First Look: Our San Diego Home

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!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

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!

The Entryway

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!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

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!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

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!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

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!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

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!Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

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!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Okay….let’s go upstairs!

Playroom

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 into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

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!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

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!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

The Nursery

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 🙂

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Henry’s Bedroom

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!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

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.

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

Moving into a new rental home doesn't always go smoothly. Military spouse and blogger shares a first look at their San Diego Rental and shares some surprises and struggles they've encountered so far!

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!

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16 Responses to First Look: Our San Diego Home

  1. Moving while pregnant is no easy feat… I’ve been there! Kudos to you for getting this far in terms of unpacking and set up!

    I just wanted to say that I personally really like the beige walls – they are a nice “warm” change from everyone’s fixation on gray. But then again I have a beige house with pops of navy, green, and turquoise soooo maybe I’m biased. 🙂 (The bedroom color is hideous though. Maybe you can break your no-paint streak for that room at least?! Yikes.)

    Excited to see what you do with this house, and so so excited for Baby #2.

  2. We’ve lived in our small house for 6 years, and I still haven’t gotten it all figured out! There really aren’t many options with only 940 sq ft, but we’re slowly making it work! I really love your idea of the desk behind the couch. It’s so clever!

  3. I think the beige walls work with the tile and carpet. You will be surprised when you add the color how it will change the feel. The bedroom is awful. So many lighter brighter colors you could paint that would flow with the rest of the house and I bet they would never make you repaint it when you move.

  4. Give yourself some grace. A lot of that furniture is now having to serve completely different purposes (craft supplies now to Greg’s armoire, Kallax from playroom to entryway) and it takes serious time/energy to change the functionality of a piece. You’re also adjusting to a different amount of square footage. I think you’ve nested a tremendous amount in a short time and I bet your boys are grateful for your efforts to making the house a home! Plus… there is so much blog content potential!!!! 🙂

  5. Slow and steady wins the race. :). No big rush. And I agree. All that brown doesn’t fit with what you have. Good luck working through it all. And I totally understand the moving while pregnant. We moved into our house….2 weeks before our second kiddo joined us. That was not so much fun!

  6. I love the keeping it real! Your process is just as interesting to me as the beautiful finished pictures – maybe even more interesting. And you do have to begin at the beginning! The flow looks great – what beautiful windows you have in that home! Thanks for showing us where you are at right now!

  7. I saw the pic you posted on Instagram with the framed states and just had to see the rest. I know you were nervous about sharing what you have and haven’t done yet. But, it really looks great so far. I can really appreciate the thought you’ve put into things. Some house take living in it a little longer to see how you use it before you decorate it.

  8. You are making a baby and that is the most important thing of all, so don’t ride yourself too hard! You’re human, and it’s so nice to see your “keeping it real” side. 🙂 I love what you’re doing so far! Take your time – you’ve got more of it in this house so that’s less pressure than you had in KS, whew!

    Seriously, so far so awesome! 🙂

  9. Hi Megan
    It’s so nice to finally see the new house with your furniture. Yes it’s hard sometimes, often should I say to find where to put somme pieces of furniture, we must think of others uses. We used to cut at the right dimensensions with a scale little papers at the sizes of the couch, table, and make them move on the map of the house, doing so you don’t have or less have to move the things themselves.
    You say you didn’t much in two months, well I think you did a lot.
    I do know what a brown house is, for us it was a flat and we had to change every wallpaper even for a little stay of 2 years. Yes I also know not moving pregnant but with a 6 months old baby, one box, one bottle, not so easy !
    Thanks to let us share the process, it’s so nice to follow.
    Have a nice week and enjoy.
    Michèle

  10. I am amazed at how much you get done! I wish I was like you, and I wish there was someone like you and Jen from Iheartorganizing to help me out! I live in Spokane, WA and it would be a miracle if I could have someone come and organize and help me here. If I had the money I might be able to find someone but they don’t help like you all do things. Thank you for your blog:)
    Sincerely,
    Jen Morse

    • Hi Jen!

      Thank you so much for this kind note – I sure wish I could come out and help all the readers who have asked for it over the years! Since I can’t, my blog is my way of sharing my motivation, ideas, and solutions! Glad to hear you find inspiration to tackle things in your own home!

      Megan

  11. This post made me enjoy reading your blog even more! My husband and I just moved from KY to TX at the end of July with our 5-month-old son, and lately I’ve found myself looking around our apartment and shaking my head in disbelief that we’ve been here over a month already. Babies have a way of slowing life down, born or unborn. I love how realistic you are in showing the realities of moving and resettling. It reassures me that I’m not the only one, and that it’s worth it to take your time getting things right. It will be so fun (and inspirational) to see you personalize and customize each space! 🙂

    • Thank you for this, Charity! Phew – it is such a relief to hear that my readers enjoy these “imperfect” posts as much (if not more!) than the styled, well-lit shots and projects! Since posting this home tour and getting so much encouragement to embrace where we are at and enjoy the journey, I’ve been feeling better about the progress we have made. Glad I can inspire (and comfort!) you and hope your move in efforts are going well too!

      Megan

  12. My suggestion for mixing the beige with your love of blue and turquoise is to look at nature for inspiration! I looked up blue and beige color palette and the first image to appear was the ocean hitting the sand! You have always impressed me and I know you will do an amazing job on this house too! Just remember–>Your readers don’t need you to be perfect- I read your blog because you inspire me to remember that a house is just a box but a home is what you create!

    • Hi Nicole!

      Thank you SO much for this kind and thoughtful comment – one of my favorites in a long time! Yes, you are right – it doesn’t have to be the “perfect” or most “maganzine-worthy” home…my readers like to see how I work with what I get, so that’s what I’ll focus on! Thanks for the awesome reminder!

      Hope you’re having a great week!
      Megan

  13. I have to agree with the previous commenter, Margaret–I enjoy reading about your progress as much (well, almost as much!) as the finished rooms! I’m looking forward to seeing where you go with all of that beige and brown, though I have no doubt you’ll make it all work! I’m especially looking forward to seeing the nursery!

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