Closing complete, we have a new house!
One of my favorite movies is Under The Tuscan Sun. Buying my new old house, I have remembered one of my favorite lines:
“The trick to overcoming buyer’s remorse is to have a plan. Pick one room and make it yours. Go slowly through the house. Be polite, introduce yourself, so it can introduce itself to you.”
From afar, and in walkthroughs, it was a bit of a dream. Now it’s a big empty house, but not a home. In this in-between state, it seems like I start to see all the faults and miss the charm that originally brought me there, and it’s a tad scary. The prospect of all the work left to do still seems daunting. Tomorrow starts my big “Painting Party” weekend, to inject some of our style and sensibility into a few key rooms. For my office and the living room, it’s recreating my existing paint schemes in a new space. For the bedroom, adding a cozy warmth that’s missing in my current room. For the downstairs bath, getting rid of a rather unpleasant apricot paint scheme and laying the base for a nice beach theme. For my husband’s office, it’s giving him a space of his own, decorated of his own choosing, that he’s always wanted. Other rooms will be painted later when I have a better idea of what I want to do.
One of the things I like about Under the Tuscan Sun is the idea of new beginnings. Of picking up and moving in a new direction. Not that I think that it’s always possible, but sometimes it’s a really good idea (or a really terrible idea, don’t you just love those?). I look at this experience as that new beginning. Shedding off built up negativity, creating a new and positive space with warmth and charm that we can share with friends and family. All I have to do is survive until I get there!