Thursday, November 13, 2008

My New Home

Thought I'd show you some pics of the new place. This is the view from my balcony. This beautiful building is a retirement home. All the buildings in this area are built in the colonial style.

Shot of my living room - you can just make out that I have vaulted ceilings here. And see that wing back chair in the corner by the fireplace? I got that at an estate sale for $10! And it's in near-perfect condition.

Here's another shot of the living room. I found the coffee table, a Queen Anne style, at a garage sale for $50. It's just gorgeous. The two couches don't quite match my English cottage style, but they were free, so they'll do for now. I also need to find something to put on the red wall - not sure what I want to do yet. A neat Georgian or Regency painting might do the trick, though! And there's always sofa slipcovers for those couches...

Here's the dining room, which is just off the living room. My dad made the china closet when he was in college (he's an excellent carpenter!). It's just beautiful. My mother generously gave me her set of china dishes a few years ago, and I keep them in here. Thanks, Mom! A closer look:

And here's what one of my evenings looked like - sitting by the fire, listening to the radio, and reading a book.
But of course, after all that moving, I've got a ton of empty boxes I need to break down and throw in the dumpster. Maybe this weekend I'll get around to it.


Now that the house is settled, I've got to get to work on two other very important things: my health and my novel. I finished reading through my novel last night, and I think I've got my head back in the story.

On the health side of things, I'm planning to rejoin Curves since I so enjoyed it last time and I lost 30 pounds. I had to quit going when I changed jobs and it was no longer an option for working out. But now it is - so it's time to get in shape! And that not only means exercising, but eating healthy, too. I'm on the hunt for delicious recipes that are low-carb and low-fat. I've already got a few in my recipe book, but I'm always on the look out for more. And it also helps that I'm just down the road from a wonderful grocery store. :-)

12 comments:

  1. Your place is so cute!! You did awesome with the furniture. I have a wing chair like that too in my LR.
    Working out--a necessary evil. I try to get on the treadmill every other day if I can but it helps the mood and energy level for sure.
    My husband built us a hutch in our home in PA but we built it in and had to leave it behind when we moved. We were just talking about it last night. Good you got to take yours.

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  2. Wow! Wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing. I can't believe you've got it looking so cosy in such a short space of time. You've created the perfect haven. Enjoy.

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  3. It looks like you're all settled in. Love the red accent wall. We have a sunburst mirror in our living room, it's gold in color. Maybe something with golds, against the red, would look nice. Best wishes on your new home!

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  4. Your new place looks fabulous -- so comfortable and homey! Lovely, lovely, lovely. A great writer's home!

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  5. You've feathered your nest nicely. How about a rich, soft tapestry on the wall for added warmth and a companion piece of fabric for a loose drape across the top of the living room vertical blinds? I've found fabulous + cheap things on ebay for decorating before. And cannot beat a good garage sale.

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  6. I know what would look good on that wall. A series of posters featuring Daniel Craig...in Regency dress...or no dress.

    Looks great! Love the coffee table.

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  7. Looks like a lovely apartment! Glad you and your daughter are settled in :)

    Yay on rejoining curves.

    Re: the boxes - is there no recycling there?

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  8. Oh my goodness, where to start?! I LOVE your new header picture, the wingback chair, and the china hutch is simply gorgeous! Great place. Congrats on gettin' moved in!

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  9. What a lovely home you have. I especially love the cabinet, and can't believe that your father made it, and when he was at college too. How fabulous to have something so lovely made by someone so special.

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  10. Terri - I'm excited to be working out again. I feel so much better when I do. And maybe your husband can make another hutch in your home? :-)

    Shirley - My bedroom is not sorted out yet, but I can shut the door and not look at it at least. *grin*

    Joanne - Gold would look quite nice, I think. I'll have to do some rummaging at thrift stores and online for something!

    Devon - I'm quite pleased with it. :-)

    Angie - Actually, I have a tapestry on the opposite wall (I didn't post a pic of it) and thought about putting it on the red wall, but I didn't think it was big enough (the tapestry, not the wall). I like the idea of a grouping of things instead of just one big picture, though. So we shall see...

    Rene - I like your style. ;-)

    Tess - Yes, we do have a recycling place, but fortunately, I have a friend who is moving this weekend who needs boxes, so I'll recycle that way! :-)

    Janna - Thanks for the compliments! I'm rather pleased with the new blog layout AND the new home. :-)

    Debs - I am very proud to have that china hutch in my home. My father is so very talented!

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  11. What a lovely place. I love the red wall (and I second the Daniel Craig decor idea!) :) Kudos on your furniture finds...and I'm drooling over that china hutch!

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  12. Christine - I'm glad you like the place! And I'm sure I could get my Dad to make another china hutch for ya. ;-)

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