2016-07-14 14.14.10“It’s hot. Damn hot! Real hot! Hottest things is my shorts. I could cook things in it. A little crotch pot cooking.” Well, can you tell me what it feels like. “Fool, it’s hot! I told you again! Were you born on the sun? It’s damn hot! I saw – It’s so damn hot, I saw little guys, their orange robes burst into flames. It’s that hot! Do you know what I’m talking about.”

If you just read that quote, and have no idea where it came from, we can no longer be friends, because you just broke my 42 year old heart into a million tiny little pieces and crushed them all into the green shag carpet in my basement.

That famous (and awesome) quote comes to us via time machine from 1987 (which was a great year by the way, if you weren’t around to enjoy it) and was spoken by the one and only Robin Williams, in the famous movie Good Morning, Vietnam. 

July is always hot here in Fargo, but not as HOT as July in Atlanta, which is where the above photo was taken a few weeks ago.  While it may seem as if I’ve been lounging by the pool and ignoring you all summer, THAT is not the case, AT ALL.  I was in Atlanta for the week to shop for new products for the store and YOU, and this day happened to be my birthday, so Kimberly took me to the pool. Which was a nice relief from the heat because it was 142 degrees that day (I  might be exaggerating) and this midwest girl was melting.

Atlanta is home to Americas Mart, which houses over 1500 showrooms of home decor, furniture, gifts and rugs. One of the first items on my list was to take a look at the new Magnolia Home line by Joanna Gaines created by the Loloi company.

This photo greeted us as we entered the main building for registration.

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Joanna is so adorable at ten feet tall, also adorable is the guy on the bench drinking coffee, in a not so casual way, pretending I’m not taking his photo.  Sorry, innocent bystander guy….it’s the rugs, not you, that has me excited. 

We will be getting an assortment of the Magnolia Home rugs in the store in the upcoming week, you can check out the entire line here.  But I will tell you, they are amazing in person, the link doesn’t do them justice.

While in Atlanta I also finalized our Christmas orders.  (YES. I said the word, now just settle down.)

We have A LOT of summer left and there will be plenty of time on the deck enjoying the sun before we get out the snow shovels, but at my age I realize that I will blink and it will be Christmas. And when it does arrive, we will be ready at Eco Chic to help you fill your homes with amazing decor that brings the season to life.  I’m particularly in love with these preserved wreaths. Look for an assortment of them in both stores come mid-November.

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As always, part of our Christmas line will be many adorable wooden signs.  This is just one of the images that will be in our line come Christmas.  You will see this one and all of it’s cute friends in the Holiday Homes of Hope Tour that we will again be a part of this season.

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While I look forward to the arrival of Christmas, there is still A LOT to be done at the house before snow flies and the temperatures push us indoors.

In September, we will make a return to the pages of Design and Living Magazine.  YEAH! We are putting the finishing touches on more rooms to show you.  Like I mentioned the last time we talked, I made a huge mistake. I paused the remodeling project when we got really busy in April and May with Design Conference and Junk Market.  Then when I was ready to get back at it in June, all my contractors had moved on and were booked up for the summer.  Lesson learned. When the sun shines in Fargo, you better be ready, cause construction season is booming and all contractors fill up fast!

Now that we are back on track, and making some progress, I’m excited to show you a few updates.  I really should wait for the final reveal in the magazine, but I’ve never been very good at hanging onto gifts until the day they are suppose to be delivered.  That’s why I don’t shop for Christmas in July, I would give it all out before we even hit Halloween.

So here is a sneak peek at the current rooms under construction.

The Laundry Room

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Here is where we started.

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Then we removed all of the cabinets and the popcorn ceiling, but the old flooring was yet to go.

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Since our contractor was all tied up on other projects and the cabinets were set to come the next day I called in the best crew I knew.  THE ECO CHIC CREW!

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Pylar and Michelle made quick work of the floor. I’ve got to tell you. I’m always impressed with my team, but this day I was overly impressed at what they did. This photo doesn’t show it very well, but they removed two layers of vinyl, a sub-floor in-between the vinyl layers and about one million staples in a couple hours.  This was NOT a job for the weak.  THEY GOT IT DONE and I am so proud!

The trick was cutting the sub-floor with a skill-saw into sections, so it could be removed in smaller sections since the top vinyl was glued down and wanted to keep the entire area in one large piece which made it impossible to pull it up.

When I told Tate I cut the floor via text, he replied “ugh… I wish you hadn’t done that.”  The silly guy thought I had cut the floor…floor.  He didn’t realize I knew how to adjust the depth of the skill-saw to only cut the vinyl and subfloor.  (Truthfully, I didn’t know either until I tried) I think that day Tate was even a little impressed with me.  Although he didn’t say it, I know he was.  I’m sure he was.  He had to have been.

I FREAKING CUT THE FLOOR WITH A SAW!    BY MYSELF!    AND I DON’T EVEN LIKE SAWS!

I’m impressed, that’s all that counts.

And just in case you have a floor to be removed, don’t call us. It really wasn’t that fun. The girls were complete troopers but I promised them it wouldn’t be added to our list of services any time soon.

But we got it done, and the cabinets came the next day, and we were ready for them.

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Next will be the surround for the washer and dryer, countertop, tile backsplash, flooring and my favorite part the decorating.

You can see it all come September, in Design and Living Magazine, and of course here on our blog.

If you follow us on Instagram (@ecochicboutique) you can follow the latest happenings on the farmhouse project. Like this one below.

What color should we paint the house?  I proposed this one a few weeks ago.

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Well I’m happy to announce that Tate was right?  (ugh, that kind of stung) The color he picked was Sea-Worthy by Sherwin Williams.

As you can see we’ve already painted the shop and it looks great!  Nice call Tate.

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Here is a distant view of the shop before.  Wow, what a difference paint makes.

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One more door to replace, some pots with flowers and the shop is complete.

Full Disclosure:  Tate and I stood outside this morning with the the remotes for the garage doors, just making them go up and down like a couple of kids.

What can I say.  We’ve never had brand new garage doors before, and we are very fond of them.

Speaking of things I’m fond of, while in Atlanta I got the chance to meet Jen Hatmaker.

She was sweet, kind and even prettier in person.

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All in all, I would say July was a pretty darn good month.

A little hot, but pretty darn cool all at the same time.

I can’t wait to see what August brings.

See you soon,

Maria

Until then, may the sun shine on your succulents.

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Farmhouse Project {update}
The Laundry Room Reveal

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