Chris and I went out on a limb and bought the Savannah house on the internet without ever stepping foot into it. No big deal, right? One of my favorite movies in the entire world, runs second to Legends of the Fall, is the epic 80’s Tom Hanks movie called The Money Pit. Have you ever seen it? If not I highly recommend it. The character is an attorney, and he is super goofy. Maybe it was a foreshadowing in some sense because I’m pretty sure I married Tom Hank’s character in the movie, Walter! He reminds me SO much of my husband! Chris will do anything goofy if he knows it will make me laugh, it’s one of the things I love most about him. Anyway, the house isn’t as bad off as the one in the movie, it is definitely a great place to park it for two years, but I don’t know if it was necessarily the best investment (which is why we initially decided to bite the bullet and buy). But it’s still up in the air as to what we are going to decide to do when it is time to leave Savannah.
I’m enjoying the spaciousness of the house after the tininess of the Hawaiian bungalow, and I also enjoy the diversity of our neighborhood. When we purchased the house it came with a bit of antique furniture the previous owners left behind. After pinning the hell out of vintage waterfall vanities on my “Home” Pinterest board for months, the universe answered my prayers and there was just one just sitting there in my new bedroom for me when I arrived! We had no idea they were leaving any furniture! Chris and I also buckled down and bought a “grown up” living room set this time around. Chris said our old couch was “one fart away from collapsing”, which was true. Mom and Dad gifted us some great pieces of furniture and art from their arsenal and also had me go through storage and take some of childhood stuff home, including Ollie’s bouncy horse! That was mine and my siblings growing up! It worked out great with Ollie’s room theme. I realized the picture above his crib could maybe be a little scary, but my Grandma and Grandpa Guerra actually gave that to Mom and Dad when they got married when they were 17 years old! So it holds a special place in my heart. Chris and I also have some of our vintage toys displayed in Ollie’s room that we brought from our parents homes to finally come and live with us. My grandmother also handed down the kitchen table and the white dresser in the guest room. We got the hook up! I have lots of gratitude for everything given to us and also to my Dad and my Uncle Jr. who drove a giant trailer from Texas to Georgia to haul everything along with Ernie and Ed. My hands were full and I felt super overwhelmed during this PCS, so all of the family help was so greatly appreciated. It truly takes a village.
I have eclectic tastes to say the least. I love thrift shopping and estate sales and I would have to say about 95% of our possessions are second hand. One of my greatest joys in life is imagining the potential of somebody else’s castoffs. I also like imagining the stories of the people and homes my finds from the Goodwill or Savers shelves may have come from. Imagining what kind of person owned it before me, or what sort of joy it brought into a child’s life before it brought joy to my own children. I also like the thrill of the hunt, digging through racks to find the most beautiful vintage indian gauze dress I have ever laid eyes on, and then the luck of being able to purchase it for two bucks! I guess my thrift shopping has become a hobby at this point, but it kind of also gives me a way to explore new places every time we move. Ollie also really enjoys going, so it’s something to keep us occupied while sister is in school. He loves hanging out in his carrier and smiling at all the new faces.
You will probably recognize a few things from our old house but two of my favorite things I have purchased here in Savannah are my vintage chenille peacock bed spread in the guest room and two of my “new” hallway rugs. We hosted a potluck for Vivi’s school this past weekend so I decided to take some pictures while the house was still clean! Hope you enjoy!!