Hello ladies, Songbird here. Well it is done. I am living in my new home and it is feeling so right. Lots has happened in the past months. This house has been remodeled from top to bottom. Basically I kept the walls in place, well most of them anyway, and stripped everything out. The mess, the dust, the chaos was quite overwhelming. I was juggling so many balls, moving in and out of a temporary apartment, packing up stuff at the old house, overseeing the works on my new home, DIY-ing what I could do myself with help from family and friends, work at my job and even have a little bit of a social life too.
2016 was a bit much I can say. So you can believe I was ready for 2017 to begin.
And here I am making this new to me house, my home. And can I just say that even in the midst of so much work still needing to be done I am having so much fun. Heck even though nog all my curtains are up, there are electrical wires sticking out of the walls waiting for lamps, you won’t believe the amount of paint work waiting for me and the fact that I have a gazillion boxes still to be unpacked, even though all of that I have started playing ‘pretty corners’.
The first one is this one in my living room. I am not ready to get into Spring mood just yet. Winter has picked up steam around here, so I am still working with wintery colors. This is actually the second look already for this corner of my home and I haven’t even lived here for a full month LOL.
The first look was okay. I liked it, it felt at home. But I wasn’t taking pictures, it didn’t make my heart sing and it wasn’t stimulating my desire to do more. Not a good sign. Took me a while to figure this out. Took me even longer to figure out why I felt this way. And then it hit me. I was redoing my old home. I was using so many of the old elements, the rug, the pillows, the decorative tchsochkes and they just felt wrong now. Not fully me anymore. At least not right now. I needed a bigger change. So I rolled up the rug (pushed it under the sofa, it fit 🙂 ), and replaced it with the rug I bought for the office. I simply plunked a new to me cabinet in the corner, went shopping for house plants and things started to come together.
Slightly new look for me. Maybe a bit more grittier, a bit more urban, a little less beach and a bit more industrial. For now this is just right for me.
My heart sings overtime I walk in my living room and just looking at this corner makes me so happy. Makes dealing with the dust and the prospect of loads of working men strolling around again soon, so much easier.
So here we are. My first pretty corner. Many more to come……
Now tell me what have you been up to while I was away? Let’s catch up…..
Yeah! You’re back! And I love your new pretty corner. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of all of your adventures in decorating as you put your own personal stamp on this new-to-you home. I know it is going to be beautiful.
Welcome back, so great to wake up to this post! What a light filled,cozy space. I I love the rug and the lamp in particular. Having just gutted and renovated a new to us condo in Florida I can feel your pain (and your joy). Can’t wait to see more of your beautiful new space!
Good morning Marianne,
So good to see you out here again. Missed your sweet posts! Glad you are enjoying your new home and ready to share your adventures with us. A lot of changes in my world here too. With more than average snowfall, becoming snowbound and loving it! Busy decluttering, which is a wonderful way to lighten our load in life. Looking forward to visiting with you more this year. Blessings and smiles, Emilou ?
Maria Elisabete Alexiades says
Hi Marianne. Last monday, when I was reading the emails I thought of you and wandered what was happening. I’m so glad that you are here again! I wish all the happiness in the world for you and your blog and that you can make all you want in your new home!
Welcome back, Marianne! It’s funny, I was thinking how “springy” the houseplants looked when you said you weren’t in the Spring mood yet. 🙂 I’m looking forward to more, and glad to see your post.
Maria Elisabete Alexiades says
Hi Marianne. Last Monday, when I was reading emails, I thought of you and wandered what was happening. I’m so glad you are here again! I wish all the happiness in the world to you and your blog and you can make everything you wish in your new home… Best wishes from a portuguese that loves Holland.
Hallo Marianne, welkom terug met je mooie blogposts.
Cindy Jones says
Glad you’re back. I’ve missed your posts all these months. So fun to see your style mixing it up a bit.
Funky Junk Interiors - Donna says
Welcome back! I sure hope you took progress pics of all your demo stuff… cannot wait to see what else you post! You have been so missed! I love the sanctuaries you create.
I’ve been travelling (lots), parenting (lots), and DIYing per usual (probably not enough). Maybe I should move so I’m more enticed? haha (cannot even comprehend the amount of work that would entail)
So glad to have you back! You’ve been missed. Wow, you have accomplished a LOT! Can’t wait to hear more and follow your progress!
I have gone to your blog many times over these months and wondered why nothing new was being written. I am so tickled you are back speaking to us in blogland. I always enjoyed your posts. Here’s to much happiness in your new home.
I sat down this morning and now it is into the afternoon and I’m still on the ipad. I’m living in Zeeland, NL near the beach. Yep, the American among the Dutch, (ok German tourists) but love it. Need to learn Dutch. Ya’ll make it hard being that most Dutch English is better then mine. But I love to decorate. I love to go junking. Which I have found it very hard here. People just don’t seem to be in redoing things here. I had a shop in the US that did all this so going to Auctions in the us and where I lived was a dream to most. I’m so happy to have found your blog. And even that you are not in my part of NL I can get some pointers from you. I’m loving you blog. So a big wave to you here in Zeeland. I have also just moved into a new home. Had so many great things I needed to give to the thrift shop. Would have love to have given them to a person like you. Its nice to pass things on. So keep on with you blog.
Hello, waving back. Welcome to the low-lands. Zeeland is a beautiful place. I wish I lived closer to the sea. Happy to meet you here.