It's been a very...very long time since I've lived in a rented home space. I'm used to being able to slap a coat of paint up, and change things around to suit my current whims and whimsies. As many of you have read, our sweet family is making a big move. We are not going to buy a place until we are absolutely sure we want to permanently settle in the area and until (quite honestly) we get out from under some debt we have accumulated since the economy we south. So, a house hunting we went. I forgot how daunting and nerve racking that can be, and I've discovered I am very picky. I had forgotten how much things being centered, even, and done well are important to me. Sometimes hard to find in a rental.
The space I really really really wanted to rent was a beautiful old place just outside of the town in which we desired to reside. I fell in love with the view, the old buildings, the barn, and the character of it. I also love love loved conversing with the owners. I wanted to make the place work for us, but alas it was too small and would have required just a little too much fixing to make it work for us. I know Ill drive by it on a regular basis and wish it had worked out...it is just that cute! I think I would have given it a go, but I'm just one half of a team and my other half had different needs on his "list."
It's for sale so if you are looking for a "new" home and have the time and money to fix-er-up...I can send you the contact info! :) It really is a lovely lovely space!
View from the Murdock Place...lovely
The area in which we are moving to has 12 small communities stretched out over about 50 miles. It is just lovely. The county boasts of one high school for the whole area and kids are bused in. We looked at many many houses ranging from 25-30 miles away. We chose a smaller house which has been newly remodeled on acreage just a few miles from the school, which will allow the bunnies, horse and chicken coop! We decided convenience over large space was more important, with limited fixing up required. Most of the bus rides from the outlying communities are about an hour, and just couldn't see putting the kids through that for an extra bathroom or bedroom or more space.
The landlords are friendly, engaging, and just as excited as we are to have us in the space. They have completely redone the entire interior of the house, and are going to be painting the outside as well soon and adding a garage (which is a must have for me). The biggest challenges I am going to face are 1.) Not being able to bring our cat. 2.) Working with a different color scheme I have not chosen myself. 3.) Carpet...we haven't had carpet in years. I am hopeful I'll find an amazing vacuum as well as a carpet steamer to reduce Ms. Em's biggest allergen...the dreaded dust mites!!
One of my very favorite aspects of the house is we get to continue having wood heat. The landlords have taken great care in building a lovely rock area for it, and I fell in love with this aspect of the place right away. In the south, where I am from, this type of feature was not common, so I love the western feel of it! :)
The kitchen is a lot smaller than my current space, but it has a lot more light. I love yellow, so I was super pleased with the color. My farm animal theme will work just fine in here. We took a few boxes down with us over the weekend, and I took a few moments to get a few things out. My only concern is I may not have enough room to display the rest lol!
The yellow looks way more lemony in this pic than it is. The kitchen is just beautiful with these cabinets
The living room is also a tad smaller than our current space, but not by much. I think I can make it work with a little organization and patience. I am glad it had a nice big window to let in all that natural light. It makes a place so cheery. The baseboard heat I find challenging to work around with furniture but we will get it figured out once we have made the big move. We had quite the laugh over what we call "boob lights" which adorn every room of the house.
You can see at the very front of the house, through the living room, is a nice open sun room with windows. This house does not have a dining space, so I am going to create on in there. It will be a challenge but we have to have homework and eating space.
My son Kris there checking the new place out.
Some people might gasp at the thought of one bathroom and see it is as the ultimate challenge of the house, but honestly we have been in a home with one bath for twelve years. We had framed in another bath here but never finished it. Maybe I didn't push for it as I despise cleaning them! There are tons of places in the world where people are still using out houses, so one bathroom has never really felt like a challenge. My kids worked out their own schedule for bathing ages ago, so there is not a mad fight everyday unless someone dares go out of turn! However, the color and layout presents a challenge for me to conquer. It's a pretty color, just not one I have worked with before. I am thinking creams, tans, and pinks will get along just fine with it and Ill be able to stick with my beach theme :)
The laundry area is just off the bathroom and I may put up a curtain between the two, not sure as of yet. I'm looking forward to having such nice storage space for all the laundry stuff. Look at the lovely cabinets they put in!
Sorry it is blurry...and those are the landlords cleaning supplies...but you get the idea of it!
I'm one of those parents who really really really want my kids to be comfortable in the space they live in. On our first trip to Wyoming I took both of my girl who are still living at home. The youngest we call Lil' Bit and she had definite opinions on which room she would find inhabitable! She chose the room I would have looked at for the boys due to color, but she just couldn't live with the other two rooms! Her sister could really care less and just sweetly smiled and agreed. Ms. Em is all about just having a quiet place to read and everything else is just not that important.
I didn't realize I got a terrible picture of their future space, but it gives one an idea of the colors I have to work with. Im going very shabby chic in their room, and I think it will end up being a lovely space. The walls are a creamy color and the floor is grey, so it is very neutral. It is actually a very long room, so it will fit three twin beds in it easily. The most challenging thing about this room is the placement of that heater. We wont be using it, so I may be able to place something in front of it to hide it. Looking forward to any idea you readers may have!
When I was a teenager I had a pink room. I loved it. It was so soft and inviting. Wouldn't you know it... the new house has a pink room... and it is the bedroom I get by default, thinking it would have been quite rude of me to place my teen boys in there. ;) I'm not sure how my current decor is going to work and I may find myself painting my furniture once again after the move, but I'm going to give it a whirl and see how it goes.
It looks a lot lighter of a pink in real life
In my mind the largest challenge for me to conquer is the boys room. I felt the colors were very feminine, and again not colors I have EVER worked with. I hope I am up for the challenge. I will be purchasing a large carpet to break up the floor space, adding nautical inspired color scheme to the window treatments and bedding. However, the decor will not be nautical.
I am really asking for ideas from any of you about how to make a rental space feel like home, and decor options. I'm looking forward to sewing curtains for each space and filling it with laughter and love. Love and family is what really makes a house home, wouldn't you agree? I look forward to posting the reveals after the move! I hope you have enjoyed the sneak peek of the new place!