Knock on my Door

That one time it snowed in Washington

That one time it snowed in Washington

Shannon’s house is pretty much amazing and while she mentioned a few of the quirks in her home (or more?), there is something magical about a house with built-in, let’s call it “character”. My house, has little character in its bones and that brings a whole host of challenges. I live in a cul-de-sac in a fairly large housing development that started in the mid-90s and continues to be built today. Supposedly, by the time they are done, we should have over 4000 homes in my area. Needless to say, from the outside, my house looks like most of the others around it. So my challenges come with making my home special and feel one of a kind.

The entryway, formal living room, Ellie & Gunnar, and the dining room

The entryway, formal living room, Ellie & Gunnar, and the dining room

Entering my home you are greeted (after the dogs barking and begging for attention settle down) with our dining room, formal living room, and a vaulted entry way that opens up to the upstairs. I’ve already done a few tweaks and  changes to the formal room (teaser??) and you’ve seen parts of my entryway projects. The dining room needs attention and it’s quite generic. The nice thing about the front part of my house is that it’s open and big and has so much potential! The hard part? See the previous statement. I have to be intentional about the choices I make to ensure things coordinate and ‘go together’. I am NOT decisive. I run nearly everything passed Shannon going “this is ok? right?” and she is a great sounding board for my ideas and helps me focus my design dreams.

The office: where the smarts live

The office: where the smarts live

While Shannon has her roommate and all the baggage and furniture  that comes along with it; at the end of the day, it’s Shannon house. I on the other hand have a more permanent roommate, in the form of a husband. He has his own “design dreams” as we’ll call them and ideas on what is cool or whatever. Shannon tells me all I would have to do is slap plaid on whatever I’m making and he’d love it, and this is true. I just can only handle so much plaid. My lovely man and I have had many a conversation about what comes in the house and he always tells me “if you want to do something, just don’t ask me, otherwise I’ll probably hate it”. However, I need approval or at least encouragement in my ideas to feel excited and motivated to get it done. So I am torn, do what I want and worry it’s ugly OR consult with the hub-sters and remove all doubt?? What’s a girl to do? Anyway, let’s get back to the tour, shall we?

The family room and kitchen

The family room and kitchen

The back of the house is where you find the heart of our home. You find the fireplace (everyone’s favorite lounge spot), the media epicenter, the kitchen and our eating area. There are built-in bookshelves flanking the fireplace, which I love, but which cause me anxiety. You see. I have this complex, a Pinterest/interweb complex. That is to say, Pinterest makes everything look perfect and I want that…. perfection…. or at least, my books to be lined up and not covered in pet hair and dust. The kitchen, again generic, but room to grow. Unfortunately, the growth the kitchen would benefit from a total overhaul, which… to everyone that’s read a thing or two about kitchens… that’s where the spendy happens. And our little abode is on a financial diet for the next year or so. Bills, y’all… gotta pay ’em.

Crafts go here (and a glimpse at my pretty, PINK filing cabinet)

Crafts go here (and a glimpse at my pretty, PINK filing cabinet)

As you wander upstairs, you’ll find my attempt at a gallery wall. In the making, people… in the making. Our house boasts three bedrooms and a little office space, of which I am extremely grateful. One room currently holds my left over inventory from my candle-selling days  (anyone want to buy PartyLite??) as well as all my crafty supplies and artwork attempts. The office space was created by the flippers who sold the house to us. They took the open floor landing at the top of the stairs and walled it off, making a separate area but not an official bedroom (no closet). That’s ok though, I like the idea of not having to sacrifice a bedroom for the file cabinets and computer.

Or something.....

Or something…..

The second room is completely empty. No photo necessary. Imagine an empty room with brown walls. Yup, that’s the second bedroom. Maybe guests will go there someday, or a baby, or maybe just the pair of dumbbells and a yoga mat in there now. The master bedroom is the most decorated, and by that I mean I hung curtains and a typography print.

Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom

Our master bathroom, bland. Closet? The same. Pretty much everything is bland. It was staged to sell which means it is beige and plain all over. Some of you are thinking “what’s the big deal?” “you don’t have wonky corners or mis-matched tile”. All true statements, my home is a blank, beige canvas. But, the thing about me?? I’m not a painter. Not even when it’s paint by numbers, not a great one anyway. But that’s ok for now. This venture into blog-land is partly to record my undertakings as well as challenge and stretch me. Try new things, imagine and create. Take something cookie-cutter and make it unique. My home needs personality, so it might as well be mine, right?

I love our home and I love its potential. There are so many projects and ideas rolling around in this noggin’ that a calendar and checklist are barely holding things together. But shit will get done and dammit it will be pretty.

Ain't she a Beaut?

Ain’t she a Beaut?

-Jenn

Priorities, yo

So we had this genius idea:  we will totally launch the new blog at the beginning of the new year!  1/1/2014: it’s gonna be big.  BEST. RESOLUTION. EVER.

Like most of the known world, our resolutions have been less than optimally kept.

Here’s how it worked in our heads:  we’ll do a countdown!  We have all of December for preparation! And then on 1/1, we go big with the actual content! GO TIME FOR AWESOMENESS.  BECAUSE WE ARE AWESOME.  THAT’S HOW IT WORKS, RIGHT?

Here’s how it panned out:  December was for the holidays, and more holidays, and oh god why are there all these holidays.  Also, for some of us, December got sneak-attack spent surviving without running water while Santa brought us first a collapsed sewer line and then a sewer line replacement.  (That would be me, and my 100+ year old house, and it’s 100+ year old sewer.  Nothing says “festive” like spending the gross domestic product of a third world nation just to keep from living like you’re in a third world nation!)

And then, January first hit.  And oh, were we ready.  We had projects to post, projects to wrap up, and exciting new projects to start!

But also, we had all those infernal holidays to recover from, reentry into the normal non-gingerbread-and-eggnog world to manage, and pesky day jobs to return to.  More importantly, we had brand new shiny 2014s to plan, and for some of us, that meant spending a week making the world’s most comprehensive Excel-based budget for the year.  (That would be Jenn.  She’s amazing like that.  My budget is more like vague intentions haphazardly recorded on post-its and and smudged with whiskey.)

So, short story long, things will happen, just as soon as the fate of the financial world is settled, and the shiny newness of all the new year’s prospects fade to a warm, welcoming glow, and I finish very important things which I are assure you are terribly important no matter how much they resemble binge-knitting sweaters while watching reruns on tv.

Stick around.  We promise, cocktails will be served in the lounge soon.