Well, that was a mighty busy couple of weeks!
Our containerized home arrived from California a week ago last Thursday, and we’ve been unpacking, sorting, and rearranging ever since (with admittedly some beach, tennis, and golf time in between our surges of homemaking).
The previous few days had been spent removing the existing furniture, to make room for the incoming items. I found a non-profit housing project in Koloa whose manager was so delighted to have the donations that she was happy to collect the bulky furniture. It took them a few days to organize a couple of trips, but to our relief the last load disappeared the day before the container showed up.
Since we had bought the house last year (June 2011) with the initial intention of using it for our own and for friends’ vacations for, oh, perhaps a couple of years or more, until we were ready to make the ‘big move’, it had been very convenient that the purchase came with furniture included.
The seller left pretty much all the basics: beds, linens, sofas, chairs, chests-of-drawers, lamps, silverware, as well as a large number of paintings and nick-nacks (even a couple of old TVs and VCRs), while our generous and thoughtful realtor gifted some important missing items: coffee table, saucepans, towels.
So, we really didn’t need to add much for our occasional one- or two-week vacations. [The only item of ours in the photo (right) is the painting, a spontaneous purchase from a local gallery in April 2011 when we first saw the house.]
While our taste in furnishings is very different, I was grateful for everything in the house, and even found the heavy accent on Hawaiiana amusing, perhaps because it was so very different from our CA decor. I assumed that we’d retain many of the smaller items once we moved in full-time.
All that changed, however, once we started unpacking our own possessions. Very quickly the previous furnishings, ornaments, and paintings looked out of place and just ‘not us’!
At the risk of sounding ungracious, I couldn’t wait to box up and remove all (well, almost all) the remaining vestiges of the previous owner.
Still, I don’t feel so bad knowing that there are others out there who are grateful for the donations…as were we, last year.
We’re not done yet, but this house is very quickly becoming our home. The final push now is to unpack more of our artwork, ornaments, and glass…once we figure out where on earth to put them.
The house looks great Louise! I notice that you’ve changed the lighting over the dining table too and it looks more our style. I can’t wait to see your next art purchase for the dining area.
Hahah I meant “your” style – darn auto correct.
Sharp eyes Ellen! Yes, Steve hated the previous lighting incumbent (can’t say I was too enamoured either!). I found this one in good ol’ Home Depot here last April…it was just waiting for the boss to do the installation!..I’m glad I waited, it was a b*gger!! Hope you approve. Btw, the dining area wall is now full of our own stuff from 240 WD. It’s been fun trying to place all our existing artwork around the house this afternoon! 🙂
You have your work cut out but your pics are great & the view is georgous..I know you’re so happy there..Janet & jim