rockpile’s new home: before and after

We moved into our new place almost a month ago (!) and it is finally feeling like home. Here are some of the befores:

Every single room and hallway was painted yellow, a color I don’t mind in moderation, but that in this instance was total overkill.

Also, once we had unloaded all of our boxes and furniture from the truck, there was hardly any room to move around!

We put a whole lot of elbow grease into this place…pulling up the old, gross carpet, painting most of the rooms, and doing a lot of cleaning.

So here are the after photos. We have miraculously made everything fit somewhere, and now I can really appreciate all the quirks and cool things about it.

Now I can relax and enjoy this neat little place. Andy spends hours reading in the sun room, and I am in love with my new studio. Come visit!

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saying goodbye, settling in

We made our big move almost two weeks ago, and the time has really been moving fast. In some ways it seems like we’ve been here for a lot longer- so much has happened already. In the next week or so I want to post some before and after photos of the apartment that we moved into in Northampton. We had only seen pictures of it when we decided to sign the lease, and although it’s turned out for the best, I’m not sure that I’d do that again, or recommend it. It’s a neat little apartment with an unusual layout, and there were a lot of small issues that came up immediately…but more on that later.

Other than my insane home-improvement campaign, I’ve been working on trying to get settled in the area, meeting people, and spending a lot of time outside. We live close to downtown and I am really into how flat the roads are here! It’s been great to be back on my bike after a long hiatus in the mountains. A few days ago Andy and I rode to Amherst on a neat bike path that goes over the river and past lots of pretty farms. Last night I saw lots of meteors from a blanket in the back yard, and I love that the weather has been cooling down at night.

The things I’ve been missing about Asheville are the abundance of local food at restaurants and the farmer’s markets, running into friends all the time, the narrow streets (somehow the roads feel so open and exposed here at times), and our old garden. Overall I am really enjoying experiencing life in the Northeast. We are planning a quick trip to Maine for some time in the next week, and I spent the weekend with my dear friend Emily in Providence, where we made the best blackberry peach pie ever, ate Indian food like I haven’t had in years, and danced funny dances to some really bad hip hop.

I’ll be blogging more often now that my studio is finally unpacked and my home is finally starting to feel like my own. Stay tuned for photos of our new place and our going-away party in Asheville, during which I really saw how wonderful and full of beautiful people my life is.

More adventures in Western Massachusetts to come…