I’m in love.
It hasn’t been a quick, easy, or painless process- moving has sucked the life out of me.
Boxes everywhere, navigating the whole four generations under two roofs on one property– it’s unique to say the least.
We finally closed on our old house last week- the house I bought myself in my mid-twenties- the house I brought our kids home to, the house we started our family in– until we decided to move over to my husband’s family farm.
My husband’s grandpa built the farmhouse in the mid-seventies on a gorgeous parcel of land in Northern Colorado, just at the base of the foothills that but up to Long’s Peak.
When my husband and I got married, we knew his grandmother had alzheimer’s, and was requiring a lot more care. My in-laws moved from the east coast back to the farm to help care for grandma and my husband’s grandfather– and to slowly renovate the farmhouse. When my husband’s grandfather died a few years ago, they started joking more and more that we should move into the farm.
They’d always joke and say they were renovating it for us, and would sort of ask here and there if we’d move in– but we had a house we loved just 30 minutes away. The more we thought about it though, the more it really made sense.
Sure, it would be tough- dealing with an Alzheimer’s patient is no walk in the park- but our kids could run and explore the acreage my husband grew up visiting and loved so much, we could be closer to my in-laws, and we could help with Grandma’s care.
After a ton of debate, what ifs, back and forths– we all decided to take the leap. We sold our house and are planning on buying some rental properties, and have been taking lots of time to settle in to the new digs.
And what a great time to move to a new house- just when we could decorate it with tons of sparkles, lights, ornaments, and holiday cheer.
In part, it took a while to decorate the house and be fully “moved in” because we were waiting to sell our house and couldn’t move staging furniture, we were still renovating things here, and while the house is generously sized, there are some long, skinny rooms with funny layouts.
Figuring out where to find and place furniture has been no small challenge for me- especially when accommodating for Grandma’s needs (her walker needs an easy path, she needs chairs that are comfy for her), mixing in the things I already owned, some of my in-laws things (they have been living in a small in-law cottage on the property), as well as incorporating my husband’s grandma’s antiques- some dating back well over a hundred years ago!
This IKEA LIATROP cabinet was one of the best purchases I have ever made. Isn’t it gorgeous for displaying all of our china and glass wear?
I topped it with a simple Martha Stewart lighted garland for instant, clean, and bright Chistmas charm.
We bought our dining room table when we were first married from American Furniture Warehouse, and I loved adding festive colors and winter woodland themed items from World Market and Joann Fabric and Crafts.
I strung simple, thin garlands over the windows just for Christmas all over the downstairs of the house.
Our kitchen is usually buzzing- I feel like I am always cooking, photographing, or cleaning something in there.
I’m going to share more photos of this space and the before and afters (to say the transformation is stunning is a dramatic understatement)… but I love how open and airy the kitchen is now. My in-laws knocked down an entire wall between the kitchen and the dining room, and it now feels like a completely different space.
I love the copper apron sink and all of the bright white around the kitchen- and how it plays off the dark countertops.
Some of my favorite finishes are the gorgeous lights I got at Pottery Barn.
We had double pendants installed over the dining room table, and a gorgeous five-lantern chandelier over the stove.
Sometime in the next year we will re-do the stairway (the green carpet has seen it’s day), but for now, I am loving having our Christmas tree in the curve of the winding staircase.
I don’t even want to think about how quickly Christmas is coming- because I do NOT want to take down any of this decor! I love it all so much.
Our living room was one of the hardest to decorate. It is so long and narrow- we didn’t really know where to put the TV, the couch, and have room for more than two people.
I found some amazing tufted slipper chairs at target that sit on the same wall as our HEMNES media cabinet from IKEA that holds the tv- and faces our American Furniture Warehouse leather couch.
I have matching Target Belfast rugs in the room– I love the tufted look they have! I am on the hunt for a coffee table I like more than our old cheap one- and one that fits with the dreamy tufted side chairs I snagged from Wayfair recently.
Upstairs, in my office, I have continued the vintage-y feel of our Christmas decor. It’s a lovely, inviting space that has fast become one of my favorites in the house.
Stay tuned for detailed purchasing information (as well as a reveal of the other rooms, details on my remodeled office and the rest of the room including the most dreamy chandelier and textured rug from Lamps Plus) that I will be sharing in the new year!
One of my favorite things- the gazebo. I strung some cafe lights out in the gazebo this summer and don’t ever want to take them down.
In the snow, it is incredibly dreamy!
I can’t wait to share more of our journey over on the farm here with you in 2016!