home works...

i know that it is SLOW AND STEADY that wins the race...

i read that tortoise and hare fable... well, i skimmed it because i was in a hurry to get to the end.

but i like thing done RIGHT NOW. quick. one step. 

so my family room has been in transition for 18 months. i had the new furniture. well, the sofas. not the three ottomans. and i still only have one out of three...

Transient

remind me never to pray for patience. because God might have you actually LEARN it...

but i do finally have the wall shelf that i wanted. and i did make some little arty Scripture things for it. of course i did. did you expect any less of me? no, you didn’t.

and don’t be really impressed. i saw something like those in a store once, but they were all on one poster and i wrote down the 5 different words and the verses and then kept it in a file called “MAKE THESE”. it is a full file.

i want to change out the artwork on that shelf seasonally. have some nature photos blown up. or IF we ever take a family vacation somewhere have those photos blown up. or perhaps if YOUR family has some nice family vacation photos we could put them up there...

any way.... i now had a plethora of art to go in the living room. and i could NOT figure out how to make it all work. so i called in an expert. a really clever expert that i have used before to help me make some house decor decisions. my friend, clay sechrest. of the sechrest design company.  though mostly he comes over, listens to me, and then tells me that i can do what i want to do and helps me find an inexpensive way to do it. and he suggests fabrics to go with the one fabric that i like. and we are his only clients who ever made their own furniture. so i think he likes us. 

anyway, he has been a huge supporter of us NOT opening up the family room to the living room because he thought it would cost too much, be too loud in the back bedrooms, and that one day we would need a room like the living room for our teens to entertain. or for adam and i to be “near but not too near”, while our teens had friends over to watch movies on the tv hung over the fireplace (which was an idea that clay fully supported when i was hesitant to “ruin” our fireplace. adam is very grateful to clay for this support).

and clay worked his sechrest magic on the living room. and it is AMAZING! i had told him that i wanted a space to do my morning Bible study in there. and now i have this lovely haywood wakefield table (which i already owned) by the window. and there is NOTHING new in there. just everything rearranged and functional and inviting. i love to sit in there while maxx is practicing the piano. and all of my favorite art work is on the wall. a set of five prints that i bought for about a dollar apiece on a street in london when i was 20 years old. a mirror from my mom and dad’s house over the piano, and then the benson prints that adam and i collected when we were double income and no kids... aah, the “dink” days. when we bought “art”.

it reminds me of a gallery room in the metropolitan museum of art. which is one of my favorite places ever. well, besides my new and improved living room. which now can be used for living. 

and i KNOW that you want photos of all this fabulousness... and i am a people pleaser...