23 October 2021

The house is shaping up

 When we moved to Arizona I was so excited because I got to live in a beautiful, modern, fancy house. The first house had tile floors, a Mexican tile roof, a long, elegant hallway that was like a runway. It was gorgeous. We went out and bought furniture to match. We got a very modern leather couch and loveseat and a fancy dining room table. It was awesome. Until I realized that it really wasn't. I didn't like living in a fancy house. I didn't like having fancy furniture. It took too much work. It looked too sterile and it just wasn't us. 

When we moved to this house, of course we brought all the furniture with us. The fancy couch and loveseat went into the front room and became Maverick's loveseat. The other, leather, couch and recliner went into the family room and that's what we use mostly. I never really liked the front room but also didn't know what I wanted to do with it. I am the type of person who needs to live in something for a while to really get the feel of the house before I go making any drastic changes. After 2 years of living here, I finally realized what I wanted to do with the front room. I have come to grudgingly accept the fact that I will never have a library in my house, though it's something I've dreamed of since I was a little kid. So I thought, why not make the front room a library like area? I got a couple of wing backed chairs that recline and a fabulous bookcase with barn doors (something else I've come to realize I'll never have in this house) and we have ordered a fake fireplace. OMG, is this room amazing. Here is it while we wait for the fireplace: 




Since this picture was taken we have put stuff in and on the bookcase. It really looks amazing. I love this room so, so much. That glass table is where the fireplace will go once we get it. I just love this room. 

With the introduction of this room and that giant bookcase, we have been able to unpack almost all of the remaining boxes, this house is really short on storage space. We moved the giant fishing floats to the top of this and were able to put hubby's bottles up in the kitchen area. It is coming along so nicely. The next room we tackle is the family room. We've had those leather couches for 5 years now and we bought them used, so they are pretty well done. But I don't know what I want to do in that room yet. I need to look at some furniture and get some ideas. 

We went to Hobby Lobby yesterday and got some old timey signs to hang over Hubby's old bottles. One is a Coca-Cola sign and the other is a distressed metal exit sign. They are awesome and are going to look so cool up there. 

So in all this I realized that I don't like new, modern, sleek. I enjoy old, worn, comfy. As I look at the above picture, I'm not a fan of the tile floor. I  would like to extend the wood looking tile from the kitchen into here. That would look much nicer than that tile. Oh well, in time. 

Anyway, the real purpose of this post was to highlight the fact that I'm settling in. I'm not thinking about the next house (there is no next house) or where we might go next (we are not going anywhere). I'm here and I'm starting to make it comfortable and cozy for us. I don't think I've ever really done this before. The house in Hawaii we initially thought we might stay in forever, but that didn't work out. And Lydia Lane we knew was not forever. This is the first house we have lived in that I have viewed as our forever home and I want to make it something that I love and enjoy being in. 

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