January 16, 2010

Color Me Happy



I woke up this morning with a lightness in my heart. Soon we leave to go look at 2 Village houses. It's really hit me that this dream will become a reality.


Soon I will be waking up on a Saturday morning and walking to the bakery for doughnuts. Or walking to the coffee shop for my morning cup. I'm still hoping for a Luke's Diner to walk to for breakfast.


Along with this lightness in my heart, I'm feeling drawn to a lightness in my home.

 
Rooms filled with bits of cheery color balanced with lots of light and painted wood.


Maybe it's a reaction to the dreary Indiana winter sky.


 Maybe it's a reaction to the changes in my life and spirit.


 Whatever it is, I believe it's here to stay.

Next week I'll be back with a budget post, a Glidden paint challenge post and if you're really sweet to me, maybe some pictures from my house hunting trip!

38 comments:

  1. I'm excited for your budget post & to see the pics of the village.

    And, by the way, if you find a Luke's Diner (complete with Luke), I'm moving there too.

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  2. dreary Illinois day, too....



    what fun thoughts to ponder

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  3. Gorgeous Pics... Really has me longing for spring.

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  4. well...all i can say is...YUM....and BRING IT!!! bless you!!

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  5. Love the light and bright pics. We promise to be sweet and can't wait to hear about today's village visit.

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  6. Hi Jen,
    Just wanted to let you know how excited I am for your upcoming move to the village and all it holds for you and your family. There's nothing more exciting than a house search (no wonder I feel somewhat addicted to the show House Hunters). I too love being able to walk into town for lunch, or to visit the library. You definitely acquire a feeling of connection and belonging. I hope you find your dream house! - Julie

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  7. How absolutely exciting for you!
    New spaces to decorate and fill with your soul are always such an adventure! ~ Although all those lovely pictures of your current rooms look invinting...love the bedroom canopy and who wouln't want to wake up to a tray of yumminess presrnted like that for breakfast?!

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  8. I hope you find the home of your dreams - below your budget. Have fun and good luck.

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  9. You have such a sweet blog! I love the photos. :)

    Xoxo-

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  10. Lovely pictures and best wishes as you begin your quest for the "perfect" home!

    Kat :)

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  11. ooohh! happy...
    it's a wonderful
    peaceful thing.

    i am totally
    pumped to
    hear your
    budget and
    saving money
    tips!

    love the photos
    today....
    happy day!

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  12. How exciting for you!! That would be so amazing to wake up and have the option to walk into the village for coffee or pastries. Goodluck on your house hunting and can't wait for pictures :)

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  13. Beautiful pictures! Oh, and please do share pics from your house hunting. I am so excited for you!! Enjoy your day! :)

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  14. Luke's Diner...oh Stars Hollow, how I miss you!

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  15. Can't wait to see your budget and your pics!

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  16. I'm in amor with every single photo you shared! Holy cow. Most of them are new to me...how is that possible? That little girl's room is so precious! Have a fun day today. And regardless of the home you end up in -- you'll make it as lovely as you are.

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  17. I promise to be good....show us pictures please!! Your new life sounds so good to me, it makes my heart ache. Those photos are fantastic. I could live right in there. Right now. Glad your heart is feeling light...

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  18. WOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!

    now this is exciting stuff, girl!

    Happy New Year! 2010 is going to be LIFECHANGING for you!

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  19. Ooh! I am so jealous! We too are looking for our dream home. We found our perfect village this fall, however, it is not meant to be where we live right now. It is too far of a commute to work... but that's ok. I hope your trip is a successful and enjoyable one!
    Your pictures are gorgeous!

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  20. Lovely photos... can't wait to see what you found on your house hunt!

    Michelle

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  21. Lovely photos as always.:)Oh how I wish that I could have my house look like that.

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  22. Lovely photos as always.:)Oh how I wish that I could have my house look like that.

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  23. Hey, I want your old house! Really lovely photos today. Please share the homes you tour today. It is gray and gloomy in Southern Indiana, too.

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  24. Jen- first off I am so excited about your house search. The only thing more exciting than owning a nice old house is searching through them to buy one..ahhh the possibilities. I am being super nice so please share pictures of you house hunting journey- it would be fun. And I am so happy that your dream of living in the village is coming to be.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog- house tour. You asked what made us move next door? Well we really only had one living room to hang out in and at the time had a 15 yr old, an 11 year old, a 3 year old and a 1 year old. Kinda like 2 sets of kids/families. The bigger ones had no where to hang out with friends without the little ones on top of them. We just wanted a nice 12x12 addition for a family room on the back. But being in a historical district with rules and regs about what you can and can't do - we had 3 contractors come and they said - no to the work because they did not want to deal with all the hassles. One did quote that it would run about $80K to do it if we could find someone to do it.
    The house next door was a divorce thing and it had the extra room with no building on needed...so we decided to make the jump. I loved the French Eclectic but it just didn't have my porches I craved..so we moved across the driveway.
    We have been here for about 7 years and really it is getting a bit out of control with the guidelines and what is and isn't allowed. People are letting houses go rather than do the political jumping through hoops and there really is not a thing to do here. So, with 2nd son in high school we told him we would not even think of moving till he graduates but our 3.5 year plan is to pay off debt( home eq loan) put more in savings then sell this house and buy a smaller cottage in the village of Southern Pines. It is like the village you talk of- I can go to the book store, watch films in the park, get stuff at bakery - all within walking distance. There are parks for kids and it is closer to hubby's work. Keep us in the loop on your journey..
    tammy

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  25. Hi, I just found your blog and can't wait to come back and read more! Thanks for the pretty pictures, dark and cold in Illinois today too. I just started my blog this year, stop over.

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  26. How exciting Jen! Your own little Star's Hollow :-)

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  27. This is fun and exciting...will look forward to see pictures and follow along on your hunt!
    :) Laura

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  28. Jen it sounds like a dream! I love every image you've shown here and these are the very colors that I'm drawn too as well. I adore that chippy blue chest in the one photo...and that blue door and pink peony...sigh.

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  29. Good luck on the hunt! I just have to say that I really appreciated your Gilmore Girl's reference. I feel like I could quote each episode and I just started watching them again with my husband so he could witness the magic.

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  30. Love all the eye candy Jen!!! Looks great! I cannot WAIT to see the house hunting trip!!!!!!! And I want to see the budget post too! :)
    Kristi

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  31. Oh how lovely to discover your blog. I'm so tired tonight and just in the mood for the beautiful photo's on this post. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your move, your thoughts & your life xo

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  32. I am so excited for you! Our dream has always been to live "in-town" in a historic home with character and charm. Sadly, we must wait awhile longer for a chance at our dream home. I can't wait to see what you find. Good Luck!
    Heather in Lewes, Delaware

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  33. Have fun searching for your new house in the village! Love your blog. My little one (age - almost 6) is in love with the room you posted here. Where did you get the pink ceiling light??? I looked at IKEA but cannot find anything quite like it. Thanks!

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  34. we were supposed to have sunshine all weekend, but not a drop of it appeared. your home is beautiful. i love all the light in it. i live on a farm and love every minute of it, but i dream of living in a quaint little town and being able to walk the stores and shops. so i understand completely. good luck in your journey.

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  35. Hi Jen-
    Just stopped by and love your blog: ) The picture of the pink & blue sugar dish with those little rolls and the pink rose is beautiful~

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  36. You have a beautiful blog and please do tell if you find a Luke's Diner! I just moved but for that I would instantly move again!

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