Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Dining Room

Things have been pretty quiet around here so I thought I'd share another room with you--our dining room!

The dining room is the first room on the left when you walk into the entryway of our house. It is rather large and unexpectedly so--we knew we wanted a good size dining room because we do host a lot of dinners for friends and family, however, we didn't realize it would be quite so long!

It is definitely pretty bare bones right now and as you can see we haven't picked out new dining chairs yet. Our old chairs were getting worn out and didn't fit the style of this table anyway. Speaking of the table--we bought this antique, mahogany (almost Hepplewhite style) table off Craigslist for a steal!

We are keeping the two end chairs for now but I'm searching for six to eight dining chairs to fill in the sides--I have no idea if I will go with a Parsons-type chair or something completely different.

We also don't have a rug in here--mostly because my husband didn't want one that we would have to end up cleaning all the time. I actually like the clean, bare look of the wood floors.

We already had the white antique china cabinet holding most of my brown transferware dish collection and the beautiful dark corner cabinet was brought down by my parents who didn't have room for it in their house.

The walls are decorated with Paul Sawyier prints--a famous watercolor artist from my hometown of Frankfort, Kentucky.

The walls, like the rest of the first floor living spaces, are painted Sherwin Williams "Alabaster" and the trim is Sherwin Williams "Pure White." The gold chandelier is from Ballard Designs--I wanted something a little fancier and fun for the dining room since a lot of our other fixtures are more classic, oil-rubbed bronze, or simple farmhouse fixtures.

I really love all the windows in this room--it gets such wonderful light and is so bright and cheery during the day. It's a great room to have off the entry because it doesn't get cluttered very much and provides a walkway into the kitchen without having to walk all the way through the living room.

And that--for now--is our dining room. New chairs to come soon! I'm looking forward to making great memories in this room around the table at family gatherings and having good meals with friends. We hosted Thanksgiving for the first time in our new house in this dining room--it was lovely and I so enjoyed hosting (and not having to travel)! 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Snowfall at the New House

Although we have had two other snow events at the new house so far, this is our first BIG snow. We got about 9 inches which is a LOT for here in North Carolina. It was incredibly beautiful and wonderfully peaceful.

The girls were so excited to get out and play in it--sledding, building snowmen, and of course drinking hot chocolate to warm up once we came inside :)

Our chickens, on the other hand, did not think too highly of the strange white cover on the ground. Most of the hens did not come out of their little coop and set foot on the ground until about 4 days after the snow had fallen! Our rooster was the only brave one...

The views from every direction were stunning. I loved seeing our little homestead in a blanket of snow and thankfully my husband was able to capture some great photos on the second day before it all began to melt.

What are your favorite things to do in the snow? Hope everyone is staying warm!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Thoughts on the New Year

This past fall and the Holidays have been a blur--I seriously wanted to skip Christmas this year. Is anyone else with me?!? With everything else going on it became pretty stressful (and I've been doing a lot of thinking lately on why we celebrate it in the first place). A new year always prompts me to reflect upon what I want to change and improve for the future. How is it that several of my New Year’s goals from years ago are still yet to be fulfilled? Living a simpler, healthy lifestyle while attempting to homestead is so much harder now that I have children. Perhaps now that our big move is completed and we are setting our sights towards the spring garden, our homestead goals will be easier to reach (hopefully).

Still, it feels like we are often overwhelmed with work, kids, activities, church, and day-to-day life (even with me working part-time) and keeping on top of trying to produce and locally source our own healthy farm-to-table food becomes a burdensome task. I so easily fall back into my old ways when I need to get in the habit of planning and preparing nourishing and seasonal foods. Baking my own bread weekly, preparing fermented foods and drinks, soaking nuts and legumes prior to use, canning and preserving seasonal produce, and finding local sources of grass-fed meats and organic dairy are some of my top priorities for the new year. Other priorities include exercising more often in a way that fits in at home and more time for not just Bible study but longer, dedicated periods of prayer and fasting. I'm also hoping to observe the Biblical feasts that are set apart as the Father's holy days this year! 

But where do I find the time for it all? Sometimes I can fit it in on the weekends, sometimes at night, other times during the day when the girls are napping or otherwise occupied. But during busy weeks or months it’s awfully easy to fall behind.  I usually don't get everything done that I aim for. Basically, I have huge, never-ending to-do list (does this sound familiar, anyone?)

As I’m sure you have been able to tell, I’ve neglected this blog (yet again), and I’m afraid I won’t always be posting regularly in 2018. I still hope to provide updates on the house (room tours for sure!), the homestead, and the garden, but the blog is not something high up on my to-do list and I’m not quite sure when or if I will find the time to update as often as I’d like. Unlike so many lovely blogs out there, it is not a source of income for me and I purely engage in blogging for personal enjoyment and to keep my family and close friends informed of what’s happening in our little corner of the world.

So here’s to a brand New Year! May the Lord Bless you and keep you in 2018!