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    Sunday, February 1, 2015

    I have been thinking about this post all weekend, well since I took these photos, it was Friday afternoon and the beautiful lulling moments between the busy week and the beginning of the weekend. It is usually my only moment of true pause all week long; the food is prepared, house clean, laundry put away, kids are relieved from school and duty and most often already pursuing weekend modes of play and adventure.  If I get to this moment of hushed content early enough, and the sunlight is still bonny and the babies are still napping I grab my camera. That’s the capturing window of moment, its then or not again for a week.  So Friday I snapped up what I could, then laid my camera down, those peaceful lulling moments were gone, but not my thoughts. I find I keep coming back to this welcoming space of my new home. 

    When I first saw this room I new instantly what I hoped to do for it. What I wanted this room to be and express.  The feel I wanted to create out of it. I sensed the way the light could work to lift the muffled dimness. It had an elegant feel but lacked the character it deserved.

    This room took on some life and story of its own. On our first night in the home Mr. Wild took a stick to the glass and cracked it, front and centre! It took some time to hunt down an artist capable of repairing it to it’s original state. Roger and I went back and forth on if we should stain the whole stairs or paint the risers and spindles white. Re-finishing the stairs was a huge job and much time went into the details of the woodwork and carpentry yet it was so worth it, the stairs are now beautiful and bright adding character all its own. We painted the walls a warm grey which brings out the slants and character of the room. We re-stained the door matching it to  the stairs, we had the window casings of the door painted white and replaced the tile floors with hardwood.

    I had the desire to do this room justice by bringing out its charm and really allowing it to become a welcoming space for those who come into my home. I believe hospitality begins in the entrance, the warmth of a welcome has a way of setting tone to a visit and friendship. My observation has been that a warm welcoming space brings out the best in all people, regardless if the details or decor are even recognized. It is more about creating an atmosphere of invitation, a space within your home that beckons and warmly welcomes.  

    My hope is always to be welcoming 
    Offering hospitality
    Allowing room within our walls for something Holy to be extended. 
    Inviting those into the beauty and joy of our family and home. 




    { French doors that lead to the dinning room. }

    { This french door leads to the music room and office. }

    { This sign! A gift from Roger ~ The heart of it all }

    I am blessed to have such friends to join me for a 'welcome' 
    Thank you