Well, we survived the move-in day at the Ventura beach house. I have so much to share, mostly good but some not so good, and lots of pictures too!
When we packed the house back in April 2022, I packed everything. In hindsight, I probably should have donated about half of our stuff, because half of the boxes I opened did not work in our newly remodeled home. Remember all of the aqua decor items? Nope. I didn’t keep a single one. They are going to a friend who is moving to a new home. And I am so excited for her and her family.
The Status of the Move-In at the Ventura Beach House
Slowly is the best word I can use to describe the move-in. Why?
We have been unpacking boxes and setting up furniture all week while things are still being completed. What kind of things? Well, on moving day they were also installing all of the appliances. And they were painting the last coat on the 2nd floor every day this week. The downstairs, the office, and our primary suite are done as of today, but I am pretty sure the kitchen and family living area still need another coat. Both stairwells also need a second coat of paint
We probably should have waited another week to move in, but I really didn’t want to pay yet another month of storage fees. So we pushed it. And I am so glad we did! I am pretty sure my contractor wasn’t thrilled but by now they have learned how to put up with my crazy ideas!
In the pretty picture of our kitchen, if you look closely you will see plenty of areas where more paint is needed! (Hint: Check out the window trim or hood vent!)
As you can see, I still have a lot of stuff to put away. None of the closets are built out yet so for now, this is where it stays! Also, I am not sure how I ended up with three Rummikub games. We love the game, but how did I end up with three?
Open shelves were added on either side of the sink because I want a very open and working kitchen feel. Now, I have an ocean view from the kitchen island and I cannot wait to spend a lot of time here cooking meals and entertaining family and friends.
We also just got hot water and most of the bathrooms are functional. But our house is not quite ready for a sleepover yet!
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The Not-So-Good Part of the Move In
Ok, time to share a not-so-great thing. I messed up pretty badly. When I pressed SEND on my computer when I ordered my appliances a gazillion months ago, I should have triple-checked it.
Somehow I managed to order a refrigerator that was not counter-depth. I have no idea how it happened but I ordered the wrong refrigerator. And it doesn’t fit.
And the worst part? The store policy is that 48 hours from delivery you have to inspect all deliveries. Because this is a remodel, the appliances were delivered in December, but not installed until the kitchen was ready to receive them in January.
So guess what? I have a beautiful brand-new refrigerator that doesn’t fit and can’t return it. I actually cried when I went to the store and they told me that!
So … if anyone in Ventura/LA is looking for a brand new, never been used GE Cafe Matte White refrigerator, email me at [email protected]. I will give you a great deal!
Oh, and if the refrigerator debacle wasn’t bad enough, the dishwasher has a big dent in the front. And guess what, same 48-hour inspection policy, applies so the dishwasher has to go through the warranty process if I am lucky. That should be a lot of fun. Wish me luck!
And I do have to say that this was my fault. I learned a lesson and when you are doing a remodel you really need to make sure you always check everything!
If you are wondering about the amazing couch in the photo above, I got that at the Pottery Barn Outlet. It is really, super comfy!
Fortunately, both products are currently in stock so the replacements shouldn’t take too long. It is just so frustrating that I have to buy them again! You know the old adage, measure twice, cut once. Well, measure thrice, and order once!
Please learn from my mistake!
My Favorite Items in The Beach House Kitchen
I have been eyeing these counter stools for a very long time and I knew how amazing they would look in our kitchen. I bought them in the fall and they have been sitting in our Carriage House forever!
They are from Serena and Lilly and they are the Balboa Counter Stools.
I found these lights on Amazon and I bought them last summer! How funny is that?
Kitchen Table and Chairs
I have gotten to know the staff at the Pottery Barn Outlet really well. I bought this table last summer and I bought the chairs a few at a time so that I could fit them in my car. Incidentally, the chairs are the same ones we have in our dining room at home, these are a lighter color which is called Seadrift.
The appliances are from GE and they are called Cafe Matte White. I absolutely love them and it’s wonderful that you can order different knobs and handles depending on your preference. The stove hood is also part of the Cafe collection. I bought them all at Home Depot last year because of all of the shortages, they took a really long time to arrive. Like eight months!
Of course, now they are in stock.
Now that we are almost moved in, I am so excited to be able to start sharing the Ventura beach house. Make sure to sign up for my newsletter so that you get the blog delivered to your email box each morning and you don’t miss any beach house updates! There is so much more to share!
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