New House Details – Part III

I’ll preface this post with this: it was surprisingly challenging for me to take and share photos of our house, because I wanted the house to be perfect when I took the photos.  I wanted everything to be decorated, cleaned, and perfectly arranged– with beautiful natural daylight to boot.  However, it turns out that that my kids won’t play quietly in their beds while I clean and stage our home (RUDE), and that Project Furnish To Perfection needs some time.  Also, I can only be fake for about 10 seconds…SO, I decided to hurry up and capture things au natural.

Welcome to our home on a November evening around dinner time.  You can see calzones cooling on the stovetop and Apple Radio on in the background.

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Pants are, apparently, optional in our home.

IMG_4818Our dog in her natural habitat…right under Riley’s high chair.
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Oh hey, part of our playroom! You look like you’ve been well-loved today.  

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(Somehow, I did not get a photo of the rest of the playroom, but just imagine a kitchen set, more toys, and an “art wall” with cute paintings and drawings that the girls made on it.  Also, my mom made those beautiful curtains). 

View of the cool wine rack, the coffee station, and the front hall closet (door to be added at a later date…the previous owners apparently did not believe in “closet doors”).
IMG_4824One of my favorite features of the house—bay windows.  If you have any ideas for how I could decorate these window sills appropriately, please let me know.  Right now, I am using some random vases with decorative grasses from our old house as a placeholder (the stack of library books are just there for practicality’s sake), but I’m not convinced that they are a permanent solution.  I like clean lines so I don’t want clutter, but it’s a little cold with NOTHING there.

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(Eventually, we want to get a sectional for this room).  

Our house has a pretty open floor plan, and had lots of nice details like crown molding, ample closets, and my favorite: this built-in bookshelf.  I REALLY want my girls to love reading, so I’ve intentionally stored a selection of children’s books in most rooms of our house.  I rotate the books from room to room and try to “spotlight” some in each location so they’ll be tempted to sit down and read for a few minutes.  This bookshelf is a HUGE hit.  I pick ~20 different books off the floor each day after Zoe’s reading jags.  I love it!

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(The top shelf has been organized and cleared since this photo was taken, so you don’t have to stare at my zoom lens box anymore).  

Here’s a snapshot of our bedroom.  It looks a little dingy in these photos, but in the daylight, the walls are a gorgeous and peaceful cream.  (The carpet is still dingy in the daylight…we ran out of money in our flooring budget after redoing 4 rooms and one hallway, but we’re coming for you at some point, carpet.) We have no real decor or style in our room yet, so sorry, it’s kind of boring to look at.  Isn’t it a cliche that the parents’ room is the last to get decorated?

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However, I DO have my little office nook set up! Well, sort of–it’s functional, but I need to figure out where to file and store things in this new space.  I may add some under-desk storage or floating shelving.  We’ll see.

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I sat on this post for a few days and decided that I didn’t feel very comfortable putting my entire house on the Internet, so I’ll end our tour here, but just for fun, here are some before and after shots from when we toured the house to present day (the angles are a bit different—but you get the general idea!):

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One final perk of our new home? For whatever reason, we get bigger sky here than in our last two neighborhoods.  I’m sure not complaining.

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A few nights ago when the girls were in bed, David and I sat under the stars with a glass of wine and watched lightning storms in the distance.  We couldn’t remember the last time we had been able to see stars (our last two streets had bright streetlights).  These extra glimpses of nature are AWESOME.

This likely concludes my house posting.  Coming up next…an update on how my fall goals have been going.

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The Beautiful Things

There are brilliant, wonderful, glorious gifts in front of me every single day, if I just turn my eyes and my mind to see them.

That’s one thing motherhood has taught me.

It’s easy to get lost in the work in front of me.  But there are so many moments of goodness along the way—moments where light and color and the physical and the spiritual worlds meet—and when I pay attention, I realize what an extraordinary gift these “ordinary” moments really are.

I want to pay attention more often.  

In that spirit, here are a few shots that I’ve never shared on the blog.  These photos weren’t captured during special events, but to me, they brim with the supernatural—the soft and gentle calling of a Creator who loves to speak to us through light, color, beauty, family, belonging, innocence, simplicity, His sufficiency in the face of our weakness, perseverance, hope, and love.

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“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”  –Philippians 4:8-9