We take possession of our new house in a month! A month! This time next month, I'll be cleaning out my apartment and sprucing up our new digs. I can't wait to move in, get settled and start enjoying the new home.
But, at the same time, we have only a month to get ready to move. We need to get estimates for knob and tube rewiring (we're going to use my purchaser's visits to do so, so we can hit the ground running). We need to finalize insurance details and send off more forms to the lawyer. We need to transfer our services and arrange for mail to be forwarded. We need to measure rooms and plan out where furniture needs to go. We need to start planning our decor. Oh yeah, and we actually need to pack!
I do, however, feel like we're making progress. Mr. Speedy and I have been clearing out our closets and donating any clothes that we haven't worn in the past year, to minimize the amount of useless stuff we actually need to move. We'll do the same as we start boxing up our stuff, too.
Our new mantra is to only keep, and buy, stuff we truly love, rather than stuff that we can make do with. This is great for reducing our throw-away consumption, but it also means that I'm agonizing over decisions!
For example, I'm on the hunt for a new table and table runner. My new dining room is rather narrow and rectangular, with lovely glossy white baseboards and a built in wine cabinet. The existing wall colour, which I like, is a greenish-blue, and the light fixture is a funky round chandelier in a smoky grey. I want to replace our existing dark wood, round table with a long, rectangular model, perhaps in glossy white. I've been eyeing West Elm's parsons table, though have also had my eye on a few glass-topped models. I can't decide!
As for the runner, I recently saw the great Chilewich placemats and runners, shown, while shopping on the Danforth. It's kind of funky and modern, in an easy to clean vinyl, and I thought the circles would be a great match for the chandelier, and a nice contrast to the rectangular table and room.
But what colour? I'm worried the black will look too stark on a white table, but also fear the smoke will be a little blah. What do you think?
Catch up on the home hunt: