Take a deep breath…

Moving is stressful. Well duh. Moving is like a band aid – the longer you take to pull it off, the more painful it is. We took a year.
We finally bit the bullet 2 weeks ago and moved to Napa full time. I have been remiss in blog posts just from being so busy and frankly, overwhelmed!
The contractors are gone and things are once again quiet.

Birdies in our backyard

There is still a lot of stuff to do and a lot of stuff we didn’t get done and some stuff we are getting finished down the road. On top of that, we have been updating our condo to be rented out soon. Painting, new fixtures, new appliances. Honestly, it was painful to spend that much on the place we are leaving, but you have to have it at a certain standard for a rental. The good news is that the area where we have our condo rents very quickly and I have no doubt we will have a renter in the next 10 days.
I read something on another blog that is great advice. When it comes to decorating, don’t feel the need to do everything all at once. For the last 2 weeks my mind has been completely scattered trying to decorate the entire house. Now I have broken it down to room by room and I am going to wait to find pieces or colors or fabrics that are just right.
Just when I think there is still a crapload to do, I remember how this place used to look! (You’ve been dying for some befores and afters, haven’t you?)
Here is one of the great room (complete with before tacky furniture)

The couch is the Reese couch purchased from Room and Board and the fabric is Dillcrest Paprika. Love it. The coffee table is an original Kip Stewart for Drexel Declaration purchased on Ebay. Arc Lamp (cheap knockoff version) by George Kovacs from Lumens. Kai Kristensen compass chairs and teak dining table from Past Perfect in San Francisco. The dining table pendant lamp was also purchased at Lumens.
I still need some more cushions for the couch and I am eventually hoping to round out this area with one or a couple of mid century chairs.
The cat condo – well, that came with us and Annie, our kooky calico, is very happy in the top bunk. But we are getting a new condo made with a mid century look it to replace this carpet one.

Here is a closer look at the faux concrete wall. After an initial mess up by one stucco guy, we had to pay a second guy to do the job right and from a mistake came something really cool:

I still have to figure out what to put in that partition thingy. But I have recently discovered Blenko glass and you can get some really nice pieces on Etsy  cheap! They will make some nice accent pieces.

More to come, but right now, I need a nap!



Welcome to The Napa Project, where I write about our five year remodel of a mid century home in Napa, California.

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