minor side note: the nice part (i guess) about living on base (as opposed to finding our own house/apartment to rent/buy) is that we already know where we're going to live! sure, we don't have an address (and won't...for a while) but we have pictures of a potential house! so...if you're interested in what our new house could look like, go ahead and check it out! We will be living in a development called "Wind Creek Village", and what really
makes me want to cry catches my eyes is the miles of counter space in the kitchen:)
after a lot of shopping when i first moved here, and now a lot of online browsing, the moral of the story is that furniture, no matter what kind/category, is. not. cheap. in fact, it's expensive.
my mental list of the furniture that will have to be purchased is getting quite long. one minor 'problem' is that while there is a great selection of both new furniture stores and clearance centers/craigslist choices here in houston, we do not want to move/store huge stuff like that (especially because now we have no place to put anything else)...and i've been coming up on the less-than awesome side for selection in our new 'small' town. (wichita falls has around 100,00 people in it...a minor down-sizing than houston) for example: the 100+ listings for a refrigerator in the few days here in houston is comparable to the 4 in the past month up in wichita falls. just so you know what we're up against.
so far...i've got: (just on my list, mind you) our bedroom set, guest bedroom set (preferably queen), office furniture (desk, chair, bookshelves, etc), living room furniture (uh...everything...), bookshelves (i'd love to have 12 of these...give or take), a dining room table and of course...any wonderful decorating thing i can sweet-talk my hubby into...
a few weeks ago we were trying to decide what to do with a particularly sunny saturday. furniture shopping in the 'ritzy' part of midtown seemed like the best option and in an effort to tempt my budget-savvy husband in the way of not only nice-looking but quality furniture, i suggested we start our search at pottery barn. (sneaky, huh?)
another side note: since we will be moving alot in the next 20 years, there are two ways we could swing our furniture selection: it is very probably that whatever furniture we own will get slightly banged up through the many moves and new homes. so the options are to 1. not spend a lot of money get "less than great" quality furniture...that will likely have to be replaced 1/2 way through ty's career. OR. 2. buy nice, quality (ahem...expensive) furniture now and have it last us all 20 years until we're ready to settle down for good (and then we'll get new, non-banged stuff)