I struggle with feeling like this house is truly ours. It is beautiful and I love the house we are in. It’s grander than I ever expected to own. But in order to be smart with our money, we have to be frugal and space out the projects we do to make it fit more with our personality as a family. We painted the family room white and my uncle painted the formal room moth gray, which I love (and eventually the whole house will be that color). But I’ve really struggled with the wood trim all over the first floor. It was definitely meant to be there and it adds to the character of the house, but it wasn’t at all what I envisioned buying when we were house-hunting. Yet, it feels like it would be sacrilege to paint over it– it is beautiful and fits with the house style. So, I look for other ways to make the house ours.
After I wrote the previous post, I got to looking at the windows, which looked like this:
See those dividers? If you look closely, you can see that they are fake. They are (or were, as the case is now) only held in by plastic pegs inserted in drilled holes in the wood frame of the windows. I didn’t realize they were fake until last summer, when one by the bay window in the formal living room fell out on top of my desk. It was annoying and I found it way tacky how easily they just fell out.
However, this played to my benefit. Not long ago, we were watching an HGTV show and someone decided they wanted to have windows without the divider and the host just went over and pulled it off the window in one piece.
So, Thursday morning, that is precisely what I did all over our house:
The ones in the garage will come down too, but they are too high for me to reach, since there are several steps from the formal room into the garage. So they will have to wait until Jared can find to help me, which I hope may be this weekend sometime.
I love the effect. It’s wonderful. The windows look so much bigger than they did before and while I think the actual amount of more light we get is negligible, the effect is dramatic. We will hold onto the dividers for re-sale purposes if and when we ever sell this house, but they won’t go back up as long as we live here, as far as I am concerned.
So as I referenced very briefly, I am not working outside the home anymore other than photography. What that means is that I am in the process of establishing a routine and niche for myself at home.
First up: tame the house. Family came and helped me clean the house before Christmas and it is a disaster already. Instead, I’ve been tinkering with photos. or crocheting a beautiful new shrug (this latest one has a hood!) Or reading blogs. Or listening to podcasts. Or napping. Anything to avoid the elephant in the room– the laundry and the messy house.
I look at blogs and get home envy of all the people who can have stark white walls. This house though, lovely as it is, would look too sterile with its wood trim and bright white walls. It just wouldn’t have the same effect. And while the wood trim could be painted over, this house’s character, so much of it, comes from the wood trim accents all over the first floor. I am removing the panels of fake dividers over the windows. That is a project is in the process of happening now, and I love the effect. The house looks much more modern, much more like us.
Well, I am not working anymore outside the home, aside from photography.