7th House on the Left

For those of you reading in Google Reader, click on over to check out the new look! We’ve been working on this for about five months (yes, it actually takes that long to do things like this) and we’re so happy, and releaved, to finally reveal the new and improved 7th House on the Left.

There are a few more tweaks we are working on, but rather than waiting, we wanted to go ahead, bite the bullet and unleash the new and improved look. We didn’t want to do a total transformation – we really like the notebook design and it says a lot about how we do things (project notebooks are our jam). What the blog really needed was a little bit of tightening and brightening. We (mostly Greg) worked on making the nuts and bolts more efficient and making the overall style of the blog mirror our personal style a little better.

We’ve made a bunch of changes, big and small. From the about page to the full disclaimer + privacy policy page, everyting has been revamped. The biggest difference between the new design and the old one is the color scheme. When we put together the first design, we hadn’t even put the first drop of paint on the walls. If you look back at the post about our first apartment, you’ll notice the color scheme was a lot like the first blog design – or “7th House 1.0″ as Greg calls it. That’s probably because we were living there when we designed it…

Now that we’re actually living in the house and the walls have been painted for a good long time, we noticed the old design 7th House 1.0 looked nothing like our house – which kind of defeats the purpose, right? In fact, remember when I stumbled on a color scheme for the living room? Yeah, the stack of books. Well, when deciding on 7th House 2.0′s color scheme, we decided that would be a good jump off point for the blog too…

See the similarities?

There are a lot of new changes in every nook of the blog but one of my very favorite additions is the Pinterest widget in the sidebar. As you’ve probably figured out by now, I’m a total Pinterest junkie. When we were brainstorming for 7th House 2.0, I mentioned to Greg that it would be so awesome if there was a way to share my latest pins automatically, and be able to click on the photo and go to that pin. He just kind of looked at me with a really weird look on his face and said, “Give me twenty minutes”. Twenty minutes later, low and behold, he created my dream sidebar feature. Sorry ladies, he’s taken.

We’re still ironing out a few kinks, so thanks in advance for being patient and feel free to let us know if something looks wonky on your computer (just let us know what browser/version you’re using). Every computer is different – that’s the crux of designing a blog from scratch. Take a minute and look around the new digs and let us know what you think!

Psssst… We’re not finished yet, but a full kitchen update is coming your way soon! 

All of our dreaming, planning and endless brain storming sessions is finally beginning to  come to light. The cabinet installation is complete but there’s a lot more to do before we can call this turkey “done”. Here’s what the kitchen looked like when the cabinet installers left:

Even though it’s far from finished, it’s such a massive difference!

So here’s what’s going on at the moment…

  • The mega-sized farmhouse sink we ordered was damaged, so we have to send it back. Unfortunately, this has set us back a week and we’re not going to be meeting our Christmas deadline. Boo! Once we get the replacement, the cabinet installers will come back out to install the sink (this particular sink is mounted to the cabinet rather than the countertop).
  • We also have a few random pieces of crown molding that need to be ordered and installed (we didn’t quite order enough when the cabinets were ordered).
  • After the above two things are completed, the countertop guys will come out to make the template (more on the countertop selection later).
  • The stove and dishwasher are going to be delivered the beginning of next week followed by the range hood a few days later.
  • You might notice the fridge sticking out a little. The water line for the fridge needs to be moved – it’s currently sticking out from the wall too far, so the plumber is coming out to install a recessed line. Once this is done, the fridge will be flush to the cabinetry.

Once all of those things are completed, then Ash will hopefully be feeling better from her surgery (not being able to be in the middle of things is driving her completely crazy!).

AND WE HAVE LIFTOFF!

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It’s hour seven in the kitchen instillation process. I’ve been busy throughout the rest of the house while the Lowe’s instillation team is busy at work in the kitchen. If you missed it… A few weeks ago, we mentioned that we decided to pay the extra money (to the tune of around $1,200) to have the kitchen cabinets installed by Lowe’s. At the time, we felt like we were going to be missing out on DIYing our kitchen instillation. But now with the hectic holiday schedule and Ash being MIA for a few weeks (more on that here), we’re really glad these guys are here today doing what they do.

The installation looks nearly complete, but there’s still a lot of work to do before calling it “done”. Or as I like to call it, “done done”. Here’s a quick iPhone photo of what it’s looking like at the moment:

It’s a lot different than what it was when we just bought the house…

Pretty exciting, huh?