We have been working hard at unpacking Flossie’s things and finding a home for them in our home so she can find joy on a daily basis when she sees her pretty things. In the process, much of our old stuff has been cleared out, making room for my home to breathe again. I just love this space I get to call home and the people I get to live with. I thought today I would share some of my favorite things about our home.
I love my church pew find from Craigs list. Tim and I built the shelf with hooks above my treasure and I just love that it is in my entry way and I see it all the time! I don’t even mind that it often has things that need to be “dealt with”, waiting patiently for me.
My very big comfy sofa and chair in my living room. People told me I was crazy to buy white furniture when I had 9 children at home, but these are from a company called Quatrine Washable furniture and are awesome! Those heavy matelasse covers wash up wonderfully in my washer and the dryer puffs them up. These were a gift from Tim to help coerce me to want to move to Florida from lovely rural Pennsylvania.
The gorgeous dining room table we inherited from Flossie. It is very old and holds many wonderful memories for Tim and his mom of family gatherings at holidays and special occasions. I also love the pretty little white couch behind it, also from Flossie. The little guy and his Legos are my very most favorite part of this room, today:).
My incredibly open and light kitchen. I don’t mind that the island is probably too big, and that it is usually littered with evidence of our living, it is inviting and a happy place, mostly. And when the girls are busy baking, it smells heavenly. Hey, Jenny! When are you going to make those Oatmeal Cookies you keep promising?? Isn’t she a great accessory to the island? Love her.
This sweet little gem from Flossie’s family. It is an original Hoosier cabinet that I have loved since the day I met Tim. I feel so happy to have it in my home, it makes me happy.
My view, every. Single. Day. My stars just add a bit of whimsy. They are from Kurt Knudsen’s Etsy shop, I love my stained glass constellations!
The family room, complete with Sam, being Sam. I love how open my kitchen and family room are with so much light. I don’t even mind when the kitchen table has folded laundry waiting to be put away. One step closer than a pile of unfolded, which could be the case, some days.
A silly thing to share, but I love that I read and followed some of the advice in the book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. My drawers and closet look so nice, thanks to a lot of purging and maintaining. Sometimes, my dresser is piled with my folded things because I didn’t want to take the time to put in the drawer properly, but today is a good day and all is tidy, so I will share. You’re welcome! HAHA
I. LOVE. MY. BED. A few years ago we were in the market for a new mattress. We had been married 30 years, always bought a Sam’s Club full sized mattress for our neat old Pineapple bed from Tim’s moms youth. But, getting older, we were both waking up without a restful night’s sleep. We looked into and ended up buying a Tempurpedic. Other than me sleeping a little warmer, but that could be an age thing for me, this is the best bed. I sleep so good and the bed is so soft and just perfect!!
Tim and I have lived in several places, starting out in a little apartment in Laurel, Maryland, then on to a larger apartment, then we purchased a little townhouse, then we built a very functional home in Pennsylvania on an acre. I have found that I can be happy wherever we are, so long as we are together, surrounded by those we love and for me, I do best if there is some level or order. (the acceptable level of said order has varied over the years, but so long as I am ok with it, we’re good:). I have always loved the sentiment shared in this old English song:
‘Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble there’s no place like home!
A chair from the skies seems to hallow us there,
Which seek through the world, is ne’er met with elsewhere:
Home! Home! sweet, sweet Home!
There’s no place like Home!
I hope you find joy in your home, too.