Tuesday, June 24, 2008

We're IN!

On the 11th of June, several of our dearest friends came to our house to brave a storm of cat hair and dust. We packed the U-Haul, and, in the midst of still-ongoing last-minute contractor repairs, moved in to our new home in Holy Cross.

I thought I'd get goosebumps typing it, but it's all been such a blur, and the first week, especially, was so chaotic that I am just relieved and a bit tired, even. Simon said of our now-official home-ownership, "It'll never be finished, will it?" and it certainly feels that way. Today he is off buying a stud finder so we can hang curtains. I'll be unpacking clothes and books. This weekend we plan to deliver barge board to a furniture-maker on the Northshore who will make us a dining table, and we are crossing our fingers that we will have enough money to afford a new fence.

No, it'll never be "over," but I am loving the initial nesting, at least. My favorite room is the kitchen, which shouldn't surprise me, since I spent forever and ever designing it. My biggest dilemmas (after the layout, which I drew and redrew at least a dozen times) were whether to install matching upper and lower cabinets. I don't generally like upper cabinets, but I'd seen a couple of kitchens where the uppers were white and lowers were wood, and I really liked it. The uppers from the place where we got the lowers were crazy-expensive, though, so we had some IKEA cabinets delivered, which, even with the additional cost of delivery, saved us a lot of money.


I also agonized over appliances. I've just never considered myself a "stainless" kind of girl--too bourgeoisie--but the white appliances were all textured and generally less attractive, and I am not going to lie about wanting everything to look good (and last long). Because our countertops are black, I didn't want the high-contrast of white, either, so stainless it was. (We did get all Energystar appliances--and we had some serious sticker-shock, but we are sickly in love with our appliances. Gawd, we're so old. Or yuppy-fied. Or American. Whatever it is, we're it.)


Anyways, if you are at all interested in hearing/talking about any or all of our layout and design choices, I am happy, happy, happy to discuss every last decision--and to hear advice for ways to improve. I researched every little thing, all of it, and I could have continued to do it for ages...


...Here's the other side of the kitchen (plus cat Ray):
The hoosier on the left is an antique from England, complete with menus for the 1930's British homemaker. How does this sound for a "Plain Winter Day Menu Dinner": Cold beef; Tomato Sauce; Mashed potatoes; West riding pudding"? Breakfast, anyone? "Porridge; Potted meat on toast, breakfast sausage; toast; lemon marmalade." Mmmm. Potted meat. Simon says no one eats potted meat, really, just like hardly anyone actually eats SPAM, but we have both gotten a kick out of these Brit-ahem-feasts, and I am happy we bought the hoosier for pantry-space, too.


I want to take pictures of every room in the house, but this is the only one that is really unpacked and clutter-free. All the rest are filled with boxes. I'll post more pictures as we settle more. And I will write more about what it's like to live down here, one block from the levee, on a quiet cul-de-sac, with my wonderful neighbors and a sense that things can--and are--getting better. (Hint: it's wonderful.)

7 comments:

Jessica said...

This looks amazing. Seriously. I'm excited for you, and impressed by your design prowess, and envious of your awesome new digs, and secretly fantasizing about picking out one of your neighbor's homes and totally copying you.

Good work!

Anonymous said...

S&S - It is divine! And looks like so much room. I can't imagine how great it must feel to have all the crisp and clean things around you after never complaining about old and dustier. Enjoy! Truly beautiful, beautiful. Mary

Anonymous said...

S&S - It is divine! And looks like so much room. I can't imagine how great it must feel to have all the crisp and clean things around you after never complaining about old and dustier. Enjoy! Truly beautiful, beautiful. Mary

oscar said...

Jenni and I can't wait to check out the new crib! Also, I eat Spam with eggs and rice, mmm.

rojo said...

Oh, how lovely! Please post more pics soon so I can enjoy from far away. We just replaced our gutters (much, much less exciting). Miss you and wish I could see the place in person.

Emily

jill said...

Looks Awesome! I love the high ceilings--so much room! This is it---you are finally home :)

Jill

Anonymous said...

Yay! Just bee-u-ti-ful, Sarah. Can't wait to see it in person. We're probably coming down in November. More pics please as you organize - it must be a dream to be in that kitchen after living w/ the tiny one on N. Rampart.

Brandi