Finally, she was in! And we are excited!! And here are some "before" pictures, as we have a number of improvements planned...
The Entry and the Living Room...which will soon sport a new color on the walls...
The Open Staircase on the other side, glimpse of the Kitchen on the left.
The Kitchen...cabinets soon to be painted...
The Dining Room
The spacious Utility Room
Great little deck and yard
View from Master to upstairs landing
Main bath (there's also a half bath downstairs)
Second Bedroom, aka sewing room, library, oh the possibilities!
As I said before, WE are excited, and full of ideas...However, I am slowly becoming aware that really only ONE of us will be implementing her ideas...
...and it's not me.
I'm afraid I have fallen into that parent trap of vicariously living through your child...In this case, fantasizing (I find out now) that I will get to be a co-interior decorator, designer and style maven on this project.
It ain't going to happen...
because (duh!) IT'S NOT MY HOUSE.
The best I can hope for, since my fall into fantasy, is to help implement another's design ideas. My inordinate enthusiasm has relegated me to my rightful place...Mother of Homeowner, who may or may not be allowed to paint the color the Homeowner chooses.
In lieu of my fantasy, I have now put my creative energies into cleaning...EVERYTHING. I'm good at it, baby! I ROCK at cleaning! I have the empty Magic Eraser boxes to prove it! And I am setting the foundation of good design -- CLEANLINESS! What is good design without cleanliness, I ask you???
I content myself with this role, and maybe if I am good and remember "THIS IS NOT MY HOUSE", I may even get the opportunity to wield a paint brush with more than primer on it.
Be still my heart!
Forgive me, Daughter Homeowner, for forgetting that I already have a house, and now it is YOUR turn to be decorator, style maven extraodinaire! You're doing a great job, and REALLY I am so happy for you.
Can I please paint now?