Sunday, August 3, 2014

We're In!!

by Leann

Many of you have followed my long journey to move from the rent house (aka The 60s Motel From Hell) to the home we have been building on Lake Greenwood. I can now say we have moved! There were times I thought we'd never get here, but my Facebook friends and face-to-face friends and relatives have encouraged and supported me through this process--and I almost came through with my sanity intact. (My sanity might have been questionable before we decided to move.)

So I share with you the mess that is our home. Boxes are everywhere, I go hunting for one thing and usually find the thing I was looking for two hours ago, but now I feel no rush. This feels like it should here--like home.

I took this first picture when it was dark because I love the under-the-eaves LED lights we put in. We are so far from the road that I knew we needed a little extra illumination.

Here's my red front door, which I absolutely love. Red has always been one of my favorite colors. The leaded glass is beautiful and since the foyer opens right into our living room, it is truly a piece of art. Or it will be when we take all the stickers off the doors and windows.

Our fireplace is nowhere near done. It's a corner piece and is gas. We haven't yet decided about the mantel and the surround tile. We've had plenty of woodburning fireplaces and it's time to stop cleaning out the mess. I am weary of that!

My kitchen cabinets go to the ceiling and since I have quite a few fragile family pieces and china, I made the uppers glass and had LED lights put inside as well as LED under the counter. It's very pretty at night. Remember not to look at the mess, but what's beyond the mess. There is also a lovely red built-in corner cabinet right off the kitchen area.



This is the guest bathroom--it's gray, cream and beige and I went with a blue accent tile and will have blue and gray towels and accessories one day. One day.

Across from there is my "office"/craft room. Pardon the big TV but we don't have the correct sized entertainment center yet. That's in the future. The room is pink. Another of my favorite colors and designed to make my husband NEVER want to enter.

My laundry room has a nice window and is home to all things belonging to pets as well as cleaning supplies. Getting the cleaning supplies out of the kitchen was a goal I achieved. Lots of cabinets and a big closet in here.

The master bathroom is dark brown, light brown and cream. Because of my Lyme and fibromyalgia, we did an aerated tub. I find a Jacuzzi a little too rough on my muscles. This is a wonderful option for the pain. Very gentle and soothing.

And last but best are a couple views of the lake taken from our living room. There are big oaks and lots of critters--like the heron who spends his day very close to shore to fish and who gets very annoyed when we let the dog out. He may show up with a "do not disturb" sign around his neck in the future.

Thanks to all of you who have endured this journey with me. I hope to have "pretty house" pictures in the future, but for now, this is gorgeous to me! I cannot believe I have a book coming out this coming week, too. It's all good.




50 comments:

Lynda Turpin said...

Oh Leann - I am so happy you're finally home (can you see me doing the happy dance for you?). It was a long wait but now you can start the next phase of your life. And even though you still have a lot of unpacking and decorating to do - that can be the fun part. Not the unpacking itself, but being able to find things you had packed away so long ago and having the space to put them. And deciding how to decorate the various rooms should be fun. I love your kitchen It will be so nice to have so much room and working appliances. And, of course, the view is to die for. Congratulations and thanks for sharing the pictures.

SueAnn said...

Wonderful news! Now you are no longer a "split person living in 2 homes.."!!! You can be all you..in one place...no worries..just relaxing with your things....! What you have been waiting to do for...a LONG time!

Diane P said...

Hope you have many happy & healthy days there.

Annette said...

Congratulations Leann. Your new home looks lovely.

Pamela Bodine said...

So beautiful and so happy for you.

Linda Rima said...

Looks wonderful & definitely worth the wait, trials, and current mess. Congratulations and be happy in your new home.

Teachgiftedkids said...

Wow! All the work and the wait was definitely worth it! When is the Open House?

StephanieHobrock said...

So happy for you and the kitties!

Dru said...

I'm so happy for you and thanks for sharing. It's been a long journey and I'm glad that you are finally *home*

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Lynda! It will look better in the months ahead. We are in and its ours. Right now, that makes me very happy!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks SueAnn! Yes, I began visualizing this house when we bought the lot in 2003. That IS a long time. :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Diane!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Annette! Undenrneath the boxes there is quite the nice place!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Pamela!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Linda! Someone sent me a youtube video of "Happy Days Are Here Again" and it's so fitting!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks! Open house??? I think after I finish the book I am supposed to be writing! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Stephanie. The kitties race up and down the hall every morning. Six AM. Of course!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Dru. I had that thought yesterday as I was doing the 100th load of laundry to get out the musty smell from the old rental. Yes, this is home!

Lois Rotella said...

Home is where the heart is. You have a beautiful home. Many happy days with your family in your new home.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Lois! The cats and the dog have space they don't know what to do with! Every closet is a hiding place now. I think they are quite satisfied with their new digs! :-)

Kay Finch said...

This is great! What a relief for you to finally be in your new home. I'm smiling at the vision of the kitties racing around and hiding in closets. Congrats!

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

Congratulations, Leann! Everything is so beautiful. With a view like that I would never want to leave your livingroom. Welcom home!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Kay. We didn't see Wexford for two days! He found a great hiding place among the many boxes. Now, he's happily back to normal!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Lisa! It is so calming and serene here. I love it!

Amanda Towne said...

So happy for you! It looks great!!!!!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Congratulations Leann. I'm so happy for you. Your new home is truly beautiful so sit back and take a little rest before you tackle all the work of unpacking. I can't wait to see the finished pictures. I love it and wish I could live there too.

mary kennedy said...

I love your house!~ And the view of the lake...sublime!! I am so happy for you.

Rita Crabb said...

I echo all the comments here. You have put a lot of thought into your forever home and I wish you all the best life has to offer here. Enjoy, relax, create here in peace.
I am so happy for you. And I love the RED door.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much, Amanda!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary. It is SO QUIET here compared to where we were--The Dog Park Without People Supervising neighborhood. :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much, Rita. The neighbors who stopped by to check on our progress right after we painted that door loved it too. I think it says our heart is here.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Diane. It is truly my dream home. I couldn't ask for more. We worked very hard all our lives to get to this stage of life. I am grateful for the peace I know I will find here.

Marlene Ezell said...

I am so happy that you are in your home. Such a nice place to live and such a beautiful view.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Marlene. The view is beautiful!

Grandma Cootie said...

Beautiful. Congratulations on finally making it home! Enjoy adding all the final touches and don't forget to relax and enjoy that gorgeous view.

Annette N said...

What a lovely home you have ----I wish you serenity, joy, laughter and love to fill every day. Leann, it could not happen to a nicer person. Take care and enjoy that view. Maybe you and the heron and work on a schedule that suits both he and the dog?

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much! That is going to be SO FUN after a couple years of ugly.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Annette! When he's out there fishing for his dinner, I take Rosie out front. I love to watch that guy fish! He's an expert. :-)

Fred said...

Beautiful house and pictures. Enjoy. Also, Vagabond is wonderful, too. Loved it.

Laura W said...

I'm thrilled for you. Your house is absolutely beautiful, and I love your choice of colors, my very favorites. I'm 1000% jealous! Your lake view is to-die-for.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much Fred! And I am so glad you liked the book! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Laura! When we bought this piece of property I wasn't with my husband. He sent me a video of two properties he thought would be good--this one and one across the lake. This one had a much better view--and of course cost more. But Mr. Frugal surprised me by picking this one. He was right on!

Mark Baker said...

Congrats on finally make it into your new place!!!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much! It's exciting!

Amanda said...

Congrats on the new house Leann. It is beautiful.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much Amanda!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

So happy for you! What an amazing week this will be with this fabulous new house and a new book (which will also be fabulous!) .

Enjoy every minute. Once you are settled, I hope you will have time to relax and enjoy it all.

XO

MJ/VA

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ! Yes, lots of excitement in my life right now. And I am enjoying it very much already!

Maggie Sefton said...

Leann---I am SO glad you are in your house at last. :) It looks beautiful. And those views of the lake are lovely. Take it easy moving in so you don't get overtired.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Maggie. It is very hard not to want to get everything in its place as soon as possible. But that won't be happening! I have to take my time--or my body rebels. :-)