February 25, 2011

The big debut!

by Shelly

This has just been the craziest week over at the Van R house.  Rushing around to prep the house, watch after a 3 year old (on the days she doesn’t have preschool), deal with client projects and general household upkeep has really taken it out of me!  I so admire those other design bloggers who have three kids, a thriving business AND a successful blog that is updated regularly.  Um, can someone please share with me how they do it?  But all the chaos the last few days paid off for me, when this morning I opened up my email and saw our house photos from our real estate agent.

Of course the interior wasn’t completely finished.  I had a long list of to dos and to buys that I had wanted….

…upholstered head chairs for the dining room,  new tables for the living room, a bench or sofa for the end of the bed in the master, window seat cushions for two of the bedrooms, rip out carpet and travertine and lay wood floors….  Oh yes, there was a LIST!  But we are on to bigger projects my friends!  Cause let’s face it, this home really is really pretty all ready.  And man oh man, have I found some beater homes just looking for some TLC!  Yikes!  I’ll admit though, it thrills me and terrifies me all at the same time.   I’m a perfectionist and a clean freak, so those two personal characteristics are always a struggle for me.   I need to just CHILL…or may end up the female version of Jeff Lewis!!  haha!

So, much to my husbands’ disapproval I have been staying up late at night planning scheming on ideas for our new house. That we haven’t even bought or found yet of course! There are a few bloggers that have really inspired me to realize I CAN transform an ugly house for myselfI usually only do this for clients…but why?  (cause I’m a germ-a-phobe, clean freak is probably why!) There is SUCH opportunity to put your own stamp on things.  As a designer I should totally know this right!?

Julie Holloway’s home via Milk and Honey Home

Lauren Liess’ home via Pure Style Home

Janell’s home via Isabella and Max blog

So although we will be leaving a home that looks beautiful in photos, I am eager to really dig my heels in on a whole home redo that says…”Hello everyone! Welcome to the Van Rozeboom home!”.   I can see the silver lining!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Brenda February 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Your house is gorgeous. It is going to sell so fast.


sally February 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Your house looks fab! You have such a great positive attitude. I’m excited for you!

My hubs is getting out of the military in June. We are moving to Texas and hopefully be buying our first home together very soon. It’s very exciting!!

p.s. I came across a great blog the other day, you may enjoy it too:
http://www.theletteredcottage.net :-)

Happy Friday!!


Joanna K February 26, 2011 at 12:29 am

Be prepared to sell your house fully furnished. I think buyers are gonna snatch it up. Looks great, Shelly!


valerie February 26, 2011 at 3:30 am

HI Shelly, wow….you have a lot going on…..but I hope that things go as smoothly as postsible for you. I hope that you can get your home sold in a timely manner. And yes inlife you must always find the silver lining..when one door closes another opens, right? Thhinking of you and your house looks very nice!


valerie February 26, 2011 at 3:31 am

sorry about the typos…..I really can spell….cold fingers!


Jessie February 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

You are a machine. You have to share your tips for getting a house in order!


Yvonne February 27, 2011 at 5:32 am

How exciting for you….everything will be fine and I look forward to future posts sharing the journey.


Shelly March 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Thanks Yvonne. Crazy times ahead I think!


kat February 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Good luck with everything! It’s so much better making a sad-looking house totally your own rather then just buying it that way. I think so anyway. Looking forward to seeing some amazing transformations!


Meg February 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm

We’re actually doing the same thing right now – selling a house we thought was forever and moving into a fixer-upper. I can’t wait to put my stamp on the house. It has amazing bones and curb appeal but the inside is a disaster – pink wallpaper from the eighties, ugly millwork, mismatched flooring. Every room needs work – and lots of it!
I’ve actually read lots of posts about this simplifying, reducing trend lately. I appreciate reading that other people are in the same position or going through a similar down-sizing of ‘stuff’ right now too.
Just thought I’d let you know. Looking forward to reading about your new home.


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