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Almond Blossoms – One of our favorite things about where we live

Every February the Almond trees in and around the Central Valley start sprouting tiny little buds. These buds turn into the most beautiful blooms and the orchards become these magical, white pieces of heaven (well, to me at least). I love this time of year and driving around town and seeing the blossoms always makes me so happy. They last three weeks, tops, so I was thrilled to finally have an afternoon free to have our talented friend Lauren Westra snap a few photos of Adam and I in the blooms. I will treasure these photos, Lauren! Thank you so much for taking the time to help make these memories for us!

My dress is an oldie from Brick and Main

Adams shirt is Goodfellow & Co from Target

Beam-ing with excitement!

Do you like what I did there?! We’re talking about beams on the blog today and dang, it’s going to look so good once the ceiling is done. This week has been a little slower in the demo department. Adam finished ripping out everything out of the bathroom. Adios pink/peach/whatever color you are tub and sink, and we’ve been trying to decide on tile for the floors. We love a simple hexagon (of course in white) but recently, aka last night, we thought, maybe we could be a tad bit more fun? We’ll see what happens there.

I painted almost identical paint swatches on the wall to try and pick the perfect paint color for the house. I swear there’s a difference, you guys. And I think we’re going to go with Swiss Coffee, which seems to be a pretty popular one so I’m guessing it’s a great color!  AND, Adam ripped out the nasty fireplace insert and holy smokes, it already looks 10x better, even with the spider webs and dirt!

But, the topic for today is beams, so let me get back to that. So, if you remember us talking about our plans for this weird, half wall in our videos then you’ll recall we wanted to knock it down and extend that load bearing beam into the wall attached to the kitchen. Well, yesterday on our lunch break, my Mom and I decided to get to work on it, and twenty minutes later we made progress! The guys are getting the beam work in the attic done this weekend and we need to stain our beams (more on that below) and the guys need to come back and sand and patch the ceiling, and, and, and (that’s literally what my brain feels like right now).

How much better will that look!? I love that you’ll be able to walk into the living area and see our gorgeous dining table (oh ya, that we bought this week, you know, before we purchase floors) I linked it here and am SO excited about it!

Here’s a little of our inspiration for our ceilings. At first we figured we’d just paint everything white, I KNOW guys but we just love how clean it looks, but we’ve now decided to keep the beams a wood tone to warm up the space a bit. I love this image below and it was our very first inspiration photo.

via Pinterest

via Pinterestvia Studio McGee

Adam found this great post about how to age new wood and it looks exactly like how we want ours to look so fingers crossed we can do it right and it looks like this!! Take a peak at the blog post here if you want to try it too!

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Demo Day (ahem, weeks) – Week Two in the Bravwel Home

Week Two!! SO much has happened since we got the keys to our house. We ripped out all of the flooring, even though most people think we are absolutely batty for doing so. It was really dark laminate with carpet in the bedrooms and none of it was our style so we decided this was the time to redo it all. We ripped out all of the flooring on day two and have been looking at a ton of flooring samples trying to pick a favorite. We talk about some of our plans for this coming week in the video so be sure to check it out. Plus I posted some progress photos below and explained a little about what’s going on.

Adam and our Uncle (who is the best contractor and is helping us SO much) widened both entryways into the kitchen and I can’t believe how much better it looks! We’re getting all new paned windows in the front of the house (since ours are all OG single paned and are just so bad) and moving our Jetsons style vents out of the middle of the rooms in the living area and kitchen. Adam realized very quickly that he did NOT want to tackle removing the popcorn ceilings himself so we hired some guys to come this weekend and take it all down for us. It would be easier to do ourselves if it wasn’t painted over popcorn. So it’s much tougher to scrape off and Adam has a lot of projects to do already ; )

We’re really excited about our new plan for the ceilings in the living and dining area. This beam that’s running through the rooms is load bearing so to make it easier on the eyes we’re ripping off all of the drywall and wrapping it to make it look like a true (pretty) wooden beam and then running beams across into each room, four on each side! Oh, and taking down that random half wall so the space is more open.

I also have big plans for that fireplace eventually. Ripping out that insert, building a wood mantel and just sprucing it up a bit. I already can’t wait for all of the holidays so I can decorate it!

If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen my post talking about how much I love the light in this house. This photo was taken on the first day we saw it. I walked in and just felt happy. I love natural light and since there are windows everywhere in this home it’s full of light at all times of day. It’s seriously the best!  

Oh goodness, the bathroom. The only thing halfway new about this space is the toilet. Adam ripped out the bench thing that say behind the tub so we can have a big tub (hopefully) I mean, that cast iron pink tub and sink have definitely been in there since the beginning. Adam got the bathtub out to find SO MUCH dirt underneath. I had no idea that happened but apparently over time, rodents get underneath the house and end up kicking up dirt into the space. Our Uncle even commented about it being the most dirt he has ever seen. Soooo that’s fun.

I already can’t wait to show you next weeks updates. I have a feeling a lot is going to change. We have a big weekend of projects ahead and I’m off to the hardware store to pick out some paint samples! Hope you all have a great weekend.

xo Megan & Adam

Our New Home!!

We bought a house!! We are beyond excited to set roots down in Visalia again and make an old house our new home.

If you know us then you know we didn’t want a new build. Actually, the older the better. We love the charm, unique features and layouts of older homes. So when a 1960’s ranch style home came on the market in a friendly little community tucked away in the outskirts of town, we knew we had to jump on it.

Yes, its 50 years old and yes, it needs a lot of updates (wait until you see these bathrooms) and some work but it’s nothing we can’t handle, right?

So, after thirty days of paperwork, inspections and negotiating we finally got our keys to our first home, that just so happened to be on Adam’s birthday (what a gift right).

Instead of moving in right away like a normal couple we’ve decided to dive head first into renovations. But before we share our DIY experiences we want to share the home in its current state and give you an idea of what we’re working with.

So, come on in!

The house was built in 1964 and most things in it were also built in 1964. Including those terrible doors and the old windows. Both (all) are getting updating very, very soon. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for a video tour and watch Megan take way too long to explain things that are being done in the house.

      

Santa Rosa / Scribe Winery

Sometimes (most of the time) when we have out of town weddings we turn the trip into a little getaway. It’s the way we usually travel, a little work and a little play. We loved exploring the Santa Rosa area and finally being able to check out Scribe Winery. This was all before they had finished the Hacienda and now we are dying to get back. Have you seen it? It looks incredible!

We stopped at some really great little cafes and restaurants during our stay. We loved The Naked Pig! I (megan) will literally never turn down an eggs benni and this adorable little spot did not disappoint.

Wisteria is my love language. That is all.     Adam, showing off his moved at our wedding at Annadel Estate Winery. Gosh, what a gorgeous venue that is! We can’t wait to go back! If you’d like to see the wedding we shot there you can click here to see all from Janna and Sean’s gorgeous day.

Flying Goat Coffee was really, really easy on the eyes. A darling coffee shop that we loved! We explored Healdsburg, and loved basically everything about that adorable town and then made our way out to The Fremont Diner (with the millions of other people) for burgers. It was so packed that we ended up just eating in our car in the parking lot!   We stopped at a few wineries on our little wine tour of the area but the one we were really excited about was Scribe. I mean, how adorable is this place? We ended up shipping way too many bottles of wine home after our tasting, too. Whoops! We can’t wait to go back soon and check out the Hacienda!         

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