Well, I've been back from my year-and-a-half in Bali for about 5 weeks, though it feels like a lifetime ago and a dream all at the same time. In between job applications and catching up with friends, I'm starting to settle back in and consider what is next in terms of BIG SCARY GROWN-UP decisions...
...and I'm leaning towards a house!
Of course until I get full-time work and replenish my savings, this is a bit of a pipe dream. But it's quite nice to have something exciting to work towards and fuel for my Pinterest obsession in the meantime.
As I mentally collect notes on what I'd like in my FUTURE DREAM HOME, I'm pinning like a fiend. Right now, FUTURE DREAM HOME requires approximately 68 lounge rooms, 12 kitchens, 16 bedrooms and a treehouse. Something tells me I might need to KonMari my dreams a little bit!
So, apart from taps that come over the centre of the sink (how frustrating is a tap that hovers on the edge of the basin and won't let you at the water?) and plugs with built-in extension cords, what does my FUTURE DREAM HOME look like?
+ As an avid collector of art, weavings and other treasures from my travels, I know my FUTURE DREAM HOME will need to have lots of wall space, lots of light and lots of display nooks. I also own a LOT of books (Sorry, KonMari, I did try!), so built-in shelving (or my own personal reading room) is important.
+ Having spent so much time travelling and in Indonesia, I'm pretty used to a wide variety of showers. My FUTURE DREAM SHOWER MUST have a detachable head, strong adjustable pressure, and enough space to turn around in without knocking everything over. I'm a big fan of the wet room style, though preferably not full Indonesian style, with the showerhead placed right over the toilet and requiring a combination of acrobatics and yoga to not fall in!
+ Oh and a bathtub. Built-in or freestanding, I don't really care. But a bathtub is essential for life/world peace/love/happiness/etc. A nice view out the window would make my dreams come true.
+ Adequate storage and preparation space in my FUTURE DREAM KITCHEN. I don't need/want a dishwasher, having been without one for most of my adult life, but one thing that's always tricky to find is space to dry the dishes. I've been obsessed with the idea of these drying racks from India for the past few years (maybe recreated in wood). Also a good excuse to purchase fun, pretty dinnerware, seeing as it will be on display!
+ A bedroom that I can actually dream in! No technology allowed, a light and airy space where I can wake up with the sun and not be tempted to check my email after a 2am trip to the loo. There will probably be candles, incense and some special items on display from my travel and there will almost definitely be a huge pile of magazines and books on my bedside tables, but in my FUTURE DREAM BEDROOM they will be read/devoured/consumed, instead of just making interesting paperweights and something to trip over in the dark.
+ An office space. It's only recently that I've felt this is really important in a future home, now that I'm hoping to transition to taking on some more freelance work or maybe (one day) starting up my own business. Something light, airy and simple to keep me focused and inspired.
+ Ocean frontage. What, a girl can dream, right?
What does your FUTURE DREAM HOME look like? Comment with your thoughts or links to your Pinterest!
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