Sunday, April 19, 2015

How much I love "our new home"

(It's not a new home.  That's what Maybelle calls it since that's its name, according to what we called it in September 2013, when we moved in.)

Our house
Good morning, living room.  XOXO.

This is one of my favorite views: I'm sitting at the table (yes, woman, you're at the computer when you could be doing something appropriate with your life right now. I realize it's a ridiculous thing to think, but I do worry about lots of things that I might be doing that's wrong. But I digress.) It's early morning. I'm drinking coffee, and I look up and see this. Often this is an image including Maybelle, but I think she wasn't awake yet when I took this picture.

Our fuzzy couch that can be destroyed time and time again, because we have covering I can wash.  Her Girls all over the floor. Her tricycle that lives inside (it gets lots of outside time).  Her castle at the right.  Her bookshelf to the left, mine to the right (thank you, Claire and Larry).

Notice the details.  The art on the left of the that says "Feminist" (thank you, Eliza!).  Maybelle's steps that she's moved so that she can access the top of the bookshelf, where I've been putting things that need to be taken away from her.  There's an empty laundry basket.  There's an empty cereal bowl from the night before on Maybelle's special table (thank you, Lynne!).

I love our living room because it's beautiful with its colors and loads of framed photos of people I love (thank you, Eliza and Trey).  I love it because it's a mess and that's how I prefer to be (thank you, Mama).  I love it because it feels so welcoming (I've got to invite some people over).  It feels safe, comfortable--it feels like us, Maybelle and me.

Don't you think it's significant that some of my friends and family are super-stars who've helped to create our new home?

Hello, new home.  Maybelle and I are really happy to be here.


  1. Your new home looks cozy and warm and inviting -- like you and Maybelle, I'm certain!

  2. It's true--we're quite cozy when we're not throwing things around and dancing. Or maybe even WHEN we're throwing things around and dancing. Sometimes 5am is nice, though, because it gives me an effortless time to appreciate things like the house.

  3. The thrill of a new home is one that is probably only matched by the thrill of having a child. That said, I really value how you identify with messiness. Life doesn't have to travel in straight lines and can really be quite messy at times. I hardly ever am able to keep the bathroom clean and my husband always picks on me for that!

    Veronica Perry @ First Fairway Realty

  4. I know exactly how you feel, and I am glad to know I am not alone in this. I have always found my home more comfortable with a lived-in look, as it shows that my family lives here. We do pick up around the house, but we do not freak out over the smallest mess. A pile of toys, laundry baskets and book shelves show that there is living going on in the home.

    Julia Stewart @ Daytona Buyers Agent

  5. Your house looks comfortable and welcoming. And on the aspect of being small, I think it is big enough if it accommodates your entire family. Have I told you how amazing your living room is? I find the colors and framed photos inspiring, and I think I am going to borrow this idea. I also like the way you identify with messiness since people do get messy once in a while.

  6. I love a home that looks and feels lived in. My husband and I both agreed that our home would not be one of those perfect-looking museum homes where you are afraid to touch anything. Those homes are cold and unwelcoming. So, our baby daughter's toys are scattered all over the floor and we love it. It is lived in.

    Robyn Harmon @ Hills Moving