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Can I tell you just one more time how much I love my new home? ¬†ūüôā

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Home Tour: Master Suite

Does that sound too fancy-pants? ¬†ūüôā ¬†I have two areas that could be used as bedrooms, and two bathrooms, and one of the bathrooms is inside the master bedroom. ¬†I’m calling it a suite.

The bedroom, to me, looks like the “least put-together” space as of now. ¬†Two big windows, and I’m looking for curtains. ¬†(As you can see, the rods are purchased and waiting.) ¬†I want something sheer, not a dark color but maybe not white, with some interesting detail in texture or pattern, but not so unique and interesting that I’ll get tired of it quickly and want to buy different curtains.

Too picky?

These sheer panels from Bed Bath & Beyond are my favorite so far, because they have sections of a fun texture pattern alternating with sections of plain sheer. ¬†But I wish they came in gray or grayish purple, rather than just white. ¬†Stay tuned…I’ll decide eventually.

Thus ends the home tour, unless you want to see the laundry room and the closets. ¬†ūüôā ¬†Thanks for joining me!

Home Tour: Living/Dining/Kitchen

What is it about a view that overlooks water? ¬†My dream house is on a beach in North Carolina — If you watched¬†One Tree Hill, it’s Clay and Quinn’s house — but a view of wetland and a pond is a big step in the right direction. ¬†I am so distracted by the ripples on the water, and the birds, and the marsh grass swaying in the breeze.

Home Tour: Den

And so begins the tour of my new apartment. ¬†I don’t want to rush the details…window treatments, new furniture, new decor, etc. ¬†I want to live in the space for a bit so that I know what I want. ¬†But at the same time, I’m excited to show you pictures of my new home, so I’m going to share a “partially unfinished project.” ¬†ūüôā ¬†Enjoy!

The den, like the whole apartment at this point, is a work in progress. ¬†I have my eyes on a chair and ottoman for the corner that just has a floor lamp right now, to make a little reading corner. ¬†I’m also thinking about what to do, if anything, for a window treatment.

I love this space. ¬†When I began looking at apartments, I decided I wanted to have a den or extra bedroom for guests. ¬†I don’t necessarily want a “guest room” that always has a bed made up, but a space where I can make up an air mattress for my guests, and where they can shut the door and have privacy if they want. ¬†(And I chose an apartment where the doors to the den have windows. ¬†The irony.) ¬†For myself, I love having this nook for my bookshelves and my piano. ¬†It also keeps the “office stuff”–printer, files, etc., out of the living room.

Goodbye

Goodbye, lovely apartment.  May God bless the next person that calls you home as much as He blessed me while I lived there.

 

A Temporary Goodbye to “Magazine House”

There is a state of cleanliness and organization in my house that I think of as “magazine house.” ¬†I love reading magazines about home decorating. ¬†Actually, I love looking at the pictures. ¬†Whether or not I would want that particular style in my home, I love seeing pictures of clean, shiny floors, perfectly strewn throw pillows, and perfectly made beds.

My own home reaches “magazine house” status when everything is put away. ¬†Who knows what you would see if you opened a closet door…some seasons are better than others for the “inner organization.” ¬†But if my house is 10 minutes or less away from being ready for company, it is a state that pleases me.

Everyone is different. ¬†Some people thrive on clutter and randomness. ¬†Cluttered space makes me anxious. ¬†“A place for everything, and everything in its place” makes me feel calm. ¬†Waking up to a clean kitchen makes me feel prepared for the day. ¬†Coming home to a clear coffee table and dining room table makes me feel welcome in my own home. ¬†It’s not about being ready for unexpected company — that’s just a side perk. ¬†It’s about taking care of myself. ¬†It’s about waking up sick in the middle of the night and knowing that the bathroom floor is a perfectly acceptable place to lie down, because it has been recently cleaned. ¬†It’s about how when one day gets away from me, or even several days in a row, there will still be clean dishes in the cupboard and catching up won’t take long. ¬†It’s about having a space where I feel welcomed and nurtured, even if I’m the one that made it welcoming in the first place.

In a few weeks, I will be moving to a new apartment. ¬†(Literally, a¬†new¬†apartment. ¬†The building was finished less than a year ago, and I’ll be the first tenant to live in this particular unit within the building.) ¬†I’m so excited about my soon-to-be new home, excited to find what “magazine house” will mean for me there. ¬†This move is my version of “buying a house.” ¬†I don’t want to buy a house. ¬†That’s a topic for another conversation. ¬†This apartment will not be a means to an end, but my home for the¬†foreseeable¬†future. ¬†So, for this move, I chose an apartment based on the life I want to live, not the cheapest apartment I’m willing to inhabit. ¬†It is bigger. ¬†It has an open floor plan, windows on three sides (technically…I’ll explain with pictures later!), a laundry room. ¬†It has a kitchen big enough for me to invite my entire family over and let them help with the cooking! ¬†It has a den. ¬†And get this…it has 1 1/2 baths!

Only God knows what the future holds. ¬†I’m trying to get better at living in the present moment, without dwelling on the past or obsessing over the future. ¬†And I chose the new apartment based upon what I want, now, in this season of life. ¬†It was time to choose a home in the same way I want to live: ¬†Living life¬†now, not waiting for something else. ¬†This will be¬†my home, the one I chose for myself and created for myself. ¬†If someday it is the home of my husband and I, fine, but I’m not concerning myself with that right now. ¬†I could even imagine bringing my first baby home there, but again, that has no bearing on my choice now. ¬†I can’t possibly know if or when those things will happen, or where I will choose to live when they do. ¬†I’m choosing for me, and for now, and it feels exactly right. ¬†It feels heaven-sent.

I’ve moved quite a bit in the last ten years, and I know that a few weeks before a move, I start feeling anxious. ¬†I’m feeling that anxiety set in. ¬†The symptoms are strange: ¬†I water my plants a lot more than usual, I watch a lot of¬†Friends and Dharma & Greg, and I read books I’ve read a hundred times. ¬†In other words, I crave things that are familiar and will never change or leave me. ¬†My plants are living things that I take with me from home to home. ¬†I know exactly what will happen next when I watch familiar TV shows and read familiar books.

Because, in the last couple of weeks before a move, “magazine house” disappears. ¬†Shelves are emptied. ¬†Boxes get stacked up in corners. Pictures are taken down from walls. ¬†It gets worse before it gets better. ¬†Even when I move into the new place, it will take awhile before I find exactly where I want to put all the furniture and hang all the pictures. ¬†I am probably enjoying my last weekend of magazine house for awhile. ¬†It will be SO worth it.

But I think I’ll go water the plants one more time anyway.

Bath Towel Pondering

 

 

 

Just experimenting…putting pictures together to see what they all look like next to each other.

I’m bored with my bath towels.¬† My bathroom decor, in general, I love.¬† I love the wall color so much that I painted it in two apartments now!¬† And I’m certain I will be painting it again, should I move.¬† But I currently have bright lime green and dark, almost-crimson red solid colored towels.¬† And I love finding things that go nicely together, but I¬†don’t¬†want¬†matchy-matchy decor.¬† (As in, having towels/shower curtain/soap dispenser/rug/etc. all from the same collection.)¬† And I love details and unique features, such as prints instead of solids, texture details, etc., but I think having four or six bath towels that all have the same pattern might be too much.¬†

So I had this idea…¬† What if I had four or six towels/hand towels/washcloths that have beautiful unique details, but are all unique from each other?¬† In somewhat coordinated color schemes, that look nice with my beloved wall colors?¬† And most fun of all, I could collect them slowly over time, as I find things I really love.¬† How fun is that?¬† ūüôā

So, I don’t have my heart set on the towels you see above.¬† In fact, I think I need to rethink some of the color choices up there.¬† I just wanted to put a few different towels next to each other to see what this might feel like in my bathroom.

How do you decorate your bathroom?  How do you decide what colors of towels and walls and whatnot you put together?  Do you love it for a long time, or do you get bored with decor and like to change things up?

(All photos from www.kohls.com and www.bedbathandbeyond.com .)

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