Sunday, September 7, 2014

Neighborhood Update

It’s been some time since I last gave you guys an update on how things are selling in the neighborhood we developed.  Thankfully the sells have continued to stay steady and we have sold almost 50% of the lots to date. 
Glen Iris Update
Looking back, we started building the first house in Fall of 2011.  We moved in that house in July 2012 and it sold a month later.  We moved in with Will’s parents for a few month while we built the house we are in now. We moved here January 2013.  At that point in time, including those two homes, we had sold 4 lots. 
Things really started to pick up in Spring of 2013.  Fast forward to today, Summer 2014, we have sold 19 lots.  Five are currently under construction.  We are happy to have great neighbors and feel a sense of community again. 
We have finished all major construction to the land and all lots are sellable.  
We are hoping lots continue to sell soon!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Design Dilemma {Living Room}

A sweet reader, Heather,  recently emailed me and asked if I could give her some suggestions and advice on decorating her living room.  She had recently sold a large entertainment center in the space and it was feeling empty. She also had trouble arranging the furniture in the room because of the doorways and general layout.  This living room is a great space that connects to the foyer and the kitchen on the opposite ends of the room.  There is also a door that leads out to the back deck. 

A common complaint in rooms is an awkward layout.  In new construction, builders work to make spaces feel more open so I hear this complaint often.  It’s all about finding the right fit for comfort and something that is visually pleasing when you enter the room from all angles.  Finding that layout can drive you nuts and sometime you just have to move furniture around and live with it for a few days to get the feel for it.  Heather has great taste in colors, fabrics, and accessories just by looking at the rest of her home. 

I had her send me a few pictures of the space so I could get an idea of what she was working with.  She mentioned in her email that she was planning to purchase a new console for the TV  and she was considering a new couch, possibly a sectional.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

House Tour

We’ve been in our current home almost 2 years now, it’s time I share the whole space with you.  You’ve seen a lot of decorating along the way but here is a snapshot of the whole house. 
Front Porch
When you enter our front door you’re standing right in between the living room and kitchen and just beyond that is the dining space.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Backyard Garden Tour

As Summer slowly slips away I thought I’d share my backyard plants from this season.  I have enjoyed our yard tremendously this year.  Last year was our first Summer in this house and we added a few flower beds and planted flowering shrubs and trees.  This year we expanded those beds and I planted more.  We’ve been lucky that it hasn’t been an extremely hot Summer and we’ve also had plenty of rain so everything has flourished.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tour Through Blogland

Happy Sunday Everyone!  My friend Renee over at The Refined Relic ask me to take part in a Tour Through Blogland which is a group of bloggers posting about their home & blog so that other readers can get to know them better.  Please be sure to check out Renee’s tour HERE.
I was actually scheduled to post on Monday but I am traveling for work so I decided to get this going today.
with plants
Here at A Heart’s Desire I blog about decorating, my crafty adventures, furniture refinishing, gardening and occasionally something yummy I’ve baked.  I enjoy the process of making a house a home and putting my stamp on our home.  I enjoy my home, inside and out and pour a lot of love into it.  I hope that is something my readers pick up on when they read my adventures.
From Above
Over the past few years and soon after starting this blog, me and my husband Will have moved a few times and it has given me the opportunity to decorate a few homes and find ways to use my belongings in different ways.  Many years ago we bought land to develop into a neighborhood and we have been working on selling lots to builders, but with the ups and downs of the economy it has taken some time to do this.  We have built two homes in the neighborhood  and lived in both, leaving behind our first home.  We are now living in the second home that we built in the neighborhood.  It is a small farmhouse style that really fits our current needs.  This process has taught me to live on a decorating budget, so I have become quite the thrift shopper.