The evolution of a home

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For much of my adult life, I lived in other people’s houses. My husband and I moved into his grandmother’s home as newlyweds, after she herself moved into a nursing home. We eventually bought the house and inherited all of its furnishings, partially renovating it with limited funds, suspect DIY skills, and a design sense that could best be described as “granny-chic”. Only much more granny than chic.

Four years into our first home ownership adventure, we sold the house and moved to London, living in two different partially-furnished rental homes. We brought with us remnants of Grandma’s things, various family hand-me-downs, and, inexplicably…


Today, I’m contributing to a series on loving and sharing the home you have over at Jenn’s blog, A Simple Haven. Click here to read more and get a small peek at our current home and our former Swiss house. While you’re there, be sure to check out Jenn’s new (Free!!) e-book “The Homemaker’s Manifesto”. 


Friday Favorites

When I lived in England, I started collecting old things. My small part of Southwest London was filled with sweet antique shops and quirky second hand stores, where you could find me rummaging at least twice weekly. I learned about car boot sales, and charity shops, and most importantly Lot’s Road Auctions in Chelsea. Michael and I went to London with next to nothing, and came back with an entire houseful of my finds. I LOVED it! I have most of it on display in various corners of my home here in NJ. It’s taken me a while to find a few antique shops here that I like to visit, but the other day I had a bit of free time, and decided to make a quick stop. Here are a few pics of the treasures I found.
I love this lone shoe clip. I placed it on a ribbon around a lamp on my desk. I’m sure the woman who owned this never imagined that it would end up on someone’s lamp someday.

A lovely vintage butter dish. I don’t actually use butter, but on the off chance that I do someday, I’ll be prepared:)

Isn’t this book sweet? It’s called Infelice and was published in 1903. I like to collect old books and display them, and I plan on reading them when I can whittle my own book list down a bit. My idea of heaven is a library filled with old dusty, faded books with crumbling pages, and my idea of the best gift ever would be an early edition of Little Women. I don’t suppose I’m likely to find that in the antique shops I frequent!

I hope to have more treasures to share soon.