Sunday, June 9, 2019

A Place to Call Home

Three weeks ago I imagined a much different home than the one we're in today. I thought I would be blogging about a little cottage we were planning to close on May 30. 

The Little Cottage that Wasn't

But that didn't materialize. The appraisal came in $32,000 under the contract price, and after much consideration Dennis and I decided to pull out of the deal. That left us with ten days to find a place to live, as we had to be out of our apartment by the end of the month.

Immediately we set to work to find another place to lease. Whether it would be a temporary or long term resolution to our housing need didn't seem to matter. We just knew we had to do something. And so we sought God's wisdom and set our feet in motion. I won't go into all the details of this move, only to say that God provided a home for us that fits our needs nicely, and we were able to move in June 1, right on schedule. 

Here are the realtor photos of our new nest: a two bedroom, one bath duplex with an attached two-car garage.

The home was upgraded two years ago. It's on a quiet cul-de-sac just outside the city (four hours from our previous residence).

The walls look dark in some of these photos, but they're really a light gray throughout the home. All the woodwork has been painted white. The tile is white, too. Living room and hallway are planked laminate, which I'm finding is really easy to care for.

Overall, I'm happy with the decor. I wouldn't have chosen the lighting the landlord chose, but that doesn't keep me from liking everything else, and honestly I don't spend my time fixated on the lights (or the popcorn ceiling, 'nuf said). There's so much more I do like, such as the kitchen.

Though the ceiling fans aren't stylish, I'm grateful they're there. I have discovered in a warm climate it's essential to have them.

I love this bathroom. The kitchen and bathroom were huge "selling" points for me.

Behind these double doors is the laundry center. We've already ordered a new washer and dryer, and they'll be delivered on Tuesday. After a year of lugging laundry baskets up and down a flight of stairs every week and traveling to and from a laundromat, I'm thrilled and thankful to once again have laundry appliances in our home. 

We'll be using the master bedroom as an office/study for Dennis, as it's right off a tiled room that will be his studio.

The studio has access to the garage, and to the side yard, which is private.

We have a bed, a few chairs, a small table, a floor lamp, and Dennis's office furniture. It didn't take me long to set up the kitchen because, frankly, I didn't have much to unpack. We sold everything when we left Oregon and I bought just a few things to get us by for the past year. It's pretty amazing how much one can do without. I really don't need all those gadgets to cook a good meal. (Someday I may write a post about that.) We've already begun the hunt for new furnishings, and have found some real bargains. 

So, although things haven't worked out the way we had planned, and my joyful cottage is now a duplex, God is still on His throne, He still loves us, and I have to believe that everything we've been through is for our good and for His glory. 

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding, 
in all your ways submit to Him,
    and He will make your paths straight."
Proverbs 3:5-6

Joyful hugs,


Sunday, May 19, 2019

1940's Sunday House

Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile may remember my Living Large in Small Spaces series. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can click on the 
LLISSS tab above for the whole story.

A little over a year ago we sold our little cottage in Oregon, and since then we've been living in an apartment while I've dreamed of owning another joyful cottage. 

Sometimes I'd sit in my chair with my laptop and search for hours on to see what might be available, even before we were ready to make a purchase.

Anyway, last December on one of my virtual home tours I came across what I think is an adorable "Sunday House" in Texas. It sold right away -- I mean within 48 hours it was gone (which is pretty typical in this hot -- no pun intended -- Texas real estate market ) -- but I always had in mind that one day I would share it with you. Today's the day, so here we go.

This 806 sq ft cottage appeared on the market in December, and the landscaping reflects the season. Not much to look at in the winter.

Step inside, though, and you'll see what drew me to this sweet place. 

Look at all the windows. Natural light everywhere.

I love the ceilings and the rustic beams. The hardwood floors are original to the home.

I wish there were more photos of the kitchen.

Personally, I would have done something different with the refrigerator and range, as I don't like them next to each other without a space in between, but that's me. Maybe that doesn't bother everyone. The kitchen floor is hand stenciled.

The master bedroom is pretty big for such a small home, and appears to have a nice closet.

I'm speculating, of course, but I think this cottage may have been a vacation rental before it was sold.

Whatever the case, I think the cottage is charming. 

It has a little deck and shed in back.

A very rustic privacy fence, and fire pit for relaxiing.

If this place were mine I'd plant a bunch of trees and add plenty of flowers.

There's always room for improvement, right?

If you're interested in learning about the history of the Sunday House (or Haus in German), click here.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. Have a great week!