New or Old?

16 May

The biggest new purchase we have ever made in our married life was a mattress.  Most everything else has been bought at thrift stores, craigslist or random garage sales/flea markets.  This has served us very well.  We have made the most of our purchases and it has worked out just fine.

Now that we are in a permanent place of residence we are weeding through our less than perfect selection of mismatched furniture and belongings.  We have clung to a lot of things because we never knew if we would be needing particular things for a future house.  Now that we know where we are we can make serious cleansing decisions.  It feels very good to be getting rid of some of the stuff that is falling apart and not very attractive.

I have had this in my sewing area for the past year and now can get rid of it.  Thank goodness (thanks Jared for the shelves)

We are having a slightly difficult time deciding whether or not to buy new stuff or keep forging around for that perfect item.  There are plenty of things that we don’t need asap but other things we do need/want pretty quick.

Our bedroom has been getting the shaft.  Since only Jared and I go in there (besides the kids waking us up of course) we haven’t been working on it at all.  Half of our clothes are still in suitcases and we don’t have curtains or pictures up.  Nothing is in the bathroom drawers yet since I want to line them with cute paper.

I am not sure why i wanted this so much but I did.  I REALLY really wanted to have matching nightstand tables AND matching lamps for each side of the bed.  It is hard enough to find nice items at second hand locations but I thought we might never find a pair of both.  So we bit the bullet and bought them new.  It was a weird experience for us, since we almost never do this but I love them and hope they will be our nightstands and lamps for a VERY long time, perhaps our whole life?

Jared and I both read before we go to bed and last night was the first time we could read in bed and when we got too tired to read another page we leaned over turned off our own lights and fell asleep.  We didn’t have to beg the other person to get out of the warm and cozy bed to turn off the big overhead light.

This is one purchase that is helping us feel more at home.  It’s the little things, right?

look at the sunlight in the morning!

5 Responses to “New or Old?”

  1. monique kleinhuizen May 16, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Love your posts 🙂 We have a mostly-second-hand-thrift-story-rummage-sale house, and it suits us just fine! DO invest in your room, though…perhaps because it’s only the two of you that go there!! HGTV is one of my guilty pleasures…they always say your master bedroom should be your retreat 🙂 Doesn’t have to be expensive…just somewhere you’re excited to be at the end of the day. Congrats on the new place!

    • Caitlyn May 16, 2012 at 8:44 am #

      that is a good thing to think about, thanks! yeah HGTV is very fun to watch- so many great ideas! someday soon I will love going into our bedroom at the end of the day =)

  2. Jeri Lilligan May 16, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Yes, Caitlyn, it IS the little things that makes us happy!

  3. terrys529 May 16, 2012 at 10:38 am #

    Just wanted to say how touched I was to find out that you painted your bedroom to match the quilt I gave you! I love those colors on the walls. Had I known how much use the quilt would get I would have made it bigger. Maybe you will let me have it for awhile to add some borders so it will cover your whole bed?

    • Caitlyn May 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

      oooo, that sounds like something we could arrange. It could be a bit bigger for sure, do you still have some of the fabric? We absolutely love that quilt. It is just beautiful! Thanks for giving it to me back in the day. It is definitely getting used, thanks

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