This Old House


The big news is that, after nearly 13 years of renting, I’ll soon be moving into the realm of home ownership.  How soon, well, it’s up to a bank but very soon I hope.  And in an effort to embrace the live-like-it’s-already-true attitude, I’ve embarked on the great packing expedition.  A few reflections:

1) How is it that the contents of a closet expand by 400% when removed from said closet?

2) I have WAAAAAAAY to much stuff.

3) A lot of the things I’ve saved for years because “when I have my own house, I’ll want/need this” I really don’t want or need anymore.

4) Holy cow!  I have no photos of my current house!

Before moving on to the highlights of the packing ramp up, I thought I should take an hour to frantically clean a second to snap a few shots for posterity and, of course, to share on this here blog.  The packing progress shots will be sort of a decoration project in reverse.

Here’s the grand tour!

Welcome to mi casa!  This is what you see when you come in the front door… you basically walk straight into my ginormous couch. (It’s like a Where’s Waldo–how many animals can you find?)

And looking back you can scope out the removable stained glass that provided some much needed privacy after the house was broken into and I was paranoid.  My mom painted those flowers and I looooove them!

This is what you see when you sit on the couch…(don’t let Sherry over at Young House Love see my white ceramic bull–I might be guilted into handing it over).  The pots have morphed into storage for the dog toys.  Don’t judge me.

Here’s the general view of the kitchen (yes it’s reeeeally that yellow).  Pretty standard except for maybe the abundance of empty bottles.  Again, don’t judge me.  I’ve been saving them for one of those “when I have my own house” projects that I hope to actually do.  Stay tuned 🙂

The garage is, well, a garage  and one of the bedrooms and a bathroom is empty already since the roomie moved out so I’ll spare you those shots.

And I’ve shared the office/craft room before HERE so this is pretty much what it looks like although is more often then not in a state of shambles (hence the reference to the old yet tidy picture).

This is one of the biggest decorating challenges because of the wallpaper border.  As you can probably tell, I sort of just gave up.

Last but not least is the bedroom.

Yes, that wardrobe does, in fact, lead to Narnia.  I’ll be selling annual passes on Ebay shortly.

And the backyard view… beautiful and relaxing but also a vortex of thorns.  Bougainvilleas, I will NOT miss you.

So that’s the tour in fast forward.  This has been a great house for the last few years, a true blessing really, but I’m more than ready to move on to having a casa that is truly mine.  Will I go “coastal cottage”?  Will I change the paint as often as I change my nail color?  All I know is that it will be all me and all mine… weeds and all. 🙂

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