We’re renting again. We didn’t want to deal with selling a house after residency, and we found a sweet little rental at a very affordable price near the hospital, so it just made sense. Our landlord is kind and fair and quick to fix things (and he offered to plow our driveway for us in the winter!), and the family who lived here before us just finished the residency program that Matt is starting. We moved in when they moved out. Seamless! It’s nice knowing who lived here before us – a sweet family of fellow Auburn grads (such a fun coincidence. War Eagle!) with four little children.
Here’s the house so far. It’s coming along.
This is the view standing in the Dining Room looking into the Living Room and one of the bedrooms. If you turn to the right you can see the galley kitchen and reading nook, and that’s pretty much the whole house! 🙂
I still have my beloved Ikea frames and picture ledges. They’ve been with me through 3 out-of-state moves and have held up great. The week we were moving from Colorado, I had just bought these frames, and forest fires were sweeping through parts of town. All our stuff was packed in boxes and stacked in the garage, but we weren’t scheduled to pick up the moving truck until the next day. Meanwhile, we were told we needed to prepare to evacuate because the fires were getting closer to our neighborhood. I packed our car with only the essentials you save when there’s a fire: precious family pictures, wedding album, Bible, journals, and THESE IKEA FRAMES. Selah.
Below is the Guest Bedroom. It’s cozy and gets lots of light.
I switched out the curtains recently ($11 a panel at HomeGoods!) and am deciding if I love them. I think I do.
My vision is to eventually replace the lamps, get a rug under the bed, and paint the walls, but I like this room so far. Here’s a view of the other side:
This room is attached to the kitchen and was originally meant to be a kitchenette back in the day. I had no idea what to do with it when I saw pictures of the house before we moved. But it didn’t make sense to me to have a kitchenette AND a dining room in such a small house. On moving day, we just set the couch and bookshelf in that room to try it out (because there was no other place to put them), and the room evolved from there. It has quickly become our favorite spot. It’s where we read, have breakfast, watch birds eat from the bird feeder, gaze out the window, take a nap, … It’s such a cozy, sweet, peaceful room.
I’m going to ask the landlord for permission to paint the wood white and the upper walls light gray. We’ll see. For now, I’m telling myself it’s got a Michigan rustic, cabin-like charm?
There is a large finished basement with a laundry room and tons of storage, but it’s not really a livable space. By “finished”, I mean there’s white, cafeteria-style, tiled, hard, cold, linoleum floors and lots and lots of wood planked walls, and a bar with a kelly green countertop. Why do all old Michigan homes have tacky bars in the basement? Anyway, I’m so very grateful for the storage space, but it’s not a place I feel like tackling decor-wise. If we owned the house, I would refinish that sucker and put more energy into it. But we don’t, and I’m not.
The house also boasts a 1950s pink tiled bathroom (and I mean pink), which really deserves its own separate post. So stay tuned 😉
It was nice having you over!