Thursday, February 19, 2009

This House is Now a Home

I never thought we were going to make it- but we did. We survived our move and now own the cutest house on the block! On Monday evening we sat in our new living room fireplace lit, chicken roasting in the oven and Aznavour records playing in the background. Hans and I kept looking at each other in awe- it was just so beautiful (even with the pile of boxes behind us in the corner)!

Our house has a lot I love. First of all, it has country appeal and a bit of 'Frenchness' which makes me feel as though I'm permanently on vacation. I adore my cozy kitchen with its cafe au lait colored walls, cream colored tiles and rounded brass cabinet knobs. We still have a lot of work to do though. The blue colored cabinets (actually they're kind of 'Nigella blue' )are going to be removed and traded for baskets. We'll also need some lamps of course and a hanging pan rack which will hold a collection of copper Mauviel pans (yipee!).

The living room is half done. We only completed the seating area (which faces a gorgeous garden with, among other things, a huge lavender bush, roses and hortensias).We decided to keep it simple but with a country feel. Therefore no huge cd towers, leather couches or vintage waiting room chairs anymore. The seating area is completely built around the fireplace and our favorite painting. And best of all- we are having a dining room table especially made for us (it'll be delivered in April and I really can't wait!).

Our bedroom has the coolest walls- French lillies everywhere! That's another room we still need to work on though (we'll be needing new side tables and lamps, for example).

Kirstie's room is a pale purple paradise, the bathroom is cozy and has a wonderful bath and we even have a huge walk in closet and plan on turning the attic into a sitting room/ library! This girl is happy!

To celebrate, I baked my first old- fashioned chocolate cake yesterday and decorated it with the pink sugar flowers I bought in France during our last vacation.

It's official- this house is now a home!


Sandy said...

Oh, I can hardly contain my excitement for you and the pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Honestly, this looks like my dream much warmth and personality.
Congratulations on your new home, Paola!
I'm off the flick to see if these photos are there so I can fave them. ;)

Paola said...

Thanks a bunch Sandy!! It's such a pleasure to come home- I just LOVE everywhere I look! I shall be posting some pictures of the garden as soon as it starts to bloom!

The pictures are not on Flickr yet, but I'll add them soon!


Treehouse Chef said...

I agree your home is beautiful! I love what you wrote about it. Have you given your new home a name?

Marit said...

Hi! I totally love the pictures, the cake looks magnificant! And tastes great, too, I might add!

julie said...

Congratulations, Paola! It looks superb and peaceful. I'm happy for you all.
I thought I recognized those sugar flowers and leaves;-)

Andrea said...

oh , it looks very cozy and warm! congratulations!

Paola said...

Thank you TC! Actually, I haven't thought of a name- great idea! Must be French though- knowing the Francophile that I am! I'm open to suggestions!

Thanks Marit! You know, you were one of the first people I showed off my house to. ;) And you're always welcome to stop by for tea and more of my baked goods!

Thanks Julie! I LOVE those flowers! They are just SO pretty!

Thanks for visiting my blog, Andrea! I just had a look at yours and loved it! It's on my list of favorites. :)


Anonymous said...

Oh your house is utterly gorgeous Paola, so warm and cosy. The cake looks stunning too, I love how you've got the Kitchen Aid in the background too, very arty.

Anna said...

Your house is beautiful Paola - I hope you'll all be very happy there!

Anonymous said...

It looks like the perfect home, congrats on accomplishing the move..! I've moved quite a bit in my life, and I know how stressful it can be.
Hope you'll be very happy :-)

Maria (from the Nigella forum)

Mara said...

It's beautiful. I love the kitchen doors, the knobs and the radiator cover is simply fantastic. I'm sure you'll make it feel completely *yours* very soon and make it a very happy home :)

Paola said...

Hi George and Anna! Thanks! We are utterly happy in our new home. :)

Hi Maria! How nice to hear from you! :) I was so totally dreading the move- but surprisingly enough, it went better than I expected. I've forgotten all about the stress by now and am just enjoying every moment here!

Thanks Mara! Oh I also love the radiator covers! We have them in every room and it just makes everything look very put- together. :) Good luck with you house project, too!!!


Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

It is a beautiful home. Congratulations and I wish you many years of happiness.

I love that painting above the fireplace! What a statement.