So far the new year has been rather busy here in our new home. We got our moving-in permission on Friday 19.12 and the movers filled the rooms up during the weekend.
I was determined I would not do Christmas at all, but our young ones decorated the tree for us and put up a few decorations between all the boxes. It was lovely.
We spent the holidays unpacking, building LEGOs with the boys, pretty much just trying to catch our breath after the crazy fall.
While my master plan once was to finish unpacking before the new year and take January off, that did not happen. As one bathroom has to be recreated, a study has to be finished, a storage room has to be made, closets have to be built, a three month delay of the cladding and so forth, there is still a touch of a building site feel to our home. There are boxes that cannot be moved until other boxes are moved which cannot be moved until the storage is build which cannot be built until the closets are in place. You know how that is. Besides that, I am more concerned that we will get it right instead of rushing things, so we’re taking our time.
The house itself is very modern and minimalistic, which I am not. I want it to feel like our home and not like a showroom or a page in a glossy interior magazine, so for now we’re not replacing stuff unless we need to. The first thing that got finished was the downstairs bookcase.
It almost looks like a scrap quilt, doesn’t it, with all the lines and happy colours. I love looking at it, and rediscovered some much loved re-readable treasures during the process.
I hung the first pictures today using 3M Command hooks. I’m not sure what I think, there are too many and the bottom line is not quite straight, but they will have to stay up there for a little while. Unless they fall down; this is my first experience with the Command products.
The carpenters are busy putting up the cladding, and what a difference it makes!
(The slightly sloping roof is partly covered with solar panels, and the rest with cladding)
I almost missed the scaffolding when they took it down as the living room windows are huge, but I’m getting used to them. They are almost like mirrors in the dark, creating more interesting views as the outside and inside reflections merge.
Twice as many orange goodies...
Can you see the face now? The sideburns will be trimmed.)
It’s a bit gap toothed as the glass panel which will go between the windows has not arrived yet, but I love the warm teak coloured skin. It was indeed worth all the trouble. The light makes it look like two different colours where the curved roof begins, and there will be even more variety when the vertical cladding is finished and the two accent colours are added, one of them matching the fab orange door.
With this patchwork-y image and the hope of getting back in my studio soon, I bid you farewell on this rainy winter day. Thanks for stopping by:)