Tell me you do this also? Currently, my home is in a state of complete and utter chaos. So much so that I have completely given up on anything more than “maintaining” it. Most days we have 8 people here, and 4 dogs. Some days that number climbs by half a dozen with a couple more fur balls added in for good measure. I truly love this chaos and would not have it any other way! However, I will not lie when I tell you that I am looking forward to some calm, and it is becoming to be a slow but sure reality.
In the summer of 2019, we bought a “quaint” little raised modular rambler that needed just a “bit” of updating for it to be used for an anticipated Airbnb. Two years, I can hardly believe that as I type TWO years have come and gone and after some MAJOR setbacks, the kind that you would ALWAYS see on Flip or Flop, with the dramatic cut away to commercial, except our commercial break went through a few more seasons of anticipation. The original home had a boiler, which died, and that led to all-new forced air, aka, new furnace and AC. Then came the water well upgrade, all new wiring, plumbing, and the demo-ing of what amounted to the WHOLE house. Then throw a little COVID-19 in the mix and it has been a wild two years!
We anticipate the interiors of the home to be done by mid-July (yes, this year, 2021) and finally, Chad and his family will be able to move into the property.
So, that brings me back to my sanity that is hanging by a thread and the fact that I have been, like many of you admiring my sister Dawn (@dawnmoonhome) on Instagram. In fact, much of the Hillside Hideaway, aka, The Land, aka, The Landing (dubbed by our sweet 3-year-old niece Alaina), or finally, aka, Chad’s House will be emulated by Dawn’s vision for her own home. The fun part, the decorating finally seems within grasp! Dawn has an airy City Farmhouse vibe that is gaining her more and more (much deserved) attention. She is also a master at finding vintage or old pieces of art, tableware, and knick-knacks that give a “put together over time” feel to her sweet home. More than all of that, Dawn’s home is modest, a split-level home that is so welcoming and comfortable that you don’t ever want to leave. I love the “realness” of what she has done in her home and the idea that anyone can do what they have done, on a reasonable budget.
But, back to me and my story, once the Landing is done, I will then need to focus on my own home that has been completely ignored for far too long! I have tattered carpets in the corners (apparently this is a “thyng” with pugs?) and knawed on wood on the stair banisters (thanks to Ollie and Bailey and their puppy-ness stage). My furniture is completely thrown together to basically “function” at the moment and I have literally given up hanging artwork. I am almost as overwhelmed as when they handed the keys over for the Hillside Hideaway home 😨.
And yet, the possibilities are now endless and I look forward to doing some much-needed updates and improved functionality in our Cassidy house. Until then, I will continue to live vicariously through my sister Dawn’s Instagram page and continue to glean some design inspo!