We're still in Montrose. I had thought a couple of weeks would be enough to make some decisions about the house but finding that not everyone works at my pace. It's good to be back amongst our stuff and to empty boxes and either feel like it's a box of gifts or wondering why would we still want THAT ! The Heirloom Hospice store is a recipient of our nicer leftovers.....the shop is on Main St and looks like a very nice boutique filled with furniture, housewares and lovely clothes.
So, I've managed to arrange for painters. The Lady Painters have a great reputation and I am impressed with their abilities to build scaffolding, patch and retexture walls, move heavy furniture and do it all for a better price than our friend and local builder. The new color will be called Blanched Almond by B. Moore. So much better than the lavenderish grey now residing on the walls.
These pics got reversed and my computer is getting old and cranky (no comment please ) and it's lost most of the touch pad so can't click and move them. Anyhow, this is from Houzz...where I spend too much time looking at ideas.... This is the stairway look that we want......
This is the stairway we have !! No, the walls aren't that crooked.....I just can't hold my phone straight. It is busy and distracting and overpowering...... Those wall sconces ( There are 4 of them ) are also going away....onyx and dark brown metal and are free if you pay the shipping....they are heavy !
Meanwhile, I love the kitchen and find that I almost enjoy cooking........ After having delicious pizza at Jeff and Jenn's last month, I splurged on the Williams and Sonoma pizza maker ( on sale ) and it does a great job. I used pizza dough from the market and skipped the meats and cheese and it was perfect. I suspect the oven works just as well but now that I have room for gadgets and small appliances, why not......Come over and I'll make you one ! One should always edit their pics....when I enlarged this I noted the tomatoes stuck to the heating coil (they were still fine ) and the island is rather messy.
This small rural community seems to be growing. The official population is 20,000 but we hear of new businesses and future plans for growth. Just in our development, new homes are going up and there are plans to expand into another section. Seems like most of the newbies to Cobble Creek are either from the Front Range ( Denver etc) or Texas. The biggest event of late in Montrose was the opening of the new Rec Center. It is stunning. This is just one pool area....there are lap pools and diving and swimming pools on the other side of that wall. The windows on the left become doors that open in the summer to more pool area and slides and such. There are 8 pickle ball courts inside and 8 outside. It has a walking trail with hills...inside and of course, a huge climbing wall and fitness area. It is a wonderful addition for our town.
We'll head back to the desert this week. Have to finalize stair plans and design ideas for the patio and outdoor fireplace and then we just wait until it's all done.............
And in-between it all, I'm finding things I love in the boxes. I have done several needlepoints but this was always a favorite and somehow, it got sorta lost. I got this in London over 10 years ago and now I hope to finish it.