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a way of place: designing our ceaselessly household house by the ocean
Monday might have been some of the anticipated days of our renovation progress to this point. There have been many thrilling days, in fact, however yesterday we lastly acquired to see the lighting put in over our island and eating desk, and…the large second we’ve all been ready for…Beatrix (our blue vary named after Beatrix Potter) was introduced into the kitchen! EEEKK!! We’re THRILLED!
There are nonetheless just a few minor changes to get Beatrix settled in to put after which I’ll share how pretty she appears in her new house.
Our kitchen remains to be in progress (and some issues are nonetheless altering) however I’ll additionally share just a few pictures of the brand new lighting in as we speak’s put up. I so admire everybody’s pleasure to see Beatrix and your enthusiasm for our kitchen in every part alongside the best way. Which means loads to me.
This kitchen may be very particular to us in methods most individuals won’t ever see simply by a photograph. So as we speak I wished to share a private story about what has influenced the design of our kitchen and the way our historical past impacts our sense of house.
A lot of you realize via the years of following our house adventures that we’ve cared deeply for every of our properties. A lot in order that lots of YOU bonded with our properties as nicely and even expressed your disappointment after we’ve needed to depart them behind! That’s the energy of house.
Leaving properties we love is at all times arduous as a result of every area we contact turns into part of who we’re and holds reminiscences of these seasons in our lives.
My dad and mom additionally needed to depart properties all of us liked behind, together with properties I grew up in and that our youngsters grew up with, together with our beloved household seashore home (which you’ll see a two half tour of right here).
Whereas none of these properties fulfilled my dream of getting a “ceaselessly house” each is a chapter in our household’s story and performed a major function in our lives. For that present, we’re grateful.
We have now so many tales that happened in numerous settings we liked deeply, together with properties and locations we hung out in over time (such because the San Juan Islands and coastal areas the place we dwell now!). Due to these locations, we even have vivid footage in our minds and hearts of rooms and settings the place significant moments and lots of seasons of life happened.
Every of those locations in our historical past shapes our sense of house and what which means to our household going ahead.
This is the reason we felt so deeply concerning the timeless design components in our renovated kitchen.
We knew our design decisions on this house would go away an indelible mark on our household, simply as so many others have. We wished this to really feel like a household house — heat, welcoming and acquainted, as if it has at all times been part of our story.
The kitchen would be the coronary heart of our house, a sacred place the place previous meets current and a brand new era of household tales will be written. This is the reason I selected traditional finishes akin to marble and soapstone and beadboard –they’ve stood the take a look at of time. We additionally added show areas so we are able to proceed to create and expertise the easy joys of adorning for every season.
Moderately than really feel restricted by a smaller footprint, we selected to be intentional with each sq. inch. Some folks may contemplate their dream house or a ceaselessly household house to be giant or on a large property. Dream properties are available all sizes and shapes! We really determined way back that our future dream could be to dwell in a small charming house (which we name huggable properties!) and bonus if it was by the ocean!
I’ve many fond reminiscences that embody the scent of salt air, sandy walks on the seashore, boats in a marina, hopping on ferries, crusing from island to island, so it’s no marvel I really feel at house right here on this island.
Our new house has a way of place.
That is what attracts us house –a way of historical past and tales and a deep and significant connection to our environment.
I’m excited to indicate you ways our new areas will evolve as we lastly get to satisfy our dream of a ceaselessly household house by the ocean.
Thanks once more for being part of our house journey with us.
Do you might have properties you’ve liked or locations which have turn out to be part of your loved ones’s story? I’d love to listen to about them within the feedback!
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