I’m a real homebody, a nester, so my home is especially important to me. I love everything about it. From the front door to the back door to the garage to the yard, it’s my special haven.
We bought the house in foreclosure, which meant it required an immense amount of work. Every surface needed some sort of work, replacement or refinishing. The labor nearly broke us physically and emotionally.
It was much better when we decided to hire out the jobs. And the nice part was we got to make the house ours. We added our own touch to every corner of every room.
Now the house is a real home – it’s ours. Gramps and mine. The original black front door (really? black?!) is now a welcoming cream with a seasonal wreath hanging on it. Come on in!
The front foyer greets everyone with horizontal blue and white stripes with blue and white plates scattered all around. The large chandelier is named Elizabeth.
I know that’s strange but grandson Mac and I where very into naming things when he was younger. Several things in my house have names. Don’t judge!
The rest of the house is also very blue. Blue is my favorite color. I can’t get enough of it – in all shades and hues.
We have a dining room because we had to have one. I love having meals with loved ones all around me at the table. Most of my memories involve meals, so this is important to me. And, of course, all the blue and white dishes. Enough said.
The family room is, steady now, blue with a fireplace. It’s very cozy and has two blue recliners for Gramps and me. We are like a pair of bookends on either side of the table with the lamp. Gramps does a lot of reading in his chair and I do a lot of sewing in mine.
We are surrounded by several collections of family antiques. They mean a lot to us and give us comfort.
The kitchen is white with a blue backsplash. It’s very country in style. I have a large cast iron sink and an island with a marble top. The old chopping block from Aunt Gladys is there too.
The kitchen eating area is surrounded in beadboard paneling with, you guessed it, blue walls. It’s a lovely sunny corner with windows on two sides.
The master bedroom is, careful now, yellow with blue accents. Our bed is over one hundred years old. My grandmother was born in that bed. The room has many antiques, which I love.
There’s a guest room and an office. The guest room holds many of my quilts. The office is mostly Gramps’ space.
Then there’s my sewing room. The HQ of all fabric-related jobs. It is my favorite room. Lots of lighting. Lots of storage. Lots of fabric.
One whole wall has shelves of fabric. And yet that is never enough. Somehow every project I start requires some fabric that I do not have. I hate when I have to go to a fabric store. NOT!
There’s a wonderful cutting table in the middle with an ironing surface. My sewing machine sits in the corner facing out so I can see everything. Sewing projects are stacked everywhere.
On the outside, Gramps has singlehandedly made our yard a green haven. He has added grass, trees, bushes and walkways. There is now a wonderful patio and a colorful yard beyond in the back.
The front has a welcoming walkway with lights, trees and shrubs. Our sunset walk always starts with an inspection of the front yard grass for weeds and other stray growing things.
I love my little bungalow of a house. It is my shelter, my haven. It is sweet and welcomes me home every time.
It has become like an old friend. Always there. Always comfortable. Always reliable.
It’s getting dark out now. I need to go turn on the front lights. Yes, even Elizabeth!