Well… Reno’s on the house are finally well underway. The framing is done and the rough-ins of the electrical, heating, and plumbing are all being done before the insulation goes in. I am feeling like we are over the hump… finally!
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Living in the trailer has gotten much easier with our shop done and the weather warmed up. We have been able to settle in nicely… well, as nicely as you can when you are camping.
We created a makeshift kitchen and dining area in the shop where we can easily store and find all of our necessities in one place. With the trailer parked right next to the shop, it beats having to walk back and forth across the yard all day long just to make dinner… like I did for a few months in the cold, lol. Check out our journey here.
But as we moved the trailer over and got settled in the shop, one thing was missing… a cozy place to rest and visit with all our friends and family that come to visit. It started with a mishmash of lawn chairs we scrounged from our trailers (my parents have also stored their trailer here to have somewhere to stay when they come up to help us). We even found a propane fire pit that came with our new/used trailer!
As we sat there in our lawn chairs huddled around the fire pit, it became a good time to finally invest in some outdoor furniture. We had sold most of our furniture with our house so we didn’t have the expense of storing it and moving it out of town. It’s also really nice when you get to choose furniture that fits your new home. After months of not really having a comfy place to relax… it was time to finally get cozy. We had this great covered area just outside of the trailers, and with summer on its way, why not make an outdoor living room area? So after spending a few months trying out different outdoor sofa sets, I finally found this one on sale. It was one of the few that was within budget and was actually comfy. Most of the ones I tried had short seats making it difficult to curl up on, and were just way too expensive. Happy Mother’s Day to me!
I love that it feels a bit mid-century modern and goes well with hand-me-down furniture that just came from my Grandparents’ farmhouse too. Mixing old and new together gives a space character and a story. This dining table set was the one my Grandparent’s had and we all gathered together around it as a family as long as I can remember. Feeling so thankful we get to now continue the memories around this table. Bonus, it was also free! Old pieces, if they are in good condition, can usually be transformed to fit your space with a bit of paint or stain as long as it’s the right size.
You may wonder how to shop for furniture, new or used. You walk into stores and wonder which one? Or maybe you choose based on your favorite style or on the piece that feels the most trendy. Unfortunately, that is not the best way to find pieces that bring a cozy feel together in your home.
Things to look for in when shopping for furniture are;
- Does it fit within my budget? Make a realistic budget for what you can afford. Would it be better suited to go new or used? Or a combo of both to help with the budget?
- Does it fit within my space? Measure out your room to see what size and pieces will fit well and allow a good flow of moving around.
- Does it feel comfortable for what you need it for? Are you looking for more formal seating? Or something to get cozy on?
- Does it suit the style of my home? Keep in mind the style, colors, and overall feel you are going for when shopping.
As we are enjoying having a comfy area to curl up in, it’s so nice to beat the mosquitos with a Thermacell. It helps so much to not have to worry about the bugs when you are living outdoors. Now if my Septic system was completed and wasn’t in my view, all would be almost right with my reno world for now.
It feels like such a blessing to finally have a space to enjoy each other and our company again. It’s been quite the process to get to this point. And at least while we work on completing the renovations in the house, we are content to enjoy our camping life on this beautiful property.
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