I’m kind of forgoing resolutions this year. Every year they’re basically the same (eat better, exercise more, take better care of my health, get organized, write more, blog more), and I usually blow it. So, I’m just planning to do those same things without making official resolutions out of them.
Instead, I’m giving myself a project.
And it won’t even take the whole year.
We’re hoping to put our house on the market in the spring. Like, maybe around April. While we adore our cute little cottage, it’s simply too small for us now. We’re thinking of adding to the family – if not a kid, then at least another dog – and two bedrooms just doesn’t hack it for us these days. I may have mentioned in the past that we were planning to document this process on TV, but for various reasons, that isn’t happening anymore.
What is happening, however, is a lot of home improvement projects and redecorating. Naturally, there are a few minor repairs that need to be made to the house to get it ready to sell. I’m planning on us tackling a few of those and hiring professionals for the rest. The redecorating, though, is all ours!
Part of the process is going to be uncluttering the house. We have a lot of stuff, and it’s a chore to keep it put away all the time. It’s time to purge, purge, purge. I’m sure some stuff will go in the garage sale pile that is taking up half of our garage, some will be sold on consignment, craigslist or ebay, and the rest will be donated. I’m actually excited about this process, since I’m so tired of having to cram things into closets when it’s time to clean up. It’s going to be a crappy chore, but the end result will be satisfying.
Our place is pretty damn cute as it is, but I’m planning on doing a bit of redecorating for a couple of reasons:
1. Make it look irresistible to prospective buyers
2. Make it more enjoyable to live in while we wait for a buyer (in this market, we could be waiting a while)
I’ve been inspired by a lot of things lately, including visiting other friends’ fantastic houses, browsing antique shops, and lots of online window-shopping. Most recentlly, our stay at Auberge de la Place d’Armes in Quebec City over Christmas made me fall in love with French/Québécois style. We stayed in the junior suite – just look at how cute it is! We can incorporate a little French Canadian style into our house, I think.
Since we’re not planning on staying in this house long-term, and I don’t want to buy a bunch of stuff to add even more clutter, I plan to spend very little money on the redecorating process. Unless, of course, I fall in love with something that would look amazing in our current house and would make a great addition to our new place as well… wherever that may be. But yeah, the idea is to keep this little transformation on the cheap side.
For further inspiration, I reckon I’ll be spending a lot of time on these sites for ideas:
- Design*sponge (thanks Kristen for introducing me to this fabulous site!)
- Apartment Therapy (a perennial favorite of mine)
- the kitchn (for kitchen ideas)
- Real Simple (please help me declutter, Real Simple!)
- IKEA (ideas for storage + living in small areas; half our house is IKEA)
- Etsy (for your handmade decor needs!)
- Martha Stewart (she’s a pro, y’all)
- Anthropologie and Billy Reid (store visits, mostly, I think)
So, what am I missing? What is your go-to site for home inspiration? We’re going for a modern/eclectic/nerdy/bookworm/Québécois/Southern Gentleman/pop-culture-enthusiast sort of thing… whatever that is. I welcome your links and suggestions!