AFTER FOUR MONTHS OF LIVING IN A LOVELY DOILY ADORNED 55+ COMMUNITY IN BOSTON (TEMPORARY LIVING SITUATION), IT FEELS GOOD TO CALL THIS PLACE IN PORTLAND, MAINE HOME.
After apartment hunting for three days with no luck, we came across this place on Craigslist. Pictures were minimal and not promising, but we went to the showing, fell in love, and within fifteen minutes, we paid our security deposit in all $20s (We forgot a checkbook, so we made about six ATM withdrawals. Fun times!), signed a few documents, and the place was ours. It was meant to be, and we couldn't be more grateful.
We're extremely lucky to have a landlord who allowed us to paint the place. When we moved in, the living room walls were seafoam green with a pea green border. The bedroom walls were peach, and the bathroom walls were orange with a brown border. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose.
Since those colors darkened the house, made it feel smaller than it is, and competed with the amazing black fireplaces, we decided to paint it white. We're so glad we did. A fresh coat of white paint opens up our home, brings in the natural light, and shows off the stars of the show, our beautiful fireplaces.
When we moved to New England, we sold and gave away most of our stuff, for the ease of moving. It's been fun to style our home from scratch all over again.
Believe it or not, this home office space is in our bedroom. Our bedroom is huge! There's enough room for a bed, dresser, desk, and chair. Plus, enough room to do yoga!
And last but not least, we have our adorable kitchen. This is the only room in our house that we didn't have to re-paint. Her walls are a nice blue-gray that complement the marble countertops and backsplash. She's a bright, tiny kitchen, and she's definitely well-loved.
We feel really grateful to have found a place in such a great neighborhood. Our street is filled with old, historic homes like ours, and we're within walking distance of just about everything - restaurants, cafes, work, and even the ocean.