Hello guys, I’m back to share another room in our home with you today. I’ve shared the porch, the kitchen, and now I’m sharing shots from the family room. Along with the family room photos are my thoughts on how we feel about renting. I’ll share the images first and I’ll share a little bit of our thoughts at the end.
If you asked what my decor style is, I tend to love things that don’t look rustic. Everything I have ever tried that looked too rustic or farmhouse-y, did not last too long. They always made me feel like I needed to upgrade them for a smoother look. I do love things that are stylish but as you’ll notice, I have a bunch of random collectibles as I’m still figuring my way around this home. The one thing though is that you probably won’t see any rustic/farmhouse in our family room.
The green little room at the front, is very unfurnished. What you see back there is what has been placed there for a while, nothing more. I used to have a console table on the opposite wall of this bench but I’ve moved it to the dining room.
You can see more of it’s emptiness from this angle. If you’ve seen some of my previous seasonal posts, you may have noticed this room decorated and furnished. Those things were temporarily placed in this room for seasonal purposes. At this point, I have no idea what I want to do with the green room. When we first moved in, I had a plan which has long fallen by the wayside:(
The Family Room – It’s very yellow and orange and I don’t like it (I’ll explain why below). But this is what it looks like.
Up until recently, the wall behind the TV was empty. I added a few pieces I had to spruce it up a bit but it is not exactly how I’d like to have it decorated. But for now, that is what it looks like until I figure something out. The cute end tables are actually side tables that I used to fill the sides of the TV.
I’m still figuring out how to decorate around the mantle. I love the mirror though and it was such a steal at Target’s clearance.
This is the other side of the room leading to the kitchen. You can see the hallway at the back with a few doors leading to the bathroom, unfinished basement (which I sometimes forget about), the laundry room (behind the wall), and the dining room in the far corner.
I had this little play/books area set up for the kids here because when we first moved, they did not play in the playroom so much. They read and played a lot with the books and toys but the toys seemed to always end up in the walkway here so I moved it out. I recently moved it here again and the are always in it – and making a hug toy pile on the floor here. At least they play with it here rather than it being in the playroom plus it’s much easier to read when the books are in view.
Thoughts after renting for a year already
When we first announced our move, some of you were eager to see what we would do with this house. Well, I’m here to tell you, we really have nothing much to show for it. This is NOT a pity post – rather a reality of part of why we have not gotten far along. After all, a home takes a while to create and if it is a rental house, then there is only so much so you can do. So without being too opened, here is the quick summary of our thoughts.
The Negatives (Quick Summary)
After we’ve owned homes, it’s taking us (both hubby and I) a while to get used to renting again. We rented town-homes and apartments when we were newly weds, but once we upgraded to buying our own home(s), it’s a bit challenging to go back to renting, especially a house. I used to wonder how others did it and thought I would never find myself doing this. In fact, I always thought it was a silly idea, until I found myself renting again. The saying goes, “Never judge a book by it’s cover” and it really is such a true saying. You never know why families make certain choices.
Organizing & Decorating: It’s only recently, I’ve started to feel like a couple areas are sort of coming together. For the past year, we’d had restrictions as to wall hangings, painting, and such. There is not much we could do about painting so the yellow (oh the yellow in the family room) and all the colors are staying but we have a bit more freedom to decorate the walls within reason.
I knew there are things we would not be able to do to a home while renting but at the same time, I do feel like you have to make a home yours whether you are owning or renting. Plus as an online influencer who loves sharing all things home, some things plus not knowing what to do for a while have put a stump on my style and on my blog’s growth. I’ve been trying to find my around and have been so out of it for quite a while. It’s also another reason why I decided to put the Spring One Room Challenge (ORC) on hold:)
Could I have inquired of these before moving in? Maybe so but you know, you don’t always want to be the nit-picky one, ya know. But like I mentioned, we have a bit more freedom now so I’ve been organizing some rooms to make them more functional.
The Positives (Quick Summary)
Lessons Learned: We are learning differences between owning and renting and learning is good for us. I’ve learned some new ways to get around (through trial and error that is) but it’s coming along. Now note that we are not too far away from things but just a little further than where we were previously. Given my personality, I’m always kind of frazzled trying to get used to know new roads but it’s coming along.
Area: The area is very pretty area and we love walking around the neighborhood. We’ve met some of the neighbours and even had of their kids in our home.
House: The house is large with lots of space and recently I’ve started to feel like a couple spots are somewhat coming together. Now that things can go on the wall (within reason) and I’ve gotten some organizational items, I’m slowly working to make a few rooms look more put together and for better functioning, of course. I’ve ordered online and bought so many organizational items from the stores recently that my husband says the neighbors are going to think we’re selling something:) Gotta to get organizing!!
Have you moved from owning to a rental? What are some of the challenges you faced? How did you deal with them?