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  There’s no way to explain this ‘transition’ without first sorting out the word ‘compromise’ insofar as it sleeps intermingles with the phrase ‘long term’. In this case: Marriage.     You marry a guy.   He’s funny.   He’s cute.   He’s ambitious.   You get along.   You have a few kids.   […]

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  • Abby - No, seriously Cheryl? I hope at least he lets you take your Hermes shawl and a case of Chardonnay with you:) just in case you realized what you got yourself into?

    • Cheryl - Wait. Until. You. See. What. I do. With. The. Interior….. OMG!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Hodor Greenthal - This is my husband’s dream. We may have to do it someday. I have to say yours looks totally adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Would it be wrong to say it looks way cute? That I’d like one, but maybe a tad larger? But that I need a driver because my husband is a TERRIBLE driver and I am uncoordinated? Yeah. Thought so.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Hammond - You are more generous than I! Camping is against my religion!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth A. Havey - We camped in out early married days. Not now! But I do love your camper.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - I’m going to have to sit by the river and learn to cook fresh fish someday too, so this cutest camper on the planet looks wonderful to me.ReplyCancel

  • Angela @ Setting My Intention - So exciting! My husband and I are looking at Tiny Houses and campers too. We’re not close to moving into anything that contained, but dreaming…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - This is TOY and NOT a LIFESTYLE!! Dear God, I’m not that crazy! Hahahaaa. The Tiny Houses are awesome but not as mobile so I found this little brand new retro baby and swooped her up! Stay tuned Angela…. the misadvetures are bound to come our way!ReplyCancel

  • Karen D. Austin - That looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. All my best to the both of you. I’m just getting ready for my first kid to graduate from HS. (I’m an older parent–in my 50s but with 2 teens at home.) It’s interesting to see you get on the other side of this hard part. I’m in the freak out over college costs mode right now.ReplyCancel

  • Chloe - Nice trailer. Welcome to the club. Ain’t love grand?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hey sweetie girl! Just to be clear- we will not be LIVING in this- just tooling around makin’ hay! *wink*ReplyCancel

  • Cristy Stern Zdenek - Cheryl, it looks amazing. I love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Katy Kozee - That is the cutest thing ever. And you are living my dream – we’re still in the “How are we going to pay for these schools?” stage of life. I can’t wait to be past that and beside a river. I’m lucky though – it’s my husband who’s the non-camper so I’ll probably be comfortable wherever we end up.ReplyCancel

  • CAROL CASSARA - I know I commented on this. I know I did. But where? It’s adorables.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Well, this one stuck. Glad you gave it the ole college try! It IS adorbs!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - You will have the best adventures! I can’t wait to read every post about your travels.ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - Randy and I considered it…then we took a 3 week road trip and imagined staying in RV parks and having to set stuff up. I remain dedicated to hotels.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - At least you are not sleeping on the ground! You are so lucky. When we were young together it was the only way Lanny would go: Sleep on the ground in a bedroll. Later arthritis prevented that. He would not buy a travel trailer so we just went where there were motels and real beds. Ahhh! Funny you’re “When did this happen?” question.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - Sounds like a fun adventure for sure. I’ll look forward to reading all about them and turn a little green with envy too lol.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - it might not be the Ritz but it’s WAY better than a tent!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Retro 1961 Shasta Airflyte!! With all the modern conveniences of course.ReplyCancel

  • Lisha Fink - And you can rent it out for Mardi Gras!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Holy Crapolla! That’s genius!!!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - I can’t wait to see how this is going to go! You need to start a book right now!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com - Hi Cheryl! It might not be what you were expecting but who knows? It might turn out even better than you could have imagined. And what a cute way to compromise. I’m looking forward to reading about where you go from here. ~KathyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I will be taking notes and passing them along you can be sure of that!ReplyCancel

  • Nora Hall - What a great take on compromising! thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Gottberg - Hi Cheryl! It might not be what you were expecting, but who knows? It might turn out even better than you could have imagined. And what a cute way to compromise. I’m looking forward to reading about where you go from here. ~KathyReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - That camper van will be a lot of fun, I’m sure.
    Compromise is so important in a long-term relationship. My wife used to hate football (soccer) for the first 15 years of our relationship, whereas our two kids and I have always been fanatical. Then one day she decided to come along to a game, loved it, and is now as keen as me. But on reflection that might not be compromise, but just giving in!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne Fluhr - One of my fantasies — not shared by my beloved.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Here’s the way I see it Suzanne- It wasn’t one of mine either but BUT if I want to see him I needed to bend a little. My way, of course, but BEND none the less.ReplyCancel

  • Messing With A Sure Bet: Shasta Camper Update » A Pleasant House - […] We recently procured (sounds pretty fancy don’t ya think?) a brand new 2015 Retro-1961#Shasta camper. I talked about it here. […]ReplyCancel

  Once Upon A Time, I pushed two bowling balls out of a garden hose.   It wasn’t easy, but I had no choice. There was no were else for them to go.   I toiled and huffed, and ate ice chips and swallowed laxatives, and lo and behold, the universe brought forth an unbreakable […]

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  • Carol Cassara - Great tips–and pix–for everyone. Like me.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Something tells me you live surrounded by beauty. Inside and out.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy - Awesome job from an AWESOME mom! Happy kid = happy mom! Such a fun AND helpful post from a pro!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I really should have gone pro but the thought of having to deal with people’s neurosis’ was a game changer. I leave that up to my mother, who’s still designing. At 82!!!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Amazing! Absolutely stunning. With a few tips and tricks and not a huge outlay of $$$! Genius!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes! Very cost effective. It’s all smoke and mirrors Diane. Smoke. And. Mirrors. You just need to know where to pace them. Hahahaaaa.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill (@Nerthus) - Love all your tips. Most people over-furnish. But mostly I love your description of interacting with your kids. I was so happy and so thinking about how much more money it would take when my daughter started a PhD program… sigh. Someday I will have the money to decorate! School has to end one day, doesn’t it?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Does it? End? But, it’s true- most people either over-decorate or just fill their spaces with a mish-mash of stuff. Or, don’t have things ‘at the ready’, like not having magazines by the couch, or coffee mugs on the other side of the kitchen away from the coffee machine. Why?ReplyCancel

  • The Finishing Touches - You did a fantastic job! I want to live here!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Tackett - I swear this is true. When my oldest lived in Vancouver, I visited a house she shared with 8 other people. The lamps were on the ceiling. As in, Kate and her boyfriend took all of the floor lamps and attached them to the ceiling, so the floor lamps were now upside down ceiling lamps. It was kind of spectacular. That was 5 years ago. Kate and her boyfriend (same one) are now Masters in Architecture students at SAIC in Chicago. Their lamps remain on the floor, but they are both kind of spectacular.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Great idea! Especially if you have high ceilings! As students of Architecture I imagine that they are always experimenting. Did you know that it was a woman designer, way back, that first suggested not only overhead lighting, but the very first WALL SWITCH! Maybe your daughter will invent something wonderful! I hope so.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - Oh you have an eye for just what belongs. I hope my son meets some like you to help him balance out his place because that is not one of my gifts!!! And the cat in the bathroom was such a nice touch!ReplyCancel

  • Its All About The Yummy - Love this! I am sending your post to several of my children’s friends who are now leaving in their own places!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Johnson - Oh well done! It looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Dalferes, Author - Love, love, LOVE what you’ve done with these rooms. Sending this post to many of my son’s friends who are working on their first post-college “real grown-up” place. ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - The blue lamp in yhe kitchen, genius! Great style. I think this is one of the things I miss the most with taking care of mom. Hubby and I have a very definite way of decorating and have taken months to put something on the wall because we simply haven’t found “it” yet. Great booksmon the coffee table even the aquarium rocks and decorations were taken into account (OCD) but mom will buy little kittens or puppies or abox wharever strikes her fancy and she just puts them anywhere. I just let her she has Alzheimer’s and used to have lovely taste. What can you say? Luckily we don’t know anyone in this state so nobody sees it but us.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s hard enough to be dealing with Alzheimer’s (both you, your husband, and, of course, your mom). I don’t blame you for ‘letting it be’ with the kittens, or china puppies, etc. in your mom’s place. Whatever makes her happy in the moment.As for waiting months to find the ‘right’ object for a room- I agree. As long as it’s not TOO long. HAHAAAAaaa. I’m sure your place is fabulous just like you Rena.ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Wow, my kids’ places look nothing like that! I’m forwarding this to both of them for inspiration, although I’m sure I’ll be getting back replies asking for money!ReplyCancel

  • Doreen Mcgettigan - I love what you did with the lighting, I really like all of it. The cat is a wonderful finishing touch. Adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You do good work. Looks fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - Beautiful! The sentiment, the words and finally, the apartment. ReplyCancel

  • lisa Froman - This was fun to read. I gotta say….your kids are lucky. LOL. And I LOVE what you did with her apartment….Southern Living would be proud.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Since this apartment is in Columbus, Ohio, let’s call Midwest Living!ReplyCancel

  • Lily Lau - The best thing that could happen to that bathroom is Ned (in my humble opinion!) 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hahahaaaa. Yes he is the centerpiece of any room! ps: Did you notice little Ned on the bed?ReplyCancel

  • Vashti Q - Hi Cheryl! I love before and after pictures. Great job! I’m going to be moving into a new house soon. I’m going to remember what you said about the WoW factor. That’s really cool. I’m actually going to pin this so that I won’t forget anything. 😀ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Love how you hung the black clock down low too and that it is black to go with the black in the WOW factor chair.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You bring up ANOTHER bone of contention I have- people hang their wall pieces at the wrong level- always TOO HIGH. As always, you have given me an idea for a new post with pic’s from MY house to use as examples. Thank you Oh Wise Woman.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - First of all, you crack me up! “…they keep calling your bluff…saying I love you.’
    And second, you have excellent taste! I am a decorating junkie. I watch hours upon hours of HGTV and devour the magazines. So I loved this. Well done! Hey, aren’t you going to be on HGTV? Make sure you let me know when!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Well, that’s what they SAID when they showed-up and filmed us! I’ve really got to write a post and I will MAKE SURE to let you know.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - That sure looks like a huge apartment! Absolutely love the chair! Great choice! !ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It’s not. It’s small. But the light is good and the space is open- except for the bedroom. The chair IS GREAT! She got it at a discount $350 bc it was a little dirty, which we cleaned and viola!ReplyCancel

  We have two, or three, children, depending on when you entered our lives.   I usually say, we have two biological children and an adopted child, though we never legally adopted our third.   Confusing?   Maybe.   Let me explain.   Ben and I birthed (who are we kidding? I BIRTHED our two […]

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  • Lux Ganzon - You’ve got a lovely family. And that looks like a cozy apartment.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It did turn out great. It was a pain in the ass- but it turned out great. It’s all about them- right? snoozzzzzzzzeeeeeeReplyCancel

  • Chloe Jeffreys - Damn girl! You gots talent! Very nice. So cozy. I wish I lived near you and could spend time learning from you. You have skillz.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I come from a l-o-n-g line of designers. The apple didn’t fall that far- it never does. -wink-ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Zurek - Wonderful redecoration. I swear I am looking at a magazine. You really understand lighting.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Wow- you really saw that? Wonderful!!! Yes- lighting is an often times greatly overlooked accessory. you’ve got a good eye!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisha Fink - And now she lives in a pleasant house, as well. Good work, mama.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - How clever! I should have used that line Lisha! Are you a writer or something? -wink-ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I like how you added the small table next to the island and the new chairs for the island with backs, plus the lamps in the bathroom and kitchen make it look so homey.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - The island stopped before the ceramic tile on the floor Sue, leaving this’area’ that was open so it looked like the perfect spot for an extension using her table (I love these chairs- so retro). There was an electrical outlet under the counter at the end of the island so… voila! As for table top lighting in the loo- I always try to do that. Makes using it a pleasure!ReplyCancel

  • Manal The Go Go Girl - Beautiful job! Love what you’ve done with the apartment. And bravo for taking in your third baby 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Manal! Sometimes life throws you a curve ball- or a big box of an apartment.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Gorgeous! The homemaking fairy endowed you royally!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes she did. Her christian name was Mom. At she was a tough task-master. HahaaaaaReplyCancel

  • David Stillwell - I fear you left the reader hanging with the long introduction to Tyler and then you derailed into lamps. So if you can go back and tell us more about Tyler that would be heavenly… BTW awesome job on the apartment and Ned is interestingly handsome while curiously distancing. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - So… you want more Tyler story? I hear ya.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Fancy digs. Just wait. They always move back at least once. Mine did it twice. One couple at church were tired of moving their daughter in and out of different places. They really gave thanks when she married.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - So far- only Tyler. Now, he lives just around the corner. Does that count?ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - Wow! I’m sure my hubby would sign me over for adoptionReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You’d have to get in line Hahahaaa!ReplyCancel

  • Johnny Serio - Well since I stumbled across this eloquent essay of yours, I had better comment…
    I remember very well that transition in your lives, and I think no one knew exactly what to make of it at the time…bold, if nothing else. You have led by example for your children and all who witnessed. Very proud of you, good work!
    ooxx, johnny ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - What fabulous room transformations. An expert in interior design; your skills know no bounds.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I really should have gone into Interior Design but then I’d have to work with people- a deal breaker.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda - Holy Cow. I’m in my 30’s and my house isn’t as well decorated as that apartment! Nicely done!ReplyCancel

  • Cary - You did a smashing job! Love it (though I think she may have a cat infestation).ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh yes. She does- two of them. The apple not falling far (and all that).ReplyCancel

  • Johnny Serio - Yes, I remember Tyler being a REALLY good kid! Love and miss you all too!ReplyCancel

  • MJM - Are you available to decorate a friend’s house, I’d pay you…do you accept foodstamps?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - A ‘friend’? Do they have wine?ReplyCancel

I am a witch.I prefer ‘Goddess’, or ‘Enchantress’, but really it’s all the same thing- I cast spells- on people and circumstances and outcomes and fortune (I don’t mess with the weather because it’s too powerful, or football games because they’re too stupid).It all began when I wished for a ‘real’ baby doll when I […]

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  • Sue - Its the best kitchen window of all. Elegant swag and oh so different birds.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - And it’s higher above the sink then usual- which might seem odd, but on the other side of the room is a wall of french doors so there’s plenty of light. The birds were a gift from my daughter- I’ve always flown/hung them near a window. The swag is the same material that I’ve used to cover two pillows on a couch in the sunroom (close-by) so it all works! Thanks Sue. Love ya!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tina - Your story reminds me of a line from “The Sound of Music”. “I’d like to stay and taste my first champagne. Yes?” “NO!”ReplyCancel

  • Mike Regione - I need the lotto numbers great and powerful oz…err Goddess. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • A Pleasant House - I do not use my powers for financial gain- at least not often.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Quite a window!

    Singing to Streisand, though???ReplyCancel

When I was fresh out of college, I couldn’t wait to get my first apartment.FREEDOM. SEX. FREEDOM.I had already acquired many pieces of furniture and art and sets of dishes all lovingly wrapped and waiting for me in my parent’s garage- like Christmas on steroids, except I had gotten these things for myself because Santa […]

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  • House Crazy Sarah - yes, times have changed! Wow – on your first place and Wow on your daughter’s place!!!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Oh, that’s suffering! Your poor daughter.

    My new place is a good location… though the downstairs neighbours do smoke pot.ReplyCancel

  • Winnie - Yes, but think of all the city “charm” you had. I am in the city, and remember my first place at age 21. I was the oldest of 6, and so did it on my own. Mismatched everything, but really, I was happy and I think it prepared me to be self sufficient. Come to think about it, maybe I should come back as your daughter. Loving her kitchen, oh my!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I just shake my head —– I guess this is what a REALLY good education and high skills gets you. And fabulous parents, of course.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Torris - Oh my goodness…isn’t that just gorgeous. I think your princess is doing JUST fine.

    My children, like yours, started out ahead of where I was when they got their first apartment. I wanted their life for a while. It is really a lot of fun to watch them start out in the world. I know you must love it…living in a responsible environment…I didn’t even know what an “environment” was until I was 40!

    Be well Cheryl!

    • A Pleasant House - Well, aren’t you spot on in every way! I guess the American Dream is still alive! Do better then your parents, and all that. We’re so happy for her.ReplyCancel

  • Ida Chiavaro - Definitely has a a lot more to do with her fabulous parents than the freedom/sex driven choices of our youth. I remember my second rental had an outdoor dunny, opposite a train track in an industrial section of the city. We could see the sky through the ceiling in the hallway, no neighbours on the weekend (that could complain about the smell of anything), bullet holes and lots of wild cats. I loved every second of it (and only when it was really cold at night did I pee in the bathtub.)ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - SO great Ida. ANd I’m glad the bathtub was only used in cold weather. Haahahaaa. We did have us some adventures didn’t we? Train tracks. Bullet holes. Gang fights. Boys. What a time! Thanks for stopping by- nice to see you.ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - I remember my first apartment. I was completely unaware that there were train tracks only 25 feet behind it. Each night, at 2 a.m., a train would come through blowing its whistle in warning for the crossing ahead. Between the vibrations and the noise, I awoke thinking World War III has broke out! After a week, I never noticed it. I also remember my girlfriend coming over and finding that I had left dishes and pans soaking for over a week in the sink. I guess it was the smell that first gave her a hint. Brave girl, she was. She reached right down to the drain plug through the slimy mess and pulled it right out! She was a keeper that I lost, four times, before finally losing her forever. I still think of her. Great job!ReplyCancel

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