For those of you who may not be familiar with what a vision board is, it is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of one's dreams and desires, designed to serve as a source of inspiration and motivation, and to use the law of attraction to attain goals.
This week I think I came up with a variation. It is called the vision chair.
I mentioned I have been struggling with trying to get financing for a home addition. The combination of my credit score and the difficulty of getting a home equity line of credit has made me put the whole idea on the back burner until after the holidays. But I still think about it every day.
Of course, part of the reason I am so obsessed with adding a new dining room and a laundry room is a “want.” I want the convenience of doing laundry without having to drag it through my garage. I want more space to entertain. I want to turn my current dining room into my wine room. A classy little space for cocktails and appetizers, before moving to the main dining space. Yes, the want is also the life style part of it. More space, more entertaining and more time with friends.
The other part is much more practical. My home, particularly right now, is the largest investment I have. The light of retirement is getting brighter every day and a reverse mortgage is something I have been thinking about since I first heard they existed. Adding on square footage means adding on value. Value means more income in retirement. So the addition actually makes sense and is not just a way to feed my HGTV addiction.
Speaking of home design, I recently read an article by a designer who said, “If you love something buy it. Find a place for it later.” This is not something I should have ever seen.
So imagine my joy when I received an email from Cort Furniture stating I had been awarded a $40.00 credit for a class action suit. By the way, I had no idea I was part of a class action suit, but $40.00 is $40.00.
Off I went to the Cort Furniture Clearance store in Glendale.
A few things about Cort. They are not just office furniture. They carry some well-made items and if you visit a clearance store, they are reasonably priced. I found a great dresser there about a year ago. They also have some unique and cool styles and colors, which of course, is right in my hemisphere.
I had been looking online for a chair for my wine room. Yes, the one that doesn’t exist. But just like I did when I had my fire and my beloved home was in despair, I find looking for ideas and picking out finishes, makes me feel better. I may not have a vision board, but I have a very fat folder full of ideas and designs for my new dream home.
But here I was, in a real store, with real credit and there it was. The perfect chair for my wine room.
Well, almost perfect. The chair cushion was dirty and worn and the chair was silver. Not the beautiful gold I was looking for. But the price? Marked down from $299.00 to $99.00. With my $40.00 credit, I had paid more for dinner a couple of weekends ago for the D-Man and me.
Home it came, to my garage and two cans of Gold Metallic spray paint. My first Cort Hack.
Just to be totally transparent here, the picture of where it is, is not where it is living right now. The wine room is still the dining room and as tiny as it the space is, my wine chair has to live in a less fashionable place right now. Sitting in an awkward corner of the living room.
But I see it every day. To remind me, that giving up on anything you want, is not an option.
I mean, let’s face it. You can’t sit on a vision board.