A year ago this week, we moved into our home in the City, after a whole year of construction.
It was well worth the wait, but in hindsight, we probably could have waited a few weeks longer.
But, I just needed to be here!
Truth be told, I needed to be here so that I could finish off the design while living in the house.
I made a few mistakes ordering furniture pre-move in, but luckily I was able to correct them.
The dining table was the perfect choice for this room though and was delivered a few days before moving day.
It was so much fun hanging our clothes in the master closet after a year in the rental with no closet space!
Here it is on moving day.
To be staged later.
To be staged later.
In March, we finally got our window coverings, so we no longer were living in a fish bowl!
They made such a difference.
The house finally felt like it was coming together.
Slowly, the rest of the furniture arrived.
The sofa from Restoration Hardware came in June.
The coffee table and chairs from Williams-Sonoma Home soon after.
The family room sat empty for a while.
Eventually, it came to me to furnish it with a leather sectional and hang my collection of pastoral oil paintings above.
With most of the inside coming together, I decided on a whim one day to hang the vintage floral oil paintings in the garage that once lived on our stair wall in the old house.
Which brought me to the idea to just use the same paint that I used on the outside of the house, inside.
Now the paintings really stand out.
It give me such pleasure to see them, even in the garage!
Probably the biggest project though was finishing off the roof deck with plants for privacy.
Martin hoisted every shrub up to the deck with a rope and pulley.
Planting day ended up being one of the rainiest days of the year!
A few weeks later, he hoisted the furniture up.
It was a nail biter!
The finished deck.
Thank you Martin!
I still had a few projects left in me though.
I eventually bit the bullet and ordered wallpaper for the dining room.
It was a little scary to paper this room because it's oval and there are arches without moulding.
The installer was flawless though, and I'm so glad I did it!
The finished dining room!
I also wrapped the guest room in the same paper, in the charcoal stripe.
Finally, the house was done.
No more "projects!"
I don't think a house is ever really "done."
It evolves over time as centerpieces come and go, decorative objects are moved around, shelves are restyled, linens are refreshed, and pillows updated.
That's the fun part--being creative in your living space.
When we sold our old house, I felt like I lost my design muse, but after a year in our new house, I feel like I found my muse again.