Month: April 2014

Downsizing Part 2…Or, Please Pass the Advil…

Here’s the thing.  There are approximately 280 students at the Army War College.  When the school year ends–they all move away.  And then 280 new students replace them.  There are approximately 280 people moving from the Carlisle area all at the same time.  Let’s try this again…this is a small town, there are only so many movers, and just about the entire Army War College student population is moving all within weeks of each other—while, wait for it, 280 students plus families move TO Carlisle.  That’s about 500 students plus families crisscrossing through Carlisle with moving vans. What this also means is everyone is securing new housing while trying to see an end to their current housing. What this really means to me is I have a headache. I cannot go anywhere lately where there is not some sort of discussion about household goods, logistical maneuvers involving u-hauls, moving dates, storage in transit, permanent change of station or PCS, packing, administrative or bureaucratic tasks, moving carriers, weight of household goods, garage sales due to excess …

Downsizing Part 1…Or, Head in Hands.

  I have essentially one month before the packers show up.  And my month of May is packed. The first week of June I have house guests, my husband’s graduation from the U.S. Army War College, my son’s 9 year old birthday party, a trip to Disney World and the day after…the whirling dervishes, aka packers and movers, descend upon my house. I live in a 4000 square foot house. I am moving to a 1400 square foot house plus basement in DC. And I have a lot of things. I am haunted by the questions do I need this, is this useful, does this have value, when was the last time I used it, does it have more than one purpose… I just looked at my 6 year old and asked him if he really needed both stuffed penguins and if they were part of his 5 year plan.  “How much are Waddles and Baby Waddles worth to you today and are you willing to expend valuable personal energy managing them?” I am sick …

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Chairs to You.

  Well, Hello. I have not posted for awhile. I went to Detroit for Easter.   Our house is still being shown to potential buyers… …which is having A LOT of activity.  We’ve been busy with many house guests. I’m torn between whether I am maintaining a museum (for the showings) or a bed and breakfast (for the friends and family).  Of course a whirlwind trip to Detroit and bajillion other things happening isn’t really helping.  It’s ok. We’re all healthy, “wealthy”, and wise so I won’t complain.  I only wish I had a tiara and a tutu–and rainbow striped rain boots.  That would make it all so much easier. My head has been in a fog trying to maintain momentum for the 6,000 directions I am running in.  But I haven’t been too busy to scavenge.  I just bought this cool chair for our next house in DC. And I just bought a fern for my favorite chair which lives on the front porch.  Hopefully, the new front porch will have an empty welcoming …

Spring Staging and Redesign Decorating Tips

  Today I hauled out a desk I’ve had since college and painted it white.  I’m getting ready for our new home in DC.  The to do list that I’ve been staring at suddenly doesn’t have me beat anymore.  I’m ready for some change.  Sunshine and warm weather do that after a long, long winter.  I’m ready to tackle some projects and ready for action–says the sedentary girl sitting on the couch with her laptop with a cup of coffee and the Today show…  I’m currently living in a house that is up for sale.  Last June I was living in a different house that was up for sale.  Golly, it would be awesome if I can spend every spring prepping for buyers.  Not to brag, but I sort of kind of a little bit always have a nice house.  I follow my own advice.  At least I do.  My kids, not so much. EVERY single house I stage the owners always say the same thing—I wish we had made these changes earlier so WE …

Top 5 Decorating Tips for Fabulous Rooms that Look Like YOU

  It’s time for the Top 5 Decorating Tips for Fabulous Rooms that Look Like YOU—or how to not be boring.  I so hate boring.  Who has time for boring?  Life is too short for boring.  Let’s put some zip in it.  Let’s put some fun with it.  So without further ado… 5.  Something Old.  Ever walk into someone’s perfect house and feel like you are in a furniture showroom?  Or a model for new construction?  I get the willies just thinking about it.  You know what would shake that off?  Something old. Something old and painted with chippy paint is awesome.  Something old and quirky is awesome.  Something from a junk store or flea market that is random and old is awesome. Something with some history…something with layers and time and grit and experience.  Something that says I have seen life man and I have survived.  Got it?   4.  Something New.  Now if everything in your room was old and gritty and chippy and quirky–it would just be weird.  It would be too much. …

Almost Wordless Wednesday…Waiting.

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” I’m about to be invincible. Good, because I’m going to need it.  My next move is coming up fast and life in a military family with little boys is never boring. Stay tuned because I’m working on my top 5 list of what every room needs to be more like, well, YOU. And that’ll put a little Spring in your step…