Friday, January 18, 2013

Adventures in Home Buying; Or, Why I Drank So Much In 2012

I was relatively silent on here about all of the adventures that our move to Nevada brought us. One of the biggest pains in the ass was the purchase of our Too Tan House.  My husband has been a journalist for the better part of 25 years, and it really does take a lot for him to pull the "I'm with the press and will be documenting this catastrophic series of events" card, but our home buying process was so riddled with frustration and ridiculous things, that John felt compelled to pull his card. He figured that out here in the Land of Foreclosure, we were not the only people experiencing these kinds of problems.

Here's his first person account of our not-so-short sale:

I like that the caricatures give me a hot red dress and heels, and John more hair than he's had in 15 years. :)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Too Tan House

Our new house here in the desert is lovely and beautiful, and is bigger and nicer than anything I ever thought I would ever afford here. If we were going to move to Nevada, we picked a great time;when housing was at the total bottomed out price.  Hooray for that, at least.

The house is only 5 years old, and all but the kid's rooms and one bathroom are your standard issue tan. I really despise tan. To me it screams "Safe. Lazy. Meh."  And I have about 2200 square feet of it.  What should I do with it?  I have pretty bold colored furnishings in the living and dining room, but other than that I feel like the rest of our shit is pretty tan, too. It fit well in our artsy deco house in Lawrence, but in this giant space of tan, it all blends in with everything. I hate it!

I've never fancied myself much of a decorator. I try and do things to rooms and they don't look bad, but I'm not exactly David Bromsted either.  And so, I am going to put some pictures up and I want you guys to tell me what to do.  I need ideas, and nothing will seem to crazy.  :) Paint? Furnishings? Art? All of the above? Give me some feedback.

I am determined to make Las Vegas our home, and so I want to start with the place we spend most of our time. I'm excited to see what you all have to recommend.

Lots of tan and brown. Oh look, a read couch. Among the tan. Zzzzz.

Tan walls. Tan carpet. Tannish everything. Boring. (and an ancient weiner dog, for cuteness)