Well, moving into a house! We’ve rented a cheap (for my city) apartment for the past 2.5 years, and many of you will have heard me complain about the noisy neighbours, many kinds of ugly flooring, and all it’s other charms. Well, we are finally moving!
As you’ll have seen if you follow me in IG or FB, we’re moving mid-May to a century home just outside the downtown core of our city. It’s a nice residential street – in fact, I lived on the same street twice in University. It’s near the big river park and just 500m from the weekly Farmer’s Market. (Where, incidentally, I used to sell handmade pillows made from saris one summer!) Bonus: Lots of nice places to take blog photos!
I find moving quite intimidating… I tend to obsess over the details to control my fears about the big stuff (aka. $$$!) So far I’ve been pinning up a storm about interior design, and imagining each room – as opposed to, you know, getting quotes from moving companies! (I’ve never used a moving company before, but we’ve got a few big heavy items like a dishwasher and massive elliptical machine, and not as many friends and family in shape for lifting heavy stuff. Please let me know if you’ve got any advice on finding movers!) Then there is changing over the utilities and internet, updating insurance, packing, cleaning, the university course I was supposed to start in April but am hoping to delay, and all that jazz!
In the spirit of happy distraction, here’s what I’ve been thinking about:
Since choosing the house, I’ve given away 5 bags of clothes to friends and family! Jamie has a bunch of clothes to donate, and records/etc to sell. I’m finding it much easier to use things up and get rid of them – but still, I just can’t winnow down our books or my crafting stash! Gotta keep working on that.
The house has grey walls, which I’m rather excited about – I love how it sets of bright colours – and high ceilings with hardwood floors. Here are some of my inspiration pins for the living room:
Here’s what I notice when I look at these pictures:
- layered, eclectic looks
- bold saturated colours: shades of teal, pinky red, and splashes of bits of ochre yellow
- plants, but I think I need plastic ones
- lots of textiles (surprise!) and art on the walls
Since we don’t have a budget for decorating, I’m enjoying thinking about how to mix the things we already own with extra furniture from our families, art that I left kicking around in my parent’s basement 15 years ago, and textile things I can sew from the stash!
Which takes me to yesterday’s project: a rag quilt made from quilting cotton dresses and some of my favourite fabrics I’ve been hoarding from Japan! It’s a throw quilt for the couch, made of 15″ squares. I’ve never tried making a rag quilt before, but it was so quick and easy! I’ll do a proper post on it eventually. Basically, you sandwich some batting between two squares of cotton, sew them with an x, and join all the squares with the raw seam allowances showing on one side. Once it’s washed, the seam allowances become fluffy. It’s not as elegant as a “real” quilt, but I did finish it in a day after thinking about making a quilt for years, and I’m excited to see all my favourite fabrics instead of hiding them away in the stash.
In a similar vein, I finally bound the King-sized quilt that was part of my 2014 Top 5 resolutions! In the end the binding was quick and easy – I don’t know why I put it off for years. Frank is now obsessed with lying on it!
Next On My List
Rent a van to pick up 7 Ikea bookshelves I bought on Kijiji for $75, and find some cheap and bright upholstery fabric to recover our Ikea Poang chair. (You know, that bent wood recliner-y one that everyone has owned at some point?) Oh, and my landlord is coming over in a few hours to get the place measured for renovations… I should probably make sure they at least have room to walk in all the rooms!
I’m all ears for moving advice – please tell me your top tips!