Getting New Floors & Our Home Remodel

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Hi friends! If you have been following me on Instagram, then you already know that we have new floors. We have renovated, remodeled and done some general sprucing up at home for the past couple months. The bulk of work has taken place in the past 6 weeks, and while we still have a ways to go, today I am sharing an update on the home remodel. I’ll share the work we had done, what we did ourselves, how long it took, what went well and what went wrong. If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, I hope hearing our experience will give you some insight and confidence.

Getting New Floors

At the beginning of this year, we decided it was time to rip up our old carpet and 70s-style kitchen tile and replace it with something more modern that would add value to our home. We researched some different options, visited a few different places and ultimately decided to put down luxury vinyl plank flooring throughout 90% of our condo. The new floor now runs from the entry way into our dining room, living room, kitchen, hallway, guest bedroom, master bedroom and master bathroom. We chose luxury vinyl plank flooring from Floor & Decor for a couple reasons:

  1. It’s 100% waterproof. We wanted to update the tile in our kitchen and master bathroom, so with this flooring we could seamlessly run it throughout our home.
  2. It has texture and grains to it so it looks like wood.
  3. The price was right. Our condo is not our forever home so paying top-dollar did not make sense.

The process of getting the new flooring laid out felt long, but in hindsight it was pretty quick. We boxed all the small things up the weekend before the work began. From start to finish, putting down the new flooring took four days. It probably would have been less time, but we encountered a big leak from the wet-bar that was removed. It was a mess to say the least!

How We Cut Costs

While we started saving for the new flooring last year, we identified some extra ways to save money when we started researching and planning the process of laying down new floors. To cut costs, we opted to do some work ourselves. We removed all the tile in the kitchen and bathroom ourselves. Honestly, it was not something I would have been able to do without Will, even though I did pitch in. We did all this work on the weekends, starting about a month out. The dust from removing the tile was a little crazy, but thankfully we focused on the master bathroom first and just shut the door!

Additional Updates

Getting the new floors was definitely the biggest part of our remodel project, but we made a few additional updates to our home. I painted the entryway, dining room and living room. I opted for a brighter white than the creamy version we had in the hallway. It was Benjamin Moore’s Simple White. For the dining room and living room, I chose Benjamin Moore’s Summer Shower, which is a light, peaceful blue.

  • Removed the wet-bar in our dining room which was blocking light into the kitchen.
  • We widened the entry to the kitchen by cutting into the wall.
  • Got a new rug for our living room
  • Got a lighter slipcover for our IKEA couch
  • Got new storage for our kitchen and a new rug

Before and “After” Home Remodel

Since we didn’t take a lot of photos before the remodel, my Instagram Story photos and photos with Maddie and Maple are the best I have to show you our old tile and carpet and a look at our old living room.

The “after” photos above are really just where we are currently. I want to update the artwork in our living room. We still have things to finish this summer too, including finishing the new shelves/storage in our master bathroom, finishing our laundry area, selling some old pieces on Craigslist, painting the kitchen in Simple White and getting a rug for my office.

Moving forward, I’ll share updates on each room and any new home decor as it gets completed. If you’ve recently remodeled your home or gotten new floors, I would love to hear about it. And, if you are looking into a similar home project, I’m happy to answer any questions in the comments.

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The Truth about the First 100 Days of Marriage

Everyone said it would fly by and it really did. The special day we anticipated for months came and went in a flash. Now, it has been a whole 100 days since Will and I got married. While it seems like we got married yesterday, we have also accomplished and learned a lot in the past 100 days! Today I wanted to share the truth about our first 100 days of marriage. People often question if marriage really changes the dynamic of a relationship, so I am going to touch on that as well. Here are our honest and personal opinions.

The Logistics

For both of us, married life has not felt much different from the year we spent engaged. I moved in with Will last summer, so aside from us (mainly me!) doing some additional decorating now that we are married, our home dynamic is the same. We still go grocery shopping, cook together and enjoy talking about our days on walks at night. It’s not particularly exciting or glamorous but they are the steady aspects of our relationship we can find comfort in.

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Our Biggest Change

We instantly agreed on what the single biggest change is that we have experienced since entering into married life. Now, we have much more free time! We knew wedding planning was taking up a lot of time, even more than I had originally anticipated. But, I didn’t realize just how much it took the focus off our long term plans, something Will and I have loved talking and dreaming about together since day one. Now that we are married, conversations about our future together are back in full force. We have a renewed excitement for where we are right now and everything that is to come.

Since getting married, other changes for us have included a new job for Will and some changes in my career. Will’s new job requires more travel than his previous one, so I have had to (and am still trying to) get used to weeks with less quality time than I’d like! I welcome any and all tips for those of you with a partner who travels a lot.

Level of Commitment

While we agreed about having extra time to think about our plans, Will and I have different views when it comes to the commitment that comes with marriage. Will said today he feels no different about his commitment to me than he did last year. I, however, can’t help but feel like sharing our vows publicly cemented and strengthened our commitment to each other. It is hard to explain, but I have felt an extra comfort and security ever since we exchanged our vows.

I wonder if our difference in opinion is something men and women often view differently. Will, like most men, solidified his commitment when he decided to propose. In contrast, I place a lot of value on words, so I feel like there was a difference in me saying, “Yes, I’ll marry you!” and “I promise I’ll always be there for you. I am yours forever.”

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Reminders

The first 100 days have been action-packed and full of change for us. We have a tendency to pack a lot on our plates and do as many fun things as we can. While this is an intention that comes from our excitement to do new things together, we’ve had to remind ourselves that there is no reason to rush. Slowing down and spreading out our plans helps us enjoy each new and individual experience more thoroughly.

In the past 100 days, we have celebrated my little brother’s high school graduation and my grandfather’s 80th birthday. We’ve gotten some beach time with family, had a long weekend in the woods and have enjoyed a hike, kayaking and two motorcycle racing weekends. Looking back, I’m not sure how we did all these things! We were originally supposed to go to Europe the month after our wedding, and due to feeling overwhelmed with all the things on our schedules, we postponed that trip. That might just be the best, first decision we made as a married couple! Hopefully, we can continue to pace ourselves.

The Truth about the First 100 Days of Marriage - While it seems like we got married yesterday, we have also accomplished and learned a lot in the past 100 days! Today I wanted to share the truth about our first 100 days of marriage. People often question if marriage really changes the dynamic of a relationship, so I am going to touch on that as well. -- Sarah Camille's Scoop - SCsScoop.com

Still Learning

When I first met Will, I was overwhelmed by all the questions he asked and just how much he wanted to know about me. Our relationship has grown a lot since that hot summer day, but I’m constantly reminded there are lessons learn about each other and our relationship. We are constantly growing and discovering new things about each other.

Three years into our relationship and 100 days into our marriage and I still wake up thinking, “How did I get so lucky?!” I hope we never stop feeling grateful to have each other. But, just like before marriage, we have our ups and downs, both individually and as a couple. One of the hardest times for me before marriage was losing my job. But going through that experience together gave us a vital lesson. When one of us is down, the person who is in a better state, has to pull the other back up and offer support. Our highs and lows provide us with lessons to make our relationship stronger. We love each other without expectation that the other will magically “save us,” and with the appreciation that being with the other person makes our lives feel completely whole.

“In all the world there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world there is no love for you like mine.” – Maya Angelou

Before marriage, I wondered whether or not marriage can change relationship dynamics, and I have a new perspective now that I’m married. I don’t think a relationship changing positively or negatively after marriage is necessarily the result of the marriage. The quality of a marriage is the result of the continual time and care both partners put in.

Are you married or planning a wedding? I would love to hear if you think marriage changes the dynamic of relationships.

Do you think the level of commitment changes when you get married? Or, do you think marriage is just a social construct and a legal change that doesn’t matter? Let’s chat in the comments.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Our Spring Wedding Highlights

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Our wedding was 20 days ago. Time is flying. We are settling back into reality (or trying to), and before my memory escapes me I want to share our spring wedding highlights. Will and I got married on April 28th in Middleburg, Virginia. It truly felt magical and dream-like.

Of course, there were days leading up to it when I was super stressed out and I wondered how it would come together. In the end, all the hard work and coordination of everyone involved paid off. I cannot thank enough everyone who helped me along the way or listened to me vent when I was stressed out about something. It still means so much and I appreciate it more than you know. The wedding planning process can have a lot of ups and downs, so having people support you through it is such a blessing.

First, here are a few pre-ceremony pictures.

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Side note:  If you are in the throes of wedding planning, I hope these details give you some inspiration and confidence that it will all come together. I will share some advice in the coming weeks as well, but if you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment or reach out to me – seriously!

Also, I have mentioned certain vendors and products below because I truly loved working with them and their work. I did not have any obligation to mention anyone in any way. And to my vendors mentioned below – you all rock and exceeded our expectations!! We could not have asked for a better group of people to work with for our wedding.

Our Spring Wedding Highlights

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For the ceremony, I wore Badgley Mischka (similar here) shoes I got off Poshmark. They were the last pair I could find online that were my size and had a block heel. But, right before our first dance I decided to put on a comfier and sturdier set of heels that were the same height. That was probably one of the best decisions I made that night because my feet didn’t hurt at all and they made it so easy to walk in the grass!

Now, here are some post-ceremony and reception photos.

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My Favorite Wedding Detail of the Day

It is quite hard to choose, but perhaps my favorite detail of the day was my dress. As I mentioned above, the designer was Paloma Blanca, however, I was able to get the sleeves from the wedding dress of my grandmother and namesake added to my dress. I also wore the veil that my grandmother made for my mother’s wedding day, which has also been worn by my aunt and three cousins. My grandmother passed away when I was seven, so having these pieces integrated into my wedding day look made me feel extra special and connected to her.

 

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Are you married or planning your own wedding? I would love to hear all the details! Are there certain, special parts or details of your wedding or a wedding you recently went to that you loved? Please share in the comments! And like I said earlier, if you have any wedding planning questions, feel free to ask. There is definitely a learning curve with it, and I wish any brides to be out there the best of luck.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

P.S. Here are my tips for brides to be!

 

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