You guys have been so patient with me as I work my way through the last few Kansas home posts, recent contributor projects, and a slew of personal posts over the last few weeks – thank you for that! But I am so excited to say that we are (finally!) jumping into our new house projects (yay!), and I thought the best way to do so was to give you a “first look” of sorts at our San Diego home! I showed you the empty house HERE along with some of my thoughts and concerns about the house as a whole, but I haven’t yet shown you any spaces or rooms with our furniture actually in it! Well…today is the day! There’s no “pin worthy” pictures in today’s post…but a whole lot of real life, real talk, and real solutions!
In all honesty, this post was hard for me to write and even harder for me to publish. You’ll see why here in a bit. I’m kind of shocked and embarrassed to say that we’ve now lived in this house for 2 months…and this is as far as we’ve gotten. Who remembers last summer when I published a whole post essentially saying “look at how far we’ve come in just one week!!!”??? Boxes were gone, almost everything was put away, and we had even started on a few projects. Well friends…this move and this house have been the extreme opposite, and getting settled is taking SO much longer than it ever has before. For one, baby is seriously affecting my motivation and stamina for all things house related. But also, this house has provided quite a few challenges that we’ve never really faced before and are taking us more time to work through. Here are just a few of them:
- Usually, I am really, really good with furniture placement. I can tell movers where to put things, and we never touch it again our entire time in the house. This time, we’ve played merry-go-furniture so much it feels like every piece of furniture has been tested in every single room. As you can imagine, Greg is having a blast. 😉 So many things have ended up in different spaces than I expected, but large windows, strange bump-outs, and the open floor-plan really threw me for a loop this time around! Thankfully, this past weekend we put the last piece in place, and I am finally at piece with where everything is.
- We have so much stuff. You guys. This is going to be a recurring theme and topic in the coming months. There’s nothing like moving to make you deal with all the stuff you’ve accumulated…and moving into a tighter house makes “the problem” even more pervasive and stifling. To save myself some embarrassment, I am not showing any pictures of our garage today…but you guys…we have SO MUCH STUFF we need to get rid of. There is so much that doesn’t fit and so much we are ready to get rid of. We will be having one massive sale soon…but making the decisions on what stays and what goes is definitely slowing down our whole process.
- Lastly…the house is so brown. I know. I know. I talked about it last time. But you guys, it is seriously putting a damper on my decorating spirits. I will chat another day about why we haven’t yet painted (and whether we will or not), but let’s just say that the color is becoming a bigger issue than I thought it would. Right now, the house feels very bland and not like us at all…which in turn is affecting my ability to feel “settled” and “at home.” I know once I find my groove and get going, this house will start to feel more like “us.” It sure doesn’t right now!
Okay – so I think that’s all my disclaimers! Oh – one more – I tried to keep these photos as “real life” as possible. I resisted the urge to clear away piles so I could give you a sense of how things really are right now. You’ll see frames stacked against walls and boxes and other things that still haven’t been given a “real” and “final” home…but that is all the process of moving into a new space and solving the puzzle of how everything fits just right!
Alright…let’s get to it!
Our foyer is huge! For the first few weeks, we had nothing in it because I assumed we’d need to go find a long console table to fill up the big wall. When our Kallax shelves didn’t fit right in the playroom, the foyer became the “next best” location. Turns out I LOVE them here…they look great and are so functional. I can’t wait to finish styling them and install some sort of fun and colorful gallery wall above them!
Office & Craft Room
Having a two big windows in my office is a total game changer compared to my Kansas office…I love that I can look out the window while I am working now. Not having a closet to conceal all of my craft supplies has proved quite the challenge…but nothing some more cubed shelves couldn’t fix! I’ve got a LONG way to go to make this into a pretty, bright and inspiring place to work…but we’ve nailed down the layout and functionality of the room, and I am very happy with it!
The Family Room
We were thrilled to be able to fit our large, blue sectional into our downstairs family room. Not only did this space need some serious color, but it’s a much more comfortable couch than the beige one we had all last year. This room took A LOT of figuring out because of 1) strange room features like a built-in and a fireplace on one wall (see more here) and 2) the amount of furniture we wanted to fit in here. Some things didn’t make the cut (like our big brown bookcase), but I am very pleased with the arrangement we landed on. It seems a bit “full” in the photos, but it is quite comfortable in real life!
Here’s something a bit unexpected for us, but it is working out really well. There wasn’t room in my office for my desk, so it was originally on the “to sell” list. When we realized that Greg was loosing his office space (for the baby’s room) and the dining space was larger than we’d need, we tried out the desk behind the couch. We loved that it provided a desk space (for meal planning, Greg’s computer, mail drop), but were also pretty excited to not get rid of a great piece of furniture! I’m still trying to figure out how to make all the different furniture styles work, but the functionality here has been awesome!
The Dining Room
Right behind the desk is the dining room. We actually trashed our old table and chairs in Leavenworth before moving (they were in horrible condition) and had nothing to eat at when we moved in here. Our property manager let us barrow a tiny table/chairs until we found what we wanted. Our new, custom table just showed up 2 days ago, and we are in love. We still have to figure out chairs and rug and some other details in here, but again…the function and flow of this space is settled and working out really, really well!
I didn’t snap any photos of the kitchen because well…there is not much to see. I do have a cabinet and drawer post coming up soon though so keep an eye out for that. However, here is the view from the kitchen counter. Once we add some more white and color…I think it will be awesome!
Okay….let’s go upstairs!
At the top of our stairs, we have a generous-sized loft that serves as our playroom. I think this room saw the most furniture rotation as we figured out what worked best in here. Yet again, after a lot of trial and error, I think we have the layout and function in a pretty good place; we just need to turn our attention to the organizational and decorative details.
Moving the taller Kallax upstairs started as a “let’s just try it up there” once we moved the lower Kallax shelves to the entryway. Not only do I love the taller set of shelves between the two windows, but I think it will be very helpful to have some higher shelves for big brother’s toys once baby arrives. If you can believe it, I am tiring of all the turquoise after almost 5 years of it. But I’m not yet sure what direction I want this room to go in yet!
I thought the train trunk would serve as a coffee table, but Henry really loves having a big open space to play in front of the couch. For now the trunk is tucked into the nook, but I really want to turn this into some sort of reading corner. We’ll see!
Ummmm….oh dear. The nursery became the dumping ground for all things baby, as well as everything we didn’t have a place for…and we haven’t really touched it since. We are going to start sorting, clearing out, and organizing this room soon because baby boy is coming in 4 months and all of a sudden that seems really close (at least for the pace I’m moving at these days!). I just started collecting inspiration for this room, and I am SO excited to get to work in here. Stay tuned 🙂
Henry’s bedroom is pretty much a replica of his last bedroom…at least for now. There are a few updates I want to make in here soon; but in general, it will continue to look and function the same. Admittedly, the color in here combined with one small window makes it very dark and gloomy…but I have a few ideas of my sleeve to hopefully remedy that problem!
The Master Bedroom
Okay – I almost didn’t even include this room, but I’m “keeping it real” for you! The color in here is SO SO SO bad combined with all of our grey and blue stuff. It’s a shame because it’s such a big, pretty, and bright room, but the mustard walls are driving me bonkers. Additionally, despite being such a big room, our side tables didn’t fit because of those weird bump outs…meaning our lovely dresser and mirrored side table have been banished to the garage and were replaced with little guys from Joss and Main. My “office in an armoire” didn’t fit in the office so it was moved up here (after much deliberation) to be a place to hold all of Greg’s uniform items and other personal things. Again, because he lost his office in this house, we had to come up with other ways for him to store his things.
Now that I’ve worked my way through this post, it has occurred to me that while we haven’t gotten a lot of decorating done…the big thing we have accomplished is the function and flow of the house, which was no easy feat. Again, nothing really fit in this house the same way it did in our previous two homes…making furniture placement really hard. I don’t like to just place things anywhere…it needs to look good and feel right for me to be content. Yes, it means that there are a lot of things out in our garage that either need to get stored or sold…and it also means we had to shop for new pieces that fit the home better than what we had. But now that most things have a home and most things are put away…I can turn my attention to the more fun and pretty aspects of our home! Thank goodness…because it sure needs it, lol!
I hope you all enjoyed this first, “real life” look at our new home. In the coming weeks, I’ll be chatting more about some of the decisions we’ve made so far, as well as some of the design plans I have in mind to transform this dark and dreary home into something that is more “us.” Up next, though, I’ll be sharing how we’re dealing with Back-to-School paperwork in my next Organize This post…coming on Thursday! See you then!Posted In California '16, Home Tour, Rental Solutions