7th House on the Left

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One of our favorite go-to places for Christmas ornaments online has always been Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. So needless to say, we’re really excited about this week’s giveaway! Decking the halls since 1945, Bronner’s is the world’s largest Christmas store and features over 6,000 styles of ornaments. They also have countless varaties of outdoor decor, lights, garlands, wreaths, gifts, stockings, gift wrap… basically, all things Christmas! This week, the ultra nice folks at Bronner’s is giving one lucky 7th House reader a $100 gift card!

Every year, their store in Frankenmuth, Michigan is visited by millions of people. Luckily, for us non-locals (like us!), their online store offers anything and everything you could possibly want when it comes to Christmas decorations. Whether your style is contemporary, rustic, traditional, or even ultra mod, they’ve got you covered.

To start decking your halls with Bronner’s, here’s how to enter:

  • All you’ve got to do is leave a comment with the words, “DECK MY HALLS!“.
  • One lucky reader will win a $100 gift card to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland!
  • Bronner’s ships worldwide! Prize will be delivered via email – so make sure you leave your comment with an email address we can reach you at!
  • The giveaway will wrap up Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011 @ Midnight EST.
  • Only one entry per email address. To keep things fair and square, the winner will be selected using Random.org and will be announced right here on Wednesday, November 23rd. Good luck, everyone!
Oh yeah, and check out some of our Christmas Tree mood boards featuring Bronner’s ornaments here.
Congratulations Aileen!!! A BIG Christmas-y thank you to Bronner’s and everyone who entered! 
Images courtesy of Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. We were not paid or perked for hosting this giveaway. It’s just our way of saying thanks.


posted by Greg & Ashley  /  28 Comments

We just wanted to give you guys a heads-up that we are going to be “Out of the Office” for a bit. Ash is having an unexpected surgery done sometime in the next few days. But don’t worry! She’s doing well and currently asking for the iPad so she can check Twitter and Pinterest. Her wheels just never stop turning!

Despite our unexpected absence (though we’re still here, just not any new posts for a day or two), we are still hosting a great giveaway tomorrow that we know you’ll love. (Hint: The giveaway is approved by a particular white-bearded man in a red suit!) As soon as Ash is back on her feet, we’ll pick up right where we left off with the laundry room reno – not skipping a beat!

UPDATE // November 19th Hey guys! Ashley here. My surgery has been moved until after Thanksgiving. I’ve never had surgery before, and having to have it is very unexpected, so this process is a tad daunting at times. But I’m hanging in there! Thank you so much for the well wishes, tweets, comments, and emails. It has meant so much to me! In the mean time, I’m back home hanging out with my family and busy with “house stuff” – mainly getting things ready for the kitchen cabinet delivery in a few days (holla!). Even though things are going to be sporadic around here for the next few days, we’ll be sure to keep you guys updated on the house process – minus the surgery updates, because who wants to read about that, ha! For that, just check back on this post. There’s a lot going on around here with the laundry room, kitchen, and everything else in between but we might not be able to stick to the Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule like we were attempting to – BUT we will be posting. We promise to be back on schedule once things get back to “normal”. And oh how I can’t wait for that! Monday, we’re going to be talking about the updated (and final!) layout for our kitchen. So excited to finally post the final layout! ha!

UPDATE // November 30th Ashley here! So after a week of surgery dates going back and forth, the docs have finally decided that my surgery will be this week. They called yesterday saying they wanted to schedule it for next week. That phone call was followed by yet another call saying they were moving it up to the end of this week. I’m happy to get it over with yet totally freaking out because a) I’ve never had surgery and b) the kitchen instillation begins next week! When we made the decision about paying the extra $$ to have Lowe’s install the kitchen, we sort of felt like we were coping out and missing the fun of installing our own kitchen. Yeah, I’d called it “fun”! But now, with this whole totally unexpected surgery coming up, we are SO beyond thankful we made that decision!

Many of you have asked what kind of surgery I’m having. I guess I haven’t mentioned it before because even though Greg and I are totally down with sharing our lives and home online, it’s kind of weird when it comes to major health issues – I don’t know if that makes sense. Probably doesn’t. But I mean, who wants to read about nasty health issues?! Some people, including myself, get squeamish when they think about surgery or even simple things like loose teeth. Yeah, loose teeth. I don’t even like hearing the warnings on prescription commercials! I’m that kind of crazy. I guess I just assumed everyone else was the same way. With that being said, if you don’t want to hear what’s going on, skip down to the cute picture of Bentley in his new sweater I just snapped with the iPhone… All clear?… Okay, so I went into the ER a few weeks ago (when this post was originally posted) with stomach pain. I actually thought it was my appendix but thanks to the almighty CT scan, the docs found a “rather large” (that’s doctor talk for “OMG! That’s huge!”) ovarian cyst. It was causing upper stomach pain because it’s actually so large, it’s pressing against other organs. Yeah, not good. To make the long story short, tomorrow, the surgeon will be taking it out and I’m told I’m going to feel so much, much better – after an estimated six weeks of recovery of course! So that’s that.

Okay, the coast is clear! With all of this going on, rest assured, we won’t be skipping a beat in keeping you guys updated on the kitchen renovation – complete with real time photos of the instillation process! We’re really excited about things coming up here at 7th House and we’re so very appreciative to have such amazing and supportive readers. At the risk of sounding like I’m stuck in the 90’s… you guys rock.

UPDATE // DECEMBER 2 Ashley made it well through the surgery. Everything that needed to be taken out is gone and everything that needed to stay is in. She’s still “out of it” but I’m sure she’s glad it’s all over with – as are we. Thank you for all of your comments, emails, Tweets, prayers, etc. We truly appreciate them all.

UPDATE // DECEMBER 12 Ashley here! It’s been almost 2 weeks since the surgery and all I have to say is, boy am I glad that’s over with! I’m still in pain from time to time – mostly at night when I’m trying to sleep (sometimes a lot of pain!) but I’m just eternally grateful to have the surgery portion over and moving onto recovery – and Christmas!! I’m also so thankful and blessed to have Greg, my parents, little brother, and grandparents here with me every step of the way. I literally don’t know what I would do without them. Okay, now I’m getting sappy — I’m still on major pain meds and they make me emotional, ha! So thanks again for putting up with our sporadic posting schedule as of late and we hope to be “back to normal” soon… As does my body, haha : )

We’re back with another laundry room update! During the fall/winter, the laundry room is normally the coldest room in the house. This isn’t good when you’ve got stain on the floors that’s trying to dry. Unfortunately, with it being so cold outside over the past few days, this delayed the process a bit. So we cranked up the heat and played the waiting game. Finally, yesterday the first coat of polyurethane was able to be put down. As of this morning, it was pretty dry so the stain guy installed the shoe molding. Even with the current mess in the room, it’s already looking so much better…

The dust on the floors is because they just finished the shoe molding… literally 5 seconds ago. Later today, after the “construction dust” is cleaned up, the second coat of polly will be put down, followed by some more waiting time, and then the third and final coat (we asked for three coats – just as in the rest of the house – to make the floors more durable).

The suspense is killing me! I can’t wait to start planning the shelving for the closet. But before we even think about getting to that, there’s a few more things on short yet relatively hefty to-do list:

  • Paint the half bathroom
  • Re-install the toilet
  • Touchup walls and trim in laundry room
  • Hang new closet doors
  • Install the new trim around the closet doors
  • Paint the new trim and closet doors


As for the rest of the house… Remember a few weeks ago when we pulled out the fall decorations? Well, we managed to join the rest of our neighborhood and decorate the front door with a wreath, a few pumpkins, and some yellow mums. Then came the not-so-spur-of-the-moment urge to get the kitchen done in time for Christmas. Is that crazy? Then, if that wasn’t enough on our plate, we set out to do the laundry room too. Forget two front teeth, all we want for Christmas is a big ‘ole plate of satisfaction. With all of the hustle and bustle, the fall decorations went unnoticed and are already back in the attic. Bentley will miss Mr. & Mrs. Pilgrim…

But that doesn’t mean we’re not in the decorating mood. While in the attic, we decided to bring down the Christmas tree and all of the Christmas decoration boxes. Cue the Christmas music! 

It may seem a little early to be decking the halls, but we’re keeping our eyes on the prize. The prize = our first Christmas Eve in the house with the smell of cookies baking in the oven in our brand new kitchen. Pure bliss! With everything going on around here, we’re going to pace ourselves and our goal is to be completely decked out by Thanksgiving. Fingers crossed!

How about you guys? When do you start decorating for Christmas? And how early is too early?