Bachelor Pad: My Husband’s New Place

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KS Living Room
I hope everyone had a wonderful Independence Day!  As you know, I started my week in New Hampshire, dropping my son off at his summer program, and after less than 24 hours back at home (to unpack, do laundry, and re-pack), I headed out to Kansas for a quick visit with my husband.

That sounds so strange, doesn’t it?  He’s 1200 miles away and we’re hoping that we’ll be able to see each other every 4-6 weeks during the next year while we’re living apart, but we’re so fortunate that we can visit each other.  If this was a deployment, obviously that wouldn’t be happening!

I know I’ve showed you lots of photos of the MCC House, where the kids and I are living in NC, but today I’m going to show you a few shots of my husband’s place, because I’m really impressed at what a nice job of decorating he’s done with all the random pieces we sent out here with him.

He’s in a two-bedroom, two-bath quadplex (I think it’s actually bigger than the MCC house).  It’s two stories so I don’t know if I’d call it an apartment or a townhouse, but it’s a historic building with all the plaster walls, pretty trim, and high ceilings that give a house character.

The front door opens right into the living/dining room combination.  The fireplace is no longer working, but the cast-iron insert and old andirons are lovely.  My daughter and I are going to buy a few things to make his space more homey, and while I’m really tempted to fill the fireplace with dried hydrangeas, I’m guessing he’ll just want a few sticks of firewood or a pile of pine cones.

Kansas living room
I did add the throw in the basket–I’ve been here about 18 hours, but you know that I had to tweak a few things!

KS living room
The round table I scored at my favorite Southern Pines thrift store looks great at the end of the sofa; I added a few stacks of books.  You know I love this guy when I sent one of my swing-arm lamps out here with him (I have no idea why I love them so much–I just do!).

KS living room
The sofa and chair and a half are getting close to 20 years old and are a bit saggy, but they’re still comfortable and will work fine for him this next year.  I know what you’re thinking, though:  we need throw pillows!  I’m not quite sure how I missed that when I was packing him up, since I have dozens of throw pillows, but rest assured that I will be remedying this desperate situation ASAP!

KS living room

Since the MCC House doesn’t have a separate dining room, we kept our round kitchen table there…

Dining room at the MCC House
…and sent the dining room table and chairs with Chris.  He’s using it as his desk, which is perfectly fine with me because it’s his house.  We also finally found a place to hang up all those old military prints that I’ve had stashed in the attic for years!

KS living room

{Painted table and chairs}

We’ve got white, pale green, and a teal color in this room, which I never would have picked on the color wheel, but it seems to work.

KS living room
You might be interested to learn that we packed all of this ourselves, and my husband and son loaded it into a rental truck, drove to Kansas, and unloaded and unpacked everything.  We had zero damage, and the same was true with our local move to the MCC House that we also did ourselves.  If you read about our horrific last move {here}, then you’ll know what a huge relief this was to us!  I swear I’m tempted to move ourselves from this point forward!

My husband’s bae (also known as his recliner) has pride of place in the living room.

On the agenda today is a quick trip to Target and TJ Maxx for pillows and a few more decor items; Annabelle and I are going to “fluff” things a bit to make the house a bit more homey for him.  Didn’t he do a good job, though?  I’m kind of proud. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Maggie Fieger says

    You’re just down the road from us in Lawrence, Ks! I think we have the worst weather of the summer this week so take care and enjoy your stay. He’s at Fort Riley correct?

  2. Looking pretty good for a bachelor pad!

  3. I would expect nothing less than a man-glam home for your other half! He did great! Please hug him for me and assure him we will take excellent care of you while he is away. Xoxo

  4. How wonderful that you are visiting your hubby…yes, he did a great job in setting up his “temporary pad” …. and then you go and just put your signature on it and make it so very warm an cozy for him. Yes, I agree with you on the move….It may be a lot of work, but in the end, you won’t have to deal with the heartache of broken things. you obviously did a great job in packing…enjoy your stay!!!

  5. He’s learned from the best my dear! =)

  6. I’m curious if he is living in the limestone units for officers? When my dad was stationed there we lived in a beautiful limestone two story townhouse. There is a darling store in Manhattan you should check out for home decor.

  7. Great job. your taste has rubbed off on him!. Husband retired and we live in Lawrence, but had 3 kids in 4 years at Riley (beware of the water :)). Curious–we have the print you have over the fireplace–“guarding the New Frontier.” That was my husband’s CGSC class print but your husband is way too young to have attended when he did. How did you get a copy? I guess we thought it was only sold to members of the class–but maybe they just had 1st dibs?

  8. Keeping two places going is a challenge. This is looking great.

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