For the past seven months I’ve been working on this:
It has been all consuming. Frustrating, infuriating and wonderful. It’s been a comedy of errors: if it could go wrong, it did. From the designing to the building of it, things were never quite what I wanted. If you’re a modern/contemporary/eclectically minded individual, do not build a house with a company who does traditional homes, no matter how amazing their build quality is. You will butt heads on every option. To top it off, there have been delays/shipping problems with almost every piece of furniture in this house; and yes, we are still waiting on a great deal of it. It is far larger than this city girl ever wanted. I like small spaces that feel cozy and beg for you to grab a book and curl up on a chair with a blanket. My other half grew up in the country, and wanted huge open expanses that felt light and airy. This was our compromise, a thousand square feet for each of us to meet in the middle.
All that being said, I have had the privilege of working with some great people, and companies that have gone above and beyond what was ever expected of them. I’ll tell you about them in the coming weeks.
I love my house. It’s not super modern; in fact, the exterior reminds me more of New England than anything else. Many things on the front of the house will have to go. Mailbox, house numbers, lights… it goes on. All of the interior lighting is beginning to be swapped out, and I do in fact mean every light fixture. The spaces are going to be a magical blend of modern romanticism, or at least, that’s what the images in my head say it will be once it’s ‘done’.
But now, my head is clear of the chaos that this house had created and I can get back to focusing on work. I’ve been going back and re-reading things I’ve written, re-visiting projects that I had to put aside, and figuring out where I’d like to begin again. I’d like to begin here. I’m not the same person I was when I started this blog, I’m not even the same person I was when I started this house. This space though, it’s like this clean place where magic can happen, like this house. I cook now, something I’ve never really wanted to do before. I crochet, a fiber art that I thought was a bit silly I now see as being more versatile than even knitting. I (want to) build things, there is nothing like having a garage space and tools to actually throw some saw dust around. I garden, I’ve never had my own space to plant whatever I want before, and it is wonderful. These are the things that having this house; this space where I can create; has opened me up to.
I sew, I spin yarn, and I knit.
Join me as I get back to work.