The Board Less Travelled

We are frantically packing and sorting so we can get some painting done. Finally. Taking care of our home has been a huge undertaking. It is a grand house in the Victorian sense with high ceilings, ornate nods to the era and a whole lot of other people’s renovations. It was built for a surgeon in 1876 and sadly he died soon after his pratice and home were completed. It has been owned by a series of doctors, it has been offices for surveyors, a head office for an old telecommunication company and a bed and breakfast. Now it is a home, for all seven of us. 

It overwhelmed us when we first made this home. There were spare rooms, a guest bedroom and whole areas of ‘junk’ aka – too hard to find a home for this!
But now it is our very special home. It has welcomed two little people, additions to our older three children. Every room is maximised, each cupboard full, all spaces accounted for. We have polished boards, changed window treatments, tarted up the outside, ripped up carpets and transformed it all with a lick of Dulux Antique White USA. And now we are ready to paint some bedrooms. As I wait for the little ones to bathe I am on the floor wondering about all those who have tread these floors. And what does it mean to make a house a home, a real home.

Have you renovated? How did you choose your home? Would you optfor something different if you had your time over again? 
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Edit – Decor Lust

You may recall my resolution here not to buy magazines this year. As I scanned the magazines in the supermarket aisle recently I was challenged again and resolute to hold on to this edit. The latest Real Living magazine has finally given voice to all those suggestions, ideas, prompts that I get when I am actively engaged in reading design and home mags. Decor Lust.

Usually the mags tell us how to de-clutter, restore, renovate, renew and make great claims to life changing goodness. But here on the front cover we are told we will want to lust. We will have an uncontrolled and insatiable desire for…..a new sofa, lamp, flooring or designer vase.  I suggest the lure will be subtle, your wants will convert to needs as you flick through the pages and before you know it you will have made an online purchase, watched several items on e-bay or gone out and bought it. What do you think? Do you decor lust? Edit it. Today.

Give thanks for a clean home. For space, for shelter, warmth and for the welcome you are able to offer family and friends. May they desire welcome, connection, community and Him through your home.

Magazine Edit

One of the things I decided to do this year was to not buy house/design magazines. I love magazines. Inside Out. Real Living.They have been my secret pleasure for many years. A good magazine says ‘sit down with a cup of tea and visit with me.’ And I do love to pour over the pages of a magazine, be inspired, informed and challenged. But after years and years of subscribing to and purchasing mags I have come to the conclusion that I could save a small fortune foregoing this indulgence. I still read one if it comes my way (via a friend, waiting room, supermarket aisle) but I don’t plan on paying for one this year. Possibly the burgeoning popularity of Pinterest, together with my interest in reading blogs, has almost made the need to turn the page of a magazine redundant. So here it is – edit the magazine.

Real Life Homes

Real living is about having space for family life, creativity and fun play with all the big and small people in your home. It is a place to rest, reflect and revitalise one another in conversation, care and comfort. Home is where the rules can be relaxed as we simply learn to”be”. It is also the place we make mess, do the laundry and say sorry. Home sweet home is the place we share with those we love.