My Second Stitch Fix Experience

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I got my second Stitch Fix! As you may already know, my first fix was a bust, but I happily gave it another try and was delighted. This time Matt was home, so I was able to get him to take some pictures (yay!). I ended up keeping three of the five pieces, spending $208 in all. That may seem a lot (believe me, that's a lot to me too!), but as I mentioned before, these are quality pieces handpicked just for me and my style without having to drive from store to store and try on a hundred things to find the perfect piece, so I think it is absolutely worth it. Not to mention, I feel special with pieces that are unique, selected just for me, and I feel great leaving the house in pieces I'm proud of and reflect my style.

From this fix, I kept a necklace, shirt and pair of pants. This fix was styled by a different stylist (I haven't figured out and still wonder if you get a different stylist every time or if you eventually will get hooked up with someone who is your personal stylist.) who I felt was a little less fashion forward (or thought I was), as a lot of the pieces weren't nearly as trendy (loved that color block blouse...I still dream about it. If only it had fit! *shakes fist*), sticking to simple classics. However, I completely understand going a little safer when I didn't keep anything from my first fix!

Here's what was in my second fix...

5 Netflix Movie Recommendations

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We're always looking for good Netflix recommendations because it's so much better than TV! It goes through phases of new additions and periods of hum drum, but there is always a TV show or movie to watch (without commercials!). If you're gearing up for a night in, check out one of five recent favorites. What do you recommend?
 
The Giant Mechanical Man
Zoo keeper and street performer fall in love and meander their way through a relationship. 
Slow-moving but beautifully done.

In a World...
Quirky darling fights for her career as a film voice-over artist. 
(Written, directed by and starring Lake Bell. You go, girl!)

The Duchess
 Who doesn't love a Keira Knightley period film?

Thanks for Sharing
Dark comedy about sex addicts, with some side-splitting scenes. 
It actually manages to be quite profound.

The birdcage
For a racy Robin Williams classic. (It will always be too soon. *tear*)

XO,
Mad

Rush Residence: Eating Nook Reveal

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This was the first and easiest space to put together. The whole kitchen has a sage green grasscloth-looking wallpaper on the walls with white chair rail, painted taupe beneath. I loved it as soon as I saw it at our first showing and couldn't wait to put our heirloom table in it. Thus began our kitchen eating nook. The table was my great grandmother's (You'll see her sideboard in the living room later, and you've seen her Blue Willow china before.), and my brother refinished it as our wedding gift. I wish my Dad hadn't lost the leaf! I bought the Parsons chairs on Craiglist when we first got married.

We didn't have plans in any of the bedrooms for the wooden hope chest that my parents gave me for Christmas as a teenager, and it was the exact size of the space under the window where I was contemplating building a window seat.  Topped with my favorite grey pillow with a white stenciled owl and sage pillow, the beautiful light shining in all around, it has quickly become my favorite place to sit.



This gorgeous shell light fixture that came with the house was too long for the original dining room now turned library (more on that later!), so we moved it to the eating nook. To add detail and cover a hole a bit larger than the fixture, we added a small 9" ceiling medallion (that we'll eventually paint).


For the table decor right now, I've got this beautiful table runner my mom bought me with citron, patterned napkins I'll have to show you another time. I picked up whimsical bird salt and pepper shakers to match. It's really too summery now, so I'm currently gaining inspiration for a fall tablescape. If you'd like to see it and other tid bits sooner rather than later, look for photos on Instagram. :) I'm pretty new to it though!




We still haven't decided what to do with the space between the nook and the back door that is currently housing the dry erase calendar you can see. We're making the whole space around the back door a mud room and multi-functional open area, so we're trying to figure out what we want that to look like. 

Making decisions purposefully and figuring out your style is no easy task, but it is fun! More reveals to come.

XO,
Mad

P.S. Last weekend, we completed a DIY project out on the deck that I'm looking forward to sharing with you in a few weeks.

Rush Residence: Preview

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In the last three months, we have slowly curated our style and begun making our house a home. Of course, it's not quite finished, but here's a preview of some of the reveals to come.

Eating Nook
Library



Master Bathroom
Master Bedroom














Deck

XO,
Mad

P.S. Rush Residence--you think it's too formal and cheesy? Ha. I can't decide!

Moving with a Portable Storage Container

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Moving In
Moving Out

Now that we've been living in North Carolina for three months (What?! How did that happen?), I think it's definitely time to share insight into the long and torturous moving process. Call me dramatic if you will, but I truly never want to do it again. Despite our first buyers' financing falling through and having to terminate the contract after the home inspection on the first home we found in North Carolina, we got a better offer on our house and found a new home in North Carolina. Somehow, things always find a way of working themselves out, thank goodness.

Instead of trying to make the move in a moving truck through the curvy mountains towing a car (eek!), we moved with a portable storage container. We originally decided to go that route because we weren't sure if we would find somewhere to live in North Carolina immediately or if we'd have days or weeks in between. A portable container provided us with the ability to fill it over multiple days instead of in a rush all in one day since we were doing majority of the moving by ourselves. It also gave us the flexibility to take a few days between Tennessee and North Carolina to visit our family in Georgia while the container was in transit and waiting in storage until being delivered to our new home when we arrived. It only cost a few hundred dollars more than renting a moving truck with trailer for a car and paying for gas, so it was worth it for us.

We priced a lot of different companies. However, I only priced those with online quotes that didn't require a name or telephone number, and there were still a lot of great choices: PODS, 1-800-PACK-RAT, U-Pack, and UnitedMayflower, among others. We decided to go with...

UnitedMayflower

Pros:

  1. They matched the price to the lowest quote we received. 
  2. The unit had a clear plexiglass roof to make it easier to pack (but only during the day) and keep it cooler, but apparently a lot of the other companies have this too. 
  3. They had faster delivery and delivered on more days than other companies. 

Cons: 

  1. It wasn't very clean on the inside or out, even the writing on the outside was faded, nearly illegible. 
  2. The cable ties were in the middle of the wall which made strapping down things up high very difficult. 
  3. They weren't able to put it on our driveway at the new house, leaving it sitting on the street quite a distance from the house. (Though I doubt this would have been different with any other company, we might have been able to back a moving truck down it.

In all, it was a much better experience than it would have been with a moving truck. I'm glad we did it, and I would definitely recommend moving with a portable storage container. More moving tips to come!

XO,
Mad
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