We’ve Moved!

The front of our new house.

I have just had the craziest six weeks I’ve had in a very long time! We started looking for a rental closer to Hubby’s work, found something, applied, got approved, packed and moved into our new home! Since John is was not home during the week, most of the organizational work — and physical labor — feel to me. I’ve been one busy lady! The hard part is behind us, thankfully! Now, we just have to settle in.

The kitchen in our new house.

Our kitchen is much smaller than the kitchen in our old house, but it has some great features! For one thing, it has double electric ovens! Double ovens — can you imagine how handy that will be when preparing holiday meals??? The stove is gas, so I’m extra happy. I love a gas stove, because the temperature is easier for me to control, but I do love the fact that the ovens are electric, because it seems to me that the they are more stable and predictable than gas ovens (I could just  be imagining that).  It also has a block that pulls out for chopping; that’s so cool. There is a confusing little space next to the dishwasher. It’s just a hole where (maybe) a cabinet used to be. I’ll store small appliances and my stock pot there; I’ll just buy a tension rod and make a little curtain to hide whatever treasures I put there.

The dining room in our new house.

We have beautiful hard wood floors throughout most of the house. The dining room is at the front of the house just off the kitchen. I’ve put a backer’s rack along the short wall, and centered our table in the rest of the area. We will probably eat at home during the week and then go out at least one week-end night. Even though it’s just the two of us, I really enjoy sitting down to an evening meal at our table. I love to cook — alth0ugh I confess that I don’t enjoy the “What’s for dinner tonight?” grind. Since J0hn has been away during the week since August, we haven’t had very many family meals lately. That’s one habit I’m looking forward to getting back into!

The living room in our new house.

The living room in our new home is HUGE! Actually, I wonder if it was intended to contain both the living and dining spaces (but then what would I do with the space I chose to use as the dining room?). I say that because there’s a little pass-through on the left, right above the stove. Also, there are beams that seem to separate this long, narrow area into two rooms. We’ve chosen to use it all as our main living area, but we haven’t decided exactly how to arrange things. I’ve currently got the loveseat against the left wall, with the couch perpendicular to it, We’ve got three six-foot tall bookshelves along the far right wall. We may buy a couple of comfy chairs to put across from the bookshelves. I’m also thinking about moving the bookshelves up into the area I was standing in when I took the picture, on the right, and moving the couch down to where the bookshelves currently are (between the two wall sconces on the right).

The garage has been converter into a "bonus space" -- and it will become my new studio!

There is so much to love about our new home. It was built in 1954 and it has lots of character. The house we moved out of was built about seven to ten years ago; in many ways it was “nicer”, but we love this new house so much more! Hubby and I talked about it our first night here and we agreed that this house already feels more like home. I’m excited about where I live in a way that I haven’t been in a long time.

One of the features that really calls to me is the garage. It’s actually been converted into a “bonus space”; it will house my new studio.  I had my own studio/office in our old house, but this room will be much bigger. Plus, it will have the added bonus (no pun intended) of being away from the house. I’ll have a few moments to get into the right frame of mind for creating. Walking outside to my studio and unlocking the door will serve as a kind of ritual that will help me transition from Everyday Cindy to Art Cindy. I’ve decided not to keep my office in the studio, as I often get distracted by Facebook, email, etc. I think having my computer in the house and not in the studio will really help my productivity.

For some reason,  I didn’t get a picture of the inside of the garage before we started filling it with boxes. Right now, I can hardly get in the door because of all the treasures and furniture! It will definitely take me a couple of weeks to get settled, art wise. I’m hoping to have it organized enough to start creating again around 01 April. Wish me luck!

If you’d like to see a series of short video tours of our new home, just go visit my YouTube channel. There you will find six short videos of questionable quality (I don’t use my video camera often enough to be even competent at it!) that make up a little tour. I shot them the day I came to let the phone guy in.

We plan to eventually host occasional gaming nights. The studio would be perfect for setting up a large table and either role playing or playing board games with our friends. Hopefully, sometime in April we’ll be having a small Open House/House Warming party to inaugurate our new move. Wish you all could be there!

11 Responses to We’ve Moved!
  1. Tinachicky
    March 5, 2012 | 1:08 PM

    I absolutely LOVE older homes! They are always so warm and inviting!! And I love the architectural features as well!

  2. Jill
    March 5, 2012 | 2:47 PM

    Yay! So exciting to move into a new home. I hope you’re enjoying it and thanks for sharing pictures:)

    Jill

  3. Liz
    March 5, 2012 | 2:59 PM

    So thrilled for you Cindy and John. I really hope this works out well for the 2 of you now. the separate studio is a fantastic idea… don’t for get music etc… Wishing both lots of fun and happiness in your new house. Liz

  4. Pallas
    March 5, 2012 | 8:54 PM

    Cindy, your new house is really nice, and has so many interesting features. You sound so happpy in your videos, and I wish you and your husband many years of happiness living in your new home.

  5. Mary
    March 6, 2012 | 3:56 PM

    A move is so exciting, once the drudgery parts are over. Really happy for you. I think it would be great to have a studio space that’s not in the house. I know I would be more productive without all the distractions. Wishing you much love and happiness in your new home! XO

  6. CONGRATS! lovely!!! love a house with personality!! xo

  7. Teresa Cash
    March 6, 2012 | 5:09 PM

    WOW what a nice house. You can see the character. Loved the floors.

  8. Ursula
    March 6, 2012 | 5:44 PM

    It looks awesome, Cindy!! Enjoy!!

  9. Carol
    March 6, 2012 | 7:11 PM

    I love your house, everything from it being older to the hardwood floors. How exciting for you!

  10. bonitarose
    March 20, 2012 | 7:23 PM

    I am so so happy for you both! Looks amazing.. love that living room and all those floors.. beautiful!

  11. Donna@soakinginmustard.com
    March 22, 2012 | 4:47 PM

    Cindy,
    Your new home is lovely and how great to have a separate studio space. Sounds like you’re settling in very well.
    Peace,
    Donna