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Augh! Moving!

Well, it’s been a week since I first got offered a position in Kansas City. I’m really excited to start my new job but right now I feel basically totally overwhelmed.

This is what we have to do:

  • Pack our house
  • Rent our house
  • Find a house to rent
  • Move
  • Replace the sump pump
  • Fix the damaged shower floor tile
  • Little odds and ends things

Uggggh.

We are running the credit and background checks on our potential renters. We found a couple we really like and they have three children who I’m sure will make much better use of the three upstairs bedrooms than we have.

We are also having a credit/background check ran on ourselves currently. Kyle went rental house shopping last Wednesday and found a neighborhood that we love! He looked through several houses and called about a few others. Sunday, we went together and looked through three houses. We found one that would mostly work for our needs.

It’s really cute, has a fenced backyard, and has three bedrooms — which would mean we wouldn’t need to downsize our bed collections and could house a couple friends for a night. The downsides are that the bedrooms are super small. Likely, we would use the middle bedroom for our bed and the front bedroom as a kind of dressing room. I’m not even totally positive that the bedroom we intend to use would fit our king-size bed.

The kitchen is also fairly lacking.

That picture shows all of the cabinet space! Note the lack of a dishwasher and garbage disposal! Those are manageable flaws, but it had enough that we thought it was worth it to go back and look again yesterday.

Especially worth it because the house we’d gotten a call about was this one:

GORGEOUS.

That’s the word I have for this one.

Look at the inside!


This house is obviously beautiful, and even though it’s only two bedrooms… we really only wanted two bedrooms and they’re a much better size with much more convenient closets. The landlord who has been rehabing this house is understandably very protective of it, so we’re really hoping we clear the credit and background checks (I don’t know why we wouldn’t!). I’ll feel so much better when this is all definite.

Well… when this is all definite and our house is packed, we’ve received the deposit + rent check from the new tentants, and we’re moved into the new place.

Moving is way too much stress when you’re also trying to finish up one job and start a new one. Wish us luck!

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Friday Reader Roundup

Mary’s Picks

  • There goes that Emily Henderson again being super awesome. I love this post on helping out couples with their differing styles of decor. Fortunately, Brendan and I comprise like champs (sometimes him more than me, because he’s awesome) but this post from Emily has some great direction. Also, this line “I mean, if this thing were in hot pink it would be amazing and i would be divorced.” totally made me laugh out loud. (The image above is her living room.)
  • The City Wide Garage sale is in Austin this weekend. Pro tip: if you plan on going snag up a Vintage Around Town Guide from a local vintage shop. There is a free coupon to CWGS in there. You should go. For reals. I wrote about it here and I mean, those tables piled high with linens are worth the trip alone.
  • Last week I wrote about Ashley Ann going to China to finally meet her daughter she is adopting. It’s a beautiful story and she’s posted about it all week. Hope on over and read. Also, grab a tissue because you’ll need it. Love.

Jess’s Picks

  • I got some really big news this week! I just accepted a new position at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, so I’m finishing up some things in my current position but by the end (or middle) of next month, I’ll be blogging from Kansas City! Lots of changes coming up very quickly. I’ll admit, I’m a little stressed.
  • Wow! This Quick and Easy Outdoor Lighting tutorial is super cheap and has some great results! We might have to turn this into a solution at whatever rental we end up at in the next few weeks. The neighborhood we’re looking at has some cute insides but not as much curb appeal. These little lights are a great way to add a touch of us to the exterior.
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Today is Kyle and my fourth wedding anniversary! Rather than being all super-romantic in designing a little treasury, I’m sticking with a tying the knot theme. Probably because I’m obsessed with knotted hair ties. I have two different kinds and I love how they are so comfy as bracelets, cute, and mix-and-matchable with clothes and each other. Perfect.

1. White and Teal Knot Bracelet by thepinkruffle; 2. Rope Curtain Tieback Monkeyfist Ball Knot Wrap by AlaskaRugCompany; 3. Infinity ring Sterling Silver knot ring by IndulgentDesigns;  4. Summer Knotted Hair Tie Set Set of Six Ponytail by PoppyandPippa; 5. Nautical Knot Holder with Air Plant Ionantha Mexicana by twoXsea; 6. set of 6 sailors rope knots by perchshop on Etsy; 7.  Navy Blue and White Nautical knots Decorative by WhitlockandCo.

 

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Since getting our couch, I’ve been on the look-out for two armchairs to replace our love seat. The love seat is one of the few pieces of furniture that has hung around since grad school days (read: not my taste anymore at all). Since the couch is such a strong piece and so masculine. I’m looking for reasonably priced armchairs to balance it out. I’d prefer to buy vintage and buy local for way less than $400 a chair, but if budget was no issue I’d probably get one of these. They are all great options!

Manhattan Chair Target

Manhattan Chair  from Target  for  $195

Wildon Home Chair Walmart

Wildon Home San Augustine Chair from Walmart for $265

Madeline Chair Urban Outfitters

Madeline Chair from Urban Outfitters for $379 

St Charles Willow Arm Chair Overstock

St Charles Willow Arm Chair from Overstock.com for  $190

Turquoise Clyborn Loft Chair Target

Turquoise Clyborn Loft Chair from Target for $380 

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I found this Pita Bread Pencil Holder at Junk Culture a few weeks ago and I just had to share it. It’s so kitschy, and a really yummy-looking way to tote your supplies around!

Post-Birthday Celebrations

Whew, our birthday week is over and I’m still eating too much birthday cake and we’ve got a fridge full of leftover beer.

I made some simple decorations for Brendan’s 30th birthday celebration. I made this simple banner by attempting to handwrite the Valencia font . It seemed masculine to me and I really liked how simple it was.  I just poked two holes in the top and used some basic blue string to hang it.

Outside, I just used one of my vintage table cloths, some cleaned out and label free glass bottles, and a brass votive candle holder from the living room. I just grabbed some flowers from the garden and just made a super simple arrangment. It turned out pretty and easy.

Inside, I made a wall hanging for Brendan that was “30 Reasons Why I Love You”. Not really party decorations just something nice for my guy.

We had loads of fun and some great friends came out. Happy 30th, B!!!

Jess’s Picks

  • I really enjoyed this post from Joel Gascoigne on the 6 things he does to be consistently happy. A lot of them seem to apply to my life, too, like waking up early, but they’re not always totally intuitive to me. I think I want to make a list of 6 things I do (or could do!) to be consistently happy. That way I have a little manual to refer to when life starts to feel a touch chaotic.

 

Mary’s Picks

  • This week I got a surprise email from another Austin based blogger asking me to check out her Craigslist blog. I was totally in awe of what I saw at Thou Shall Craigslist. Maxine scours C’List everyday and curates a fantastic list of finds. We are always looking for stuff for the house but searching through so many Craigslist ads in a large city takes time. Huge kudos to Maxine for doing such a great job for us!
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So Eclectic is a blog dedicated to great ideas for home design. Austin, Texas-based writer Mary Marcum and Savannah, Missouri-based writer Jess Rezac feature affordable decor, decorating solutions, and inspiration. At So Eclectic, we experiment with design together. So Eclectic posts new content every weekday.

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Jess

I live with Kyle, my husband, in Kansas City, Mo. We have a dog, Oats, and a cat, Logan.

I am a development professional who specializes in museums and the performing arts. I write grants, fundraise, and assist with marketing in the form of donor communications. My academic background is in history and museum science, focusing on the presentation and interpretation of Africa in American museums.

As a freelancer, I work with clients in need of websites, Wordpress upgrades, and FileMaker Pro database solutions.

Mary

Hi! I live in a small two bedroom home in Austin, Texas. I believe in vintage, re-purposing, recycling, and making my home comfortable for us and everyone that visits. After grad school, I developed a love for design and giving old furniture a new life. Hope I can take you all along on my journey to rid my house of the "college days" furniture (or at least re-purpose it)! Welcome, and I hope you stay a while!

 
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