My husband and I are going to be closing very soon on a marvelous old renovated Colonial house on the shore of Lake Champlain. I took some photos the day we met with the real estate agent for a showing back in July--which was also the day we fell in love with it.
You can't beat the view from the house.
This is the house to which we will retire, in eight years or possibly less. In the meantime, we are setting it up as a VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) property, so that we can afford to own it until we feel we're ready to sell our home here in NH, where we've lived since 1990. Until we can move there, the plan is to block off a week or two every summer for our personal use--and hopefully the kids and grandkids will start making special memories at this house by the lake.
I am sure that there will be many posts in the future, regaling you with all the ups and downs of being the landlords of a vacation rental property. But for now, I'm just giddy with ideas for setting the house up and making it look pretty. And I think we're going to name it "Oyster Haven"...you know, because an oyster is a haven for a pearl? (Clever? Or cheesy?)
We've been ordering lots of stuff online from Wayfair and Amazon and Overstock. One of our bedrooms upstairs is currently filled with sheet sets, towels, comforters, dishes...not to mention all kinds of framed artwork, pictures, and signs that I plan to hang on the walls of the new house.
So here are a few of the things we'll be taking up to NY (where my new decorating mantra, as far as the walls go, is going to be "less is more").
|On the left, a watercolor by Adirondack artist Pat Reynolds (a wedding gift|
from my Grandma); on the right, an old window (given to me by my D-I-L
Ginger, with a wreath that was a gift from son #4 hanging on it).
|That oil painting on the left is something we've had more than 30 years,|
since before we even had children. We got it at a silent auction charity event
when my husband was an Ensign training to become a Naval Aviator.