In December we bought our dream home, and four weeks ago we moved in. It's funny, because when we first walked through the house we were so thrilled with the beautifully-preserved 1920s woodwork that when people asked me if the new house needed a lot of work, I heard myself say, "No! It's in great shape!" And then later I thought about the fact that we're going to refinish the wood floors...and gut the bathroom...and replace the kitchen appliances, countertops, flooring, and backsplash...and paint all the walls...and replace the light fixtures...all right away. So, basically, we're keeping the kitchen cabinets. And not knocking down any walls. Yet.
The house is a duplex in Uptown, close to the restaurants and lakes that we love but on a fairly quiet, family-friendly street. Our plan is to live in it as a duplex for a while, and eventually convert it to a single-family home when we need more space. It has the classic, old-Minneapolis charm that we love, and with the updates to the kitchen and the bathroom it's becoming the perfect home for us.
But, it will surprise no one to know, home renovations can be a pain. Our kitchen has been in various states of disarray over the last few weeks, and we've been without a shower for close to two weeks now (we should be through that phase in a few days, but in the meantime I've been taking advantage of the showers in the gym at work, which are...not great). My plan is to reveal rooms on the blog as they're finished, but between the drop cloths to protect the floors from the contractors' trips to the dumpster and the rooms that are halfway finished, I can't really call anything an "after" photo yet. So, here are some before and during pics--can't wait to share more as we get further along!
Mostly, I can't wait to get our kitchen up and running again so I can share some good recipes! Without a working oven, the options are pretty limited. I thought about taking a picture of the pathetic-excuse-for-a-lunch I made in the microwave today (pro tip: you can cook eggs in the microwave, but it's not what I would call the "recommended method") just to let you see what I'm dealing with, but I thought better of it.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Chewy and I went for a run on Saturday, but he was too distracted by the snow and the other dogs (and squirrels! and rabbits! and people!) enjoying Lake Calhoun to be a good running partner, so I mostly spent the four miles being pulled in various directions and breathlessly apologizing to people that he jumped on. To make up for that sorry showing, Dan and I left the pup at home today and went for another run, this time with beautiful sunny weather. We also went to see The Revenant yesterday, which I just cannot recommend. I guess if you're really into the idea of wilderness survival, give it a shot? Or if you're really into the idea of watching Leonardo DiCaprio grunt/scream for two hours and forty-five minutes? I spent most of the movie hoping it would end soon, and/or thinking about how Leo's hair should really be nominated for an Oscar, because his dirty bangs were definitely doing the lion's share of the acting. Dan loved it.