Can you believe we've been living here for 3 years, come next March? How quickly time goes when you're having fun. But in all seriousness, our brand new house would have to be the most neglected. We've stashed things here and there, used our open plan for storing junk and basically, well, we haven't made a home.
I realised this recently, when we finally rolled up our sleaves and did some serious organising. This is what we came up with...
Can you believe we had all that wooden furniture in our house, and hid it under accumulated newspapers, toys and recyclables? At one stage we had a huge aquarium against that wall, believing a big room needed a big focal point. How wrong we were. A home needs care and attention to the little things that matter in life.
A lot of the wooden furniture was stuff my mum got from second hand shops. She often stripped back years of garish paint to reveal old wood. I'm so proud she went to so much effort and passed them on to our family. She even made us the lamp from things she had collected.
You may already be familiar with this collection from an earlier post. I have added a few extra things to the shelf however...like the horse shoes our daughter found on a walk at her Nan's property (bottom shelf) and the dried marigolds I hung from the top shelf last summer. Funny that such a small shelf can hold so many memories.
And that's the paradox - why are we so attracted to big things which stand out in life, when it's the little (insignificant) things which stay with us the longest?
So it's a tad ironic that our house built of fibre cement sheeting, almost three years ago, could feel so wooden for so long on the inside. All it needed was some real wood to make it feel like a home again.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact I grew up in a lot of old Queenslander's (a colonial period home) and my mum was always fixing old wooden furniture, but there's something special about having wood built into the home. Fibre cement sheeting, as economical and convenient to work with as it is, just doesn't strike me as "warm" or "welcoming" when it comes to clading all your interior walls with it.
Do you have any particular finishes that warm your heart within the home?