I read a great article a couple weeks ago on Apartment Therapy, 5 Things I Love About My Imperfect Home. I was totally inspired to make my own list. Being home while on maternity leave has been so wonderful but it’s also made me hyper-aware of all the things in my home that I want to change or that need to be done, but that’s not the attitude I want to have toward the house that holds our memories. In a spirit of thankfulness, I wanted to make a list of the things I love about this home, because there are plenty.
1. It’s old and historic. Our house was built in 1905 and has such a nice, old feel. W knew when we sold our first house that we were looking for something older with character and history. We totally found it. The floors are creaky and uneven, the fireplaces are old and crooked, and the doors are squeaky and wooden.
2. It’s small. Our house is about 1,800 square feet and I love it. We’ve learned to be efficient with space and storage and ruthless with our “give away” piles. Now with Lucy here, I absolutely love that I’m never far from her if she’s napping in her crib or if the favorite pacifier is in our bedroom and I’m in the nursery.
3. The layout. I know open layouts are all the rage these days, but I love a formal dining room. Our dining room is bright and has a fireplace… secrets out, we haven’t actually used the room for dining yet, but we will!
4. The neighborhood. Gosh, we really hit the neighborhood jackpot. We knew when we moved in that there’s a great sense of community here, the Halloween parade and “Christmas balls” traditions were the first clues, but we had no idea just how wonderful and hospitable our neighbors were. We know almost everyone on our street and our next door neighbors have a baby girl a few months older than Lucy. How fun to have a friend right next door!
5. It’s full of light. The light in this house really gets me. We get a ton of natural light, especially in the mornings. And in the kitchen, oh man, the kitchen is bright and white and such a great space to fix our morning coffee and wind down with a glass of wine.