Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Homeownership!?!  It's a big deal.  This is not my first time entering into the home buying process.  A few years ago, Early 2007 it seemed so much easier.  We were able to finance 100%, the seller paid closing costs, etc. This time the scrutiny for a mortgage was intense, even with putting 20% down.  We (my mom and I) found a house that has 2 apartments.  The first floor had recently been updated because of flooding and was very modern and updated.  The second floor apartment had more "charm" which my mom likes.  We got a great deal on the house too, we're saving about 40k from their original list price.  We rushed to close early in the month, and then things stalled.  Apparently, the sellers didn't want to move until they had closed on their new house.  I understand it, or I would be more understanding if they would have made our closing conditional on their other closing.  Then we would have known upfront that we would likely have to wait for a few extra weeks.  Since they didn't tell us and basically just didn't communicate until after our anticipated closing date it left a really bad taste in my mouth.  I like people who operate in good faith and this just didn't seem like that to me.  Aside from the drama, I'm really excited about the house that will be mine tomorrow.  I've been moving and living our of suitcases and makeshift whatnot for long enough that I'm glad that I will be settling down and establishing roots. 
The first order of business for moving in is my daughter's room.  S has never had a really decorated room.  She's had cute things and bed etc but never one of those blog worthy places to lay her head that get pinned and and shared etc.  I'm taking this opportunity to change that.  I'm planning on working with many of the furniture pieces we already have in shipping.  I'll be mixing together:
-Two beds, one a loft (Ikea Kura) and one a daybed(Ikea Minnen) for under the low loft.  
-A treehouse/playhouse

-Two of my favorite expedit shelves, one for toy storage (5x1) and one for a doll house (2x2). 

-Collage art
-Garden themed Vanity
-Kids sized bistro set
-Fabric covered roller shades

-Drop cloth curtains
-Collage frame/art/letter wall
-clothes storage of some sort possibly silver leafed.
As you can see I've clearly been pinging around the Internet for some ideas and I've some creative vision of my own. 
There are a few other projects that I'll need to tackle in the new house.  The kitchen floors will need new grout-- I'm hiring that out because I just want it done before I move in.  I'll be painting almost every room.  I love the color of the bathroom so that will stay, all of the other rooms will change.  This won't be immediate because my biggest concern now is just getting in my new place and settled and downsizing.  Oy... downsizing is going to be a whole thing all in itself.  I shipped 8000 lbs of stuff from our 4+ bdrm house in Germany.  My new place is a 2 bdrm apartment (unit).  I'm definitely going to have to make some changes, look critically about what I want and need and make some hard choices to let some things go. 
Here goes.  The fun of change and the pains of moving forward and doing it all with my mom (my new neighbor) and my four yr old daughter. 

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