• Faith,  Home Design,  Motherhood,  Writing

    What makes a house a home?

    I wanted to share an article I wrote for Everyday Mamas about the meaning of home. You can find the original post here: https://everydaymamas.com/what-makes-a-house-a-home/ “Hitherto the Herb of Grace had been to them a summer home; they had known it only permeated with sun and light, flower-scented, windows and doors open wide. But now doors were shut, curtains drawn to hide the sad, grey dusk. Instead of the lap of the water against the river wall they heard the whisper of the flames, and instead of the flowers in the garden they smelt the roasting chestnuts, burning apple logs, the oil lamps, polish – all the home smells.  This intimacy…

  • Home Design

    Christmas Home Tour

    Welcome to our home! There is usually much more clutter on the counters and toys all over the floors, but we (I) cleaned up a bit to give you a little virtual Christmasy tour. Hope you’ll stay a while! This is our first Christmas in our new kitchen, and I’m falling in love with it all over again. I added a few garlands here and there and it’s amazing how festive it makes everything look. The lights add an extra twinkle, too! And since we don’t take our decorations down till mid January, I’ll be enjoying these views for many many weeks to come. Now into the living room..I just…

  • Home Design

    Our Kitchen Renovation

    When we moved into our house two years ago, we knew we’d love to renovate the kitchen somewhere down the road. It was so dark and dingy, not to mention covered in grease that I had attempted to clean in vain over and over again because the exhaust fan had been broken for years while the previous owners were there. Almost immediately, I took off all the cabinet hardware because they were disgustingly sticky, with every intention of putting them back once they had been thoroughly soaked and cleaned. But alas, they never really came totally clean and I couldn’t stand the look of them. So partly for aesthetic and…