Tuesday, May 29, 2012

touring the lemonade stand

I am almost recovered from my Walla Walla adventure.  I got up at 4:30 AM Saturday morning to catch a flight to Seattle and on to Sact'o.  All I could think about was having a nap!  Alex and I worked steadily for 4 days and accomplished quite a bit.  The bedroom and office hadn't been touched by the time I left; the kitchen took us two solid 10-hour days to get cleaned and set up.  I'm sure she'll move things around as she settles in to the daily use of the space, but at least we got all the boxes unpacked, all the shelves and drawers scrubbed, disinfected and lined.  The layout is sort of awkward ~ the sink is across the room from the stove/fridge ~

 and although there's lots of cupboard and drawer space, they aren't exactly handy.  Plus she brought far more stuff than she really needs.

 Nevertheless, it's all set up and ready for her new life.

We chose a pretty green horticultural / paisley paper for shelf and drawer lining and then set about measuring and cutting pieces to fit.

At the end of the second day we had completed papering all of the cupboards.

Then we unpacked her dishes, silver, glassware, cookware, and found homes for all of it.

Or almost all of it. Everyone has a "junk" drawer, don't they?

On Friday we ate the first lunch in the new house. I don't remember what it was but it was awfully good.  The dining table and chairs are at one end of the kitchen in a light and sunny spot.

Now for a quick tour of the rest of the house. Here's the living room, another sunny spot with three windows, a glass storm door, hardwood floors, plenty of wall space for Alex's collection of art.

There are two bedrooms; she'll use one for an office-cum-guest room. This first bedroom is located in the front of the house.  Another space with blank walls that will be soon plastered with good things to look at.  A tiny closet to hold the overflow from her bedroom.

The "master" bedroom is at the back of the house, looking out on the garden. More art walls, too.  It's not as light-filled but will probably be quieter, although the street is not a busy one. The only noise comes from the various mow-and-blow gardening services. Of course, she won't be there during the week to hear it, fortunately.  Another tiny closet.

And finally, a tiny bathroom with no storage but a good shower head! There's a little linen closet in the hallway ~ "little" is the operative word here ~ for sheets and towels AND everything else one needs in a bathroom. Alex is already thinking of what kind of storage shelf she needs.

Not to be missed is the garage in the back, just large enough for her car and her bike, but not for much else.

We stuffed all the bubble wrap and packing paper into big black trash bags and hurled them down the stairs into the basement for future use, should it be needed. Likewise we broke down the boxes and put them in storage. I think she has more room in the basement than she does upstairs. It's a very cute little place that she will turn into a colorful, comfortable home in due course. I look forward to going back in a few months to check out the transformation.


john nelson said...
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john nelson said...

Now I remember why I haven't moved since1971....

mary ann said...

I was thinking the same thing as John! But this is a darling little home and Alex has your great sense of style and it looks beautiful and cozy to me. Good job both of you!

Anonymous said...

Liz says:

I agree with John & Mary Ann!!! Alex is so lucky to have you as a mother!!!d