Daily Affirmations for House Project Chaos {Side Yard Update}

Daily Affirmations for House Project Chaos {Side Yard Update}

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated you on the progress of our side yard! And that’s because … there have been setbacks and standstills that just aren’t fun to talk about or pretty to look at. Goodness, WHY does everything seem to take so long in real life? I’m telling ya, in my dreams this side yard would be already finished and adorable. But in real life? It isn’t.

Do you ever feel like your house projects are causing more chaos than you expected? Perhaps my situation and resulting daily affirmations will make you feel better (or at least they might make you laugh at my coping mechanisms).

Daily Affirmations for House Project Chaos {Side Yard Update}

Our side yard isn’t finished. Or cute. Not yet. It’s “in progress” but at a very awkward state. And it feels like it’s been more in standstill or even, gasp, going backwards at times, than in progress mode.

It is one thing to have all the visions in your head (or in the blog post) of what it could be, but getting them to happen is another. We have a budget and it isn’t huge or endless. Contractors don’t always work on your timetable. The weather slows things down. Misunderstandings happen that cause setbacks and you have to wait for them to be corrected.

Remember when I wrote the post about being flexible in remodeling? It is true. You’ve got to have some flexibility and be willing to compromise in many ways in order to get things done. Yet, I’ll admit this project is trying my patience. The flip side to being patient and flexible is you also have to be the boss of your own project and speak up if it isn’t right or moving along like you expected. We’ve had to do that, too, in every project that we’ve ever done.

No offense to any contractors or our own, it is just a fact.

This project was to create function and fix safety issues. If you missed the original posts about this project, this area before was unsafe and basically unusable (scroll back through these posts if you need to catch up and want to see what our vision actually was, ha).

Daily Affirmations for House Project Chaos {Side Yard Update}

It wasn’t about making it pretty, although we do hope it will be quite pleasant when it is all done and even pretty when our finishing touches are put in place (please, for the LOVE it better be, but right now, it doesn’t feel that way).

All we really wanted was a basic flat concrete area (to keep this area clean for our dogs and to cut down on yard work because we have a big yard), steps to the backyard for safety and fences to keep our back yard safe and private. Easy enough?

We thought that would be a pretty quick job and then we could move on!

Silly me. 

I know I’ll be glad we did this in the end, but right now … not so much.

We’ve lived here for seven months and the reality is we STILL have to have chairs and boxes and stuff piled up on the side of our house to keep our dogs in because all the fencing is gone from that side of our property. It is unsettling. The contractors put up temporary orange fencing, but still, our dogs have escaped countless times. We have to set timers to check them every 10 minutes when they are outside because Lily is an escape artist and can find a way out. And Jack will happily join her on an adventure, if she shows him how to get out.

Daily Affirmations for House Project Chaos {Side Yard Update}

So, that’s the reality of remodeling or even just creating a home. It’s sometimes messy. Messy messy messy.

I wish for Pinterest sake I could just give you instant AFTERS for everyone’s enjoyment (and mine, ha). THE STRUGGLE IS REAL! But, I still have glimmers of hope that we will round the corner and suddenly everything will look rosier. I know the contractors will pull it together and when they do their part, I’ll be glad we tackled this project first because we can enjoy it this summer.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to keep my faith in this side yard’s potential. That’s what you’ve got to do. Keep pressin’ on toward the goal of what it will be, even when it is in this undone, messy, awkward, stalled, not-pretty-stage that seems to be going on forever.

If you are discouraged or feeling like your house will always be a wreck and never come together like in your dreams, don’t lose sight of the goal in the “adventure” of getting there. Remember the potential of your home and your projects and keep pressing on.

I recommend having your own personal daily affirmations for your unfinished projects to help you keep the faith and your sanity.

Here are my daily sanity affirmations for my side yard, adapt as needed for your situation. :)

Daily Affirmations for House Project Chaos {Side Yard Update}

1. Cute chairs for morning coffee will make the long wait and stress worthwhile. 

I picked up two adorable chairs for our morning coffee in the side yard. I bought a set of these two French bistro chairs on sale at World Market, 15% off until April 17th! They reminded me of these Serena and Lily chairs that I love.

Daily Affirmations for House Project Chaos {Side Yard Update}

Carson 12″ Wall Sconce

2. Charming lighting will eventually come out of the boxes that are piled up taking up the entirety of your office and will actually be ATTACHED to the house.

Daily Affirmations for House Project Chaos {Side Yard Update}

3. Using what you have will help save the budget and soon enough you’ll actually be SITTING on your chairs and no longer using them as fences.

We already have these great sectional pieces from World Market, and depending how much space we have I think we’ll put a few in the courtyard! Scroll down to see the chairs on the back porch of our last house.

Daily Affirmations for House Project Chaos {Side Yard Update}

4. The umbrellas that are now covered in mold because they were accidentally left outside all winter in the pile of junk that you used as temporary fencing will eventually be clean and take their rightful place on the patio to shield you from the elements.

Daily Affirmations for House Project Chaos {Side Yard Update}
Domino – Heather Taylor

5. The door you have to keep bolted shut so no one will exit the house and promptly fall off the porch will eventually be able to be opened SAFELY. In fact, you will even be able to open just the top part of the door if you want to just feel the breeze, for instance, because IT WILL BE A DUTCH DOOR.

Daily Affirmations for House Project Chaos {Side Yard Update}

6. Visions of string lights will no longer be just dancing in your head, they will dancing over head in your newly completed side yard.

Daily Affirmations for House Project Chaos {Side Yard Update}

7. Soon you’ll be enjoying that sunset while sitting ON the patio, instead of just staring at it longingly through the windows.

Daily Affirmations for House Project Chaos {Side Yard Update}

8. Dogs and people will soon once again be relaxing together quietly outside on the porch instead of jumping through holes in fake fencing and running around the neighborhood trying frantically to rally everyone back to safety.

9. You will not always have to live in fear of the sound of your porch roof potentially falling down in a windstorm because you will have actual posts that are bolted to the porch to prevent mishaps like that from happening.

10. Your new neighbors will no longer think you are crazy because at some point they won’t be able to actually see into your backyard to confirm it.

So, what are your chaotic home project affirmations? Share them in the comments so we can all have a little comic relief when we need it :). Please, tell me I’m not the only one. Ha.

New Parsons Chairs for the Dining Room {Getting The Vibe}

New Parsons Chairs for the Dining Room {Getting The Vibe}
Studio McGee

I am pleased to say that I absolutely love my dining room layout and vision now! So, I am moving forward with a plan to make this room come together. This post will offer you some inspiration for dining chairs in similar styles to new chairs I ordered, which I will talk about in a minute.

New Parsons Chairs for the Dining Room {Getting The Vibe}BHG

I am SO glad we pulled our furniture around and set it up this way so we could live with it for awhile. I think the buffet cabinet on the wall really helped solidify the arrangement, too. The “breakfast room vibe” is definitely a winner! We already feel so drawn to this space already and can’t help but want to sit at the table to soak in some vitamin D.

In case you are wondering about what we decided for the doorway, at this point I’m planning to leave the walls where they are but still open up this room a bit more to the kitchen with a slightly wider but arched doorway. More updates and details to come soon on the kitchen plans…

New Parsons Chairs for the Dining Room {Getting The Vibe}Lauren Liess

My plan is to use three chairs around the round table and then have a longer bench under the window. We would keep the table pulled up to the bench so it could act as the fourth seat (although the bench would actually hold two or three people for when we add the leaves to make the table oval.)

Happily, I discovered we already have a bench that is likely to work, at least for the time being, so it looks like I just saved myself from having to buy a new one or building one in by shopping in my own garage (but you can see my round up of banquettes here). :) Sometimes it pays to hold onto things, right? Someday we may do something different but it is SO nice to not have to spend more money than necessary right off the bat.

New Parsons Chairs for the Dining Room {Getting The Vibe}Atlanta Homes

We will also be using our same old table (the one we have had forever) for now. It still works for us so we can save some money there as well.

We are just about to get the living and dining rooms painted so we can have a refreshed backdrop. The existing paint on the walls is too creamy, like vanilla ice cream (yum!), and the ceiling paint is kind of blush pink (swine rosé?). We tried several new samples just in case we might get inspired by a different hue, but in the end we decided to paint the ceilings and walls the same fresh Swan White of our entry. New paint will make the entire space feel clean and fresh and with such great light streaming in the windows, we want to keep the backdrop pretty simple to keep the focus on the view.

New Parsons Chairs for the Dining Room {Getting The Vibe}Residence in Wainscott by Sawyer Berson

But now, back to the chairs! :)

We still really like our metal cafe chairs (we got ours at World Market) but this room is a pass through and not very big so those chairs take up too much room since we can’t push them under the table. Also, since we will be spending a lot of time in this room beyond just breakfast and dinner time, we thought it would be fun to get some extra comfy chairs. We will save the metal chairs stacked elsewhere for extra seating when we expand the table. We will use our two wicker chairs elsewhere as well.

I knew I wanted really simple, matching understated classic chairs in this room. Modern chairs can really update a look, but I really didn’t want three trendy chairs. We already have a lot of wicker and bamboo in our house so I ruled those options out as well. No chairs seemed just right until I thought about Parsons chairs with tailored but casual linen slipcovers. I think they kind of throw a relaxed but still modern French country vibe into the mix, which I love. Plus they will soften the room!

New Parsons Chairs for the Dining Room {Getting The Vibe}

Restoration Hardware Parsons Chair (not sponsored)

I scoured stores and online for just the right look. So many of the slipcover styles were just not right or even felt a little too dated for the look I was going for. I didn’t want a overly cottagey vibe or too much of a pleated slip. I wanted the linen to be the right color and good quality and the slip to be relaxed but tailored. Picky much? Yes. After scrutinizing every Parsons chair and all the slipcovers I could find, the Restoration Hudson Slipcovered Side Chairs in Belgian Linen Sand won me over.

New Parsons Chairs for the Dining Room {Getting The Vibe}

There are so many great options for Parsons chairs out there. To test a couple out, I actually went to the store and sat in my top two choices, the RH and the Crate and Barrel versions. Both were great, but RH won because I loved the look, weight and quality of their slipcovers as well as the comfort of their chairs (the backs of the RH chairs have a gentle slope which felt very comfortable on my back and the seat height was even comfortable for my short legs!). But I liked the look of both, as well as several others I found online. I really loved the style with the sloped arms, too, but we needed them to easily slide under our table so didn’t think those were ideal for us.

New Parsons Chairs for the Dining Room {Getting The Vibe}HGTV Dream Home 2015

Below are six of the chairs we were checking out (all great options!), and #2 is the chair we ordered. Many of these come in different fabric options as well! You can click the numbers below for more information about each chair.

New Parsons Chairs for the Dining Room {Getting The Vibe}

Parsons Slipcovered Chair Sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

One other fun update will bring the whole look of the dining room together. I also ordered a new light fixture that has so much personality but will set the same understated, classy but casual look I’m going for. I am head over heels in love with it and can’t wait to show you, but you’ll have to wait to see it once we install it in the room :).

Now we just have to get these rooms painted, order our blinds (details to come) and await our new chairs and light fixture! We’ve been saying we are just on the PRECIPICE now of having our living and dining rooms finally pulled together to where we feel really happy with them, it won’t be long now!

New Parsons Chairs for the Dining Room {Getting The Vibe}