Friday, June 24, 2016

Patina and Purl Has Moved!

Patina & Purl has re-branded and moved over to its new home!

Head on over to The Wife Aquatic for your weekly home decor and DIY fix! 

I hope you'll continue to read and follow along as we undertake our new
adventures and lifestyle living aboard our 1988 Carver yacht! 

Thanks for reading and as always...

Friday, June 17, 2016

Our Favorite North Carolina Beach

Last week, Mark and I went with his family on a much-needed vacation to Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. I'll go ahead and say it. I am not a fan of Myrtle Beach, SC. While this town was our family's vacation destination my entire childhood, as an adult, I wouldn't choose Myrtle as my go-to. It's often congested and has become overrun with gimmicky-touristy attractions.

Not so at Ocean Isle Beach. This beach destination has maintained its small-town vibe. It's far enough away from the commercialization of Myrtle Beach that you feel secluded, bu close enough that if you want to go shopping or visit a boardwalk, you can. I however am perfectly content to spend my days lying on the beach and my evenings stuffing my gullet with Calabash seafood. Which I did with gusto. 

Allow me to regale you with the list of seafood in which I so stupendously indulged: flounder, trigger fish, clams, mussels, oysters, calabash shrimp, and scallops. I'm pretty sure I ate every seafood item available in North Carolina-- and I am not one bit ashamed. Is it bad that eating is one of my favorite parts of vacation? I guess it's good I workout everyday, huh?? 

Some of our favorite Ocean Isle Beach (and nearby) spots: 

What is your favorite beach getaway? Mark and I are always looking for a new place to go. We hope to plan a long weekend trip for our fourth anniversary this year. So we are open to suggestions!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

6 Things to Know Before Buying a Liveaboard Boat

As some of you know, the process of buying our liveaboard boat was fraught with difficulty, delays, and unnecessary stress. We sold our home on April 29th-- packed up, said our goodbyes, and hit the road for DC-- mistakenly thinking we were going to close on the boat on May 9th. No big deal, right? We had made arrangements to spend the intervening week with Mark's family. 

Except we didn't close on May 9th. Or May 10th. Or May 11th. Or even May 20th for that matter.
Somehow, our marine lender kept delaying, with last-minute requirements for additional paperwork. Talk about utterly infuriating! Not only were the delays causing us to needlessly spend money on interim housing, but we were also so worried that the seller would back out of the deal. Every day, I was worried-- searching for back up apartments and biting my nails over the dog. What on earth will we do with Solo? Where will we live with a pitbull? These thoughts kept roiling in my mind. There may or may not have been one or two sobbing shower breakdowns. 

Fortunately, the seller stuck with us-- and over a month after selling our house, we finally closed on the boat on June 3rd. Sheesh! Talk about a process!

So today, I wanted to share a few things that I wish I had known before jumping into this liveaboard process. If you have ever considered living on a boat or know someone who is considering it, make sure tha they read this list first! It has been a really cool experience thus far, but man-- what an ordeal. Without further ado...

Six Things to Know Before Buying a Liveaboard:

Be prepared to struggle finding financing.
Before the recession, banks gave out loans liberally. Thus, it was no big deal to go take out a marine loan and buy your liveaboard-- even though boats are depreciating assets. Fast forward to 2016, however, and no one-- I repeat NO ONE-- wants to finance a liveaboard. Even though we both have good credit and the amount of money we needed was so small (less than most cars!), we couldn't find any marine lenders or banks who would loan it to us. After weeks of searching, we finally did find financing with this bank, but even that was incredibly difficult. 

My suggestion? Either purchase the boat while you still have a land address or purchase a boat cheap enough that you don't need financing. 

Be prepared to pay for haul-out and a marine survey. 
I can't stress enough the importance of this part of the buying process. While having the boat captained, hauled out, and surveyed can be pricey, the expense is worth it. You should walk away knowing everything-- big and small- that is up with the boat. Our seller was pretty honest, so we didn't have any surprises, but I still appreciate the peace of mind that came with having the survey done. After receiving the report, I felt like we had a good idea of what we were purchasing. 

Be prepared for the whole process to take a really long time
As i mentioned earlier, our closing date was delayed again and again for over a month. At first, I thought that it was just us or something about the boat. But after talking with a few other liveaboards at our marina, I found out that closing delays are just par for the course with buying a liveaboard. Prepare yourself going in that this thing could take a while. Even after you get the boat, documenting it with the Coast Guard ... that also can take awhile. 

Be prepared to find interim housing if you're selling your home to move aboard. 
My advice in this vein would be don't buy a liveaboard boat if you don't have anywhere to go while you wait. just don't. I think my stomach is more ulcer than stomach at this point. If you absolutely have to sell your home in order to move onto a liveaboard boat, budget for interim housing situations. 

Be prepared to seriously pare down your belongings.
Before we sold out house, I went through every room and seriously looked at every single thing I owned. Was the item useful or just decorative? Was it an heirloom? Did I actually like it? If it wasn't used or wasn't sentimentally valuable, it was sold, donated, or pitched. Literally we pared down our belongings to two truckbed loads. (A few things, like antique pieces I couldn't part with, went into storage.) Even so, I still feel like we have too much stuff for the boat's storage capacity. I have to say though, there's something really refreshing about getting rid of all the excess stuff you own, the stuff you don't need or use or even really want. 

Be prepared for some things to be really different-- like the toilet, for example. 
Oh. My. Goodness. This was almost a deal breaker. (It's about to get real people, so just brace yourselves.) We have an electric toilet... which essentially is like going potty on a garbage disposal. It. Was. Horrifying. I nearly leaped onto the bed to get away from the scary grinding loud horrific beast that had revealed itself to be lurking in the seemingly innocuous potty. I am not exaggerating when I say that I had to pep talk myself to use the restroom. All that aside, you will eventually get used to the weirdness of a boat's bathroom. It's been two weeks now, and I am getting over my potty phobia. Just be aware that boat bathrooms may look like an RV restroom, but they are a different creature entirely. 

And most of all, be prepared to have some fun! 
It's going to be an adventure from start to finish, but you can say you did it. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Boat Inspiratons

Today, I am super excited to share some of my decor ideas for our liveaboard boat. I don't plan on doing all of this at once-- I am sure it will be a gradual process-- but I have put together a few idea boards that showcase the vision I have in my head. 

I definitely want to incorporate nautical elements, without going overboard. (Ha! No pun intended.) The color palette will be a blend of blues and grays with hints of citrus incorporated to give an unexpected twist. And if you know me, you know it will be colorful! 

For the galley (kitchen): I'm thinking white cabinets, a rope rug, and a playful table runner. Also, don't you just love that "Welcome Aboard" pillow

Luckily, the previous owner left a lovely grey velvet loveseat in the living room. It's very similar to the one pictured above. I think it will go perfectly with a white-and-blue rug, colorful toss pillows, and a clear acrylic coffee table.

I've never been one to shy away from pattern and color in a small space, but I do think its important to keep furniture streamlined when working with a limited floorplan. A clear coffee table would provide a landing surface while still being light on the eyes.

Finally... the cabin (aka bedroom) inspiration board. I'll probably use my current duvet but accent with navy blue. I would love to try my hand at knitting a super chunky or giant yarn throw blanket. Winters on a liveaboard boat can be pretty cold, so I'll have the perfect excuse to layer on the texture. 

Also, I just have to buy these goofy pillow cases for our forward cabin (the guest room). I mean... you're all singing that song in your heads, after all. Don't deny it. 

Want to shop any of these looks? 
Click below for sources! 

Etsy sources:
Whale wall hook
Crab pillow 
Nautical hardware
Starfish table runner 
Nautical Rope Rug
"Welcome Aboard" pillow
"I'm on a Boat" pillow
Coral watercolor print
velvet pillow

Other sources:
Yacht bedding (coral) 
oversized knit blanket

Monday, June 13, 2016

Welcome Aboard!

After almost two months of negotiations, delays, and nail-biting stress, I'm happy to share that we finally (major emphasis on finally) own our liveaboard boat!

She is finally ours! Bought and paid for... and in our name. 

It was such a long, arduous process, but I am so relieved to have our own "home" again. Even if it does float. I'm so excited to make it our own and to try my hand at decorating a yacht. I can't wait to share my ideas with you! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Life Update: Buying a Liveaboard Yacht

Well hello friends! Long time no see! I'm technically still in my blogging hiatus period but I wanted to provide a brief life update explaining where I've gone and why I haven't written for the past few weeks. 

If you follow us on Instagram, you will have noticed some rumblings regarding our purchasing a liveaboard yacht here in Washington, D.C. Well I am here to confirm these rumors! Mark and I are in the process of closing on a 1988 Carver yacht at Gangplank Marina, one of the largest liveaboard boat communities on the East Coast. 

Why, you ask? Two main reasons: 1) renting or purchasing property in DC is astronomically expensive and 2) we own a pitbull, which dramatically reduced the properties we could even consider. Thankfully, the marina could care less what kind of dog we own! We spent several months weighing the pros and cons of liveaboard life and decided that we really wanted to give it a try while we're young and still childless. After all, you only live once right? 

However, as it turns out, buying a liveaboard boat is one of the most complicated things you will ever do. It makes buying a house look like a walk in the park. After the recession, many lending and housing rules changed, thus preventing marine lenders from being able to loan to liveaboards. I could count on one hand the number of banks that will lend to a liveaboard. To compound the issue, many of those banks have dreadful customer service. Including the one we're using. Let me just say that our original closing date was May 9th.... We're now almost into June and just now getting the final paperwork. 

At this point, you're probably asking "Wait, didn't your house sell on April 29th?" Why yes! Yes it did! We have been bouncing all over the state, staying with family and friends in the interim. Thank goodness for our loved ones! At present, since closing seems to actually be happening soon, the boat owner has allowed us to pay a deposit and semi move on board. While I'm still nervous until everything goes through completely, we at least have a place to stay and are getting used to the movements and sounds of the boat. Meanwhile, Solo is in love with boat life-- I'm pretty sure he thinks he is captain. 

See what I mean? 

We're certainly not "out of the woods" yet-- but I hope that in a few weeks, all of this hassle will just be a memory! Once the documents are all signed, I imagine I will deflate with relief. And hopefully see the end of the stomach ulcers this stressful situation has caused! 

Keep us in your thoughts over the next few days! 
I will write again once everything is finalized! 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Brief Blogging Hiatus

Hello everyone! Well as you can imagine, our life is in complete and utter upheaval. The settlement date on our house sale is next Friday (gasp!). Meanwhile, we're scrambling to finalize the boat purchase... so much easier said than done. There's a whole big story there, but it will just have to wait for another day! 

With all the pressure of packing our house, selling our furniture, and moving to DC, I simply do not have time to blog. Thus Patina & Purl Blog and Etsy shop will both be going on a brief hiatus. But don't worry! We'll return in mid-May once we have finally settled in our new home. 

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