I have moved, a lot. And, one of the more difficult parts of moving for me is not the packing, unpacking but the months and sometimes years it takes until I am satisfied with a room. Furniture works differently in different houses, so strange mixes serve as temporary fixes, walls are left bare and windows uncovered. It is uncomfortable physically or aesthetically, and more often times both.
We moved in 11 months ago and just recently am I starting to feel like some of the rooms are coming together, and oddly it is not the furniture that has helped that but what I have hung on the walls. Bare walls make me twitchy but I also want to be thoughtful about what I hang on them.
The other morning I went to an estate sale in Wilmington. Regretfully I didn’t get there early enough as I saw several good pieces carried out the door by more aggressive sale goers. But I did find three watercolors that hit the mark. The colors and content are perfect. They would have grouped well together but instead I split them up and pictured above is the smallest of the three now in our dining room.
The dining room is a soft, monochromatic room that took its cue from the rug. I am debating whether to introduce a pattern or simply let the room be like this one by Phoebe Howard.
Or this one by Kerry Joyce.
Back to Wilmington for a minute. The estate sale was in a beautiful area of the city and the same area I took pictures of awhile back. This house stopped me in my tracks. The fall pumpkin, gourd, mum, cabbage display ran the entire width of the acre property.
All the hardscaping at our house is done! The belgian block lining the patio is from our country house. The whole family helped move those from our last house to this one.
Those suckers are heavy!
An evergreen, probably a smaller holly will be planted in front of the meter and furnace pipes. The beast will be fenced off and then the rest of the bed needs to be figured out. Fortunately I have time.
This is the where the old met the new and the old bricks were relaid to accommodate the much wider step.
Here is the view as you walk up the steps from our courtyard garden.