Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Weekend Recap: Decorating, Adopting

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I am excited to share a quick look into our new home! The bedroom and studio/office are still coming together with just a handful of more boxes to unpack and art to hang on the walls. I'll definitely share photos after those rooms come together this week. Other than that - it feels like home! We haven't painted yet, but we're thinking of holding off for a little while until we settle in. We're really leaning toward this gorgeous gray/pastel shade of green called Chinese Jade from Behr. I used Behr in our last home and really loved the paint and primer in one. It's also a very particular shade of green that we're going for, and Behr has an app that matches the paint color from a photo and I think we got it pretty close!

As for the entire moving experience, as much as it was a whirlwind, we've been able to enjoy each day as it comes and goes. We rented a huge truck for our two bedroom apartment and with the help of five guys, we loaded the truck in three hours, and unloaded it in 30 minutes. I remember trying to make room for more boxes at the new house, and then going outside to load more in, and suddenly the truck was empty. It was incredible how fast we unloaded. We've found a home for almost all of our items, including decorations and wall art, and even made use of our attic for storing holiday decorations. The house looked kind of small when it was empty, but as soon as we started arranging our furniture, the rooms feel spacious and cozy. Our furniture looks like it belonged here all along!

You can see some new additions like the rug (from Urban Outfitters) to make the hardwood floors in the living room a little more cozy, as well as the elevated dog bowl (from Sierra Trading Post) in anticipation of the newest member of our family, Mordechai! I shared a photo of him when we met him on my Instagram if you missed it. He's a retired racing greyhound who is 3 years old, and we're adopting him soon! I have another post coming documenting our adoption process for those that might be interested in fostering or adopting greyhounds.

So many friends and family are moving or adopting pets that I know and it's kind of surreal. It's exciting to be going through this change with everyone, kind of like we're all in it together. The stress of packing, moving day, unpacking, nesting, prepping for new pets... it's a never-ending to-do list! Both S and I are so excited to share our home with a dog. We daydream about where Mordechai's numerous beds will be, where we'll take him for walks, the toys we'll buy him... 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Oh, you're almost home

Monday, July 21, 2014

Here it is, the first official peek into our new home. These were taken after we gave our security deposit and was actually my first time seeing the inside of the house. S saw it while I was in NY visiting a friend, and he was so excited about it's charm and character, that I agreed to putting in an application as soon as I got back into town, sight unseen. We are excited about gardening and are open to the challenge that an old house (built in the 1930's) brings with it's age.

From the photos, you can see that the house's awning needs a little love, the interior walls need a paint refresh, and the hardwood floors need a polish, but that's small business compared to all of the quirks. In the last photo you can see the huge oak tree that drapes over the house and provides shade in sunny Florida. The surrounding streets are brick-paved and shady. Clockwise: 2 blocks north is the local lake that hosts the weekend farmers market and other annual events; 2 blocks northeast is the little strip of restaurants, bars, and cafes, that host our districts monthly wine and art walk event; 2 blocks east is a little lake and park to walk our future dog around. S can bike 6 minutes to work, and I can drive 8 minutes to work.

We moved in and are almost settled. There are a few more boxes to unpack and things to store in the attic like Christmas decorations. But this weekend we'll work on getting it all finalized because we have an appointment to meet some greyhounds! We will meet a few greyhounds that will compliment our lifestyle, chose one we connect with, schedule a home visit, and then we get assigned an adoption date! It's perfect timing too because all the traveling of summer has ended and the next month will be quiet at work. Once we put some boxes away, I'll happily take some photos of our interior; our furniture fits right in and looks like it has belonged here all along. 

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Our Travels: Buffalo, Niagara, Canada

Tuesday, July 08, 2014
From Buffalo to Lackawanna to Canada, we visited Niagara Falls, city hall, the botanical gardens, a basilica, a Shakespeare play in the park, and a family members log cabin in the woods. It was a wonderful weekend spending time with S's family as well as visiting some locations that he's grown up with.
Doesn't that map room at the city hall remind you of something you'd see in a Wes Anderson film? The entire city hall was designed with Native American motifs in Art Deco materials. If you saw my Instagram portrait in front of the elevator, you will see brass used to frame the doors, with triangle and corn carvings reminiscent of the natives. Brilliant, right?
The botanical gardens were lovely and humid. Even though it wasn't an escape from the warm New York day outside, the shade that the plants provided was really calming and serene. S was in his element in the bonsai section. We always like the idea of having many bonsai plants in our home, but they are quite sensitive, and pretty pricey. We haven't had success with our previous bonsais. 
The basilica was gorgeous; it reminded me of the ones in Italy with the shape of the ceiling and all of the paintings and sculptures. It definitely made me miss Italy. We hope to take our next international trip next year to Italy. I've already been to Rome, Naples, and Florence, but will have to revisit so that S can see those places and the art. We hope to make Italy our international trip next year and I am so looking forward to it! For now, I can watch EssieButton's trip to Rome to sate my Italian appetite.
We ate all the "traditional" Buffalo food that S grew up with including pepperoni pizza (it's totally different than the NYC pizza I grew up with), Texas hots hot dogs, and beef on weck. Of course, there was Tim Hortons coffee too, which I had on my last trip to upstate NY.
All of the houses in the area reminded me of the old Victorian house that I grew up in. Front porches, two or three stories, long and narrow. The shame is when people don't keep up with repairs and painting and the maintaining of the property. These beautiful old houses with memories and history in their walls are turning into dust. I can only hope that our generation will become a little handy (with the help of Pinterest and home renovation blogs like Door Sixteen) and will keep these historic areas alive. 
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