Bare Bones

And so it begins. I am currently in the process of setting up my new house, and I have decided to look at it as more of a ‘work in progress’, or a project, rather than a big stressful mess. Right now my house is basically bare. There is no warmth, no personal touches, nothing that makes it feel like home. Yet. To start me off, I’ve written up a “big project” list. Things like:

01: Paint. The building company I worked with does not offer interior painting as part of their package. They suggest living in the house for a few months to let it settle before painting, which coincides nicely with my lack of energy to do anything as stress-inducing as picking paint colours. Seriously guys, have you been to the paint section at Bunnings? There were so many shades of WHITE, I wanted to cry. Do I want heather, or ivory? Oh god. This could be a room by room project.

02: Window tinting. I need to get the front window of the house tinted, for privacy reasons. I opted for style over functionality when it came to blinds in the front room, so getting reflective tinting on the window will be a necessary To-Do in the near future.

03: Decor. As I said, the house is rather bare at the moment. I think I might focus on interior decor on a room-by room basis. I will probably need to tie this in with my paint selection (ugh), and I’ve been asked a couple of times what my feature colour will be (grey? help!), so I have some things to work out in that regard. I also need to buy some furniture for the study, currently known as the den of boxes and junk.

04: Garden. I have quite a bit of work to do when it comes to how I want the garden to look/function. The house came with a landscaping package, which turned out to be pretty pathetic. At one point during the construction stage, a delightful character decided to sneak around the back of my house and steal my retic timer. This meant my plants went without water for a week, and consequently one of my pretty little purple-flowered plants died. I purchased a replacement and planted it with the highest of hopes, only to have it die on me within a few days. #greenthumb

05: Lighting. Right now I’m living in a light-fixture ghetto wonderland. I have bare bulbs in all of the fixtures that require an electrician to install the light. Because of course, when I shopped for light fittings, I had to choose the most difficult kind.