Home vs Residence
Home isn’t simply where you sleep or live–it’s the space in which you do your living, and as such it should reflect your personality and express your lifestyle. It should be a place that makes YOU feel welcome and comfortable. It should function in a way that makes your life just a tad bit easier. In all, it should be YOURS and not “theirs” (aka the manager/owner).
The Renter’s Dilemma
Because every rental comes with its own special set of rules, renters often feel that they must live with those white, off-white, or other bland colored walls. Though we are allowed to paint our space, I am going to try my best to avoid it simply because I don’t want the hassle of repainting them when we leave in 3-4 years (which is inevitable in the Army). We are however, allowed to mount pictures and shelves with no repercussions or special repairs before we move out.
In this blog series–which I will complete over the next year–I will share the process of making any drab rental into your home.
I have several ideas brewing already and can’t wait to share all of the finished projects and rooms with you.
Here are some of my plans for our new space.
The Entry Nook
After entering the house, there is a longish hallway with an opening to the immediate left that leads to the sitting room/dining area followed by a strange alcove that sort of looks like it could be a closet, and then another opening to the left that leads into the kitchen.
I call this weird space the Entry Nook. I want to use this space pragmatically, but make it stylish at the same time. The idea is to have a dresser with four drawers (even though I drew it with three)–one for each family member. Hats, scarves, gloves, umbrellas, purses–or whatever can be stored here. It is a dropping zone right now, and I hate it. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
The Dining Room
This is our dining room. In this picture it is pretty empty because I took it the week after we moved in (2.5 months before our furniture arrived). This is still the basic plan, but we are planning on buying Ikea’s Ingatorp table and Ingolf chairs in white.
The door in the picture leads into the kitchen. The bookcase corner is positioned between the dining room and living room, but the hubby wants to put a large fish tank there. It is still under debate.
Blank “Hallway”: AKA the Family Command Center
As I mentioned before, there are two openings to the left of the entry hall. This area is almost like a small hallway. There is a good sized blank wall and an otherwise useless space. Here, I have a temporary “command” center. I should have all of my supplies for this space in the next week or so. This will probably be the topic of my second or third posting in this blog series.
The Coffee Zone
We are coffee LOVERS in this house. As soon as I saw this kitchen, I knew exactly how this space would be used. After a recent trip to Ikea, I now have pretty much everything I need for this space and will be posting about it soon.
To help make more sense of the layout of the house, I’ll tell you what is behind this wall: It’s the Entry Nook! And behind the wall of the command center is the guest bath.
I am very excited about the upcoming projects and hope you will enjoy this blog series.