Home makeover

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The movers showed up as promised on Sunday morning. It was a whirlwind as they unloaded furniture and box after box and hauled all of it into the house. Before we knew it, the truck had pulled away and we were surrounded by all of our crap beloved possessions. Poor Austin was not happy with the drought-proof yard of gravel, so we decided to do a little yard upgrade as our first order of business. We went to Home Depot and got a roll of dog-friendly fake grass. He seemed to approve of his new “lawn”:

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T also hung some lights that I’d picked up on clearance at Target. Our little backyard is a really great space to hang out. I really love it.

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The rest of the week was spent trying to work while unpacking and getting settled in. By the time the weekend rolled around, we decided to take a little break. A while back, we’d put ourself on the waiting list for the wine club of a winery that we’d enjoyed during our trip for Vineman. They called to let us know that we were in on the Thursday before we moved down, so we made an appointment to come pick up our selections in person.

It was a beautiful day. We got coffee and window-shopped in Healdsburg, had a fabulous tasting and bought a bunch of wine:

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It was a great way to spend our first official California Saturday. It was Halloween and we settled in for a quiet evening at home, but were surprised to hear trick or treaters on the street! T made a dash out to the Walgreens for candy and I put out the Halloween decorations that I happened to have unpacked recently. It was definitely impromptu:

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But I have big plans for next year!

The next day was spent giving our house a little makeover. The paint colors were a little too neutral for our taste, so we got clearance from the landlord to add a little pizazz. (Probably more than she was expecting, but we can always paint it back when we leave… ) Here’s the bedroom before:

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And here’s the after:

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It’s a very similar color to our Seattle bedroom and I LOVE it.

The kitchen was a little more challenging. Here’s the before:

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We’d always wanted a red kitchen and this kitchen was a perfect candidate. The problem was that we picked the wrong red initially. It was way too orangey and bright, so we had to repaint it. (Which was tough, because the wet paint looked a lot like the dry first coat, so you had to remember where you’d painted. And apply a lot of touch ups the next day.) But the end result was very cool:

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And I forgot to take before pictures of the paint, but here’s one of the chandelier when T took it out of the box. God bless IKEA…

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But here’s the end result (of both chandelier and painting) Here’s the “closed” position:

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And the alternate “open” position. Isn’t it cool?

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The house has all of these cool little details that I just love. Like the STAINED GLASS WINDOW in our living room:

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And the pretty frosted glass window on the bathroom door:

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And the embossed flower on the closet doors in the bedroom:

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I just love it here. I didn’t really realize how much I’d missed California until we came back. Even our slightly ghetto neighborhood is so friendly and welcoming. (I think I’ve met more neighbors in my first weeks here than we did in three years at our last place.) The light is golden and warm and we have such beautiful sunsets:

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Especially now that the house is under control, it’s really starting to feel like home.

 

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