Coffee Talk 11.11.18

Greetings on this frosty morning! It’s 27 degrees. Whaaaaat!?! I am DREADING my run this morning, but it must be done. I’ve missed the last few days for various reasons, and I’m starting to get twitchy.

I’ll have to keep this brief, as I’m running late. I’ve been sleeping in later since the time change, and it doesn’t leave me enough time to do all I want to do.

There hasn’t been much going on with the home decorating lately. I’m basically waiting on a large order of things that will pretty much finish up my office, the foyer, and the family room. Then I hope to have Alison over to shoot each room, and I’m planning to post room reveals over the next few weeks, although it may not be until January, as December is usually packed with holiday content.

I’m also trying to think ahead to how we will decorate the new house for Christmas. My girls are ALL about the holiday decorating this year. They’ve both already decked out their bedrooms, and they’re dying to help me with the rest of the house. I think their passion for the project has a lot to do with trying to make this house feel like home. They love it here, but often express that it doesn’t quite feel like home yet.

I’m trying to go along with it, and I want to make it a really special Christmas for them. I often get so busy with work that I put holiday decorating on the back burner, so to speak, but this year I’m trying to make time for it.

I already ordered a tall skinny tree for my kitchen — I just hope it’s not too big. I plan to put it behind the table, in the corner by the sliding doors.

I have a larger faux tree that I’ll put in our living room, and then we plan to cut down our family Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving, if the weather cooperates. That one always goes in the family room. We’ll have to rearrange the furniture in there for the holiday season, but I think it will fit. It’s weird, every room in this house is larger than the last, but there doesn’t seem to be a good spot for the Christmas trees in either room.

I guess everyone has to shift things around when they decorate for the holidays. It’s not like we all leave a big empty spot in the room for the one month of the year we need to place a Christmas tree.

I’m also getting wood floors put in that room the week after Thanksgiving, and I cannot WAIT for that. I just picked out an area rug, and I’m hoping we can get it ordered in time to put it in when the wood floors go in.

The girls have pilfered the basement for decorations for their rooms, so I may need to buy a few new things this year to fill out the rest of the house, but that should be fun. I just have to find the time!

In other house-related news, we finally hung the 5-year-old portraits of our kids in the living room. I have two sets of professional portraits — one set from when the kids were about 18 months old, and another from when they were five. The 18-month-old set is in the hallway by the front coat closet, and we hung those a while back, but the 5-year-old set was sitting on the floor of my living room while I decided what to do with them.

I was going to space them out throughout the room — one per wall, but my designer had another idea. She suggested I group them over the piano, and add a family picture we had done last year to fill the empty spot.

I liked that idea, so I sent my family picture away to Framebridge for professional framing, and I just got it back this week. Yesterday I had Paul hang them for me, and this is how it turned out.

I’m really pleased!!! I wish we didn’t have that air vent to contend with, but we made it work.

I still don’t love the framing on the family portrait. With the glass over it, it definitely doesn’t look as nice as the other three, but I don’t know that it’s worth getting a new one made that’s more in the style of the others. What do y’all think?

Maybe I’ll just wait until the next time we get a family picture taken, and have one of those done up on art board to match the rest.

Anyway, for now, I’m happy just to get them all off the floor!

And now we have officially hung everything we brought over from the last house that I plan to keep, and it’s starting to feel more like home to me. I love walking around and seeing familiar pieces on the walls.

So that’s the latest! I need to get my buns in gear here, and get out for a run before it’s time to get ready for church. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Sunday!