I was restless. Jared and I both were, actually. We get that way when we are bored.
So, we looked around at houses. We even actually set up appointments to look at two.
At the end of the day, maybe a master-on-main is overrated. We can always install a lift on the stairs if mobility ever becomes a problem. Either we were going to sacrifice entertaining space, location, or two boys were going to end up sharing a room. And either way, we were going to stretch our budget far beyond what is really comfy.
Our real estate agent is also one of my best friends, and thankfully she was real with us at every step even as she was willing to show us other things. In the end, I have decided to work on my house until I fall in love with it.
Up first was the kitchen and coffee bar, which I have already talked about. The first floor bathroom (also known as the Harry Potter bathroom because it is under the stairs) was a dark blue that depressed me, especially with the single can light overhead. It doesn’t show as well in photos as it does in person, but I am currently going over the blue with the same gold sponge paint pattern and it is going to look really really nice and lighten up the space. No pics because it isn’t done yet….I ran out of paint and paint tape midproject and I plan to resume the project today or tomorrow.
The family room was really the most problematic and a source of my unrest because I just couldn’t figure out how to orient the furniture. The last few weeks, it has been the ongoing project that wasn’t finished until yesterday. First up, we re-oriented the entire living room so that the center of the room is the focal point, with the couch on one side and the recliner and rocking chair on the other side. I had been on the hunt for a leather recliner for Jared to match the leather couch. But my Mama and Daddy gifted us with a beautiful 8×11 Wayfair rug that I picked out, which tied together basically all the colors in the room, including the green recliner and the pink rocking chair. So, now I am in a way less hurry to replace the recliner, which is really in fine shape and in better shape than the one we gave away.
The piano was added to the room from the dining room. The paint on the coffee bar helped make sense of my grandmother’s antique harp picture above the piano, which otherwise didn’t fit with its gold theme and frame even though I love it because I have known it all my life– Minnie gave it to Nannie when she married GaGa. On the other side of the room, we hid the networking and other cords under the square foyer table, in the corner of the room. The side table that lived for a while in the foyer got moved to the bay window.
Yesterday, the Rough Cut Designs coffee table was delivered. And with that, Oliver’s wooden rocking chair (that has been giving him splinters anyway) has retired. He was sad but I told him that we would save it forever until he has his own little boy or girl and refinish it and I would give it back to him when he has his own house and that made him really happy. And besides, his white desk is still in here, and is more practical for the space anyway.
The wall behind the TV has some canvases of my nature pictures. Jared’s Mama’s watercolors are on either side of the fireplace. When I redecorated the coffee bar, the wall hanging that was over the coffee bar before got moved to above the fireplace.
So….now I am in love with our family room. Now, it feels completely like ours. I really struggled with how to orient the furniture until Dena, my real estate friend, suggested moving the TV to its current wall, and moving the furniture to focus on the center of the room. That was key to everything. Now, even though the fireplace and TV are on opposite sides of the room, the room feels like it makes sense.
Next up is finishing up the bathroom painting job and cleaning up the mess I made on the mirror in there. Then, I want to add some molding around the mirror to give it a more finished look.
Then, I plan to replace all the light switch and wall plug face plates, at least on the first floor. I am thinking a polished brass, to go with the gold theme I’ve set up on the coffee bar and kitchen. Next, brass patterned vent covers for the floor vents on the first floor. I think I want to pick up one more wall hanging for the kitchen and a small end table similar to the ones in each bay window for the dining room.
Granite or quartz countertops are coming to the kitchen and coffee bar, but that will have to wait for the Spring of 2021 with that tax refund because 2020’s refund is already committed to our Universal and Disney trip this summer. Once the countertops are in, the first floor will be done.
Upstairs, I want to add crown molding to the master bedroom. Also… after living with no ceiling fan in the master bedroom for nearly a year, it is not practical. I want matching ceiling fans in all the bedrooms, so that will come after the countertops. Thankfully the current ceiling fixture was only $20 and can be repurposed in the closet in Oliver’s room.
I’ve discussed maybe painting the boys’ rooms similar shades of their rooms, but they aren’t excited about the idea. So, that may just be a no-go until they are older or out on their own. At some point in the future, I want to replace all the carpet in the bedrooms with hardwood, leaving no carpet in the house. But that is a long ways down the road and no hurry whatsoever.
Random Health News
The Apple Watch is already practical in ways I had not anticipated. Keeping track of my heart rate has shown that my heart rate is too high. Which probably means my Synthroid needs to be adjusted. It’s probably why I lost my cool last week. I already have blood work and a doctor appointment scheduled. My heart rhythm is fine, it’s just that even when I am sitting doing nothing, my heart rate gets as high as 120+ bpm.
The watch has also confirmed that I am a really light sleeper, which is something we already pretty much knew. I don’t get much REM sleep or much deep sleep.
I renewed my fitness center membership yesterday, and I’m glad especially with knowing that my heart rate is already high that I’ve got something that I can continuously track heart rate with. But I am a little concerned that I should wait to go back until I have been to the doctor. We’ll see.