It’s been just over a year since I posted. I’ve since just about completed my teaching degree (two more weeks folks!), moved, and gotten married. So much to talk about! (You can expect some wedding photos soon!) Feel free to coast along to my actual home post a few paragraphs down, or stick around to see what I’ve been up to.
But before that… Why so long without a post?
I was… in a decorating rut, to be honest. I would love to blame school stealing away all my time (which it largely did), but that’s not the main culprit. I was jaded. I had really had it with our last home, but I knew I had to suck it up and bear with it for the next year. I wanted to move last summer, but with both my now husband and I going back to school to become teachers, and our wedding, moving to a nicer place wasn’t in the cards. I really worked hard to make that place the best it could be. I don’t think I could have really done more to it! My usually small decorating and DIY budget was reduced to nil (as was my shopping budget- it’s been an adjustment!) and I wasn’t feeling inspired to post.
I’m in a different place now. I have thought about blogging again for a while and I’m ready to take on the challenge. I won’t be posting a few times a week, but more a long the lines of a few times a month, probably once a week. I want to concentrate on a sustainable pace (since I’m starting to teach this year, I don’t want to take on too much, as I usually do) that centers on quality ideas and projects, rather than posting just to post.
So let’s get started! It was tough to get this first post out, since my home isn’t exactly in tip top blogging shape at the moment, but sometimes, you just need to begin.
We had been passively browsing new rentals since December. A bigger space for our dog, pet-friendly, with a yard, lots of natural light, and potential doesn’t come often, or cheap. But, in late February, we found it!
It’s the top floor of the house, but happily, the downstairs tenants don’t use the yards, so we have free reign on the front and back yards. Two bedrooms, hardwood floors, character, and within our budget. I adore it!
Unfortunately, when we first moved in, I wasn’t sure if I would end up blogging again. I snapped a few poor quality photos on my iPhone just in case, so here are our official before shots. There have already been quite a few changes since these were taken in March!
When you walk in, there is an entry closet and a hallway leading to both bedrooms, the bathroom and kitchen. Don’t mind the left over furniture from the previous tenants.
Our bedroom, in the midst of painting (along with leftover balloons from my bridal shower), because you can bet we got on painting ASAP.
From there, on the right, is our bathroom. Yikes- that red! Not my style, to say the least…
Our office, mid-way through painting. This has been primed, but you can still see the BOLD orange and navy blue paint seeping through…
From our office window is a view of our patio…
A few steps away leads into our kitchen. The vibrant yellow kitchen.
Next to it, is the dining area. Apparently I don’t have any shots of this space without Shaun in them!
Into the living room, with a fireplace!
And back to the entrance, mid-way through painting.
And the fun part- updates!
We (well me) chose a soft grey that reads light grey blue in our home. I love it. Now when you come into our home, you see our updated entrance dresser and mail sorter. Don’t mind the door leaning against the wall… I have big plans!
Rug: Winners, dresser: thrifted, pulls: Target, mirror: Winners
People always mention how much of a difference paint makes, but really… Such a difference! The best way to personalize your rental, if you’re allowed. It makes it feel like our own home, rather than moving into a blank impersonal space.
I had to include the above the door storage in here, even if we have far more than we used to.
Shelf: thrifted, bathmat: IKEA
This is my favourite photo of the bunch. The greenery, of course, makes an enormous difference in itself! I still have many plans for the space, but I already love it.
I couldn’t believe how much I preferred our kitchen now that it’s no longer yellow! We got a bonus too when we moved in: our landlord surprised us with new tile. Lino no more!
Our dining area… Still a work in progress, but I love our restored credenza.
And finally, our living area. It’s coming along, but I have many plans!
So there you have it! I am just brimming with new plans and ideas for our rental home. There is so much potential here! Check back at the beginning of each week for organizing, DIY and decorating ideas (along with a few post wedding posts!). I’m thrilled to have you!