It has been about a year since we moved into Pearson House in Walla Walla, Washington. After months of renovation, we moved away—to Kansas, of all places. For the past couple of months, we have lived in a rental home while combing the area to find just the right property to buy. (When I say we combed the area, I am not exaggerating: We visited seventy-two homes and experienced two failed contracts before finding Lee House.) After we had Lee House under contract, we had more waiting to do. We barely made it through those agonizing weeks between having our offer accepted and actually moving in.
We finally took possession last week, on Valentine’s Day. We spent a long, romantic day unloading our belongings into the home and several more very long, romantic days—including my husband’s birthday—getting all our things situated. By “situated,” I mean hauling heavy pieces of furniture and boxes of books in and out of rooms and up and down the stairs. And by “all our things,” I mean only a fraction of our things. Many items are still boxed up in the garage waiting for someone to bring them in and make a place for them.
One of the great things about Lee House is that it’s not a remodeling project, like our other three houses, including the last home we owned in this area. Lee House definitely needs cosmetic work here and there, especially upstairs, but overall it’s in great shape. This is the first time ever that we’ve been able to simply move our things in without having to repaint, remodel, rewire, re-roof or redo anything at all.
That doesn’t mean change isn’t coming. It is. Just not yet. Not for at least a few months. We’re taking winter off with regard to home renovations. (But spring is right around the corner!)
Below are photos of the house as it looks at this moment. The four roof windows on the second level—one of which is shown below—are my favorite feature of the house. I’ve seen two hawks, an eagle and scads of smaller birds through these windows since we’ve moved in.
:: Living Room View One
:: Living Room View Two
:: Living Room Cubbies
:: Dining Room
:: Master Bedroom
(The pendant light, dated track lighting and the strange brass pole are all items we will be addressing when we begin renovation on this space. The carpet will also be stretched. You can see it wrinkling on the right side of the image above.)
:: Master Bedroom
(The pieces of art above the bed won’t really be positioned in this way. We hung them on existing hangers in the wall for now.)
:: Master Bedroom Headboard Shelf
:: One of the Four Master Bedroom Roof Windows
:: Master Bathroom Entrance
:: Master Bathroom Double Vanity
:: Master Bathroom Slate Tilework
:: My Office
(My husband also has an office, but it’s not presentable at the moment. When I took the photo above, I didn’t realize Beebs was in it. She must have photo-bombed the shot.)
:: Office Shelving
(Above, you can see some of the drywall damage we have to address. Every drywall joint on the second floor really needs to be taped and mudded again. A full skim-coat might even be in order. Most likely, somebody DIY’d the drywall work on this level to save money when they should have contracted it out because it wasn’t their area of expertise.)
:: More Office Shelving
:: Even More Office Shelving
(The tackle boxes in the photo above are poetry emergency kits.)