day 12 . the dining room

The Dining Room | Te Amo Too

Good morning friends, Yesterday I showed you what our living room looks like and my inspiration for it. We never had two living spaces before, so we are going to have to get a few new pieces for that room. That is not the case for a lot of other rooms in our house. Including the dining room. Our dining room furniture is actually all from Ikea. We bought the day we moved from Kentucky to South Carolina. Since we already had a truck, that wasn’t full, we made a quick stop at Ikea, because we didn’t have a dining room table and chairs and we knew we were gonna need it right away. We bought the STORNÄS Extendable Table, eight INGOLF Chairs and two BYHOLMA Chairs for the ends. I love mixing different textures. via Ikea @blackbanddesign via Instagram via Ballard Designs I do plan on giving the table a makeover. […]

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day 11 . the living room

The Living Room | Te Amo Too

I can’t believe today is the day I start sharing our house with you! This is so exciting! Welcome! That’s right. You are greeted by a closet as soon as you open the front door. In reality it’s really not that awkward, just the picture I took of it! On the right of the closet is the dining room and on the left is our living room. It gets a lot of sunlight through these two windows. I have been completely inspired by this Charming Tennessee Mountain Cottage I found while browsing through Southern Living. All the pictures of it are absolutely beautiful, you should check it out. This is their loft! I would love to get a sectional for the space. Sectionals are very expensive, so to keep costs down I have been looking for one on Craigslist that I will eventually slipcover with drop cloths, using Miss Mustard […]

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day 10 . the setback

Day 10 . The Setback | Te Amo Too

You guys, the whole buying process is kind of stressful! I don’t think we ever had to sign so many documents in our lives (and by we I mean my husband!). You fill out so many forms and go after so many documents, and then it’s all the back and forth of I need this and that. These things make me cringe! I always think they’re gonna ask for something that we don’t have. Like it happens every single time I am trying to renew my driver’s license (it expires the same day we have to renew our visas). Our closing day was supposed to be on October 6th, but we are waiting on a document to arrive and there’s nothing we can do to expedite it! Come on IRS! We are not hiding our richness somewhere! In the mean time we remain at our “transition house”. I can’t help myself but […]

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day 9 . the day we found a house

Day 9 . The Day We Found a House | Te Amo Too

I told you a couple of posts ago that I started doing my research and saving favorite house listings pretty early on. After we did a drive by and eliminated a few houses, we talked to our realtor about the ones we were interested in and she scheduled the walk ins. Going house shopping is so much fun and surreal at the same time. It’s one of those things that I wanted so much but it always felt so far away in the future. And when it’s time, it just feels like you’re living in a dream. Just like your wedding day. And I guess finding a house is just like dating all over again. I got super emotional and blindly fell in love with all of the potential houses. As soon as we got inside each house I already started imagining our family living there and what I could do […]

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My 5 Best Tips for Buying a House

My 5 Best Tips for Buying a House | Te Amo Too

At this point in life I have a lot of experience packing and moving but I am absolutely not an expert on buying a house, since we just bought our first one, and we’re still not done with the process. So I am just going to share what happened to us and I hope it helps! I would love to hear about your experiences on the comment section below. The process of buying a house starts way earlier than you would think. For us, it actually started a few years ago. We knew that we would like to buy a house in the future and we had to build up our credit. We didn’t have bad credit, we just didn’t have any because we are not from here. We applied for a credit card, used only 30% of its limit and paid it off in full every month. We also […]

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How to Find a House in a New Town

How to Find a House in a New Town | Te Amo Too

Google, Google and Google. As soon as my husband accepted the job offer in Virginia I started doing my research online. At first I was excited about the city which led me to google things like “what to do in Richmond”, but soon after that I wanted to be prepared for the biggest purchase of our lives: our first house. This led me to more Googling – “what I should know about Richmond”, “moving to Richmond”, “good school districts in Richmond”, basically any Richmond combination I could think of! Download the Realtor.com app for your phone. I tried a couple other ones but I found that the Realtor one consistently had more listings and accurate school assignment. The best way to do your search is to open the map and draw a circle around the area you’re looking for. It will give you a list of active listings in that […]

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10 Best Moving and Packing Tips

The 10 Best Moving and Packing Tips | Te Amo Too

I have shared my packing story. There are a few things I would do the same and many things I would do differently. So here are the 10 Best Moving and Packing Tips for ya’ No large boxes. Get small boxes. Only use large boxes if the items won’t fit in small or medium ones. Large boxes become too heavy too quickly and are a huge hassle to carry. It can lead to injuries, even if you’re not loading the truck yourself. If the box is too heavy for you to move around, chances are they are heavy for everyone. They are also much more likely to get dropped or have their tape seams burst. You can move things a lot quicker with smaller boxes and it’s easier to fit them in the truck. Use good trash bags for linens, towels, pillows and clothes. When I say good trash bags I mean don’t go to Walmart and buy […]

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day 5 . the day we started packing (part 2)

Day 5 . The Day We Started Packing | Write 31 Days | Te Amo Too

The Plan: Pack one room a day, leaving enough time to repair and clean the apartment before returning the keys. Be completely done on moving day and watch the movers load everything in the truck while grinning because for the first time ever we actually paid people to load and unload the truck. Eat lunch on our way to Virginia. Unload the truck into the storage unit at 5:00 pm. Go out to eat and celebrate! Reality (what actually happened): Pack everything that can fit in a box. Not enough time to be organized. Pay someone an absurd amount of money to paint the whole apartment back to the original color. Thank God for having a friend that owns a cleaning company who offered to have someone clean our home and steam the carpets. Movers arrive really late and take way longer to load the truck than we expected. Did we […]

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day 4 . the day we started packing (part 1)

Day 4 . The Day We Started Packing | Write 31 Days | Te Amo Too

(and by we I mean I) My thoughts before packing: I can do this. Look at the amount of stuff all your friends have. You don’t own a third of it; You came to this country with a few suitcases. It’s not like you’ve been accumulating stuff all your life. Your childhood memories are only that: memories! No keepsakes, no family heirlooms, only a few years worth of stuff. You can do this; You have moved before. It didn’t take that long to gather all your junk and put it somewhere else. You can do this; You are such a tidy person. You know what is inside every nook and cranny in this apartment. You take trash bags to Goodwill at least once a month. You hate stuff. You can do this. Well, that was before all of this happened: Now, hold on! I had great excuses not to start […]

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day 3 . miracles (free printable)

Free Miracles Printable | Te Amo Too

Ok, so in an effort to inspire you to believe in those “coincidences” I am offering a Free Printable today. It is sized 8 x 10, so you can print it and put it in a frame, or hang on the wall with some pretty washi tape. However you choose to use it, snap a picture and post it online using the hashtag #teamotoo, I would love to feature you! Click here to download your free printable. To receive the blog posts in your inbox subscribe at the top of the sidebar on your right and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Etsy. I am sharing this recipe at Serenity Now, Home Stories A to Z, Savvy Southern Style and these blogs throughout the week. See you tomorrow!

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