My friend Sherry reminded me yesterday on the phone that we have technically owned the house for a month now. A MONTH. And then she also reminded me that I have posted only one photo of our stuff inside the house. It’s moments like these that I am shocked and appalled at how much time and effort being a stay at home mom takes. In our last house, we tore into the kitchen & den & first floor bathroom in the first week. This place? Well, it’s been a month and our house is still quite a mess.
And since Messy House Tour was already taken…I figured that Completely Chaotic also described our current abode. It was either that or Grosser than Cellulite On Your Face House Tour, Makes Charlie Sheen look Put Together House Tour, or What Frat Party just Happened Here (and is there still a coed in the closet?) House Tour.
Here we go…
When you walk in the front door, you are immediately greeted by this hot mess. Everything just made it’s way right here. No rhyme or reason…just plopped stuff down and it stayed there until I had to move it while looking for something else. I’m not overly concerned about it….Jeremy seems to think that I would sleep better if the chaos wasn’t there…and I keep reminding him that I would sleep better if Will wasn’t around too…but we can’t seem to find anyone who wants a cranky Leprechaun.
One thing is for sure. I know where the wrapping paper is.
I took a spare minute and tried to set up the sitting room…but I hate it. The layout must die. It’s one tough cookie of a room though. Out of four walls, one has a giant doorway, one has a pair of french doors and one has two seperated doors. And that ain’t mentioning the offcenter window. One day when I conquer this room, I am gonna call this room Joe. As in Joe Mama. And I will say that everytime I enter.
Oh and see our ‘rug’? Yeah. It’s a remnant. Since we own very few rugs (most are 3×5’s) we figured that a spare swatch of carpet (leftover from carpeting the upstairs bedrooms) would be just peachy in this space. I’ve never really bought a rug before so we will have to wait and see how that goes. I have heard one tip though….they should match the drapes 🙂
We went a little crazy in the living room. We did some pretty standard stuff – like mount the television on the fireplace (it was already primed and wired for a television like ours but we also did the unexpected. That’s right. We are total rule breakers. I am such a rebel.
How you may ask?
Well, I threw decorating caution to the wind and dragged in a play table that my mom gave us for Will. And I LOVE it. Will needs a space for him down here. And as much as I wanted to be Scroogey with my square footage, I knew that this would just be an additional challenge for decorating and it turns out to be pretty much the most used area in the house. How could I say no?!
All the toys fit on top of the thing, so we definitely have nothing underfoot to trip us up. Not counting Will of course.
As for the rest of the den – well, you can see for yourself. I think that the funny part is seeing the random stuff that made it’s way into this room. Like the capiz chandelier on the bookshelf behind the couch. And the Lite Brite…those are important….and the random fabric I scored for $4 a yard at Hobby Lobby…I’m thinking throw pillows??
The aerial view…oh and see our sidetable lamps? Yeah…they are not plugged into anything. There is nothing for them to be plugged into.
The kitchen did get the most amount of time and effort. I can find most everything in here now. oh and yes, that is a microwave on our counter.
Another room that is getting the workout is the laundry room. I have never done so much laundry in my life. Seriously. I guess because the previous laundry room was in the basement and required me to pass by Jeremy’s office…so I just waited till I was completely out of clothing to wash stuff. But now? Well, I’ve become a very hairy version of Mr. Clean (you get the idea).
Jeremy’s office is fully functional…albeit fully hideous. We put the white chairs and a random $10 coffee table in there for now.
Oh and you want to see the crazy piles of stuff that I haven’t been putting away? Okay. No need to twist my arm…
The upstairs is a little more put together (although very sparse and bare looking). I think it’s because we brought the necessities up and left the rest to rot in the garage. It’s amazing how a dozen steps can inhibit a person from transferring stuff.
The guest bedroom is decent. Or halfway to decent. Still need some side tables. Geesh…how hard is it to find side tables Katie?!
We chose to switch up the bedroom furniture in this room. Instead of the old pairing of the leather bed with the antique looking furniture, we decided that this room really just needed one piece (vs. two). So we pulled in the Pottery Barn outlet dresser that we got for cheap and we love it. Now guests don’t have to squeeze by anything to get to the bathroom. Hold on a second while I pat myself on the back.
The other blue Jack room got the upholstered headboard bed. And this is where the antique furniture ended up. I think it goes well with the blue bedding…warms it up a smidge.
Okay…now here is the most chaotic room in the house. Sheild your eyes. This is bad.
Yes – it does look like a dorm room for babies. Totally functional…and totally fugly.
This is my life right now. And I am okay with it.
(okay – so now for some old phase 1 photos – here are some snapshots that I took while we just trying to settle in a bit.)
The bed before set up. We slept on the mattress on the floor for 1 week. It was grand fun.
Giant pile of pillows and bedding on the catwalk. I threw, my friend Brooke caught. We both almost peed our pants we were laughing so hard.
The office…before my boyfriend ‘decorated’. I hate when he does that. I always tell him that it’s my role…it’s like breastfeeding…some things you should just let me do.
The kitchen. Note the different table (more on that later) and the number of pizzas. I have no idea why we needed three. I guess the third one was for Will.
Den – pre-tv era.
So that was for you Sherry. And let me officially say Congratulations on your awesome huge news. You rock my world and I am so glad to see that your endless hard work and sacrifice and commitment is paying off. I love ya friend and can’t wait to buy several copies of your book and put them on my coffee table, in my bathroom, in the kitchen, in my bedroom (just in case I need to get in the mood), and perhaps a copy in my car for a little stop-light action. I might even fully laminate a copy for a little shower reading 🙂 Oh and tell John good job too. And give Clara kisses from Will.