Hello beautiful friends! Boy are you in for a treat today. You get to see real life, y’all! If you missed the full empty house tour, you can see that HERE.
I also shared what we got done prior to moving in HERE. Then…total chaos! It has been five days since we moved in and my house is definitely a hot mess right now, and I thought you might enjoy seeing it ha ha. It will make you appreciate my progress when the rooms are complete, right?
But first, I have had many people reach out to ask why we are selling our old house. It seems we finally had everything just the way we wanted it. (Isn’t that always the way?) We have been wanting to sell for a while now. Our home was lovely, and being able to bikeride to the beach was a treat for sure, but we just needed more space, both indoors and out. Our old home was three bedrooms and the first floor was basically one big open space that we all shared. We needed space to retreat to, especially with a teenager.
I also needed more room to work. My office was a desk in the living room, and the garage was my work space and storage area. I needed a dedicated storage space so the garage could be a more functional work space.
The last reason was our outdoor space. I absolutely loved my gardens and I will miss them for sure, but we could almost reach out and touch our neighbors (good thing they were so awesome!), and our back yard backed up to a 55mph roadway. Talk about noise pollution. SO there you have it! We made the house work for us the best we could, but it was time for a change.
I spent most of yesterday cleaning it (with my Mom’s help again… I love you, Mom!!) to get it ready for the market. I have some painting to do over there tomorrow and then it will be ready!
Whew! On to The Hot Mess Tour of our new house!
These guys were awesome and worked non-stop! They were able to fit everything on the bigger truck except for hubby’s recliner and my largest area rug. They had that thing packed tight!
The first thing I noticed when they unloaded my furniture is that all of my furniture needs a major facelift! That creamy white I have loved for so many years looks so out of place next to my bright white walls…
They will eventually get a new paint job to freshen them up.
What do y’all think about that light fixture? My Mom and MIL love it…me, not so sure?
This was how my dining room looked as of today. I don’t want to do much in there until I change out the floors to match the ones I installed in the living room and paint. Hubby thinks the water cooler is a great addition. Um, no.
My office doesn’t look much better:
I told the moving guys to leave the top of the desk off and face the desk towards the window so I can see out. Perfect…except when I sit behind the screen, I can’t even see around it ha ha. And who didn’t bother to paint the back of the desk ahem?? Yep, that was me…oopsie.
(I told you this was real life, right?)
I shared this pic on my Facebook page on Saturday…getting a whole lot of nothing done, except lunch of course.
I did get my slip covers washed and put on and rolled the rug out. I also unpacked a bunch of my accessories onto the built-ins:
I can’t wait to style them! My sectional will not work in this space so I am just going to use the sofa portion of it for now.
I asked for your input on hanging the TV above the fireplace. I really did not want to and most of you agreed, but as you can see the room is just not working with the sofa under the window:
The room is wider than it is deep and is better suited for positioning the sofa in front of the fireplace, hence the TV will likely end up there. It is not my first choice but at least I’ll be able to see the TV from the kitchen that way. Thanks to everyone who chimed in!
I also got several questions about the ceiling. Sometimes the way the light hits it, it almost looks 3-D, but it is just swirled like the walls.
Here it is close up:
I still have a few boxes left to go through, but not many at all. Unfortunately my storage room has become a dumping ground for anything décor related and anything else we just don’t know what to do with at the moment.
The garage is even worse:
Real life, y’all.
I did create a pegboard tool storage area though…real actual bonafied progress!
Let the record show that I have accomplished something. I have no earthly idea where my camera is (these are all cell phone pics), but I can tell you exactly where my upholstery staple remover is!
I also got Brennan’s room pretty much done. I am still working on a few details and then I will share it. I also let the boys pick out new décor for their bathroom. They did a pretty good job! I will work on that this weekend.
I also picked out a few things of my own…
I went in looking for this:
HomeGoods is dangerous!
I’m also still working on a solution for a kitchen table set. My old house didn’t have an eat-in area so I am looking forward to that. I have priced new sets and I. just. can’t. I just can’t bring myself to buy new, so I am on the hunt. 🙂
That’s it for now, my sweet friends! I hope you enjoyed The Hot Mess Tour! I’m just going to keep plugging along and it will eventually get there!
If you need a thrifty makeover fix, how about this oldie but goodie?
See how this very boring thrift store bookcase I scored for $12 became a real charmer HERE.
Have a great weekend! (You know what I’ll be doing!)
UPDATE: One of these rooms got completely organized! See which one it is HERE!
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