I have not posted in quite a while. The reality of the situation is that there really hasn’t been that much to talk about. After the kitchen was finished off this summer, school started and I was dead to the world for about two months while I worked feverishly to get back in the saddle in a new school and with a new content area. Then the holidays came and my focus was diverted again. Now that its January I thought I’d update and bring the blog readers (if there are any of you left) up to speed.
First and foremost, the magazine article I mentioned forever ago finally came out this fall. I was really thrilled with the exposure and felt really validated after all my toil on the house. It was photographed by Girdley & Graves and published in the spring issue of Small Room Decorating and will be on stands until February, 24th so it’s not too late to get a copy.
In November I got a great deal on beautiful Jenny Lind style bed for the spare bedroom at an antique shop nearby.
And in December I tore open the attic floor and installed two light fixtures. One over my kitchen sink and another over the bathroom vanity.
And so that’s pretty much all that’s new. Exciting huh?
Truth is… I’m working on saving up for the driveway and want it done as soon as the weather breaks the spring. So a lot of frivolous house projects have taken a back seat. I am tired of talking about it, looking at it and trying to shovel snow off the uneven pavement. I’ve saved half of the money so far and am in a good position to be ready by May. I should say though, that I’m not putting in crushed stone. I’m just going to pave it and be done with it.
There are a few pre-approved items which will be completed during the project freeze and those are refinishing the floors over Spring Break (myself) and once the driveway goes in I’m going to make some minor modifications to the short front walk and steps, mainly revolving around new pavers and replacing the short aluminum railing with a more appropriate wooden one. This fall I will also replace the oil furnace with a favorable financing deal from NYSERTA which is actually going to be saving me about $100.00 a month, rather immediately. Lastly, in the further off future I may look into finishing the attic in to a master bedroom and small second bath.
And that my friends, will be a wrap. I’ve got to stop tinkering and learn when it is appropriate to call it quits. I’ll be nearing the maximum return on investment value at that point but with a healthy lead. Which might just lead to bigger and better things down the road.
I’ll also encourage you to follow along on Instagram at Ittybittybungalow