When I go silent on the blog, it’s usually not because I’ve run out of things to say. Instead, it’s probably because I have something I REALLY want to say, some exciting news to share, but I feel like I have to wait. So then I just totally shut down… because that is logical?
In this case, we’re getting ready to put in an offer on a home, something I thought would never come. I’ve frequently mentioned that I love looking at houses online, but haven’t talked about real house hunting. That’s because we haven’t been… house hunting. At all. Instead of explaining the real estate situation in our town, I’ve just avoided talking about it here because I feel like I’m bitching and complaining the whole time. On top of that, we’re just dealing with a monumentally different housing market than I am, and likely you are, familiar with. I do want to start talking about real estate though, both to share some background and because I honestly don’t expect that our offer will be accepted and we’ll sadly be back to square one. For now, I want to talk about the fun stuff. Later this week I’ll probably give some background on what makes our real estate market so difficult.
So, this is what a house in our Michigan neighborhood looks like:
And thiiiiis is what houses here look like:
Photo from Aspen Log Homes
This one is like the perfect example, complete with four wheeler with a snow plow and truck in the driveway. I’m pretty sure someone in town has a twin to this home:
Photo from Modern Log Homes
This is our home in Michigan:
And this is what Wyoming homes look like inside:
Photo from Aspen Log Homes
I’m not not into the Wyoming look. I like the exterior style a lot, actually. The interiors… it’s just so much wood. Some are better than others, of course. There’s a lot of outdated 70s wood paneling still rockin’ out in Wyoming. While the rest of you have ripped it out or painted over it, it’s still fiercely holding on out here. I like the cabin-style interior a lot when the entire room isn’t wood. Many homes have wood floors, log walls, wood and beam ceilings, wood cabinets, wood furniture, log tables, and dear heads on the walls. That’s a Wyoming home in a nutshell and people love it. Knowing that a be-wood-ed home is in our future, one way or another, I’ve been collecting inspiration on Pinterest, looking for ways to incorporate our stuff into these homes.
Source / I’m not into the pendants, although they’re far from offensive. I think our Michigan kitchen has the exact same ones. I love the white cabinets mixed in with the wood, farmhouse sink, tile floor, and general rustic feel of the place.
Tahoe home by WA design architects // rug by Amber Interiors Shoppe // Triangle room that I can only trace back to this reference on Design for Mankind // Pink Swedish fabric / Living room from Desire to Inspire // FLOR tiles in Just Plain Folk, frost
Then there’s always this gem, from WEAR WHERE / 3
Somewhere between rustic and modern, neutral and color, plus, I swear to you I will have it, knit pattern wallpaper or rug, I think there’s a cabin I’d love. I find it sort of hilarious that Navajo rugs (I’m constantly debating whether this is wildly culturally insensitive or an accurate term), Pendleton wool blankets, turquoise, antlers, and taxidermy are having such a moment, because Wyoming people have been using this stuff for ages. DIY bloggers would shit their pants over what is considered a horse blanket here. And antlers? You can just pick them up on hikes or four wheeler rides. Here they’re called sheds and you can collect them seasonally then sell them to shops by the pound. One of the largest Indian reservations is just a few miles away, so the Shoshone and Arapaho aesthetic is everywhere, except it’s not considered a design trend, it’s just… culture… I doubt there will be a deer head in our future, because here it’s a hunting trophy, not a thrift store find. As I write this, I fear it sounds judgmental, but that’s definitely not the intent. I love me some turquoise and antlers, but it’s been funny to discover that we’re all just now getting into what 60 year old Wyoming ladies have been doing for ages!
There are a ton of other images on my Pinterest board, but without the proper sources, I don’t want to repost them here. On that note, I’m working to fix the sources there as well, but that’s an ongoing process. While we’re at it, this design/house stuff sounds like a lot of me me me, I want, I like, I’d buy… and that’s because Alan doesn’t give even one half of a shit how our place looks. He does hate my beloved green sectional sofa, so we’d consider replacing it with a bigger leather couch once we’re settled in a place. With him at 6’5″ and me at 5’10″, we need to find one big ass sofa so we can both lounge in maximum comfort. He also wants a bigger TV. Of course. If the man has his music stuff and video game stuff and I feed him 2+ times a day, he’s happy. He’s lived in plywood boxes in the desert for 6 months at a time while deployed, so he has pretty much no interest in this house obsession of mine. That said, despite his total ambivalence about house hunting, he’s preeeeetty pumped about this place we’ve found, which makes me even more excited.
I know bringing this up is pretty much the biggest tease ever, but I’ll share as soon as there’s something to share. In the meantime, are you into the modern cabin vibe?