Archives for January 2009

Built Ins: Making Good Use of Space

Built Ins: Making Good Use of Space
House Beautiful

My new house doesn’t have any built ins, but eventually I’d love to add some. I think built in shelving, benches, bookshelves and cabinetry not only add a lot of storage but pump up the character as well.

I do love freestanding furniture, but built ins give everything a streamlined solid feeling that I really like. I especially love banquettes and window seats!

I am busy unpacking (yay, the movers came!) so while I am getting settled, enjoy these photos for “built in inspiration!”

Built Ins: Making Good Use of Space

Country Living

Built Ins: Making Good Use of Space

House Beautiful

Built Ins: Making Good Use of Space

Sunset Magazine

Built Ins: Making Good Use of Space

Better Homes & Gardens

Built Ins: Making Good Use of Space

HGTV

Built Ins: Making Good Use of Space

House Beautiful

Built Ins: Making Good Use of Space

House Beautiful

Built Ins: Making Good Use of Space

Better Homes & Garden

The New Home Adventures

Welcome to my new home! We are finally here in our new hometown. We bought a brand new house. Yes, me, the one who LOVES old charming houses bought a NEW house! Well, actually, we haven’t bought it yet. We intend to as soon as our house in Portland sells. For now, we are on the “rent to own” plan.

We decided on a new home because we didn’t want to spend our first few years here cleaning up 75 years worth of other people’s dust and grime, stripping six layers of wallpaper or replacing non-working harvest gold grease filled appliances. We have spent 22 years doing that in several different houses and just decided that this time we were going to give ourselves a break to do other things! And when we found a reasonably charming NEW house, we knew we had found our home.

I seriously might need some sort of counseling to get me through the fact that I didn’t have to scrub down walls and disinfect or anything before we let our kids move in. It feels so, well, wrong. But, I think it will be the right thing for us in this season of life. It fits with all of my goals for the year — I wanted to make a house choice that supported the life I wanted.  I’ll share how this home fits into those goals in future posts.

Our move up here was the craziest ever. We woke up to snow (again) in Portland on Friday, our moving day, and all the way up into Washington we watched cars spin out on ice in front of us, landing in ditches. We saw cars turned over on their roofs and accidents every mile. It was SO scary! We couldn’t decide if we should turn around or keep going in hopes of better weather ahead. Even though we had no four wheel drive, no snow tires and no chains, we made it safely.

Unfortunately for us, our moving van turned around (just before the roads cleared up) and went back to Portland! So we have no beds. No chairs. No pans. None of our stuff. And the craziest part is they were going to reschedule the delivery for Monday but now as of Sunday night we have over four inches of new snow on the ground. It might be a long week of sleeping on the floor! And a long week with no washer or dryer for the few clothes we brought with us!

I’ll be getting back to my regular blogging schedule this week with new posts for 2009 (blogging from a bean bag chair on the floor), our Beautiful Life Mr. Linky each Friday to keep us focused on our goals for the year, and of course, I will give you all a house tour. My head is still pondering how to make our new house feel like home!

Thanks for checking on me and all of the support through my move! You are the best! I’m very excited about my new life here and just knowing you all are out there makes me feel like my friends are all next door, even though I hardly know anyone in town.

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