Beige, why does it have to be beige?

Yesterday I mentioned my Hubs had a big hard on over this house that we just had to see.

Well we saw it.


And it’s beige.

He loved it.

Apparently it was bank-owned and then bought up by an investment group to flip.  It’s got travertine tile in the kitchen, breakfast area, dining room and all the bathrooms.  Schmancy faux wood flooring thru the front living room and entire upstairs.  Granite countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms.  Jacuzzi tub and glass enclosed shower.  Fireplaces in the front room, family room and master.  Big fat white columns throughout.

And beige paint on EVERY wall.  Same damn shade throughout.

I hated it.

It’s done.  Even down to the little vegetable bed.  The tomatoes are already in the ground!

Do I sound like a spoiled brat?  Ungrateful?

There is almost NO room for me to put my stamp on things.  No place where I can make it my own.

The hubs loves the openness of it, all the space (3200 some square feet.)  But I walked around thinking, “well if I have all this space, why isn’t there a space for me and my junk?  A place where I can spread out and stick a needle thru my finger while trying to relearn how to sew or where I can spill glue all over the place while decoupaging a free form piece of art?  A place to express myself.

Oh yes, dear readers, I am aware that I have this little plot of bandwidth and I am grateful.

But what to do with the rest of these creative juices?  Do I set up shop in the garage?  Make my poor guest have to shove my multiple idea boards off the bed in the guest room?  Do I turn that most useless, waste of space vanity in the monstrous bathroom into my desk?

To add insult to injury, my commute will go from a happy 20 minutes each way (along a gorgeous stretch of truck-free freeway bordered w/ always blooming trees and shrubs) to 35 minutes each way, mostly on a massive 8 laner full of 18 wheelers.

So, do I break my hubs heart over this house or buck up and suck it up?  He did buy me this little darling that we’re in now and I’ve had the sweet commute for 7 years.

And if you want to reach thru the interweb and smack me, I get it.

7 Responses to Beige, why does it have to be beige?
  1. Dorothy
    February 21, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    I understand we need space that is our feelings and no one else s and that's tough one..over time make a plan to personalize even if it's a new sun room that is yours and yours alone. Tell hubby you'll agree to the purchase if it's his design etc and he pays and every time you can as the rooms need new things they are your choices..

    Good luck

    Dorothy from grammology

  2. Coffeypot
    February 21, 2010 | 3:50 pm

    I live in a house with quiet a huge amount of open space. My den is two stories tall with windows along the outside wall, and has a bar separating the den from the kitchen. I is nice and roomy but an expensive bitch to heat or cool. But I have plenty of space for my chair and the computer – all I need. Good luck in your house hunting. There are so many and different types out there. It can be a difficult decision.

  3. Blissed-Out Grandma
    February 21, 2010 | 8:07 pm

    No. If you don't like the house don't go there. You could repaint the walls 12 different colors, but it sounds like you still wouldn't like the house, and I think you deserve to live in a house you like.

    Make a list of things each of you absolutely must have, and things you'd like but could live without. For example, maybe you must have a crafting room/office of your own, but could do the longer commute. And what are his absolute musts, and what can he live without? Go look at a few other houses so you both can see what's out there.

    Okay, make me stop now.

  4. The mad woman behind the blog
    February 21, 2010 | 11:51 pm

    Dorothy: Welcome! Yes, I think that sounds like a win-win.
    Coffey: yes, the heating and cooling costs crossed my mind today. The bitch of the open concept house, I'm afraid.
    Oh B-O G: Don't stop, what would I do without your sage advice? We did go look at more houses and while I found one that would fit our budget and give me lots of project yet still move in ready, the Hubs wasn't convinced. His choice is a stand out winner (and we might be able to work something out.)

  5. Red Shoes
    February 22, 2010 | 8:01 pm

    A big hard-on over a house? Err… can I see a photo of that?? ;o)


  6. MommaKiss
    February 23, 2010 | 11:16 am

    well – i say suck it up sally. but that's jut me. i'd move for a hard on, too. just sayin'

  7. lifebeginsat30ty
    February 26, 2010 | 9:37 pm

    Well I like it here in this them here place you got here too :) I had to comment on this post because I TOTALLY get it! Where is the fun in getting a ready made house?! I know this may appeal to many people. The only thing I have to say is: bor-ing. Or that what's the point when I'm just going to paint, tear down and rebuild everything anyway? We beige-haters need to stick together ;)

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