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This blog post is purely for your curiosity.
I may have mentioned words like – dark, dreary, brown – and of course . . . not at all my style. A bit melodramatic perhaps.
Truth is, it is really not all that bad, which is exactly why we snagged it up in the first place. It has many great features like cupboard space, walk-in closets, a large pantry and has plenty of room for the 6 of us.
This home will suit us just fine for the time being and I do hope to dig into some things you can do in a home that may not be your style, or place you with creative or budget constraints. I’ve already got a few great ideas thanks to so many of your comments.
But for now, I thought I’d let you take a peek inside so you can see what we have to work with as I move ahead. These images were taken right before we started packing our essentials into the home. Much of our nice belongings and furnishings are still in our other home for staging purposes. But we are making do with fold up chairs and a hodgepodge of furniture.
So come on in, take a looksi around, and let me know what you think I could do to make it feel more like home . . . more like the light and airy cottage farmhouse vibe I so much prefer.
Or would you be tempted with the mentality of, “Don’t bother. Preserve your time and money for future things.” Admittingly . . . those thoughts are often on my mind.
Let’s start with the kitchen.
I actually had more cupboard space than I knew what to do with, and it’s nice having the laundry right off of the kitchen. The walk in pantry is a luxury we’ve never had. But that fridge.
I do miss a bigger fridge. 6 mouths to feed and all.
Let’s pretend for just a minute. If this were my kitchen, I’d paint the cupboards white, replace the countertops with marble or marble like material, rip down the upper cupboards near the sink and do open shelving. I’d find different light fixtures, sink and faucet, paint the walls, add backsplash and maybe even opt for a island in a different color instead of a wrap around peninsula. Ideally, I’d find different flooring as well. How about a vintage hutch alongside that wall???
Ha! Not much, huh?
Let’s look at the living room . . .
I do love how the living area and kitchen are all one nice big space. But as I thought I would confirm, I really don’t like carpet. I’d take wood floors and a nice rug any day of the week. I had to buy a nicer vacuum for all this carpet that frequently looks and feels dirty. Love this Shark, by the way.
The biggest clash, for me, is the rock and mantel. I feel like I could really make this space beautiful and more my style, but I don’t know how to work around that.
Just off the living room is a little office space, which I was so grateful to have for my work purposes.
The bedrooms are all pretty much the same. They are tight for us, but work just fine.
Until the blinds are open during the day, the rooms feel like dark holes.
And we actually had to put my oldest in the front formal living room. She does have a curtain over it for now. Lovely, I know (wink).
The master bath is nice and roomy with a great walk-in closet.
And there is a separate bath for the kids.
The basement is completely unfinished. It would be nice to have extra living space, but I’m sure that would also increase the rent payments. It works for great storage of all our other belongings.
My oldest really wants to hang curtains around here and make it her room. It’s an idea I’m toying with, or at least make it a play space with the toys.
So there you have it friends! You now can see what I see daily. It’s a bit different from our other home – wouldn’t you say 😉
Of course, that home took us years to feel more like us, so the best we can do at the moment is look toward the future with hope and excitement. We are still actively looking for the right property, running into lots of dead ends, and trying to keep our chins up.
We are just grateful to be together in good health with a roof over our heads. The rest will come.
Thanks for being here with me today! What do you think about the rental? Again, I’d love to hear any of your ideas for our rental home, now that you’ve seen it. I’m not sure how much progress I’ll be able to make without our furnishings and having the kids home for the Summer. But I am taking advantage of the slower pace and extra time with my kiddos.
I have been working on some container gardens to appease my creative itch, and I can’t wait to show you soon!