Archive for Eastman

Master Bedroom Update – 11/24/2018

11/24/2018 –  Received the gray duvet cover and matched it with the new ultrasoft furry throw from At Home. The Taupe is just perfect against all these colors and somehow it all works together. The room has that cozy laid back and soothing feeling. But it also brought to light that this bed is in […]

Saying Goodbye to Infant Things – Gifted to a friend of a friend

20180311_181932 March 11, 2018 He’s are the photographs that were taken just before we gave them away to a new mom. Thanks to Erika M who knew a young lady having her first baby. These things all were lovingly used by our boys and we are so glad that another little boy will use them […]

Master Bedroom Makeover Project – 2018

Master Bedroom Project Current Status: In progress   Before:              Current State:  11/24/2018 –  Received the gray duvet cover and matched it with the new ultrasoft furry throw from At Home. The Taupe is just perfect against all these colors and somehow it all works together. The room has that […]

Playroom Update – November 2018

Bringing out the winter coats motivated us to get the Childcraft cubby that stood in my parents home for decades.  

Master Bedroom Window Treatments

Window Treatments Color Pallete: Neutral Cozy Theme: Cozy, Oasis Got lucky on an Amazon Deal of the day on Taupe Curtains. They work with the colors of the fabric panels for the bed. Sheers & Curtain Rods: Found in the basement. Double Rod. 1st Rod Sheers, 2nd Rod Taupe Panels   Before       […]

Playroom Evolution – March 11, 2018

Playroom and Family Room After Spring Cleaning March 2018 As we approached Spring 2018, it was time to put away the winter clothes and gear and start putting together a donation basket. While reviewing the clothes, we also started to notice that there were toys that the boys had outgrown and could also be donated. […]

05/26/2018 – Family Area Evolution – Remove the padding and the baby gates

BIlly’s Room Makeover

Family Room – Making Room for Baby

Villa Solita – Basement Evolution

The basement in our Eastman unit was partially finished.                             April 2014 – Basement     This was the original configuration we set up the basement after the move. Bare in mind that there was a lot to get through and we […]

Villa Solita – Family Area Evolution – Dinnette & Family Room

Per the original floor plan from for our model home, the two spaces connected to the kitchen are known as the dinette and the family room. Together these two rooms make up the family area. This space has gone through an interesting evolution in the first year and a half.                 […]

Flying the US Flag – Solita Tradition

With Memorial Day 2015 around the corner it was the right time to purchase an American Flag to show our patriotism and admiration for the our home, our country, the United States. We wanted to make sure that we displayed the flag correctly and discovered USFlag.org which provides all the rules and regulations for displaying […]

Nursery Wall Art Part 1 – Crib and Dresser Wall

It’s time to start planning some wall decor. To start here are some photos. Supplies – Already Purchased    

JP goes for his first stroller ride to Nana & Nani’s house

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood, so mommy and JP went for a stroll to his granparent’s (Nana & Nani) house. YouTube Video of our Stroll Photos from our stroll

How to make Bench Cushions for JP’s Nursery Window

JP’s nursery is coming together. This week Sol assembled and secured the Ikea Kallax shelving unit to create storage and a window bench in JP’s room. It’s time to add a bench cushion for the space but we are not likely to find one in the exact deminsions of our unit, so we will have […]

Front Room Theme of the Moment – Delivery Room

February 2015 – The “Delivery Room” theme On the day of the baby shower, the whole family worked hard to make the house look beautiful for JP’s baby shower. Neetin hung the streamers while Janet and Kim proofed up the gorgeous pom poms. Aunt Martha and Aunt Laura were busy wrapping the cupcakes with coordinating light and […]

Christmas 2014 – Our First Christmas at Villa Solita & Expecting our 1st Baby

This being our first Christmas in our new house, we wanted to make sure that we put up some beautiful decorations. We finaly purchased the outdoor spiral topiaries we had been talking about for so long. We also couldn’t resist purchasing a light up elephant lawn piece that reminded us of the theme to the […]

Our Family Room Update – November 2014

It was finally time to get a couch for our family room. The white club chairs although functional, stylish and comfortable, were only providing seating for two and we had to get creative whenever we had company over. We measured our living room space and decided to get a modular sectional with high density cushion […]

Villa Solita: Family Room Progress

Here is our latest progress in decorating/furnishing our family room. We are in no rush to buy furniture just for the sake of filling up a room. We like to take our time and explore our options. Here is the progress so far. Keep checking back for updates! While making decorating decisions, we kept in […]

Sprinkler System – Installed!

With home ownership comes responsibilities! NVHomes came through and installed our lawn and flower beds now that the weather is warmer and the ground has thawed. We were instructed to make sure that we water our lawn and flower beds, and we got tired of the manual method very quickly. Instead, we were the first […]

Gift from Paul and Janet Sands

Guess what we got! While visiting us, we got a special gift from Paul and Janet. It was actually an item off of our wishlist, a large stand up freezer for our garage. Every time we went into the appliance section of our MANY trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s, we always went past a […]

Villa Solita Gym

Health and Fitness is important important part of the Solita lifestyle. While Sol prefers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Gita still prefers her heavy duty Elliptical and gym equipment. We both found a great compromise when we decided to set up a small home gym in a spare bedroom. It currently has the Total Gym XLS and […]

Window Treatments!

After waiting several weeks, our beautiful window treatments have been installed! We selected the Hunter Douglas Pirouette collection blinds with the 5″ panel width. We decided to not go too bold on the color or the treatments so that we have flexibility with decorating / painting the room later on. Photos to come!

Utility Room – Transformed into Hobby / Craft Room

Its always a great feeling when your old furniture works in your new homes. We have had these ClosetMaid modular shelves for years! Half of them were purchase new, and the other half were an impulse buy at a garage sale or Craigslist adventure. Over the years these shelves have made their way from apartment rental, […]

Time to sell these moving boxes!

Most people just save or throw away perfectly good moving boxes after settling into the new house. We have actually been guilty of the same on our last couple of moves. This time we decided to use Craigslist to purchase 2nd hand boxes and to resell them good condition. You too can sell your used […]

Automatic Spice Rack

At long last, we become homeowners!

The snow could not stop us. We have been ready for this day for so long! And here it is! We closed on our first home purchase today at 3:30 pm. Thank you for supporting us through this crazy process to home ownership!  

Pack & Move – A journal of packing up our Herndon home

We are both really excited about the move. There has been a lot of smiling and jumping for joy as the single digit countdown begins. The big close date is 10 days away! March 17 …  Yes! St. Patrick’s Day 2014! And this house is our pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! […]

Kitchen Chandelier

Some people would call me crazy … well it wouldn’t be the first time! When we saw the beautiful Eastman Kitchen, we were in love with the size and layout! It is so amazing, we think it deserves a bit of bling! The electrical is all set up, and we would like the center recessed […]

Ideas for Home Furnishings: Master Bedroom

While we wait for our move in date, we have been spending time watching lots of HGTV to get inspiration on home decorating. We have been keeping all our decorating and furniture ideas and inspirations on our Pinterest Board with Master Bedroom Ideas seen below.  Master Bedroom in Eastman Model Home Click here to take the virtual […]

The Treasure Hound – Donations that benefit pets!

Contact The Treasure Hound today at 703-263-9073, or visit www.foha.org.  We all have donations from time to time. Most of us usually donate to the GoodWill or Purple Heart. If you would like to spread the donations around, here is a great cause to benefit of friends of homeless animals. The Treasure Hound is located in […]

Moving: Schedule for the closest dump / recycle center

A move is a great time to clear out, de-clutter, minimize, and revitalize! Res-use /Recreate  Donations GoodWill Center The Treasure Hound Recycling Center Electronic Sunday – The local recycle center / dump offers a special Sunday where residents can drive up and drop off their junk. This is a neatly orchestrated event. I had the […]

Ideas for Home Furnishings: Dining Room

The formal dining room has a beautiful tres ceiling and crown molding along with white chair rail which is just begging to be paired with a bold statement color. The lighting fixture is … okay … for now, but this room deserves better. For a room this size a larger fixture would be more appropriate. […]

Ideas for Home Furnishings: Family Room with Coffered Ceilings

The Eastman has a lot of architectural details such as the crown molding, octagon tres ceilings, picture frame molding and especially the coffered ceilings in the family room. We have seen these ceilings in luxury homes on TV and a few model homes during our original home search. This classic look has been revived with […]

Ideas for Home Furnishings: Master Closet

I’m not even going to drag Solomon’s name into this! This Pinterest Board below is ALL ME! One of my favorite features of Eastman is the Master closet. It is HUGE (highlighted in pink on the floor plan)! It comes with basic wire wardrobe racks so the sky’s the limit for upgrading to custom closets […]

Ideas for Home Furnishings: Entrance / Foyer

While we wait for our move in date, we have been spending time watching lots of HGTV to get inspiration on home decorating. Eastman Entrance and Foyer Details Pinterest Board We have a Pinterest board where we have been keeping ideas of furniture we like. Here is a look at our Pinterest Board for the […]

Noir Elegance – Black Color Palette for Eastman

The word for “Black” in French is Noir. It seems that everything French has an elegance about it. One of the color palettes I have selected for Eastman is one I like to call Noir Elegance. It is clean, chic and eye catching. I have found several photos on Houzz and Pinterest that have that […]

Neutral Chic Paint Colors

Neutral Paint Color – Ideas for our new home We have been picking out paint colors for the walls in Eastman. Here are some of the inspirational room photos that have neautral/beige tones. We have been collecting Neutral Chic Color Palettes  on a  Pinterest Board (Click Here). Please check the board for more photos descriptions of the […]

Gray-Blue Color Palettes for Wall Colors

Gray Color Palette – Ideas for Gray Wall We have been picking out paint colors for the walls in Eastman. Here are some of the inspirational room photos that have blue/grayish color schemes. We have been collecting Grey-Blue Color Palettes  on a  Pinterest Board (Click Here). Please check the board for more photos descriptions of the color […]

Solita Purchases First Washer Dryer for Eastman home!

Our Eastman home did not come with a laundry machine unit. That was okay by us. We had been researching all the latest models and were blown away by some of the new technology features. You can hook up your laundry machine to wi-fi and virtually control the machine, from an app on your mobile […]

Ideas for our Home Office Furniture & Decor

We can’t wait to create a workspace for both of us in our new home! Here is a look at our Pinterest Board where we collect all of our ideas from all over the internet! [pinterest-master]                

Eastman Home: How Many Windows & Glass Doors to Cover

Window Treatments are high on the priority list of things we need to purchase soon after closing. Fortunately, our unit will have fewer windows than an end unit which for us means we can get better quality window treatments. How Many Windows & Glass Doors to Cover Main Floor: Total Number of Windows to Cover: […]

Eastman Window Treatment – Favorite Styles

Window Treatments are high on the priority list of things we need to purchase soon after closing. Fortunately, our unit will have fewer windows than and end unit which for us means we can get better quality window treatments. How Many Windows & Glass Doors to Cover Main Floor: Total Number of Windows to Cover: […]

What do we really need in our first Washer / Dryer purchase?

This is an exciting time for us. We are one month from closing on our first home purchase together. With this also comes our first appliance purchase for our new house. Our Easton home required a washer and dryer and we want to make sure that we make the right decision on this very important […]

Lowest Priority : Upgrade Refrigerator

The house already comes with a new double door refrigerator so there is no immediate need for one. However, it lacks the layout and features we would prefer to have in a Kitchen refrigerator. The good news is that we plan to move the existing kitchen refrigerator to the basement once we have a basement […]

Eastman Model

02/14/2014 –  Here is our Eastman model as it was being constructed. We went into contract when it was about 90% complete. Here was our 2nd walk through of the home’s first floor. We were not able to go to the 2nd floor of the model since the staircase had just been stained and was still […]

Adventures of the Solita family!