|Living room walls' faux finish |
(Chris & Kieran--2003)
2. It needs a good redecorating. When we bought the house in 1999, it was severely outdated. The first thing I did was start peeling off the wallpaper. The living room and dining room had at least five layers of wallpaper on the walls. It took me weeks, and I was scraping wallpaper in my sleep! The family room was painted ORANGE, and the upstairs hallway and bathroom was pink. We haven't repainted everything, and the rooms that we did repaint need another paint job. Unfortunately, our house is looking shabby!
(and carpet, which needs to go!)
4. It's full of books, paper, music, and costumes. That's what happens when you put two English majors-writers together, and then add story-, music-, and theater-loving children. Most of our books are kept in our downstairs study, but we have a proliferation of paper everywhere you look. And then there are musical instruments, CDs, art supplies, and costumes...in addition to Harry Potter and Indiana Jones Lego, costumes, and props. Six-year-old Nicholas recently repurposed 16-year-old Chris' old DS case into an Indiana Jones satchel. Two corners of the living room are filled with Lego creations.
|Friends for dinner in the backyard|
|First day of school shot|
(in the front yard)
7. It is surrounded by trees, so it stays cool(er) in the summer. Most older Oregon homes do not have air conditioning, because it's not really that hot that many days during the summer here. Our house stays comparatively cool in the heat, and if things get really bad, we can always sleep in the basement, which stays very cool. The downside to all the trees is that it's difficult to grow anything in the front yard.
8. I regularly fantasize about what we could do with our house. If money were no object, and we had more time, our house could be so much nicer. It would help if I got organized and tackled some projects. I have so many things I would LIKE to do!
|In the dining room |
(you can see the mahogany window trim)
|Celebrating Mom's birthday last January|
Thanks to Monday Listicles (organized by Stasha at http://www.northwestmommy.com/) for making me realize what I love and what needs to change about my house. Check out some more!