Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This Old House

Today begins an ongoing series entitled,

"My Design Dilemma:
Nate Berkus--Come
and Save Me!"

working title: "I Can't Take It Anymore; Money or No, I'm Just Going To Start Ripping Things Apart."

Tagline: "I Love My House. Really."

I mean, look at this picture: it's adorable! What's not to love?
My husband and I met, married and had 3 babies while we were still in college.
Throw into that mix that baby #3 was born with a disability that requires a lot of medical care and frequent trips to specialists in another town, and you can imagine that we were pretty poor. We were blessed for my husband to find a great job with wonderful benefits not long after graduating, but money has been-and continues to be-tight for us.

Six years ago, some friends in our neighborhood told us they were moving and wondered if we wanted to buy their house. They offered it to us at a wonderful and generous price. We had been in their house many times, and they were very open with us about its flaws. We knew it wasn't perfect, but we had already lived near this neighborhood for 8 years so we would stay in the same church, the same school, and we already knew everyone that lived on the street. It is a close-knit friendly neighborhood, with no through streets and lots (LOTS) of kids that my kids were already friends with. We didn't have to think about it for too long before we said YES!

We moved in and we loved it...after 10 years of marriage living in rental apartment after rental apartment, we had a place of our own. We painted, we rearranged, we planted, we plotted, and I was insanely happy and grateful living here.

For about 4 years.

Don't get me wrong...I'm still happy to live here. All those things that made this house the one for us are still there--the church, the schools, the neighborhood/family--and I'm very grateful to have a house. I know it is a blessing to have it.

But the honeymoon is over.

All those things that the previous owner warned me about? I'm feelin' them now and it's TIME!

What hasn't changed? The total lack of disposable income...

SO! I've made a decision. We are going to renovate our main living room/kitchen. To me that is the area that is the biggest problem (the area that has most often found me yelling, "WHO designed this house??? WHAT were the THINKING?!?). I've decorated and rearranged around the problems for 6 years and now it's time to fix it. With almost no budget. You with me? When we first moved into this house, we had no money and almost no furniture to fill it. I challenged myself to furnish and decorate it with upcycles, hand me downs, and thrift store finds. And I did. And now I'll do it again.

It's going to be a LOOOOONG process, but you can't finish if you don't start, right? I'll keep you updated as I go along--the good the bad, the ugly and the terrifying--my door is open, starting, next Wednesday, with the photo tour of the current state of things....


Lacy@uphillandsmiling said...

Do it!!! It will be crazy for awhile, but it will be worth it. Zeke said he would be happy to help with anything. :) Really.

tawnya said...

1. I'm loving your logo.
2. Those trees still look awesome in your entry.
3. I'm so excited to see the demo!