It’s brief because there are so few parts of the house that are actually finished, but here are a few of the highlights so far. . .
This is the mantel. It’s directly opposite the front door, so it’s the first thing you see when you walk in. I don’t think I’ve ever had a mantel before, but it makes me look forward to Christmas time. I might actually get to use those stocking hangers I got on clearance two years ago!
I like tea pots. My favorite isn’t pictured here. It’s a cobalt blue cheapie from IKEA, and it’s huge, and thick, and I use it the most, so it will probably be broken first. But I’m pretty sure IKEA has more where that came from.
This is an old picture I found when I was unpacking a box of miscellaneous junk that I hadn’t seen since we lived in Ojai five years ago. It’s Jason and I somewhere in mainland China, back when we were still “not dating”, even though we were talking about how many kids we wanted (zero, eight, or ten!), and whether we would homeschool or not, and whether or not I’d ever agree to live in Texas.
In this shot we’re both wearing the matching red cord necklaces given to us by Jason’s Chinese roommate Bentinck. Just this past year I learned that in Asia the red cord symbolizes a fated connection between people that can’t be broken, no matter how far apart they are. Bentinck didn’t bother explaining this to us at the time, but he was always convinced we’d stick together, even when Jason would come home beside himself trying to figure out how the heck to convince this hard-headed woman that he was serious.
We’ve certainly had our share of unwanted distances over the last ten years, but he’s still the only guy I want to share my home and life with.
And cheerful $4 clearance curtains from Target! They’re hanging in Naiah and Ella’s room.
These are the calm/cool ones I found for Pearl’s bathroom, also $5 Target clearance! Yay Target!
And a backyard shot: the preferred climbing tree. I have no idea what kind of tree it is, but it’s loverly and keeps us shaded.
I’ll try to get more of a tour up when things are somewhat finished. I still need textiles for the kitchen/dining/living room windows, but since I can’t seem to find anything I like I’ll probably just raid my fabric stash and make something. A sewing machine would be nice first though. No clue where that thing is. And I really need to figure out this living room arrangement. It’s such an odd shape with so much traffic that I can’t seem to get the furniture straight no matter what I try. I kind of liked it when it was empty and the kids were running through it freely, but that’s probably not an option.