Did your grandma ever tell you that staring at a pot of water wouldn’t make it boil any faster? I never really got the meaning behind that until now. It’s that way for us. My whole family is starting to get antsy for our farmhouse to be finished. The house isn’t getting built any faster no matter how hard we stare at it.
One of the reasons is that we are renting a condo while we await the completion of our house. Happy to have a nice place to live, none the less – it is a condo. Our family of two active girls, a playful dog and two busy parents all desire more space and a tree shaded grassy backyard. With the concrete walls of the condo, waits for a very slow elevator, a parking garage and close quarter neighbors, our patience is stretched thin. However, we have no choice but to wait.
Meanwhile I have a lot of work left to do; selecting finishes, paint colors, appliances, and light fixtures. The list goes on and on and I still have the usual routine of getting a child to school, along with trying to potty train a two-year old and manage household chores. Luckily I enjoy all aspects of interior design, and are fortunate to have this opportunity to build our own home.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am a list maker and you can just image the number of notepads lying on my dining room table right now. I’ve also started on a furniture layout plan. Making sure all the rooms have the right furniture and accessories will help set the tone for the whole house. My goal is to keep the house casual and warm but full of character. It will be my own version of “farm living”. I want to put a lot of emphasis on the outdoor living area. A porch wrapping around the entire house creates a lot of space and I have numerous ideas on how to utilize all of it.
In reality, I would love to skip all of the above steps and just go straight to the “shopping”. That’s the fun part. Shopping for linens, pillows, rugs, artwork, candlesticks and more is my idea of sheer pleasure. Most of you who don’t know me, wouldn’t know I used to own my own shop selling interior accent pieces and accessories; a past life that I often miss. Building our farmhouse has opened up opportunities for me to once again take part in one of my favorite activities. I’ll be on the hunt for those rare accent pieces that add character to a home. While doing my personal shopping for the house, I plan to also purchase special pieces that I think other folks would like. I will be offering those items on my retail website which will be linked to my blog. Be on the lookout for this feature.
Here is an update of the progress on the house: