! We will fill this space in the spring.

In this before picture you can  see we had grass on either side of the pool. We decided to replace it the same style paver we have in the front of the house. 


Once that was done we had a lot of space to fill.  The larger area was screaming fire pit.  

It is a propane fire pit but this can be removed and an umbrella placed in it for the summer.  Beside the fire pit seating area we put our bistro table with a couple of chairs.  We eat brunch/lunch out here often.  The next purchase will be a grill to put behind the fire pit seating. 

Our lounge chairs fit nicely in the smaller area.  

The outdoor living spaces are definitely one of our favorite things about our new home. What are your favorite things about your home?