Monday, June 11, 2012

Settling In












We are settling into our new home. Our current house is a little, 1950's house. It's really cute (though I wish it had wood floors. People in Florida are obsessed with having tile floors.) It's the perfect size for us, with cozy rooms. My favorite part is having a den right off the living room. We have turned it into a play room for Adoration. Her room in this house is teeny, with just enough room for a crib, her dresser, and closet-turned cozy hide away/reading nook.  So it's nice to have another space designated for play. She prefers to play around the main living space anyways. This den is perfect because it's connected to the living room but you step down into it. Our living room stays clutter free, because she actually keeps her toys in the playroom. I would love to have something similar in any future home we may have. 
We are renting this house, but in December we will start looking for a house to buy, and hopefully moving in by next June. Renting in South Florida is atrociously expensive. Like....we calculated what we pay for rent, if it were a 30 year mortgage and it would be like a $300,000 or $400,000 house. And the best that rental price gets us is a little house in a spotty neighborhood.We are not that rich! The cost of rent is really pushing our budget. But it was either that or straight up, living in the ghetto. Right now, buying in South Florida is much more economical. So time to buy. We wanted to move down here and get to know the area first before we made that kind of decision. Plus we didn't have the time to do a house search with our moving time frame.  
But for now, this is our little home. I like to make a place feel like home as soon as possible, even when I know it will be temporary. I could never live with boxes around. I like things to have their place and pictures to be up on the wall, and all the things that make a house feel like home to be settled. I've been taking some photos around the house as we've gotten things together, so I'll have a house tour on here soon. For now, enjoy the snippets! 

11 comments:

  1. Lovely pics, what a cutie. Love her little kitchen.

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  2. I totally feel you about the renting vs. buying thing. It's definitlely a buyers market over a renters right now. We are struggling with that decision when we move- whether to rent or try and buy something, not knowing for sure if it's where we will be for the long haul. Hope you find what you're looking for.

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  3. We are finally biting the bullet and buying too. The rental market here is tight and out of control. The house we currently rent, we called about the day it was listed, saw it the next day and left him a deposit the same day. It was the cheapest house we could find in the area we wanted to live in.

    But now it is time to buy. So much for only being here a year huh? November will be 4 years. LOL!

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  4. PS. If you lived nearby I would totally hire you to decorate my home :)

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  5. Love all these, such a sweet gesture with your neighbors.

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    1. Thanks! It is totally counter-culture to do something neighborly like that in south Florida. People were genuinely surprised and grateful.

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  6. I loved looking at your pictures! Especially the ones of Adoration's play room. My little love is 15 months now and I feel so that I need to update her toys. I'd love to hear from you how you decide on what toys to buy her or even see a blog on some of her toy items ;) Her play room looks like so much fun!

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    1. Thanks! She actually doesn't have that many toys...we keep it pretty simple Most of her toys were given or thrifted. But I blog on her toys is a great idea! I'll work on it. ;)

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  7. where did you find that white book shelf>>??

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