So what is new you ask? Well, where do I begin...
Back in December, just days before Christmas, my in-laws moved in with us...temporarily of course...they are still with us. They are moving to the UK for a year, the initial departure date was "March/April" time frame and now the date has moved to May. Logistics mainly. It's a daunting ask to allow parents of your husband to move in with you. Fortunately, they have their own living space on the 2nd floor including a living room, reading room and office. We obviously share the kitchen. It made me think back at our first year of marriage. Wondering...why do you do this or that? With the feeling of exasperation. Now I know;-) Those who know me, know I'm
Lately, I've been feeling like God has been putting us through a series of tests. The feeling of losing grip on the little day-to-day things that give you a sense of normalcy, like decision making. Things like buying a car and doing everything you're supposed to do and it falls through...right between the cracks. Or to other bigger life moments that you know you need to trust God with, yet the little things you think you have control over associated with that huge decision has also slipped from your grip. I crave normalcy, having our house back, and feeling secure. I know God wants all of my trust and faith. Not just with the big stuff but with EVERYTHING. He also wants me to be secure in Him. Nothing is normal right now, everything is really just the opposite. It's a frustrating and scary place to be. Is this my new normal? Lord please don't say it so...
Well, enough of the dramatics...what else have we been doing around here...So you know those stairs we refinished...did I ever show your the result? Ta daaaa!
Well, we're on to phase II of that makeover and we caved and have decided to put a runner on the stairs. We managed to find 9' long jute runners from Natural Area Rugs. After being quoted $1,300 for a custom runner and they too don't use one long piece of material...what did we say..."Oh we can totally do that ourselves!"
Below are a few inspiration photos.
We also aim to have the remaining wainscoating installed prior to laying this down. And last but not least...this beaut is also on the list...The foyer would then be complete:-)
Once the in-laws head out, I plan on replacing our bedding and moving it upstairs. I found this lovely duvet cover from West Elm. There are a few ideas a brewing for the master. Redo the closet space, adding some custom wood paneling to the bathroom and repainting. Never ending, right?! Who knew how much fun redoing a brand new house could be:-)