Don't get me wrong - the climate is lovely (at least I hear that it will be), once we get over these super-heated summer days, and the people seem genuinely warm and friendly. It's the architecture and the decor that I've struggled to get used to the most. I guess it's because I spent so much time on the east coast, but the homes that really appeal to me are the charming clapboard-sided, dormered-windowed, beauties with wood floors and lots and lots of divided light windows.
Guess what? That's not the kind of houses they have here in New Mexico. Not even close. Here I found lots and lots of flat roofs, stuccoed exteriors, little-to-no moldings, and things like vigas, kivas, bancos - aarrgghh! Even the houses speak a different language down here!
Well, needless-to-say, house hunting was a little bit hard for me. My husband and I had decided on a area that we wanted to buy a home in, and it turns out that most of the houses here are 20 to 30 years old. So that meant a lot of out-dated ugly ducklings. We looked at lots and lots of homes with old tile, laminate counters, old oak cabinets, dated lighting, weird wallpaper - the works.
I knew that I was going to have to do a lot of updating on the interior, so I mostly looked for something with good bones, and the potential for some easy fixes.
In the end, we bought a 1980's Territorial style home that won me over with its coziness and the charm of its exterior courtyard. But boy-howdy, does this house need work!
Just so that I don't scare you off right at the beginning, I'll start off with some pictures of the charming courtyard:
I love the trees, the roses bushes, the bench, and the walkways. And I love that it's all enclosed and very private. Sort of secret-garden-y. It's cute, right? Right up until you walk through the front door and find this:
Lots and lots of windows, which is good. The bad part is, they're surrounded by
lots and lots of dark brown, shiny trim.
Oddly asymmetrical stuccoed fireplace with off-centered, shiny brass doors. Nice.
Check out the lovely dated tile at the entry. And the nice 80's sconces.
Don't know if you can tell from this picture, but the tile's pink. Yes, pink.
More pink tile. Goes well, I guess, with the dated oak cabinets and laminate
This is the master bath. Notice the carpet and the really, really bright stained glass window.
Oh, and the faucets and light fixtures add a nice touch.
Um, don't really know what this room's supposed to be, but what
caught my attention was the lovely tiled border.
The hall bath. Also carpeted.
Oh dear. More pink tile.
Well, there you have it. Our new abode. I know, I know - it's kind of depressing. But I want you to check back soon, because the renovations have already begun. I'll prove to you that there is hope, even for this stuck-in-the-80's little charmer. It may become home yet!