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Digging Out from the Drama

Furniture was delivered on Monday, and I have no pictures to share because I was too busy throwing up with the stomach flu that my daughter brought home from preschool!  I can't even remember the last time I was sick like that, and to have it happen on moving day was just... wrong.  I should also add that our gas has been turned off since last Thursday because my husband didn't listen assumed that the same company that runs our electric service, runs the gas (like at our old house).  Wrong.  And given that we only have one gas provider to choose from, you can see why they are just now, TODAY, Wednesday, able to get it turned back on.  So, not only was I sick, I was also FREEZING, since the doors were wide open so the movers could get in and out of the house.  So yes, no heat and no hot water - good times.  I'm sure one day I will look back and laugh at all of this, but I need some time to pass first. :-)

But, I am starting to dig out from underneath all of the stuff everywhere now that my stomach is starting to feel semi-normal.  And even though it all stresses me out, I have managed to find a happy place in a small corner of my house for the time being.

I'll take what I can get for the moment.  Baby steps, right?


We're Living Like Squatters, but We're IN!

Ok, so we're living like squatters/hoarders at the moment since our movers can't get our stuff out of storage for until Monday (ugh). But, our PODS have been delivered, and they contain much of our day to day stuff, so I can at least tackle the kitchen for the moment. However, we're sleeping on air mattresses, and the kids are in sleeping bags on the floor. Not ideal, but at least we're in!

Disaster Part 1

Monstrous Storage/Hoarding
Mess Part 2

My oldest squatter, in the family room

I'm trying to look at the no-furniture-until-next-week thing as a positive, as it is always much easier to paint when you don't have to move furniture, right? So, given that I have a lot of painting on my agenda, I'm going to try to knock out as much as I can in the time that I have. So far, I have tackled the master bedroom and I'm partially through my daughter's room. The master bedroom was the priority though, and in looking at the before photos, you can understand why...

Not a big fan of salmon pink/orangey mauve myself. My parents were helping too - my mom helped paint by cutting in around the trim, and my dad took down the heavy drapes, which made a HUGE difference. Really let in a lot of light and uncovered the beautiful window. Of course, now we need to decide what sort of window coverings to use, but the nice thing is that we have no rear neighbors, so privacy isn't a big concern. Light control definitely is though, since we get morning sun. But boy, was it nice this morning, looking outside the window to see the sun coming up, among the trees in the backyard. :-)

Anyway, on to paint. I opted for a color very similar to what we had in our old master bedroom (Restoration Hardware, Silver Sage). This time, I went with Sherwin Williams and Mineral Deposit. I absolutely LOVE this color. It's so calming and soothing - making our bedroom a relaxing retreat (once we have furniture, that is).  You can't tell by looking at some of these pictures and the way the lighting is in the ceiling, but I painted the tray ceiling in a shade that was on the color wheel with Mineral Deposit, called "Front Porch".  A pretty, light grey, giving the ceiling some lift.

Calm, cool and collected (unlike me right now)
So, that's where we're at right now.  Movers come Monday, and I will be a much happier camper at that point.  The moving IN part is so much more fun than the moving OUT part.  Until then, we will be squatters in our own home. 

Just makes things that much sweeter when you are all settled in, right?


One Step Closer - Stocking up on my "Before" Photos

We had our home inspection today.  Really, it was more for our own benefit than anything else, since no actual repairs are going to be paid for by the seller/bank on this short sale transaction.  Thankfully, there is nothing major that needs to be done, but a few minor things to repair that we can manage ourselves.
But, since we were in the house, I figured it would be a good opportunity to take some more photos so that I could feed my decorating imagination with what I want to do with this place!  Besides, I'm tired of looking at the awful listing photos.  These provide fresh inspiration.

Every time I go through this house, I love it more and more.  I can't wait to get in there and make it OURS.  It has some amazing features that have been on our wish list.  While it's not decorated horribly by any stretch, it's just not my taste, so this is providing me a blank canvas for me, which is a bit daunting.  I have so many ideas that it's not just a matter of transferring all of my decorating choices from our old house to the new one.  I have the opportunity to change the whole look of my house, which is both exciting and overwhelming.  Looking forward to the journey though.  Here is a sneak peek at some of the rooms in our new house. 

Our new home

The rear exterior view of our house.  Love. It.

Double front doors.  I have always wanted double front doors.  With glass as an added bonus!

Great big windows, amazing custom wood details, lots of architectural elements

This coffered ceiling just makes my heart go pitter-pat!

Covered porch (ignore the crap on the floor - previous owners still have stuff in there).  Look at the awesome ceiling instead!

View from family room toward dining room

Another view from the family room

From my kitchen to the family room.

My kitchen (with a view of the inspector's stuff as well)  Can you see my gas cooktop?

Another kitchen view

Dining Room - great woodwork and details, wallpaper and drapes will GO.

Pretty details on the ceiling as well.
More photos to come - just a preview of the projects I will have on my plate.  This house has great bones, and I'm oh-so-anxious to make it mine.  It has a lot of warm colors, which is fine, but I think I'm going to be changing gears to make it more light and bright.  LOTS of painting in my future, that's for sure.  Back to the paint chips I go...