“Pick one room and make it yours. Go slowly through the house. Be polite, introduce yourself so it can introduce itself to you. “– Frances Mayer, Under the Tuscan Sun
If you’ve ever met me you’ll know that one of my all-time favourite movies is Under the Tuscan Sun. Interestingly I saw the movie first, then read the book…. And didn’t actually like the book that much, well in comparison to the movie that is. They’re really rather different stories, both of which I enjoyed on their own, but there is just something about the movie that has me hooked.
It could be because the female lead is a writer who moves to Italy on a whim and randomly buys a rundown villa and decides to renovate it in an effort to overcome her divorce. Funnily enough I’ve loved this movie since I was a teenager, and I still do. It’s not a very teenagery topic, but there you have it.
Now if you know my family at all, you’ll know that movie quotes and one-liners play a fairly big part in our lives…. You could blame the fact that my parents owned a video store during my teenage years… but honestly, I think it’s just who we are.
So as you can imagine, I’m a big one for remembering quotes, even more so if they hit a chord with me. One such quote is the one above from said wonderful movie. Even at 15 years old it meant something to me, but now, gosh it means even more now.
If you haven’t guessed we officially moved into the Dream Home over the weekend and boy, was it chaotic leading up to it. I’ve mentioned in previous posts about how crazy life has gotten these last few months but these last couple of weeks ratcheted my stress levels above even what I anticipated….. and we all know how well I handle stress huh!
What I didn’t anticipate was the continuation of said chaos once we were in. The move itself was actually pretty calm. We started early Friday morning, worked all day, then did it all again Saturday. By that night, we were sleeping in the new house! Nothing was broken, no boxes have gone missing (well not that I’ve noticed yet), all my appliances continued to work (we’ll just skim over the last move where our fridge died) and it all worked out OK.
It was once we were actually living in the house that the chaos reigned supreme.
I won’t focus too much on the few things that have gone wrong inside the house, it’ll probably just upset you, like it did me. Simply put, there are marks on the new skirting boards, there are scuff marks on my freshly painted walls, there is paint all over my brand new bath tub and a myriad of other defects that are on our list to chase up and have fixed.
The immediate problem though, was where to find my god damn nespresso machine! Seriously, how is one supposed to conquer a world of towering boxes and random pieces of furniture stacked in my living room without caffeine?!
But I digress.
It was on Sunday (or was it Monday?), whilst sitting on my kitchen floor, back against a cupboard, ignoring my screaming 19 month old’s meltdown over something incredibly insignificant, that I remembered this line.
Funny how words can play such an important part in our lives huh?
I think it’s because this house, or home rather, has been so long in the making that I just want to get to the fun part. The part where I start to make it ours…. In a simple and uncomplicated way. I guess I forgot about the unpacking bit.
So it’s with Frances Mayer’s words in my mind, that I started, and I focused my entire attention on the kitchen. Almost a week later and it’s still not quite finished, but it’s pretty darn close. I won’t show you what it looks like yet, as it’s a little bit chaotic still. But the cupboards are full, a few pretty things are already adorning my walls and bench tops and I’m actually beginning to feel a mite more in control.
One room has now introduced itself to me.
And can I just say…. I love it.
So here are a few picks to show you how far our little home has come over the last week. Stay tuned for another big update in a few weeks!
There will be one more house update in two weeks my friends and then that will be it for this year! I can’t believe how far we’ve come or how quickly it’s happened but the new year is upon us, and my gosh have I got some exciting things in store for us!
Stay tuned is all I can say!!
Now I’m off to pick up the boy child. Cheerio and Merry Christmas! (hah! I can start saying it now… it’s officially December!!) xxx