I didn't really want to mention this before now for fear I might jinx us, but you probably have figured out from my previous post that we have found a house. We found it a couple weeks ago, but I wanted to wait until we had a signed contract. Sure enough the contract was signed and we have been shopping for furniture with our agent and the landlord's agent (the one who sleeps on the job).
We were able to get the furniture budget upped to a more reasonable price and also have the landlord pay for the painting. We were able to buy new living room furniture, master bedroom furniture and dining room furniture. It was pretty fun spending someone else's money. I didn't find something that was totally my style, but I am able to try a new style.
After our shopping trip we went to the house to see how many new light fixtures we will need. It looked so much better without the furniture that was in it before. Some of the furniture was nice, so we kept it. There is decent furniture for Gemma's room and the guest room (hint, hint, who will be our first visitors!!!). It is a spacious space and I definitely think it will be fine for the next 2 years.
We should be in the house by the 25th of October. Our new furniture will not arrive until 10 days after that, but we will have our mattress to sleep on and will probably continue to eat out since we won't have a table. Then we have to wait for 4 more weeks to get our shipment from Arizona. So we should feel more at home in the next month. The waiting game has been very hard, but it will pay off in the end.