The past couple of days have been a whirlwind. We’ve been bringing stuff in from the trucks, cleaning, unpacking boxes, making daily runs to Home Depot, and getting to know the neighbors. We’ve fallen into bed exhausted each night and creaked out of bed each morning, but multiple times a day, we press the pause button on the crazy and marvel about where we are. Not just where we are physically, although that’s still a little surreal, but where we are in the journey of this life. It’s a sweet place and I’m trying to soak it in.
On the first day of unloading the truck, we found the box with the painting of Eulalie in it. I was anxious about how she traveled, so we unpacked the box on the spot. The painting was in perfect condition. I carried it right away and leaned it on the mantle in the living room.
Both Jeff and I said, “Now it feels like home.”
I also got a tip from a reader yesterday about a pair of French chairs that were listed on my local craigslist and “had my name written all over them.” Well, I texted the owner and was able to snag them! Jeff picked them up for me this morning – $100 for the pair!!
They are red and white instead of my favorite blue and white, but the upholstery is so high quality that I’m going to leave them alone (at least for now.) They will be moved to a different room, though, and I’m going to bring in the bergere chairs that used to be in living room to flank the fireplace.
And yes, the cabinets, mantle, and wall will all be painted soon! Jeff and I were laughing at the fact that I haven’t painted a wall in this house, yet. Usually I crack out a can of paint on closing day! I’ve become a little older, a little wiser, and a little bit more patient with that sort of thing. I’ll start painting once we’re settled in the house and I can take my time with it.
I can already tell I’m going to love this living room. The archways, the light, the built-ins, and the fireplace are all beautiful, but it’s the large picture window with an amazing view of the large maple in the backyard that captured my fancy today.
I am thinking I’ll paint the walls in Benjamin Moore’s Glass Slipper, the color I had in my last family room, but I might want to try something new. I know I already love that color, but I don’t want to make default decisions. So, we’ll see…
We made some huge progress in the kitchen today, too. I hired a middle school girl from the neighborhood to help me with unpacking boxes and she was such a enormous help. It doesn’t look like much when this picture was taken, but that mess is progress. It always gets worse before it gets better.
And, another blessing that happened today, one of my local readers brought my family lunch from her favorite pizza place! It was such a treat to have a good reason to sit and enjoy some food in the middle of all of the work that needs to be done. I have a tendency to plow through meals when I’m working!
I had a few requests to share another tour on my Instagram stories, so I’ll try to do that tomorrow. I’ll also share more in-depth details about the house.
There is a lot to talk about!