See the beautiful work of art there on the potting bench shelf? My wonderful reader and friend Gayle got that for me, from a gardener and artist I recently welcomed on Welcome Wagon, Garden Up Green. I love it! It is a mosaic of pieces of paper.
But the potting bench may have to be the first thing to leave this room, so it will likely end up someplace else.
Now for the behind-the-scenes photos I normally would not show...
The good news is that the pupsters love the new sofa/chaise arrangement. The bad news is that I can't figure out how to decorate this room so that it doesn't look like, well, what it looks like.
I normally would never show an unmade bed. But my body has so many aches I simply walked away from it unmade this morning, unlike the other mornings since I've been here when I had a little more mojo.
My desk area in front of the window in the bedroom. Dark, I know. It's very overcast outside. I tried to lighten it up in Picmonkey and only managed to make it look grainy. Use your imagination.
I purchased the office chair from Wayfair and actually managed to put it together myself, which is no small feat when you have difficulty following written directions. So far it has not dumped me to the floor.
Obviously this is at the other end of the bed wall. I chose to put my big TV in here that was in the living room at the other house. I never turn it on in the daytime, so it was never used there.
However, at night I typically turn it on to see if there are any Law & Order (in all its variations) or Criminal Minds reruns on that I have not already seen more than 3 times. So the little one is in the closet. No TV in the living room for me.
This is across from the sofa. No, I have no idea quite how I'm going to work any magic here. Have a few ideas, but none that make me do a happy dance. This is where most would put a TV I suppose.
The coffee table, which I adore, just doesn't seem to fit though. What to do? What to do? Should I get rid of it???
Hate, hate, hate the typical apartment mini and vertical blinds. Will have to figure something out there as well.
You can see the end of the sofa here, so now you see just how much space I have for the rest of this area. Not much. It is too cramped and there are decisions that will have to be made. I don't want this to look like furniture lined up in a showroom.
Right now the microwave is on the coffee bar, which I'm not crazy about, but it doesn't look right on the counter either.
My very small kitchen. What you can't see in this pic, because there is not room to back up to photograph it, is that on the far right are my black bookcases, in an L-shaped configuration, once again standing in for a pantry.
So now you see the old white refrigerator, the beige stove, the white stove hood, and the even more beige dishwasher. Mercy me. Is this a matter of color blindness?
I think it is a matter of putting in here whatever was working and leaving me to deal with what to do to make this kitchen look more cohesive. I am not a matchy-match person. But three colors on three appliances in close proximity just will not work.
Now we go out the patio doors to my wonderfully big fenced-in patio. It looks like a junk yard right now.
Charlie is searching down the cats that think this is their yard, and seem not to understand that this is now a "dog yard." Mayhem may be in their future.
Here's the view at the opposite end. I probably have 100 boxes over there at the end, broken down. Does anyone need any free moving boxes?
This patio has great "bones", if you will; wonderful possibilities. But it's going to take awhile to uncover them.
Those are my socks drying on the chair. Remember? No washer/dryer here.
Okay, now you've seen it.
This morning (oh, I see it is no longer morning) I am moving a bit slow. Had my cereal about two hours later than I usually do. Just finished a second cup of coffee.
And I sit on this very comfortable sofa/chaise (a great buy I might add), and wonder what on earth to do next.
I showed you photos I normally would not show. I cringe at them. Because though I never have a home that looks like the housekeeper has just left (don't have a housekeeper and can't afford one), it never looks like this.
Most of the stuff is unpacked. But it's readily apparent that even more things are going to have to go outside, where there are already a lot of things (looks like a furniture graveyard out there), or they will have to be donated.
Now, which things do I choose to keep? I kind of wish I was on a TV show where I didn't actually have to make the choice. "Do you want to keep what is behind door #1, door #2, or door #3?"
Actually I might have had more success at marriage if I'd been offered this approach...
Suggestions greatly appreciated...
My magic wand seems to need new batteries.