Tony and I got married!
The weather was perfect and everything went off without a hitch. Thanks to all Fawn Log readers who made the ceremony great (Charlie, Grace, Katy, Mark, Phil) and danced the night away with us (Jhanna, Kirsi, Kristina, Sarah, Will, and all of our amazing Bentley and Ruzicka family members!). And to Fawn Loggers Shannon and Katie who sent well wishes, thank you and cheers!
We had so much fun at the wedding and are looking forward to never thinking that hard about catering or rented chairs ever again.
For our honeymoon, we road tripped to Clearwater, Florida where we took a picture in which we tried to look like what we imagined everyone who honeymooned in Florida in 1962 looked like:
Since this is now a home renovation blog, I thought it might make sense to write about the two amazing places we stayed in. The first was a Tiny House in Nashville, Tennessee that we stayed at for a night on our drive down. I was so excited about this place and it did not disappoint.
At just 200 square feet, it felt surprisingly spacious.
The vaulted ceiling helped give it height, and an incredibly smart layout ensured that every space was as functional as possible. Classic crappy Fawn Log floorplan:
Classic crappy picture of vaulted ceiling:
Because the kitchen and bathroom were in the middle of the house, the bedroom and living space managed to feel very separate, even thought they were probably less than 5 or 6 feet apart. I could totally imagine sleeping in the bedroom while someone hung out in the living room.
Even though the kitchen space was teeny, it had everything you would need to cook a meal: double sink, a microwave, a dorm room-sized fridge, and even an itsy-bitsy range. It had a decent amount of counter space and storage, too.
The only space that felt really small was the bathroom. To allow for extra storage space on top of the room and keep this room more private, the ceiling wasn’t vaulted in this part of the house. Tony didn’t take a shower here because he probably would have had to kneel to fit. Look how tiny the bathroom sink is in this gratuitous, “I’m so married/ look at my ring” photo:
The total standing room in the bathroom was maybe 18 square inches– just enough room to stand while washing your hands or pivot into the shower or onto the toilet. We ended up brushing our teeth in the kitchen sink. It wasn’t a problem for our stay, but I could see the bathroom being pretty difficult to live with long-term.
Here’s the official AirBnb listing, in case you want to see more pictures or book yourself a night! The location was really great and we went to an awesome bar less than a mile away with a huge craft beer selection and– possibly Tony’s favorite meal of the entire trip– thyme and bacon fat popcorn. East Nashville is incredibly trendy and our visit confirmed that I’m not cool enough to live there. It was really fun to visit, though, and I want to go back for longer than a night sometime!
From there we drove to Clearwater, Florida where our accommodations were once again kick ass.
I seriously can’t recommend this AirBnB listing enough. The house was built in 1926 and beautifully renovated. It had so many windows and was filled with the perfect mix of vintage and contemporary furniture and decorations. It was also a short drive to lots of amazing public beaches. The backyard felt really private thanks to a fence and many humongous trees (draped in Spanish moss, which will never not be gorgeous to me). Look how pretty the back deck was (ignore that dude drinking a mimosa made from hand-squeezed Florida oranges):
We absolutely loved the hardwood floors in this house. We have been considering leaving the floors unstained in our house when we refinish them, but this house made a great case for a medium-tone stain with a glossy finish. I thought I hated glossy-finished floors! Who am I?!
The bathroom was crazy awesome. It was fully tiled on all four walls and the shower was not enclosed. When you took a shower, you basically got the whole bathroom wet. Afterward, you used a big squeegee to direct the water toward the drain, which ran along the back edge of the room. This was the perfect shower set-up for coming back from the beach all sandy.
Tony and I really liked the kitchen counter-tops, which was also sort of surprising as they were a dark, speckled blue. Like glossy floors, this sounds like something I would hate, but this kitchen made it look great.
I also really liked having the stacked washer and dryer in the kitchen. Once again, this sounds like a flaw, but it felt sort of European in addition to being super convenient. The kitchen at our house is not big enough for a washer/dryer, but I would definitely not be opposed to having a laundry set-up like this in some faraway future house.
This house was really inspirational for Tony and I. We had planned to avoid talking about our house renovation on the honeymoon, because we both wanted to just relax for a hot minute. But we totally failed thanks to this place, which had so many features we want to replicate. If our house turns out half as cool after we’re done renovating, we will both be thrilled.
For me, this house was a good reminder that style is many elements at once rather than any one thing. Taken out of context, glossy floors or blue counters don’t sound like stuff I like, but within a gorgeous house these elements added depth? character? charm? Something like that, I think.
Since we bought our house, I’ve been looking at a lot of Scandinavian home style blogs.
Scandinavian style is so pretty and airy, but it’s easy– after looking at hundreds of pictures of “Scandi style” homes– to start feeling like the kind of houses I like all contain the exact same elements with minimal variation: white walls, unstained wood floors, breezy curtains, low furniture. I like those things, as do many, many other people, according to the internet. But I don’t want a house that looks like everyone else’s on Instagram. This house was a good reminder that beautiful houses come in many forms and that you can still achieve an airy or minimalist feeling without being cookie cooker. I’m glad I got that reminder before our renovation really gets going.
After typing the above, I realize that’s a pretty shallow epiphany to have had on my honeymoon. Let’s pretend I also had some deep thoughts about love or marriage, too, mmkay?
Once we made the 19 hour drive back from Florida, (and, ya know, slept and ate food and stuff) we pulled down a bunch of wallpaper in the kitchen. There are so many layers of wallpaper in there, oh my God. And it’s not just the walls, either, this room– like the bathroom– has a wallpapered ceiling. I didn’t take any pictures of this, but I trust you all know what wallpaper and ceilings look like.
Speaking of the bathroom, Tony disconnected the toilet and tub so that we can start tiling in there (after we get a plumber to tell us whether we can move the tub’s location slightly. Call us back, plumber, we want to give you our money!). The bathroom is going to be our first major renovation area, and I’m really excited to get started. Also, a little scared because it’s a big project and what if we mess it up horribly? (Blog post cliffhanger!)