My house is rather small by most standards – we have a compact lot and everything is crowded on it. My family lives in a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home, all settled on a 50′ x 150′ lot.
The dining room art wall with photographs from Paris and Nepal, handmade hearts, and a Buddha sculpture.
I can honestly see myself growing old in this old house, located in Candler Park.
My love takes in to account so many appreciations; here are the top 5:
1. The age of my house (circa 1922 or so). Our home has experienced the Great Depression, World War 2, the Mad Men era, the summer of love, the disco era, the 80’s, the 90’s, the millennium. My house has patina, and I personally hope to age half as well as my home.
2. Our wonderful big front porch. Anyone that hangs out with us knows we spend more time on our porch than any other room in the house. It allows us to be in nature – whether it’s raining (my favorite) or just a nighttime firefly extravaganza. This is the place that memories are made, where neighbors come over and friends hang out.
3. My house only has the rooms that we need. Every space is used daily – a rarity in today’s American home. We use our dining room for eating, homework, games and art projects. We use the front room with two chairs and an ottoman for reading the newspaper, books, writing blogs and emails. The adjoining room is for watching tv and movies. Of course, the kitchen is used all the time, as kitchens are.
4. Our master bedroom is our sanctuary. We have a seating area and our comfy bed for reading and hanging out kid-free. I have many plans for this room – my favorite place to escape to.
5. Our neighborhood and street. We are situated on a dead end street in an urban neighborhood – close to an amazing market and great restaurants and within walking distance to school. Living on a small street of only ten homes means we know our neighbors very well and that makes me happy. We live by incredible people and I feel blessed to be a part of this tiny street.
Maggie, checking out the neighborhood cats in the tv room.
Of course as a designer, I have a many plans for our home. My list is long and never-ending. We have steadily worked on our home over the past ten years. We built the studio above the garage, we added the clubhouse and created the backyard. We lived in our house for nine years before we were able to make this backyard a reality. Creating this “asian oasis” with my friend and fellow designer, Elisabeth Paulson, has been very satisfying.
Our front room as soon as you walk in the door.
I am writing this post to simply to say “love the one you’re with”. Make your home your own. Your house can say “Welcome. I am glad you are here. Relax and be comfortable.” Work on it and make it authentic – a small stamp in the world that says this is my space and I am glad you are in it.
A Sunday afternoon nap amongst family happenings.