That being said, I’ve been too much of a Debbie Downer lately, so I thought I would focus on some things I love about our house. (I’ll update you on the progress of our work in a couple of days. Let’s just say that the only breaks we’ll have in the foreseeable future are going to work, going to see my Charles’ dad, and watching The Brass Petal’s super-cute author, Emily Henderson, on her new design show on HGTV.)
The most obvious love of our house is the view. I fell in love with our place before we ever stepped inside, and it was because of that view. Its lovely morning mists, sunrises, and reflected sunsets give me a joyful ache. People around here love to name their homes, (Our neighbors, for example, seem to have named their place after a drug and alcohol recovery center.) so we thought we’d join in. My Charles came up with, “Bitchin’ Vista.” We think it sums up our view nicely.
Our home is small, but it’s snug. We get to be all comfortable and snuggly-like during the winter because of its compact layout. Even when the snow is swirling and the wind is howling, we’re content under our blankets, sitting by the rosy glow of the wood stove.
It was originally a summer cabin, and being surrounded by black oaks and evergreens, I like to play up the cabin-y feel while still keeping some contemporary touches. Really, I’m a bit of a freak, and that shows itself in some of my decorating. For example, I’m really looking forward to the velvet painting of Bruce Campbell that I just commissioned from my friend Chris. A good deal of my friends are artists, so I’m lucky enough to pepper my walls with their creations. But back to the cabin/contemporary…
I tiled our kitchen with copper tiles. We have soap and lotion dispensers in the bathroom that I absolutely love and that make me happy whenever I have the occasion to use them. I’m planning on making a farmhouse table for the dining area when I have time, but I’m going to keep the funky collection of antique wooden chairs I got from my Aunt Jan. (I’ll probably build a bench for the side that will be close to the wall, though.) Plus, we have lovely slate floors in the living & dining rooms.