Friday, August 20, 2010

Five Things about my Dream Home

When I think of my dream home, I don't really think of a particular location. I hope for a modern dwelling of just about any type, preferably downtown or close to a downtown area, in whatever given city my husband and I happen to live in... 'cuz when you're the wife of a grad student-soon-to-be-college professor, you can't really plan a whole lot in advance!

I have lived the apartment (or department, as one of my bloggy friends likes to call it) life for going on seven years, and let me tell you - I'm an expert!  I appreciate (and tend to use and abuse) the 24/7 maintenance, and the sound of someone else's toilet flushing is just as familiar to my ears as my own mother's voice.  I particularly like when a nearby tenant's smoke detector goes off - it adds a little bit of excitement to my quiet evenings at home (should I grab the cat? should I run? should i stay? should I walk upstairs and make sure the other tenants are ok? ooh... see, pure excitement!)

Today, I get to dream up five things I want the most when it comes to my dream home. Believe me, I'm very easy to please. I don't care if it's an apartment, a department, a condo, a townhouse, or a shizzy old fixer-upper down the street.  I'll start small:

1. My Very Own Washer and Dryer


I've done the whole on-site-but-coin-operated-laundry-"facility" thing for years.  I'm used to it, but it isn't exactly convenient when you're doing at least 2-3 loads of laundry per week, most of which is flipping button-up shirts and dress pants. And yeah, I want the prettiest washer and dryer on the market. I'm not going cheap on this one!  Just think, when you're at home, casually tossing a small load of towels or a throw off the couch into your washing machine, I'll probably be at the bank drive-thru getting a roll of effing quarters.

2. A Window in the Kitchen


Isn't that sad? All I want is a window in the kitchen.  I'm dying to get deep into seafood recipes, but the stench will not air out of my department. In addition to a window in the kitchen, I'll happily accept a house full of natural light - white walls, big windows, not a whole lot of B.S. hanging on the walls. 

3. Hardwood Floors

I'm really sick of stiff, stain-resistant crappy carpet that isn't really all that stain resistant.  I have a cat. He sheds and vomits.  I eat lots of chocolate,  I spill things.  I like to slide around in my socks. I want classy, clean (and fun) hardwood flooring.

4. A Double Bathroom Sink/Vanity

My husband and I are both primpy. We like to get fixed up, we like to go out, but he's always ready at least an hour before me because we have to share our 4 square inch bathroom.  At least this way each of us can have our "space", and he won't knock my box of tampons in to the toilet while he's fumbling around for his toothbrush.
P.S. I love Restoration Hardware, and this sink's Ahhh-mazinnng!

5. Home Office/Library

{via i have no idea where this pic came from}

My husband totally needs and deserves his very own place to go hide, study, research, type... and whatever else.  I have sacrificed, and so has he.  We've lived in the middle of 400 stacks of books and piles of English papers for years; he's creating his masterpiece dissertation in the comforts of our own dinette! I like to imagine a modern library, but he's totally into the idea of a cozy nook with tons of books and art. 

While we're on the subject of a special place for reading, studying, etc - can I PLEASE have this major chillaxin' gorgeous reading room, minus the ugly rug, as a bonus?
(I'll take the cute little pug, too.)


I'm linking up today at Beth McC's blog, Just Me and My Life, as part of her ongoing weekly post "Friday Fives".  If you sit around and daydream about your home all day like I do, you should join in the fun!
(And thanks Beth, for the awesome writing prompt!)

I'm also linking up at the following Friday Blog Hops:
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Have a great Friday and Happy Weekend!
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Hannah said...

Love, love, love the color-coordinated library :)

Beautiful dream home!

chocoholic said...

I want a library and hardwoods too! Forgot to put them on my lsit though.

Beth McC. said...

Seriously that washer and dryer took my breath away love that color!!! That library is FANTASTIC!! Love it!

Thanks for doing the Fives!

The Green Eyed Lady Blog said...

Love your list of things you want in a house! I would like some of those same things! The library is amazing!!! And I want windows in my kitchen as well...that is something I will not compromise on!

Brittany said...

I am in love with that green washer and dryer! SO stylish!

I love that they color cooridnated the books! Thats so clever, and beautiful!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I love the idea of a home library! I have so many books!

Ms. Emily Ann said...

Great list! Having a washer and dryer is one of the most under appreciated things in a house! It's so nice! And I LOVE that vanity... gorgeous!

Jessica @ Life's Good Be Happy said...

A home library would be fantastic!

Fiona Designs said...

hard wood floors are the best!
: 0 )
just stopping by from New Friend Fridays!


AubreyRose @ My Simple Everyday said...

Yes that colorful library is gorgeous -- so is that green washer/dryer!!

Hope you have a happy weekend, too!

Amber said...

Very pretty little colorful library :) I would love that too!
Have a great weekend!

Aimee said...

I love that you are so easy to please. You can come live in my condo and you wll have 3 of your needed 5 (own washer/dryer-jsut not an expensive one, window in the kitchen, and hardword floors... we do have a 2nd bedroom that you can turn into an office and that makes 4)

I SOOOOOOOO agree with you on double vanity sinks bc kev and I are the same way (except Im usually ready first). Luckily we have two bathrooms. It would be much more convenient to just have doub;le sinks though so if I need to talk to him when we are getting ready I dont have to shout across the hallway

Brittany Ann said...

I second all of this! It's the simple things, isn't it?

Cori said...

Love your dream house! Hope it becomes yours soon!

JoJo said...

I would love all those things in my dream home one day too! The double sink is mucho important to me!

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

Seriously, I need to have you design my place!!

Faith said...

i really, really, really wish that when the hubby and i were looking for our house we chose one with two sinks in the bathroom!!!