I’m Back + Fall in Love Room Challenge

Well I didn’t mean for that to turn into two weeks away from the blog! But sometimes down time can be good. It certainly felt good for me. There just hasn’t been a whole lot going on around here project-wise, which means there’s not a whole lot to share.

It’s not for lack of want or need… it’s more a lack of motivation! I always operate best when I have a deadline to work towards, so I threw myself in the ring to participate in the Fall in Love room challenge. The concept is simple. Myself and 17 other bloggers have all agreed to finish one room in our home by the week of November 3, when we’ll all reveal them to the internets.

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I bet you can guess what room I’m choosing for this challenge—the laundry room!—because I’ve already talked about the plans.

And believe it or not, some progress has actually been made. I wish it was super fancy progress that will make you ooh and aah but I have to admit, it’s just the boring functional stuff. The over-the-door ironing board has been removed and new, full-size ironing board has been installed on a rack in the basement stairwell (yay small space living).

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I also removed the DIY striped shade and am waiting for the new shade to arrive. I’m going to use the same roller shades I used in our bedroom. While I was at it, I ordered shades for the entire house (we still had four windows with no shades, with neighbors just two feet away) so I’ll have an update on that for you too.

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Oh, and did you noticed the brass door hinges have been replaced with oil-rubbed bronze ones? That switch was so that the hinges would watch the ORB door knob. Super thrilling stuff I know (but makes me weirdly satisfied to have them finally matching).

Here’s the rest of the bloggers participating with me!

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Thanks so much for being patient with me. I’ll be back soon. I want to share my Seattle trip with you!

xo,

emily

 

So that’s the deal. Participation for the sake of motivation.

Looking for a New House… And Then Not

In the past two weeks, Aaron and I have toured a handful of houses on the market. I look at the MLS nearly every day (and have for many years) but for whatever reason, we took it a step further and actually walked through a couple of homes. It was all very exciting.

The photos you see here are the actual homes we toured. If you’re local and you want details I would be happy to provide but it feels weird putting the link to their listing here? Most of these are still occupied…

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4 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 3 levels, exposed brick in kitchen

I’d be lying if I said we are completely content with our current home. We’re struggling with the size of the house and the neighborhood. The size: living small is great (especially financially) but somewhere along the way I’ve started to yearn for more space. The lack of space feels so confining and claustrophobic at times. And then there’s the neighborhood. I would love a neighborhood where I could feel comfortable and safe walking the dogs alone. I would love to be able to forget to lock my doors and have it be no big deal.

And we toured many homes that could give us just that. Lots of space (a real craft room! more than one bathroom!) and in much better neighborhoods.

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5 bedrooms, 2 bath, Amazing Back Porch, A Driveway!

But then something happened.

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you’re really excited about something but deep down you know it’s not the right thing to do? That’s the feeling that we got when we were in these houses. At first we thought it might be the house, but it quickly became clear that it was because of us!

The truth is… we’re not done loving our current home. Sure, there’s not a lot of space to stretch in this home, but what we realized is that it has given us a different type of space. The space and freedom to travel, the space to pay off our debts and heck, the space to spend time living instead of maintaining (minus that whole gutters thing) and cleaning.

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4 bedrooms, 2 baths, Double Staircase, Brand New Kitchen

Who knew it would take a couple of beautiful homes to remind us that our current home is the one we truly love. The freedom and comfort we feel here is hard to match.

We spent a lot of time this past weekend showing our home a little love. We cleaned, we shined, we de-cluttered. I think the laundry room refresh will further reinforce our newfound focus on this house. So yea, we’re gonna stick it out here a little longer. I think we’ll know when it’s time to move on.

Anyone else start to get serious with a home search to then realize it wasn’t the right time?

Wishing everyone a smooth and semi-painless Monday. :)

xo,

emily

 

 

Thrift Score Thursday 32

Thrift Score Thursday 32

Two posts this week… September is looking up! I’m helping Trisha from Black and White Obsession and Brynne from The Gathered Home guest host the weekly series, #thriftscorethursday. Trisha and Brynne are the permanent hosts, but each week they invite a new person to join in the fun (me!) and together we get to feature picks from #thriftscorethursday on Instagram and share them here. I have a fun find of my own to share with you too.

The Features:

OK, first up I must share Amber’s (of Wills Casa fame) find. She shared this earlier this week on @willscasa. I love portraits like these and look for them all the time. She hit a major jackpot finding FOUR from the same artist. Beyond jealous. (If you’re viewing this on mobile, you may not be able to see the image. Image is also here.)

The next brilliant find from @tsfinds were these floral mid-century chairs… complete with pillow! I’m not sure of the condition of the upholstery but if it’s decent, I love them as-is! For mobile users, image is here.)

My Find: 

I found this awesome Syroco mirror at Goodwill for $18. I actually might give it away as a housewarming gift so let’s hope that person isn’t reading this post right about now. :)

It is heavy, big, the glass is in perfect condition and the detail on it is awesome. Lots of flowers and bows, but the age of it keeps it from looking too girly. I like the gold as-is, but I think it would awesome coated in white too.

Thrift Score Thursday

 

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Make sure to check out Trisha and Brynne’s picks and their finds from this week too:

Thrift Score Thursday Trisha color

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Thrift Score Thursday Brynne color

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Thanks Trisha and Brynne for having me!

xo,

emily