We moved into our new home at the beginning of January and have been settling in. The initial offer for our house that was submitted was accepted month ago, but we then had several subsequent negotiations to settle at the price and date we settled upon.
There was another offer on the house when we originally put an offer on it, which the sellers had not yet accepted because the offer was contingent on the sale of the other buyer's house. In the market that we're in right now, that may take awhile. The sellers were investors and were just holding the property and wanted it sold as soon as possible before the new year, so they took our (lower) offer.
We didn't want to pay rent at the old
dump apartment for January so we moved in within a month.
In any case, it's coming together in that we have been able to do some of the work that the house needed (re-insulate the attic, remove the asbestos (that wasn't us, we hired a company), install a door, put in a kitchen).
I've been seeing an interesting trend when I tell my friends and family about the house. Everyone seems to talk about how much fun I'll have decorating, or ask me what my accent colours will be.
Aside from the fact that our days have been filled with insulating and measuring and floor laying (and therefor not having time to think about decorating), there are a few reasons that we aren't going to spend a lot of money to decorate our new house. Here's why:
Generosity of Family Members
Upon finding out that we are moving into a larger living space, a few family members jumped at the opportunity to give us furniture that they were no longer using. As of right now, we have people offering to give us a dining room set and hutch, a TV stand, coffee tables and end tables, newer mattresses, organizers, and everything in between.
My dad moved in with his girlfriend, leaving them with a bunch of extra furniture to get rid of, and when my step-grandmother passed away last year my step-dad and aunt had a bunch of furniture they need time find homes for.
Since we bought the house, I don't know if we will have the energy or the funding to get married in 2013 like we'd originally wanted without sacrificing some of our other goals (travel, saving, investing) but we will be tying the knot within the next two years (probably year and a half).
With a wedding comes wedding gifts, and we will be able to register for the things that we want to decorate our new house then.
I've done a few things to our existing decor (from our various apartments) to make it mesh better with the house. Luckily these things were free.
I don't like a lot of clutter by nature. My mom's house didn't have a lot of knick-nacks when we were growing up, and I got used to the minimalist decor. So, what we do have, we will keep and make do.
I painted a black frame white (our house has bright white moldings and window frames) and will cover the painting inside of it with an interesting looking fabric. I used a wine bottle as a vase for a silk flower that I had, which looks really cute. We have some candles and other things that we have out, and some furniture I'll paint (eventually).
For some of the other things (we do need an area rug), we'll just use our Ikea gift card from the kitchen event.
Keeping Up with the Joneses
I could spend all of my extra money on curtains and art and pictures, but that wouldn't make sense for us. We have many financial goals that conflict with decorating our house to the nines, and it's simply not important to us at this time.
The only reason we'd do so, is to keep up with the proverbial Jones'. Essentially, we'd be doing it for everyone else, not ourselves. And that's messed up.
We may be the exception, but these are the reasons why we're not spending a ton on decor any time soon.