As it happens, several people our age we hang out with bought their own first homes at roughly the same time as us.
Now, this hasn’t been a bad thing, as we’ve been crying on eachother’s shoulders and comparing notes throughout the process. But now that we’re all somewhat settled into our new digs, I’d expected us to migrate to other, less property centered topics of conversation. How naive of me.
Instead, what we’re doing these days is we’re comparing our homes every chance we get, dutifully keeping track of who’s winning, who’s haggled the best and who’s got the tallest windows, who’s paying less on electricity and who’s hammering nails into the thickest walls.
I get it, you know. You’ve put all your money and most of your future into a place you know for sure was overpriced and now have an inkling it may just not be perfect, never mind it took you years, entire years of your life to find it and fight for it against God knows how many equally desperate people. As have I. It wasn’t easy, I get it. And I get it if you feel the need to confirm to yourself that you’ve made the right choice, when maybe sometimes you fall asleep doubting it nights and nights in a row. As do I sometimes, and yes, it’s scary. So I get it, I really do.
But let’s just try and be friends now.
I don’t care whose dining table sits more people. As far as I’m invited and there’s plenty of wine to go around, I’ll be just fine sitting on the floor.
I don’t want this home buying business to forever scar my life from now on. I’d rather talk about shoes, or work, or how much we hate people who eat fried chicken on the train in the evening, or I don’t know, whatever today’s cool sane people talk about, The X Factor? Let’s do that for a while, I bet we’ll find each other a lot less irritating in time.
OK, rant over, I promise.
But while we’re on dining table controversies, I might as well touch upon another one of my present home decorating challenges, our lovely dining table/room. Nope, I haven’t yet sorted my master bedroom art nemesis, are you kidding me? But it’s not like I’m taking these home front tasks one at a time. More like I’m constantly on the hunt for whatever solution presents itself to me first. So both bedroom and dining room, as well as a heap of other decor related this and that I haven’t even mentioned yet, are always on my mind.
Now, I’ll admit it’s the first time I’ve got my very own, purpose-built dining room. Originally I thought we’d never use it, as I hardly ever cook proper, dining-room-worthy meals, but not only have we been cooking a lot more since we moved in (new sexy kitchen appliances can do that to you!), we’ve actually been eating in the dining room pretty much every day. So obviously I’m obsessed with making it as cozy as possible, especially since it’s not the easiest of rooms to decorate.
It’s a rather narrow space with a large window on the back wall, and room for little furniture apart from the six seater dining table. Color-wise, we’ve got my go-to shades of white, cream and beige (walls, rug), natural oak, chestnut brown (chair upholstery, curtains, art frames) and pale violet (it all started with a potted African Violet as a centerpiece, and evolved to include some Venetian glassware I had lying around, and some faintly Art Deco vases I’d gotten in Barcelona this October).
The only things lacking are a proper ceiling light (I might have mentioned before how I HATE pretty much all the original lighting fixtures in our place, don’t even get me started!), and maybe a wide mirror on one of the walls, just to make that natural light from the window bounce around a bit and widen up the room.
First and foremost of course, they need to be easy to dust (no million grooves and bumps and dirt sucking materials, you know the deal). We favour clean lines rather than intricately ornate anyway, and clean lines has “clean” in it for a reason!
I’m open to suggestions of course, especially for the ceiling light, because lighting seems to be one of those things where I know exactly what I don’t like, but I’m really not too sure about what I don’t not like.
That’s all I’ve got home-front-wise for you today. I’m hoping to finally do a bit of Christmas decorating in the coming days (yes, I know we’re late, sigh), though we’ve never had room for a Christmas tree before so needless to say we’re not that well stocked in terms of Christmas decorations at the moment. And a trip to the shops to get some sounds rather intimidating if not plain dangerous to me, what with all the holiday shopping crazies going on right now. But I’m sure we’ll figure something out, even if it means we end up decorating our Yucca plant with my tiny collection of LEGO minifigures and some wine bottle corks!
Wishing you all a cozy weekend, wherever you are.