Only Hearts Can Build A Home

I’ve been meaning to update for a while but have always managed to put it off. Namely because I’ve been gone so long I really didn’t know where to start and I wanted to avoid inflicting word vomit on those of you who still visit regularly.

As you can imagine life of late has been a whirlwind. The move to the new house, work, and start of school has limited my ability to really spend any time online. Moreso, my free time is very limited and whatever free time I have, I tend to spend doing things around the house which wasn’t the case in our old residence. I guess it’s true that you have to love your house to take pride in it and while I liked the other house, I didn’t love it.

Now with our new house, I do love it. So much so that while I was all gun ho and ready to get the hell out of Arizona, I’ve informed R that I am never leaving and I plan to die in this house. I’ve put a lot of hard work and soul into this place in the short time we’ve been here and I can’t imagine just walking away from that. In our old house, the walls were bare and we only painted a few rooms, whereas with this house every room was painted and I’ve not only added artwork but also made the place feel like home, which wasn’t the case in the old house. We still have a lot more to do but we are making progress. It’s slow going but it’s definitely worth it and I can’t wait until it’s all complete.

Here’s a rough list of what we have left to do in no particular order:

    → Decide on a dining room set
    → Decide on the bedroom set we’d like for the guest bedroom and little sister’s bedroom
    → Pick out artwork for our bedroom
    → Finish building out the office
    → Decide on whether we want to put sod in the backyard or plant grass and allow it to grow in
    → Decide on patio set for the backyard
    → Decide on BBQ grill and placement for the built-in BBQ
    → Organize garage and shed
    → Decide on the furniture we’d like in the family room (sectional or regular couch)
    → Decide on what to use to house DVR, XBOX 360, Apple TV, etc
    → Decide on end tables for family room
    → Build out DVD/Blu-Ray shelves
    → Replace the toilets;
    → Visit IKEA to get pricing on cost to build in pantry
    → Decide on architecture for cat highway
    → Decide on shelves and brackets to use for cat highway
    → Set up wall in garden and decide on what to plant

The most pressing thing on that list is deciding on the dining room set as we’ll need it for Thanksgiving dinner but otherwise a lot of it are things we can do over time. I really do wish I wasn’t working full-time because then I’d have a lot more time to strategize and work on the house but at least I work from home so it makes it a little easier to deal with. Hopefully all of this will be figured out by mid next year and we can really enjoy our home. I’m not setting any concreted deadlines, aside from the dining room set because shit happens.

As of now baby making has been put on hold. R has been working really late hours and I’m struggling to balance school, work, and my personal life so I think it’s probably a good idea that we try not to bring a child into our lives until things settle down a bit. I’m hoping though we’ll be able to start-up again after this year and really focus on making our dream of having a family come true.

Until then, be sure to keep stopping by as I post before and after pictures of the house. It’s still a shock to me how far it’s come along in the 2 ½ months since we’ve been here but I have to admit I am loving it AND it’s nice to know that I haven’t lost all of my creativity with age, but I’ll let you decide that for yourselves.

The first image in each group is the before picture.

Living Room

Master Bedroom

Master Vanity

Game Room

6 Responses to Only Hearts Can Build A Home

  1. Glad to see a post! :) Even though I try to keep up with all your social media its nice to see something here again. I’m glad the house is slowly filling out, it’s such a big undertaking and can be a huge pain in the ass but you seem to be enjoying it so I’m glad it’s not as stressful. It’s definitely easier when you really like the place and can enjoy decorating and nothing feels like an overwhelming chore – which is all my old place used to feel like. I’m hoping wherever we get stationed next I can find a nice place that I can actually play with, instead on on base quarters >_>

    As for the baby making, it’s definitely not something to focus on when there’s other stressors. I know that’s what took us so long to finally get it right, I needed a vacation and to completely de-stress before I was able to get pregnant.
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  2. I wish I lived closer to you. I’d love to see it in person all finished. Your game room and bedroom photos has inspired me so much.

    I’m starting with the common rooms but I’m limited in what I can do since we rent. I hope to own our own home soon. I live for renovating and organizing. It’s like my porn. lol

    What you’ve done so far is gorgeous. I’m jealous. :D
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