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That’s so Louisville

“I’m a Louisvillian again.” “We live in Louisville now!” “Louisville is my new, old home.” “Louisville is my hometown.” All of these phrases keep rotating like marquee announcements through my brain when I wake up in our new house in our new city, and I’m wondering when it’ll just become a normal thing that Javier and I have moved the LRL out of Nashville after 12 years. “Soy de Louisville otra vez”. “Vivimos en Louisville ahora!” “Louisville es mi nueva, antigua casa.” “Louisville es mi ciudad natal.” Todas estas frases rotan constantemente en mi imaginacion cuando me despierto en mi nueva casa en esta nueva ciudad, y me pregunto cuando se volvera algo normal despues de que Javier y yo nos mudaramos desde Nasvhille despues de 12 anos.
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Our new, snowy neighborhood!

I grew up in Louisville, and I absolutely LOVE this city. It’s such a weird, funky, quirky town – a little gem in the south-that-isn’t-the-south-but-definitely-is. I find myself saying aloud “that’s SO Louisville” constantly as I drive around town, and the things that are SO Louisville are probably found everywhere, but they remind me of the 18 years I spent here. For instance, there’s a random cat that lives outside under our windowsill, and I told Javi that’s “so Louisville” – but it’s not. It’s not so anything – I just grew up in Louisville with a cat, and now I have dogs, and my dogs are from Nashville, and this cat living outside my house is just so Louisville. Welcome to my brain on moving. Yo creci en Louisville, y me ENCANTA la ciudad. Es un poco extrana, pintoresca, y diferente – una gema del sur que no es del sur pero sin duda es del sur. A cada rato me encuentro diciendo “eso es muy de Louisville” mientras manejo por la ciudad, y las cosas que me hacen decir eso estan en todos las ciudades pero me hacen recordad los 18 anos que vivi aqui. Por ejemplo, hay un gato que vive afuera de nuestra casa bajo nuestro ventanal, y le dije a Javi “eso es muy de Louisville” – pero no lo es. No es muy de nada – simplemente yo creci con un gato en Louisville y ahora tengo perros que son de Nashville, y este gato que vive afuera es de Louisville. Bienvenidos a mi cerebro que no para de moverse.
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That fence is so Louisville. That kid is so Louisville. The color of that house is so Louisville. That puppy dog is so Louisville…etc.  

The Louisvillest of Louisville cats in my arms…and also my obsession with No Doubt (Tragic Kingdom era) on full display. Long live 90s Gwen!

Anyway, we officially moved to Louisville from Nashville last Wednesday. I only had 5 days to unpack before heading back to Nashville for HH rehearsal and a short tour run, so we worked HARD to set up the house quickly. Every morning we woke up and tackled the stack of boxes. Unpacking reminded me of eating Pad Thai from PF Changs – now matter how much work we did it felt like we hadn’t made the slightest dent toward finishing. By Saturday we were finally able to put the furniture in place, set up the orchids, and the dogs stopped drooling and shaking from moving anxiety (poor fellas). Pero bueno, oficialmente nos mudamos a Louisville desde Nashville el miercoles pasado. Solo tuve 5 dias para desempacar antes de volver a Nashville para salir de gira con HH, asi que trabajamos muy duro para ordenar todo. Cada manana nos levantamos a vaciar cajas. Me recordaba a comer comida china, por mas que sacabamos las cajas no bajaban. El sabado por fin pudimos ordenar los muebles, las orquideas, y los perros dejaron de babear y tiritar de los nervios (pobrecitos estaban con mucha ansiedad).

“WHAT IS HAPPENING?”

We painted the week before we moved – the entire house was that color of gray.


The living room on the main floor is the grandparents’ room – it’s like our decorating taste skipped over kids and went straight to retirement (and I love it). Every single item of furniture came from one of my grandparents, with the exception of the bookshelves from my parents’ house. The sofa and matching chair are from my dad’s parents’ farm, the beautiful secretary desk is from my great-grandfather’s farm in Ohio, the dining room table is from my grandma on my mom’s side, the grandmother clock is from my great-grandfather, the floral-print highback chair comes from my great-grandmother…even the paintings were done by Javier’s grandma. I LOVE how the room turned out. We still don’t have dining chairs and we’re hoping to get an area rug and a coffee table…but that’ll come later. That and everything else, like guest beds and curtains and everything on our 10-mile list of to-dos. El living en el piso principal es la sala de nuestros abuelos – es como si nuestro estilo de decoracion se salto el tener ninos y se fue directo a la jubilacion (y me encanta). Cada mueble fue heredado de nuestros abuelos, excepto los estantes que vinieron de mis papas. El sofa y la silla del mismo genero son de la granja los papas de mi papa, el escritorio de la granja en Ohio de mi bisabuelo, la mesa de mi abuela por parte de mi mama, el reloj de bisabuelo, la silla de flores de mi bisabuela, y las pinturas de la abuela de Javi. Me ENCANTA como quedo esta sala. No tenemos sillas todavia y esperamos encontrar una alfombra y mesa de cafe…pero eso vendra mas adelante. Eso y tambien camas para visitas, cortinas, y una lista de cosas de mucho kilometros de largo.
 
That’s the only part of the house that is fully set up besides the kitchen, and definitely the only part worth sharing in terms of before-after photos. We also worked on removing the carpet in our bedroom, but I’ll save that for another post. For five days’ work, I’m really in love with our new digs…and the new house means tons of new projects for me and Javier, and I’m sure many of those will end up on here. Stick around! Esa es la unica parte de la casa que esta terminada aparte de la cocina, y definitivamente la unica que vale la pena mostrar fotos de antes y despues. Tambien trabajamos en sacar la alfombra de la pieza principal, pero escribire otro post sobre eso. Para 5 dias de trabajo, estoy enmorada de nuestro nuevo hogar…y la casa nueva significa un monton de proyectos para Javier, y estoy segura que mucho apareceran en este blog. Nos vemos!

3 thoughts on “That’s so Louisville Leave a comment

  1. It looks lovely! I love the hardwood floors! I’m Debbie Tam’s mother, and have been following Humming House forever. Always like your photos!

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