"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Time to dine!

We moved amidst the gray skies of an autumn day at the beginning of the month. It did not rain though thankfully but was a very blustery day.

The move went so quickly and perfect. We were very impressed with the company we choose. It was high time that Murphy left our house. *wink*

Sorry it has been so long since I posted an entry before now but not a single room in our house is finished. Well, one room is but that is the WC (toilet or water closet as we call it in Holland). Sad but true...we are not near being finished yet. Our handyman has to come back yet for a small job and Jos has been really busy again with work so time and energy to hang things is short. I have a number of curtains to hem. There is a great deal to sort through also. This house is much bigger than our previous house but not practical. It means much will be sold as we do not have space for things. More about this as I post more about the house...

Our living room is one large open space with the kitchen off the the front of the house. We use this area as the dining space. I removed the leaf in our antique table when we were moving and really liked it as a square shape when you first walk into the room. I think for now it will stay like this.

My walls look gray in the photo but they are a taupe color.

I still have not gotten my autumn decorations out. I have placed my autumn quilts that I made around the living room. Since it is almost time for me to start decorating for Christmas, I will not get out the autumn decorations this year. This move has made both Jos and I feel like we missed the autumn season which is our favorite. It makes me sad but I will celebrate it in earnest next year.

I debated on what I wanted to use in this house but decided that I did really want to hang my fox hunt prints once again. They give a cozy 'Gentleman's room' feeling. I love using warm colors and dark woods in our home. While trying to describe the look we want to achieve to the man who did our wood floors, I told him it was the style of a old Dutch eetcafe which is almost a pub look. He came by to do some repair work on the floor (yes, it burst open yet again) and said that all the was missing was the beer taps.

I love a feeling of warmth in a room given by placing lamps on small tables here and there throughout the room. This table table stands near my autumn shades quilts I made over the years which I keep displayed on a quilt ladder.

Dagi adapted to the new house immediately. We were pleasantly surprised that he did not seem to need to adjust at all when he realized we were all three together. My little mouse Boudewijn (pronounced Bow dah wine) has made himself at home on my dining room table with some acorns. He normally sits at my sewing machine in my studio. You never know where he might pop up next. *grins*


Joni said...

So glad that the actual move went well and I'm so excited to see the house as it comes together. The quilts are gorgeous!

barbara said...

Welcome to your new home, Heidi and Jos!!

Elizabethd said...

Heidi, I cant believe that you are so straight in such a short time!
I'm sure you will now enjoy this new home, and make it feel your own.

onlymehere said...

Oh you're on your way now! You do have a way of making a home warm and cozy. I'm interested now to see how the house is "not practical" and will be anxiously waiting your updates. I'm glad Murphy left but sadly he came over here. I'm still trying to make him very uncomfortable and just post about gratitude so that he'll give up and go somewhere else, preferably a very cold place where no one else lives! I wouldn't wish him on my worst enemy, lol! I hope things keep looking up for you and Jos. Tell your mom hi if she's still there!

Maggie said...

Heidi i'm glad you are starting to settle into your new home, it does take time getting things right. Good to hear the actual move day went well too.

Can i ask you how you stop Dagi from clawing at your chairs?

Have a good week :-)

Deborah said...

Glad that the move went well. The quilts are beautiful. Enjoy your new home.

Susan in SC said...

I am so glad you have moved in and Murphy decided not to stay! Enjoy your new home as you settle in.

Jackie's Stitches said...

I love the glimpse into your home! The floors are gorgeous and your dining area looks very cozy! I'm interested in seeing how the extra size isn't practical. You really have a talent for decorating.

Margaret said...

How wonderful that you have settled into your new home. It looks 'gezellig' already even though you say only the WC is truly finished.

Ginny said...

Heidi, it is SO good to read your post! I have been thinking of you over the past few days, wondering how things went, whether there were any other surprises, concerned that perhaps you had fallen ill. But I see that in just a few weeks, you've already done some decorating! I can't wait to see more pictures. (We are still working on the craft room at our house. I am so burned out, and we have run out of space, so to get ready for Thanksgiving, I've been carrying things to the basement. It's getting ridiculous, but we wanted to have fewer things in the craft room, and despite our purging, we still can't fit what we need into the room. Not sure what to do . . .)

DonnaTN said...

It is so good to see a post from you! I'm sure the tide of troubles has turned and the waters will be calmer from now on. Your new home will come together and be wonderful. Thanks for the progress photos. It is so fun to see your creativity as you decorate the new house.

Jantine said...

I never got to read all the troubles until today, but I couldn't believe all I was reading! That was quite an ordeal! I am glad the moving went well and hope we will be able to get a doll quilt sewing day in the new year. I would love to admire this house as it looks very lovely from the pictures!

Annemiek said...

Whow, it looks like a wonderful house Heidi. Don't worry about all those jobs that are still on your to do list. You moved and that's the main objective :). Good luck on finishing the last details, I am sure it will be great.

Reginas Cottage said...

dear heidi,
your new home looks very cosy.
big hugs,

Anonymous said...

Heidi...your home is so inviting and decorated beautifully. I'd love your new address to update my bloggers book.

Linda said...

Heidi, it must feel so good to be settling into your new home...I love the beautiful display of quilts on the ladder and the way you have arranged the prints is lovely....hugs, Linda

Mary said...

Wishing you, Jos and Dagi a happy Thanksgiving Day - and mom too if she 's still there!

Glad you are safely moved in and hope you'll be happy and content in your new home Heidi. Thanks for stopping by - I've missed you but of course understand how busy you've been battling Murphy!

Hugs, Mary

Anonymous said...

Lovely to see photos of your new home and that you are slowly getting straight with no more problems we hope.

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving with your Mum.