Monday, November 5, 2012

Dream Houses

For multiple reasons (finances, family business issues, the presidential election, etc.), I have been inordinately stressed out lately.  To unwind and take my mind off pressing issues, I sometimes enjoy dream 'house-hunting'.  This weekend I found some real gorgeous options.... well, you know, if I had a couple mil in the bank.  

Feast your eyes on house number one - best kitchen in the Boise market by far:

 I love the office/pantry kitchen off shoot. 

And a butler's pantry to boot.

Check out this idyllic view!

This is the dressing room that connects the His and Hers walk in closets.

 OK, and my second swoon-worthy house love of the moment:

Separate Guest Quarters for Grammy's golden years. :)

The backyard is right on the Greenbelt and Boise River.

Ben wisely pointed out that what I actually love about this home is the furniture.

This kitchen makes me feel so happy inside.

After so much visual gluttony, I feel compelled to make the following note.  Some of the happiest times of my life have been while living in cramped, dingy apartments.  As a missionary, I'd often bunk with several other sisters in apartments with little to no aesthetic appeal, furnished with hand-me-down donations.  College life was joyous and exciting because of the relationships and experiences; the cinder block walls, limited storage, and dated furniture had little effect on my high contentment level.  While I enjoy the guilty pleasure of house dreaming from time to time, I try to also use it as a reminder that the best things in life aren't things.   A house is made a home by the people you reside with and the laughter and fun you share in it.

I hope everyone gets out and votes this election day.  I am excited to do so for the first time, and will try to practice deep breathing and think happy thoughts while we watch the election coverage.


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