April 2017 - The Surznick Common Room

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Before & After: Dining Room Makeover


Our joint living room-dining room area has been slowly progressing over the past 9 months and we are so close to being completely finished. So far you've seen our art prints above the sofa and our color-coded built-in bookcases, but today it's all about the dining room. We are SO EXCITED to work with Home Depot on this project and to finally share it with you!

Most of the beautiful after photos of the space are over on the Home Depot Blog, so make sure you go check that out! We wanted to put up this post so you could really get a feel for the ugly "before" space that we were working with:


Hard to believe we lived with this little table and mismatched chairs for so long. Today it is really a million times better. We updated our floor trim, cased and trimmed the window, added new window treatments, hung some floating shelves, and got a gorgeous new dining table. I also hand-painted the pattern on the wall (yes, that is NOT wallpaper!)


Sources (If I missed anything, let me know!):
Dining table
Placemats
Plates
Eames chairs
Door paint
Pineapple door knocker
Round jute doormat
Wall paint
Cordless window shade
Floating shelves
Fiddle leaf fig (It's faux! Smaller size here)
Clock

For more details and photos, check out our post on the Home Depot blog! Thanks for reading and for your support!

Sarah & Nick

Friday, April 7, 2017

#MeetTheMeowburgs: The Plan


We've been engaged about a month and a half already and we're well on our way to planning our wedding. We knew we wanted to have a relatively short engagement, so with about 10 months to get everything figured out it feels like we're talking wedding stuff everyday.

To be honest, it's a little overwhelming. Most "wedding planning schedules" I've found are 12 months and we have less than 9 months to go. Also, I'm not someone that's been thinking about my wedding since childhood, so I didn't have anything in mind other than to marry Nick. We're figuring it ALL out as we go. But despite us not having any ideas for our wedding, we've been hearing, "You're going to have the coolest DIY wedding ever!" for years now. Long before we were even engaged. NO PRESSURE, RIGHT?

Just kidding (kind of.) It's actually been kind of hard for me to let go of outside expectations of our wedding and to just do what we want. Our favorite weddings that we've attended have been 100+ people, a full meal, open bar, tons of dancing, etc. The "typical" wedding, I guess. Even though people probably expect us to have a backyard wedding with a pizza buffet, it's not exactly what we're going for. Regardless, we have had a few requests to share everything about our wedding here on the blog, so we're going to get started today with the plan (thus far.)

Where
Pittsburgh, of course! We 98% have our venue - we just need to sign the contract. Pretty excited about it though.

When
January 2018 - it'll be here before we know it! We'll actually be getting married on our 9 year dating anniversary, which is cute, but also we only have one date to remember forever, so it's convenient.

Wedding Party
We're not having one! This is a bit non-traditional, but picking out a wedding party felt more like picking out a MySpace Top 8 and we just didn't feel comfortable playing favorites with our friends/family (we love them all!) So we're going sans-wedding party.

Hashtag
If you couldn't already tell, we have a hashtag! Thanks to our friend Jess, we will be celebrating our wedding with #MeetTheMeowburgs. (Because cats + Malburg.)

Dress
I already bought a dress online! I just couldn't picture myself in a boutique trying on dress after dress with a bunch of people around, so I found something pretty online and bought it. I obviously can't talk much about it yet, but you'll see it in 9 months.

Flowers
I'm making my own bouquet! I'm pretty excited about this too. I'll share a tutorial here (assuming all goes well, ha.)

I think that's it so far! What else do you guys want to know? I think our next things to figure out are photography and a DJ... any recommendations? Thanks for reading!

Sarah & Nick