Monday, August 31, 2009

Redecorating and house projects

How can I possibly be talking about house projects when I live in a brand new house?!

That's the thing about homes though. It takes a while to break them in. In the old house, we spent the two and half years we lived there painting, building, fixing. The house was almost just the way we wanted it.

When you are building a house, there are just so many things you don't think of. I got so mad at Dan when the electrician was here because they wanted to know where to put the outlets and the light switches. I had no answers for them. But I can tell them now! I want a light switch on the right hand side immediately when I walk into the master bathroom. I want an outlet right outside my master bedroom so I can plug in the vacuum because as it is now it breaks the circuit in our bedroom. I want a microwave that doesn't fritz out ALL THE TIME! We are tired of fixing it, so we let it be different times in the kitchen.

We had the back wall of our bedroom painted red in the old house, and we asked to do the same in this one. I am learning though that just because that's the way it WAS doesn't mean it's the way it has to BE. The red we chose doesn't match the furniture or the bathroom granite or tilework. I also think it's making the ceiling appear lower than it is. We are hoping to paint it beige in the next week or so. I'm also not happy with the armoire we chose, so I am on a hunt to find something that fits the space better. That's just how it is when you are getting used to the space though. You think something will work and the more you sit with it, the more you realize it just doesn't work. (And if anyone wants a nice armoire for a good price let me know!) I love the feel of our guest bedroom, and I want to have that same serene feeling in our bedroom. I found drapes that I love and match nicely and think I might have found some bedding (after months and months of searching).

Kellen's big boy room isn't finished. Well, it's not actually even started. I want to paint monkeys on the wall, so I am on a quest to find a good image to paint with a vine that goes around the room. We're hoping to put bunk beds in there. And my step-dad is building us a bookcase.

We also need to expand our garden (and add some decent soil!). We are planning to move the fence back when the weather gets a little cooler. I also commented before the fire how hot it would be if we lost our neighbors' trees. Funny how comments like that stick in your head. It is H-O-T in our backyard, and the sun is actually scorching all of our "full-sun" flowers. We are hoping to build a pergula and grow vines for shade.

I also have other projects, but I am trying to remind myself they don't have to all get done right now. I am ready to be done with them for a while, but houses are never "done" I guess. And I know that by doing the projects it will make us feel even more like this is our home.

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