I'm back again with more deep thoughts on house hunting. Firstly, I need a house now. It needs to be in my neighbourhood, three stories, and a good sized backyard for the kiddos. If you have one let me know.
Okay - now that we've got that out of the way....I have a few thoughts to share on the slim pickings available in our local housing market right now.
1. It is amazing how many houses have the cheapest fixtures. Most people can recognize a builder basic basic (boob) light pretty easily.
It doesn't have to cost a lot of money - vintage or antique would be fine. But I like a little thought and personality in my lighting (I am also a converted fan of pot lights. So simple, it's hard to go wrong with these).
2. Speaking of builder basics, plain bathroom vanities are also not on the love list. Anything like this cries out for paint, pizzazz or at least fancy knobs.
I like a bathroom with tile, color, and style like this - fancy I know but I can be fancy like that sometimes :)
source: Linda Bergroth bathroom design
3. Cupboards that are too short. I have a lot of stuff people! And I need to hide it to give the illusion of tidy. Big cupboards are an important part of creating this illusion. This just doesn't work for me:
Now this is a dream kitchen (so many hiding places!)
4. Red flooring. I know some may prefer this...but its just not for me. Red doesn't match my furniture and I just can't go there. I would need to tear it up and start over.
This is what I'm talking about
I like a rich dark brown, medium brown or even blond wood. A floor like this would be much loved:
Okay - I think that covers a lot of what I've been seeing in houses lately versus what I am actually looking for. Would be so amazing to do a custom build and get exactly what we want. A girl can dream :)
I leave you today with this amusing Halloween costume as we approach the coming of the great pumpkin:
Hope you've all had a good weekend. It was busy but fun here at Casa Marshall. I've been seeing a lot of gorgeous bar carts lately and was inspired to pull together this design board with options for styling with barcarts. Would love to enjoy a tipple from anyone of these portable drink servers :) But my favorite is the Color Mosaic one. What's yours?
We continue to house hunt and I must say I am becoming impatient. The fall season is coming to an end and we are going to have to wait until February to start again. Boo. Its hard to find what we are looking for because we have so many needs:
It has to be in our same small neighborhood
We need more space but do not have unlimited funds
We don't want a major fixer upper that we can't live in due to the full gut job required (our neighborhood is filled with houses that are 80-100 years old and some of them are in pretty bad shape or duplexed for apartments)
I don't want something that is totally 'done' in someone else's taste that is very different from mine. A lot of the houses we've looked at fall into this category where I would have to pay for someone else's reno BUT then pay to redo it all to our taste.
Kitchens and bathrooms are a big deal for us. We need at least two bathrooms (with neither in the basement) and ideally a master bedroom ensuite bathroom so that I can have some privacy (it's tough being the only girl). In these old houses, ensuite master baths are hard to come by. I also really, really want an open concept kitchen. No bowling alley galley kitchens allowed. I can compromise a little but opening things up tends to be structural, messy, and expensive so I'd rather buy a house already done.
Anyway...thought I'd share some of the kitchens we've seen recently....
The first is this Mediterranean style kitchen (apologies for the fuzzy photos they were the best I could get off of the real estate site.
What I liked about this kitchen:
professional range and counter depth fridge
Things I didn't like:
Tan colored tile flooring
Ornate light fixture over island
Countertops (granite on island and butcher block on main counter)
Cupboards are painted a pale beige
So even though the kitchen is technically 'done' and I'd be paying extra for it...I would want to redo a lot of it to my taste... (I know a lot of people would really like this kitchen - I am sure this kitchen will make someone very happy. It's not the kitchen, it's me)
Next up is an even more 'done' kitchen
Things I like about this kitchen
marble counter tops (Love)
Espresso colored cabinets
Open concept with island
Cabinetry detailing and glass doors
Thanks I would change:
Range hood (more coverage with cabinetry less open space)
Make it wider (next to impossible I know)
Light fixtures (not sure you can see them all from the pics)
Floor color is beige - I would probably go with more white penny tile or something
So what do you think - Am I being overly picky? It's just going to be so much work and money to move that I don't want to do it unless we find something we love and are willing to sacrifice for.
Just saw a lovely new reveal on Centsational Girl today where Kate shared her new reading nook. This inspired me to share my favorite place to read here:
I've had this chair foreva and it is super cozy. In terms of reading material, I love to read blogs, the New York Times magazine when I can get it and a good novel set in another place or time is always fun. Do you have any favorite authors you'd recommend? The best thing I've read lately was 'Cutting for Stone' by Abraham Verghese.
On a slightly random note, I leave you today with this amusing laundry bin that I definitely need in my life:
Hope you all enjoyed this fine October weekend. A little bit rainy here and a few of us felt under the whether but always glad to have the time off to relax.
I have some pics of our outdoor Hallowe'en decorations to share today. Nothing too fancy but I think it creates a festive welcome for the little ghouls and goblins who will come by trick or treating. Of course, we'll have our jack o lanterns out on the night of but it's too soon for those.
The wreath was under $10 from Joe Fresh and I couldn't pass it up. Gotta love those grocery store decor items that make the task a little bit more enjoyable.
Yes - it's that joyous time of the week when relaxation and fun reign. For the most part anyways. To get things started off right, I've rounded up some Etsy lovelies under the theme of cozy, mosaic blues. Guaranteed to give any home a welcoming vibe :)