Recently, I saw this dining table and chairs advertised for sale on my local Craigslist. I thought it might work for the breakfast room at the house in Hooterville so I contacted the seller and asked to come see it.
Interestingly, the seller lives only minutes from me. And even more interesting…she is a real estate stager/interior designer. She gave me a tour of her home and it is cottage cute! Just my style.
As it turned out, her table was much too big for my breakfast room but in the course of our conversation, I told her how overwhelmed I have been with all the decorating decisions I need to make at the house in Hooterville and I asked her if she would be willing to help me with some decisions. She said she would be glad to and she even offered to give me a very affordable discounted hourly rate.
She wanted me to email her some photos of my current house, the new house, inspiration photos of rooms or furniture, and a list of things I liked and didn’t like with regard to decorating. Once she saw the pictures of my current decorating style, she said she was really excited to work on this project with me because our tastes are so similar.
Today, she and her business partner drove all the way over to the new house and we spent three hours walking through each room, talking about flooring options, the furniture I’m bringing with me from my current house, furniture pieces I need to buy, placement of furniture, etc. Overall, their ideas for the house are almost identical to what I had envisioned.
They did suggest some interesting paint colors that I would not have selected on my own. However, they pointed out the new house does not get a lot of natural light so my choices in paint need to be different than what I would use in my current home, which is flooded with natural light, especially in the afternoons.
I think I’m going to step outside my comfort zone and try these colors anyway because, after all, it’s just paint.
Having her as a resource has really taken some of the stress of decision-making off of me. What would be the chances that I would answer an ad on Craigslist and end up meeting a decorator who shares my love of cottage style? I think she was heaven sent.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 43 years. We have one beautiful and precious daughter, age 33.
After more than 37 years in the workforce, I was fortunate enough to be able to quit my job in 2007 and stay home. As a natural born homebody and "nester," this opportunity to be a full-time homemaker has brought me immeasurable contentment and happiness. I thoroughly enjoy spending each and every day in the cozy comfort of "My Cottage of Bliss."
About the "House in Hooterville": In October 2009, we bought a 30 acre horse farm in a small country town approximately 45 miles from the city where I have lived my whole life. Join me, a city girl through and through, as I try to simultaneously adapt to country life in "Hooterville" and redecorate the 1978 brick ranch-style house on the property into My (new) Cottage of Bliss.