Woo! One week until Christmas!! (I am so, so excited.) Alright, remember when I announced last week that today I would take you on a little holiday home tour? Well, consider this not so much a tour and more like a little glimpse 😉 The truth is that Christian and I are still getting to know our new home: we’re still not completely sure about what should go where, still haven’t hung anything on the walls, and have both moved our office spaces a few times now as we figure out what works the best for our working habits. (For any newer readers here, both Christian and I work out of our home.) We have realized this past month that we are both the kind of people where once we have a vision in our heads – when it comes to design and house stuff – it’s hard for us to see it any other way. Fortunately we’re both only this way with our own spaces so when Christian had his minor freakout over his space earlier in the month, I was the calm and logical one… and when I had my major freakout over my space earlier this week, Christian was my straight up KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR.
When we first bought this home, both Christian and I took one look at the formal dining room and just knew it would be the perfect space for my office. We haven’t gotten to that point yet where we have formal dinners – we eat all of our meals at our table in our kitchen – and I loved the idea of having more of an open space to write in versus a bedroom with a door. Fast forward a month later when I was forced to admit, both to Christian and to myself, that putting my office in our formal dining room was the worst idea ever. When I’m writing – whether it’s blogging or writing my novel – I need to be free from distraction, and sitting totally out in the open, right next to the kitchen where Christian would frequently visit throughout the day because, you know, PEOPLE GOTTA EAT – it was just really hard for me to get into my creative groove. It was also hard with that room being right off the front door… so any time anyone would come over, it just felt weird that I was so HI, WELCOME, I’M RIGHT HERE.
So on Wednesday, Christian asked if I might like to move my office upstairs into the guest room. Immediately I thought, “that’s a terrible idea!” Why though, Em? “Because that’s not originally what I’d planned!” 😉 Fast forward through a lot of internal struggle on my part to finally just admit that this needed to happen. Christian suggested I pick out a paint color that “felt like me” and that he’d paint the room for me the next day (husband of the year award, I mean seriously). And so, I snapped out of my funk and thought – LET’S DO THIS. And you know what? We had the absolute BEST time all day Thursday, painting my new office my all time favorite color. And you know what else? The room is absolutely PERFECT. It’s quiet, there’s this amazing door that can be shut, it gets a ton of light, there’s no refrigerator 3 feet away from me, and yes – even without all of my things moved in there yet, it already “feels like me.”
As I was helping Christian paint the room, I was reminded of a part in one of my favorite movies, Under the Tuscan Sun, where the main character moves into this villa she’s just spontaneously bought and she says,
“Pick one room and make it yours. Go slowly through the house. Be polite, introduce yourself so it can introduce itself to you.”
Sometimes it just takes a few days… weeks… months… but slowly & surely we are figuring it out and our love for this house has only grown since we’ve moved in it. One of these days I will be SO excited to share a full home tour in this space but for now, I’m learning how much fun it can be to change plans 🙂 And because we actually have decorated for Christmas and this is supposed to be a holiday home tour after all, here are a few other snapshots of the Christmasy-ness that fills our still-coming-together home…
We did not do lights outside this year, mostly because we just haven’t had the time to go buy them and then to actually put them up so instead I put red bows on the front porch 🙂
First of all, please note the adorable Oooj face in the window. Also, Christian got this snowman skier guy last year for Christmas and we’d totally forgotten that when he got him, I jokingly told him he should name him. Well, he did and it was hilarious and I’d written his name on the back so that we wouldn’t forget. We cried laughing when we took him back out this year to put on our front porch…. “Slatey.” (I have no idea, this is the mind of my husband we’re talking about.)
This was my one Christmas craft this year: string along the banister with mini clothespins where I’ve been hanging all of the Christmas cards; this is what you see when you first walk in the front door and look up.
This is looking out from the kitchen, into the kitchen nook and into part of the family room. I love how much sunlight we get throughout the day!
So there you have it, a little glimpse – more to be shared at a later date as we continue to make this house our home. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!! We’re heading out of town on Monday but the Grateful Heart Monday linkup will still take place so I hope to “see” you all there!