.......but always the same.
When I look about my small home - usually described
here as 'my cottage' - I'm very happy for the most part.
Of course it's not a true cottage like those I grew up
around in England, just a comfy, compact house that works
for the two of us. We are doing our best to stay here
while many our age are moving on to condos and such...and
in truth we sometimes consider doing the same.
We love having the garden, although we gripe about the
work it brings - yes the annual trillion Autumn leaves are
starting to fall, the rakes are ready - and we have
enough rooms and storage, if we're tidy and the mister
stops hoarding! Our bedroom is downstairs - that
bathroom now has a walk-in shower which makes life
easier, and safer, for the coming years.
The decor? Nothing is posh or over the top, it's more just
an eclectic collection of things I love, little treasures
which speak to me in some way....have followed me home
from near and far. I've never used a decorator, but always
enjoyed input from special friends with
whom I've scoured antiques malls, thrift and vintage
shops - you special gals know who you are. When visiting
England and France I've searched for small treasures
such as linens, antique books, silver items which
fit in my suitcase - or can be packed in a little box
and mailed later by family members.
So, what am I up to now with no distant travels on the
horizon and time to address home issues?
My floors have become bothersome, especially downstairs
where most of the traffic flows. Sadly our '80's home was
not constructed with beautiful hardwood flooring. Under
the fitted carpeting are just plywood boards. We've
re-carpeted a couple of times but are loathe to do it
again. Keeping up carpet, even with annual professional
cleaning, is a miserable job, and becomes physically
painful as one ages and has problems pushing a vacuum
cleaner - I've learned this over the past year as I
deal with polymyalgia rheumatica.
Next week I hope to have floors I love (sample board above)
and can clean more easily, in my entry, dining and living
rooms! These pics below are the look I'm going for -
farmhouse, cottage, rustic, textured, not precious or formal.
Wish me luck please.......hope it will be a project
I'll enjoy sharing with you following the upheaval.