Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dream Home... Dare We Dream? Well... We Are!!!

Even considering giving up my Historic Home would have been unthinkable prior to The Man's Catastrophic Accident and several other unexpected Life Events that subsequently unfolded in the past year and a half.   So I knew once I decided to consider the unthinkable that I'd be beyond picky about what might replace what I would be letting go of.   I must have looked at hundreds of prospects... and for the most part was underwhelmed even with the overpriced options.   But then I found The One... yes, that which had the Wow factor enough to move forward and take the leap.  A for Real Dream Home through our eyes... and Dare we Dream?

You always have that 'Wish List' when you're considering Real Property Purchases and mine was quite lengthy.  Perhaps I made it so because I wasn't really certain anything would actually measure up... when you already Love the Home you're occupying so much, it's a tough act to follow.  Even when it's become too much and the Age of it becomes more of a burden than a Blessing.   I have that Issue with being more Attracted to the Historic Homes and their Details, Character and Style... and most Modern Homes just don't do it for me.  Regardless of their Conveniences and On-Trend Features.   But sometimes a Builder taps into Creating a New Home with Old Home Charm and Attention to the Details... this Home made you forget it didn't have History infused yet within its walls.

The Ceilings resembled the Detailed Ceilings in some of the rooms of this Old House!   The Archways, the Niches, the Hardwood Floors, Tuscan Tiled Floors, soft rounded corners, warm color Palette, Inner Courtyard, Juliette Balcony, Turrets and Cathedral Tuscan Style Architecture had an Old World Feel to it all.   It was like coming Home before you even moved in.   Even Empty it had an Inviting warmth that drew us in and made you want it for your own.

In fact, the entire Street lined with Beautiful and Unique Custom Homes didn't have that Subdivision Hell aversion I typically have when entering Modern Subdivisions.   It didn't Feel like a Stepford Wives Environment to me... and the views of the Mountains was breathtaking.  Yes, I could envision raising a Family here and making something like this our Forever Home if everything lined up and worked out.  And so began The Process.   I had been aching to Share my Excitement and a Reveal... but held off until it seemed Possible enough to risk it.

Most of our Viewings of Properties had just not Impressed us all that much... something always seemed to be lacking... a compromise... settling... and that would not do.   This was different and therefore it just Felt Right.   Yes, if we could get This One... The One... I could Let Go of my Beloved Old Home much easier, since that seemed to be the necessary Timing to Move on and a decision had already been made to seek in earnest a New Forever Home.

This was the only one that the Images didn't even do it Justice... it was better being there.  Believe me, the Images of many had belied their Reality, which looked nothing like the pictures and were a letdown... or sometimes even a Horror in Reality!   I could see my possessions being Showcased here and Creating our Aesthetic easily within these walls, without much effort or Changes at all.  Which is Good when you no longer want any "Projects" and minimum alterations to put your Stamp upon a new location.

And all of the Modern Conveniences, I ain't gonna lie, they were a Welcome Change and a breath of Fresh Air after having lived with the Inconveniences a Century Old Home can Challenge you with. Learning to live with less than Ideal conditions when a complete Restoration has had to come to a halt due to Life Issues that took precedence had become our Normal.   I've learned to become Comfortable with Uncomfortable conditions... so NOT having to will be really Pleasurable!!!  I hadn't even fully realized what I'd learned to live without!  *Smiles*

But since we'd be giving up Acreage and so much Space and Outbuildings I knew downsizing would still have to be considerable.   Even with three car garage space and a very large Home there would still have to be a lot to Let Go of... but I was reconciling myself to be perfectly Okay with whatever wouldn't be coming along with us if a Move happened.   After all, the Editing and Purging of stuff has been an ongoing Process for the past two years now anyway, this would just put it into hyperdrive.

And having so much Lovely EMPTY Space that this New Home offers was actually very Serene and a lot less to take Care of.   Having a lot less land meant a lot less Yard Maintenance... and even though I'm Passionate about Gardening... in a Desert Environment, it takes a LOT of Effort to keep things Alive and Sustainable!

Having so much of the Exterior covered in Pavers and other Low Maintenance Xeriscape and automatic watering systems would mean more Time devoted to other things I wanted and needed to give my Attention to.   And even a large Home decluttered would mean less housekeeping Issues.

So yes, the boxes on the Checklist of "Dream Home" Features were being checked off in rapid succession!   A Lifelong Friend of mine is now calling it our prospective McMansion... with my Affinity for all the Arches!  *LMAO*   I have to tell you that the numerous Arches, arched Doors and entries from almost every room on the ground level opening to the Interior Courtyard were Selling Points for Yours Truly.   And everything The Man needing being on Ground Level were as well... he would never have to navigate the stairs to the upper level if he didn't want to!

Expansive Granite Countertops, Stainless Appliances, Counter Gas Stovetop and diverse textured Stone Backsplash were a Bonus as well.   And who doesn't want a walk-in Butler's Pantry for Storage?!?   I also really liked the built-in Ambiant Lighting in Ceilings and Walls which would Illuminate well, even at Night.   Sure, we'll add Vintage Light Fixtures... but even the Tuscan Light Fixtures it comes with were just My Preferred Style for that particular Aesthetic.


The Young Prince was particularly Enamored with how many different Types, Shades and Textures of Stone made up the Backsplash... for us it's always ALL in the Details.   There was nothing Generic looking about this Home and we Loved that about it... especially after having lived in such a Unique OOAK Quirky Old Home for so long.

But it will be nice to have Appliances that aren't older than I am to prepare meals with!  I might even begin Cooking... more??!??!  Well, maybe...  *Bwahahahaha!*

We really liked this Tuscan Styled Chandie designed to look like a ring of Wax Candles.  And the Hardwood Floors in several rooms are to die for!!!   The Real Deal, not laminate, which was a Dream come True since I've always J'Adored Authentic Hardwood flooring that usually only comes in Older Homes!   Or costs a Fortune to install in Newer Homes.   This Room will probably be chosen as our Diningroom.

I have an Aversion to fitted Carpeting so I was totally Jazzed the majority of rooms did NOT have it!  And even the Inner Courtyard had Tuscan Tiles covering the entire Space.

There are Gas Fireplaces as well in the Livingroom and one other room, which is this room and I haven't decided as yet what function this room will serve?

The Closets are all quite large... which every Family Member liked... A LOT.   

And Views from each Room were very good... and let in a lot of Natural Light... no gloomy Dungeon rooms... no crazy high wasted space Vaulted Ceilings that cost a Fortune to Cool or Staircases of Death looking down into lower level Rooms... HATE those Features and they abounded in Modern Homes.  We liked that though this is a very large Home, it still Felt Cozy and Intimate in each Room.  I don't want to see every Room in the Home from one vantage point so the Great Room concept has never Appealed to me personally.

I Claimed the Room upstairs with the Juliette Balcony as part of my Studio Space.   Since neither G-Kid was that Interested in potentially falling to their Death from a Juliette Balcony they were Good with that decision for it to be one of Gramma's Personal Spaces!  *Smiles*   With my Vertigo I shall never step foot out onto the Balcony, but it is a nice Feature to open the Doors and let in Fresh Air and a Lovely View on a Temperate Day, which can only Enhance the Creative Process.

Another thing that completely Spoiled us about this Old House is that the Main House has two Kitchens... and we never thought we'd find THAT Feature in a New Home.   This one has it!!!  *Whoop Whoop!*   Yes, upstairs has a second Master Suite with a Galley Kitchen... the Young Prince Claimed that Bedroom and will Share the Kitchen with Princess T and Gramma when I'm in the Studio... it's nice that it's up there.   It's nice that the Kiddos and their Friends never have to really come down into the lower level if they don't want to!?  *Ha ha ha*  Everything they'll ever need is already upstairs... including a Private Bathroom for each Bedroom!


Part of the View of some of The Young Prince's Claimed Space upstairs.

And Princess T's Bathroom which is en suite to her Bedroom.  Yes, she will like having a double sink since she and her Friends spend a lot of time foofing and Admiring themselves already... and I suspect will so even more as they enter the Teen Years!?!  *Winks*

Like having a Laundry Room too... no more Laundromats... gonna Love that!!!

Loved the Paver Driveway and the Tropical yet Desert Friendly Landscape with various varieties of Palms and whispy Graceful Desert Willow Trees.

This is a Garden I can easily Care for and I'm liking it, even tho' it is a lot smaller than I'm used to.

And with the exterior Lighting Features it looks stunning in the Evening as well.

I will leave most Rooms painted "As Is" since I really like the Hues.  But I simply MUST have at least one Black and Red Room... and this Studio Room will be the one I've chosen.

I may never actually leave the Master Bathroom tho' very much... Jetted Garden Tub and an Enormous oversized Shower that could hold about a half dozen... great Ceiling Features... what's not to J'Adore?   No... I won't be Showering with five other people and gettin' that much of my Freak On for those of you who are now Curious *Bwahahahaha*, but just sayin' how big it is.  *LOL*

Princess T was a bit Concerned about how LONG the Entranceway is going up to the Front Door... but the rest of us were really Diggin' it and it's a nice Space to Hang Out in... stays Shaded and is like several exterior Rooms.

Here's part of that Galley Kitchen upstairs, nice View from the Kitchen Sink too.

It was called The Mother-In-Law Suite... but we decided the Guest Bedroom would be downstairs since all of the rooms are very large and have full Bathrooms... and it's best that any Guests never have to go upstairs to where the Kiddos reside and my Creative Space might be messy while Creations are in Progress.  *Smiles*

Yes, here's the Shower Room... and it looks even bigger for Real, I was having a Spa Retreat Moment when I walked in there to Experience the Feel of it!  *Ha ha ha*   Now... if only there were a Sauna... *Winks*

So... whaddya Thinking so far my Friends?  Pretty Sweet, huh?

Usually I abhor Hallways, but the Hallways in this Home are Sublime and very Tuscan Villa, Visually Pleasing and large enough to put Furniture, including additional Sitting Areas for Reading or Playing Board Games... so totally Diggin' them.

Eventually we'll install a Lagoon Pool with Waterfall Feature for the Kiddos... it was the ONLY thing on our Dream Checklist that didn't already come with the house.  But so many Homes for Sale had allowed the Pools to go to Hell and look like a Swamp... I kept thinking the Creature from the Black Lagoon might leap out and it totally grossed me out to Consider Inheriting or Dealing with something like that in the way of Deferred Maintenance and Neglect! 

And I really liked how Tasteful and well Cared for the Landscaping was.   In many Homes that were up for Sale they'd let the Landscaping go to Hell too.  And like I said, I don't need more "Projects"! The Pride of Ownership showed in this Home and it didn't even look like it had ever been lived in... meticulously kept up and Maintained... I will definitely Thank the previous Owners for that Stewardship.

If all goes Well we should Close by July... so we're keeping our fingers crossed that the Appraisal and Inspection comes in Correct... which I don't really have any doubts that they will... but you never know and that would be the only Deal Breaker I foresee.

Here's the large Loft Space... which will also be part of my Studio Space... since I'm so used to having a very large Studio Space in the Art Studio Carriage House Cottage.   I'm so Thankful I don't have to give up having a separate and Private Studio Space to Create in.   That had been a huge Concern and a big Consideration when choosing a New Home to replace what we currently have. 

Here's a partial view of the Master Bedroom... we Love the Ceiling Details because it resembles our current Master Bedroom Ceiling Details.   And the Hardwood Floors in there were an added Bonus Feature... along with an entryway into the Master Suite that has a round Turret Style Space with another Great Ceiling Detail.

In fact, many of the rooms had those Turret Style Round Entryway Spaces leading into them and we really, really liked that Feature.

Can you only tell how Excited I'm becoming as The Process moves further along to this actually being OURS?!?!??!?!?!?!??!   I had been quite hesitant to Celebrate too early... I almost am still too hesitant to until it is a Done Deal.   Would I be disappointed if things fell thru, certainly, to some degree... but since I do Love my current Old Home... either Outcome is alright with me actually and I have a total Peace about whatever God's Will is going to be. 

This is entering the Master Bathroom from that Turret Entryway that also leads into the Master Bedroom.   Yeah, it IS a lot of doorways... but I like that and am totally used to it since it is an existing Feature in this Old Historic Home as well... so it Feels very Familiar and Idyllic to us.

Standing in the Turret Room looking into both the Master Bedroom and the Master Bathroom.

The other Bathrooms aren't too shabby either... this one will be Prince R's Bathroom.

And I'm thinking of asking my Future Daughter-In-Law to Assist me with Styling the Interior Outdoor Courtyard like a Cambodian Zen Spa Style Retreat.   She and The Son say they fully intend to utilize the Guest Suite often when they head out West for a visit from the Far East Side.  *LOL*  We'll be looking forward to that in fact, the Home is Perfect and Ideal for Entertaining Friends, Neighbors and Family or Hosting Overnight Guests.

And isn't that what makes a House a Home after all... the People that will be within it's walls and making the Memories there?

My Stairway to Heaven...

Now... The Man only has an additional request for a bigger screen TV and a new Recliner... then he'll be Golden he says... *Smiles*   When he has those two new things he'll likely never leave this Room... *Ha ha ha*

I like that the three car Garage is separate... so that this one will be mine for Inventory and Seasonal Storage... and the double car Garage side will be The Man's "Man Cave" and Workshop.  He's giving up a Workshop Cottage too so that was Important to him as well.

Part of the Double View from the Galley Kitchen Upstairs... both sides of the Kitchen have a Great View.

And you can see the Mountains not too far off since this Subdivision borders on State Trust Lands leading up to a huge Mountain Preserve and County Park... which has an Enormous County Library with Killer Panoramic Views and Hiking Trails around it.   And the numerous Common Areas and Playgrounds in the Community are Wonderful as well.

Yes... when I can finally Claim this Home as Ours I shall be quite Content and Exhilarated!  And I just couldn't hold off any longer on giving you a Reveal of what we've been working on this past week.

Anything worth having is worth waiting for after all... tho' the wait is a bit excruciating!  *Winks*

Dreaming of Living The Arizona Dream here in the Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian


  1. Wow. Just wow. No wonder you're excited, Dawn! Good grief, even the garage is immaculate! It's going to be the perfect space for all of you. :)

  2. That is a beautiful home! The kitchen is to die for and the arches are a wonderful architectural detail.

  3. Stunning this will be so beautiful, filled with family and furniture, you will be living the dream there... I am quite jealous, as even empty it looks so wonderfully gorgeous...... I can truly understand your excitement and will keep fingers crossed that it is settled by July and you can move in soon... all the best from over the pond.. janzi

  4. Wow.......Dawn that home is sure a "looker!!!!" It should be such a wonderful space for you and the grandkids. Hope it all works out.



  5. Oh Dawn how BEAUTIFUL your Dream Home is! And how Huge! You surely will need help keeping this cleaned!

  6. I keep looking at the pictures over and over again! I'm getting so excited too!

    1. I keep looking at your first comment and smiling... ME Clean?! Surely you jest... Ha ha ha. I am very excited but know the process can be long and uncertain... it would be a Dream come True if we can call it our New Home! Dawn... The Bohemian

  7. OMG Dawn that place is AWESOME and so very YOU....heck it's even painted in your about hacienda!!! How much fun will you guys have making it your very own. l totally agree with you about carpets, l'd never have carpet again if l had my way....and yes the garden is splendid and doesn't look like a lot of time will need to be spent on it, and all in the perfect location....what a fantastic find, clever YOU:-) Can't wait to see it all done with your creative flair....Fingers and Toes crossed..hehe!!

    1. Thank You for crossing all body parts for us *smiles*... I am excited and guardedly optimistic. Dawn... The Bohemian


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