Designing a Nervous Breakdown

If you’ve ever moved before, you know how stressful it can be. With our first house, we didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into by planning a wedding, buying a house and fixing it up all at once! Now that we’re onto House #2, we are much wiser, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t just as stressed.

Anytime we take on a new project, it’s a lot to swallow. Our heads tend to run a mile a minute while physically, we are only able to take on so much at a time. And time is especially a factor since we seem to have so little of it. Between work, weddings, and being the weekend warriors that we are, we are constantly traveling to visit friends and family in not-so-far, yet far enough away places that nothing seems to get done as quickly or as easily as we would like it to.

With all of this being said, we are taking great care in doing so much more designing in this house than we did in our previous house. In our first house, we spent so much time rehabbing and fixing things that had to be fixed, we didn’t always plan ahead in terms of design. Hence, we ended up with a rainbow in our house (if you’ll recall in this post, here) and some other partially-planned-yet-never-started projects that just never seemed to get back onto the plate, like painting the entire basement (never even started) or following through on our drop ceiling replacement project.

I think what I’m trying to say is, we didn’t plan in House #1 and we ended up flying by the seat of our pants on this “nervous breakdown.” House #2 is no less of a nervous breakdown, but this time we are aiming to at least design each of our project plans with care and the expertise we’ve gained from the test run that was House #1.

The truth is, even with all the work we did, we never felt like we were 100% “at home” in House #1. The good news is, we are already feeling the difference with House #2. We feel like we’re up in the big leagues now – we tackled our starter house and didn’t do too bad of a job (if we don’t say so ourselves). We learned SO MUCH from that experience. We know what we like, what we don’t like, what works, what doesn’t work, what’s worth the investment and what’s not. Our priorities are in order and our “ready for anything” mentality is shining through.

Now if we could just figure out how to properly measure the opening for our new refrigerator, we’d be in business!

This post was way too heavy…enjoy some lovely outdoor photos for your troubles 😉

Pano of the backyard, styled by Andrew…

Backyard panoramic

Is this a Hibiscus? or Rose of Sharon?

Hibiscus flower Hibiscus blooming

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