Friday, January 24, 2014

Honey, we're Home!

I'm so glad this last week is behind us. It's been non-stop packing and stressing since the middle of December when we decided it was time to take that big step with the move. Just in case you haven't been by here for awhile, we've moved to a smaller lease house so we could start updates on our big house. The move went smoothly, and our younger daughter and her hubby were here to give us some help over the weekend. Amazing what 30-somethings can accomplish when you hand them some cardboard boxes!



We only took less than half of our furniture and "stuff" with us, but we quickly filled up the new "little house". But I have to say I'm loving the coziness and convenience of this smaller place. I wish the rooms were a little bigger, 'cause it's a little tight, but all in all it's super comfortable and I'm having fun putting things together. 


One bonus that I hadn't planned on was having enough room in the eat-in kitchen area to make a small sitting area with some wicker and my baker's rack. It helps ease the withdrawal of leaving my sunporch behind. And once I had things in place, a few things that I hand carried over found their way to the baker's rack.


My galvanized bucket full of paperwhites started blooming the day of the move, making it a sweet little "sign" of blessings to come.


I have a few things that stay on the baker's rack no matter the holiday or season; my wooden seed crate is one of them. Now it's filled with my old garden tools and some pots and seed packets. Hard to imagine, but it will soon be time to think about Spring...really hard, since it was about 5 degrees last night.


The move was a little harder on the kitties, as they cried all night the first few nights; they were ok during the daytime, but at night it was a turf war on the bed. Miss Wrigley kept trying to nudge us out from under the covers so we could go home, where she is queen of the bed. Her little sister is vying for the "top cat" position, although right now they are both hiding behind the headboard of the bed; their go-to spot when the garage door goes up or the door bell rings.


Next on the list to get unpacked is my studio/office. I think I'm going to leave a lot of my many boxes of vintage papers and ephemera, etc. boxed up. I just don't want to think about unpacking all of it to turn around and repack it again once we have permanent plans. I may change my mind later, when I'm feeling an urge to create something...




I can't wait to show you more of this room and how it's coming together. I still haven't tackled all the many boxes of ironstone or transferware, but I'm excited to get around to playing in the old pie safe. You won't recognize most of this furniture in here because it was downstairs out of "camera range", which is code for bad lighting and bad decorating.


I'll be back next week with The Marketplace and Be Inspired,
 hope to see you then.

joining in with:

Stay warm, 
and may all your kitties be happy kitties...

xoxo,
p.s. I missed you all this last week!

49 comments:

  1. Hi Debra!... so happy to see this post from you!... your little house already looks like "home"... love your little sitting area, and your bakers rack filled with familiar things... moving is so hard on our furry babies!... but seems like they always adjust as long as we are there with them!... glad the move is going well... stay warm!... xoxo Julie Marie

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  2. And I missed you! I was so glad to see you'd posted. Small homes are just cozier.
    Brenda

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  3. Yay - what a week you've had! Can't wait to see it all!

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  4. I've missed you. So glad to see your inspirational baker's rack. I look forward to more posts about your new place.

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  5. I'm really enjoying the "move" with you. Maybe because I'd like to do the same thing. Maybe in 2 years, but during that time I'm seeing how it goes for you.

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  6. How nice that the move is behind you and that you are settling in. Missed you too!
    Have fun nesting this weekend.

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  7. Hi Deb- glad you have most of that behind you. SO....you are doing major renovating to your larger home, that's the dealie? And you didn't want to be there when it happened? Shoot me an email and fill me in, I thought you were just downsizing, but now I am not sure what's going on. Sorry if I am slow lol, I try. Hugs. Missed you.

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  8. I'm so glad you got help and some things are going your way! I think the blooms are a good omen too. Your garden shelf looks right at home. The first thought I had was that it was a good stand in for your fabulous porch. I think you are doing an amazing job! xx

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  9. It's great to hear from you, Debra, and I'm so happy to hear that you are settling in so well. I'm sure the kitties will, too, once they find all their cozy spaces. Your baker's rack looks wonderful, it's really helping to make your house a home!

    Best wishes,

    XO,
    Jane

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  10. Debra, looking forward to your decorating ideas! I have a small home too and you know less cleaning to do.... I do wish too for a big kitchen, we love to cook too!. Take Care

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  11. Glad to hear that your move went well. I always love the feeling of having a clean slate to start decorating with. I'm sure that is how you're feeling right now. Your bakers rack looks right at home in your kitchen. I'm looking forward to seeing your new smaller home!

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  12. Hello Debra,
    Happy to hear that the move went so well and I look forward to seeing how you decorate this new home. The bakers rack looks GREAT!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  13. Can't wait to see it all! Glad to hear you are through with the moving part! Have fun!

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  14. Hi Debra - have to tell you - when I see paper whites I automatically think of you!!!
    Glad to know the worst is over -
    Much love,

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  15. Yay! I checked everyday & I was thrilled to see your post today. What a lovely surprise to see your beautifully accessorized bakers rack from your lovely sun porch. I can imagine how much you'll miss it, because I'll miss seeing it in your fabulous photos. New beginnings often hold their own special blessings, & I pray you'll have many more just like the blooms on your paperwhites!

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  16. Hi Debra, It's great to hear that the move went smooth for you. I'm sorry that your kitties don't deal so well with it yet. Hopefully they get used to their new home soon.
    Have a great weekend and fun decorating!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  17. So glad your move went well and that the major part is over with!!! Missed you too and wondered how is was going!!

    The baker's rack looks wonderful and the paper whites blooming is a definite sign of good things to come.......you sound good and happy and that's what counts!! Don't over do !!!

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  18. Hi Debra, we missed you this week too! I hope the poor kitties feel "settled" very soon. Looking forward to seeing and hearing more about your new nest :)

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  19. Good morning, so glad to hear that things are going smoothly...except for the kitties. Sorry to hear they're have (what my girlfriend says are nightmares) Meow-mares...hopefully they will get adjusted and enjoy their new digs soon poor things!.

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  20. Debra,
    Your little Baker's Rack looks so bright and refreshing in its new spot, dear friend!!!
    If we hadn't been on this "moving" journey with you, one would never have guessed it was elsewhere!!!
    Sorry that "the kitties" are still adjusting. . .like we humans. . .they need time to get use to a new place.
    We lived in a duplex for a year during our move from the other side of the Prairie here before finding a new home.
    I loved the duplex...just needed a storage shed and I think I might have convinced "Mr. Ed" to stay!!!
    When you've had a bit more time...I'm dying to see the arrangement in your cupboard!
    I'll be watching for a reveal, soon!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  21. We missed you, too, Debra! Your baker's rack looks so pretty. I can't wait to see this room. Since you are in the little house temporarily I can understand about not unpacking your craft stuff. Perhaps you can put those boxes somewhere convenient so that you can still access your supplies for when the mood strikes.

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  22. I'm impressed with how quickly you've made up your minds and moved into your leased house! I hope the kitties acclimate to their new surroundings soon and find a window where they can watch the birds. Have fun playing with new vignettes, Debra!

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  23. Boy,it has been a while! I'll have to go back and figure out what you're up to. Glad to know the move into the leased house went rather smoothly!

    xo
    Claudia

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  24. Well, now you have 2 places to think about ;-). Actually we have downsized for real--I like it in many ways--a more simple life style. I hope you share reflections on how it feels even if you are just doing it temporarily as you work on the other place . There are pros and cons to everything. It is funny about the kitties!

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  25. Everything looks really sweet! You are making me eager for Spring!!!!!!!!!

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  26. It's looking a lot like "home!" I hope the kitties settle in soon.

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  27. Impressive that you accomplished so much so quickly, Debra! Blessings in your new home.

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  28. Already looking GREAT Debra! So glad your bulbs are blooming and I'm sure your kitties will feel at home soon!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  29. Debra,
    So happy to see you are getting settled in. Poor kitties it will take them some time to figure out this is their new home. Love the bakers rack and so happy it came with you and found a spot in your new home. Debra I know you loved that rack so it is nice it found a place. Missed you so happy to see you back on the blog.
    Kris

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  30. I'm thinking of your move and recalling the old song, "Brighten the Corner Where You Are"...and thinking your pretty baker's rack is really "brightening the corner".I know that isn't the meaning of the song, but I like thinking of it in decorating terms, too. LOL
    I'm so ready for Spring.

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  31. I love your paper whites. Something pretty to ease the pain in the neck of moving!

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  32. I cannot wait to see "the big house" and what you're up to. You've certainly peeked my curiosity.

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  33. I love small cozy houses, Debra and it looks like you are quickly turning it into a home. I am ready for spring, too, but I don't think it is going to show up for a awhile. xo Laura

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  34. So glad you made the move smoothly, and are starting to feel at home. Your photos are so pretty! Hope your kitties feel at home soon, too!

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  35. Glad to hear you! I missed you too! Hugs, Cristina

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  36. Glad you're getting settled. I can't imagine moving and packing everything up. So glad you had some young helpers to carry the load of all the hard work. Your photos look like you're settling in and getting comfy. Stay warm and don't work too hard.
    Cindy

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  37. Debra, So happy to hear you've move into the new house. I love how you decorated the bakers rack and of course, I love the paperwhites in bloom!!
    Hugs,
    Jody

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  38. I love your new place! It will feel like home with all of your pretties in it:) Enjoy your weekend, I hope you get to rest a bit, HUGS!

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  39. Must feel good to be in your new place! Oh little fur babies will be better soon. I've always heard that if you spread a tiny bit of butter on their little paws, they'll lick them quite a bit and they'll feel at home! Love your baker's rack and really, all of your photographs are awesome.
    Nancy

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  40. Do you mind sharing where you purchased your bakers rack? Love it. Dianntha

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    1. Hi Dianntha, that old baker's rack has been around about 20 years and originally was hunter green from the old Speigle Catalog, it needs to be painted again, but I keep hoping I'll find another one someday that's nicer. It's always fun to decorate!

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  41. So glad to see that you're getting settled into the little house! I'm sure that's taken the stress level way down! Have fun with it - can't wait to see more! Hugs, Leena

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  42. Debra - So glad your move is over and now you can start having some fund arranging and rearranging!

    Judy

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  43. glad you are back, looking forward to seeing your wonderful decorating touches to your temporary home too:)

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  44. Can't believe your starting to decorate the new place already. You certainly will have lots to blog about this coming year. I'm going to miss your sun porch. Hope the new place you will building will have one.

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  45. The baker's rack display is lovely ! I can't believe that you are posting something put together already. You are one organized lady! :) Stay warm ! :) Which means huddling indoors...and I know that it's just going to get worse and colder :(

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  46. Hi Debra, so happy that the move went well! Wherever you call home, it's sure to be cozy and beautiful! The paperwhites was indeed a good sign. Hope the kitties are doing better.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  47. Debra,
    I love your baker's rack and all your lovelies on it! nice to get help to move isn't it! I need some paper whites...I miss having those. I have a few amaryllis blooming and I am enjoying them, but I do love paper whites!
    loos great!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  48. So happy that your move went well…it will all be worth it in the end…the baker's rack looks beautiful and I am sure you are loving your sitting area in the kitchen…but yes, I would miss that sun porch too!!!…Hope the kitties are doing better!!!

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