Around the House(s)

As it turns out, love in the time of Corona is complicated.

My daughter and her fiancee have had their wedding plans completely disrupted. First, a big shower had to be postponed and the bachelor and bachelorette trips quickly followed. Finally, they made the difficult decision to reschedule the June 6 wedding for later in the summer. We’re anxiously watching that date as well.

A few months back these two began looking for a home to buy. That also came with its share of stress because the inventory of houses on the market in Kansas City is impossibly low which means there’s a ton of competition for every house, especially those in certain price ranges.

But they found their dream house and after one false start (a cash offer by another buyer that fell through) their offer was chosen over nine others and they got the house! They were able to close and get moved in before the social distancing and stay-at-home orders began.

And you guys…this house…I can’t even. It’s a charming 80-year-old house on the most charming street and did I mention it’s charming?

I shared a couple of pics on Instagram, like this one that has me dreaming about painting all of my walls white.

I asked Lindsey to pose for this pic with their Dutch door, which I’m ridiculously excited about. As far as I’m concerned they bought a Dutch door that happened to come with a house attached.

It was so fun to help them move and watch them get settled and they have the best place to quarantine.

As for me, I stopped into an estate sale in March, on the day before our world really began changing, and picked up these four vintage botanicals.

The plan is to hang them here over the family room couch, although it’s now over a month later and that has yet to happen. Is anyone else having trouble getting things done around the house when we have more time than ever to do them? No? Just me?

I am happy to have them though because I have been wanting to add some new artwork to our walls.

To that end, I picked up this vintage watercolor from an Instagram seller (@mariaclaireinteriors); it’s propped on the living room mantle.

This vintage rug came from another Instagram seller (@shopupcountryliving). I wasn’t sure where I would use it, but the size was perfect for our bathroom, and I’m liking the added color in there.

Not shown: The ethernet cable that we’ve run from the router in our family room to Tom’s new “office” in the dining room where he’s working from home. To keep us from killing ourselves it’s taped to the floor with blue painter’s tape. It’s a great look! Let me know if you want DIY instructions.

I hope this finds you and your family well.

P.S. An engagement and what gives a house soul?

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  1. Julie,
    I’ve thought about all the weddings and other events that have been disrupted by this by all this. I hope getting that great house is a big help for your daughter and her fiancée.

    I smiled when I saw your four botanical prints. Years ago (circa late 70’s) I bought two of them. Mine are “June” and “November.” I love the watercolor and rug, too. ~Jillian

  2. I understand your son’s wedding being delayed. My son’s wedding is planned for June 20. It is still on, but it is now being held in their backyard of their new to them home. Limited guests…immediate family only, with an internet connection for his best man, his brother who is currently living in London. It will be memorable!

    And you are not alone…I am finding any thing and everything to do, except for what I should be doing! Including hanging vintage art I found BC (before Coronavirus) at my favorite thrift store. LOL! Stay well! 😉

    1. Deborah Eakin Osborne says:

      Best wishes to your son and his fiancée for a truly memorable wedding day! We experienced a couple of very rough weeks prior to my son’s March 28th out-of-state wedding. They chose to get married anyway but instead of the 100+ family and friends they were expecting, the in-person witnesses consisted of six family members and a handful of “extras.” Many others were there in spirit via Facebook Live, and a few even dressed for the occasion! Some quick thinking on the part of the bride’s mother resulted in an emotional surprise “reception” for the couple as they drove through the parents’ neighborhood on their way back from the church, which ended up on the local news that night and in the local paper the next day. And all of the vendors have been rebooked next year for a grand First Anniversary celebration!

  3. Lori Stewart says:

    I’m so excited for them! First house together is so much fun! And I have to say I love the Dutch door also!!!

    Sorry wedding is postponed……but when the crazy time gets back to somewhat normal (whatever normal will be)…..she will be a beautiful bride❤️

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