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Around Big Brown

When Ray and I got married I owned very little home-y things. I didn’t have a Hope Chest or inherited china or a couch. I know the concept of Hope Chests is a little amish-y, but they’re actually a great idea. I have friends who had Hope Chests filled with towels, George Foreman grills, waffle irons, and even, like, Christmas decorations. When we got married I had bedroom furniture, 4 bowls, 4 mugs, a mini cookie sheet, a boxy tv, a VHS/DVD player combo situation, and maybe a muffin tin. Ray lived on his own for 7 years before we bought Big Brown and had a hodge podge of weird hand-me-down / yard sale furniture and home goods. Black oxagonal plates, semi-broken bed, gigantic ship paintings, a coat of arms, empty fish tanks, an amp used as a coffee table… you get the idea.IMG_0486IMG_0536(this is what our dining room table has looked like for the past few weeks)
When we moved into Big Brown we didn’t have money to purchase all new furniture, so we just kind of worked with what we had, albeit a little tacky and dated. We were given a few pieces of furniture that weren’t exactly our taste or style (ahem, king size waterbed) but tried to utilize them as best we could.
We’re slowly (very slowly) purchasing new furniture and home-y items and getting rid of the old ones. I wouldn’t say our style is majorly changing, but it is evolving. We now have a better idea of how our home works and how we want to utilize our space.IMG_0101 (Functional Record Shelving)pps(pops! on display in Ray’s studio)
We’re converting one of our upstairs bedrooms into an organized storage space. We have a rather large home, but almost zero storage space and awkwardly small closets. We also don’t have a garage or utilities room. We only have a crumbling car port type area that we refer to as Little Brown. It’s open to the elements and certainly not the space I want to store decorations or, like, blankets that aren’t being used. Since we already have a guest room, making the second upstairs bedroom into a storage space is the best decision for us. Organization isn’t either of our strong suits, but we’re trying to work. I lean towards wanting to throw everything away and Ray leans towards saving everything… So, as you can imagine, figuring out our storage room has been a struggle.
We’ll definitely keep you updated on all the changes!

Gardening 2015

IMG_0370 IMG_0371IMG_0374It’s garden planting time! When I was growing up my dad always had a vegetable garden. And even though I was a kid and didn’t LOVE eating vegetables, I loved his garden. He would plant beans, tomatoes, okra, radishes, peppers, squash (I think), sunflowers, and maybe potatoes? It was a great garden until my parents had new drain lines put in and the plumbers dug right through the garden. RUDE!! I never thought I would be a garden person like my dad, but I guess I am!IMG_0372IMG_0373IMG_0378 This will be our 3rd spring planting a garden at Big Brown. In 2013 Ray built a raised bed out of reclaimed pallet wood. We were super adventurous (way too adventurous) planting various tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans, and lots of herbs. Last year we scaled WAY back as Ray was just starting a new job and for the first 3 months had inconsistent and strange hours. This year our garden will be somewhere in the middle.
About a month and a half ago we visited our favorite nursery, Noble’s Greenhouse and Nursery in Live Oak. We bought 5 tomato varieties; Super Sweet 100 Cherry, Cherokee Purple, Great White, Lemon Boy, and Debaro Plumb. 3 varieties of mint; Mojito, Apple, and Spearmint. We also bought jalapeno and banana peppers. Then, our friend Kyle gave us Supersteak and Mortgage Lifter tomatoes he grew from seeds!
Here’s our garden map:IMG_0380 Aside from what’s in our garden, we’re also growing lettuce, strawberries, thyme, basil (although we can never keep it alive), rosemary, oregano, lemon balm, and chives.IMG_0377 Are you planting a garden this year? What will you be growing?

A look at our sunroom

IMG_0250IMG_0248Our sunroom has served  a variety of purposes. Junk room, record room, and now our plant room. We have succulents, cacti (which are actually succulents themselves), leafy plants, and herbs currently growing in our sunroom. We are by no means master gardeners, but we’ve really enjoyed taking care of our plants.
I tried looking up indoor planting tips, but mostly all I could find were tutorials on how to grow weed indoors. Not exactly what I was looking for, nor was it helpful in regards to succulents. IMG_0239 IMG_0237IMG_0253IMG_0243I like these light blue rocks, but I think the natural colored rocks give the plants more of a polished look. I’m also a fan of black rocks.IMG_0256IMG_0238 Because we don’t have kids, we don’t own many toys. A few of the toys we do own I used to decorate with in the sunroom. We have 2 ninja turtles and a spider-man you can see here
IMG_0249 IMG_0240IMG_0210 The aloe and cactus in the photo above are two of my favorites! The aloe used to live at my office, but after knocking it over a few times and only watering it once a month, I decided to bring it home for some TLC. It seems to be thriving now!IMG_0247 So, plant people, what should we add? We would like to have a few more hanging pots (we only have 2) and maybe add another shelf… but we’re open to suggestions!

Around Big Brown

IMG_0223 IMG_0224 IMG_0228 IMG_0230 IMG_0231 IMG_0203 IMG_0206IMG_0210IMG_0229Spring has arrived at Big Brown! Allergies have also arrived at Big Brown! Despite allergies turning both of us into snotty, itchy, sneezy monsters, we’ve been spending a lot of time outside in the beautiful weather. We even started our garden last week! We’ve decided to be less ambitious than we’ve been in the past, only planting tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and marigolds to keep pests out. We’ve been spending time with our families, making dinners at home, working on projects, and marathoning Buffy the Vampire Slayer. What’s been going on at your house?


Big Brown Record Redo

IMG_0101Big Brown is forever a work in progress. We moved in with only hand-me-down and thrifted furniture. Don’t get me wrong, we love thrifting and most of our furniture has served us well, but we’re slowly transitioning our house to feel even more like us. And maybe more adult. And maybe less falling apart.
One thing we’ve been wanting to change for a while has been our record player and record shelving situation (see our ridiculous collection here). Since we moved into Big Brown, most of our records have been living in our sunroom on crappy shelves from Ray’s apartment days. We wanted to move our records into the living room to create more space in the sunroom and to motivate us to listen to more of our music library.IMG_0084 Ray and I both spent a lot of time researching shelf options. We didn’t want to spend too much, but we wanted a shelf that would look nice and hold the weight of our vinyl. Everyone everywhere recommended the Ikea expedit/kallax units. With that in mind, we went with some of our friends down to Orlando to visit Ikea last weekend. With gift cards in hand, we were prepared to buy 2 2×4 kallax shelving units. We came home with said shelving, a small cart for our bathroom, wall shelves for our sun room, a few light fixtures, and a couple of kitchen odds and ends. Our friends bought a dining room table and chair set, a side table, 2 arm chairs, a foot stool, and a kitchen island. Needless to say, the four of us + all our of stuff barely fit. Tetris to the max.records 6recordsrecords 5We’re really enjoying our new record situation. The kallax shelves are perfect for our collection and add extra surface space for our record player, playstation, and speaker setup. We definitely recommend them! So, what do you guys think?