around here

I’m still working on unpacking and arranging and making sure everything has its place. Our new home is smaller than our previous apartment, but it has so much more character and cozy feelings that it doesn’t feel like much of a sacrifice. Really, it gives me an excuse to throw away old things that I’ve been hanging on to for no good reason, only because it’s there. Do you ever realize that something you thought you liked it simply an object, devoid of meaning or pleasure? And that you’ve kept it around for years, taking up space, when really you can do without it? It’s a good feeling, to take those things and give them away. The exercise makes room for more valuable things — around here, our most valuable thing is space, openness, breathing room…and good design, of course.

1. finishing the guest room/office, and we have our first official reading nook. two observations: hand-me-down chairs are the best and there’s no such thing as too many books.

2. embellishing my grapevine wreath with thrift store trimmings and found flora for Christmas.

3. pokey is happy to be back in his natural habitat — the desert.

4. obsessing over rugs and our hardwood floors.

5. loving seeing this handsome guy off to work every morning.

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We’ve got a new piece of furniture coming today, and hopefully that will tie all of our house together enough to share some photos next week. After the basics are settled, then our Christmas decorating — with a tree and lights and poinsettia and everything! — will begin.

Have a great weekend, and to all a good night.

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