Monday, June 23, 2014

Out With the Old

Last week we made some progress: Keith installed a chandelier in the bedroom and six sets of blinds on the windows. He replaced a busted electrical outlet. I found the perfect rugs for the bedroom, bathroom, and dining room. And, sadly, I sold some beloved Mid Century furniture that just didn't look right in the new house.

If you've been following along for a while, you know that I'm a stickler when it comes to scale and proportion. And I firmly believe that a well-designed home does not fight the house's architectural style. Though there are exceptions to every rule, oversized and overstuffed McMansion furniture does not generally work well in a small apartment or Mid-Century ranch house. Likewise, some of our petite Mid-Century furniture doesn't look right in a 1980s Tudor(ish) house with soaring ceilings. 

The wall unit is gone, and the chairs are for sale. Let me know if you want them!
As much as I hated to admit it, I needed to get rid of the beloved Danish wall unit that stood by my kitchen table for seven years. It didn't look right in the new house, and it was too big to tuck aside somewhere. On Friday, I gave it one last loving coat of Liquid Gold and listed it on Craigslist. On Saturday morning, a couple came to purchase it for their son and daughter in law, who enthusiastically collect Mid-Century furniture. 

I was happy it was going to someone who would appreciate it, but as I watched them load it onto their truck, I got a bit choked up. The wall unit was the first piece of furniture I purchased for the condo, and a family friend who is now deceased helped me move it. I fondly remember how my sister and I stood in the back of his pickup truck laughing and trying to keep it upright as he slooooowly drove it to my place. 

Less than a year later, he was gone and she had moved to China. All that remained was the furniture. So saying goodbye to it wasn't easy. Now that it's gone, though, I'm excited to start fresh. We're clearing out reminders of the past so we have room to make new memories.

Likewise, I realized it was time to freshen things up here on the blog and separate the past from the present. Yesterday I made a tab at the top of the page for My First Home and another for Our Current Home. For now, the pictures of our current home are the photos from the real estate listing. Feel free to laugh at them; they're pretty crazy! For us, it's fun to look at them and see how much we've already changed the house. As we finish decorating each room, I'll update that page.

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