Tuesday, March 30, 2010

waiting for the sun

A typical day, when we are at home with the sky full of rain and grey outside. Often these days move at a snail's pace, and I try to keep us busy with proven good time killers: long bubble baths, lots of activity books, toddler-paced (slow) walks through the wet around our block. The cooking of dinner from scratch. All the while trying to keep things tidy so that we don't go mad in our own clutter.

It feels like almost all the days are rainy and grey lately, and I am looking forward to the return of sunshine. And peeping into the windows of travel agents, scrutinizing the deals, and dreaming of the sun, adventure, and beautiful locales.

22 comments:

Islay said...

I love your apartment! Wish I was tidy enough to have such an open plan living space.

mybigbreak said...

How do you keep so tidy? I wonder if it's just me? I love those candle holders on the table. Where did you get them? Perhaps we can all use a litebook.

Daniela B. said...

You home is so bright and peaceful and I love how you placed all the items!here in Italy is raining too :-( but I hope the sun will shine for Easter!
Daniela

Jaime @ Our Journey said...

It's been so cold, rainy and gloomy in Germany too ... ready to feel the warmth of the sun! Your house looks cheery even on a gloomy day.

My House, My Garden said...

I so feel for you! We in Houston just got our spring weather in and FINALLY can go outside. It has been a long winter!

Gray Mis said...

Here in Seattle it has been nothing but gray! Oh sunshine please come visit me. Us PNW folks are vitamin D deficient!

Danielle said...

I love your space! Like mine, it's small, so I bet it can go from a little messy to a lot of madness in the blink of an eye if you don't stay on top of it. I also love the candle holders.

dust in the wind said...

I love Kumon workbooks! My 3 year old, Kadie, is in love with them these days! Fun to see Addie enjoying them too :) It is so refreshing when learning is fun. I hope that's something Kadie will keep with her...

dustin
www.onlydustinthewind.blogspot.com

alli/hooray said...

Sounds like a lovely little routine to pass the time. And I love that your cats are sharing the table! That is a favorite spot for ours, too, despite my best efforts.

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

Hi Everyone, thanks for visiting and for your comments - making my grey days a little nicer!

mybigbreak. I don't know. I was a slob for years and I think maybe my OCD from designing for so many years has transferred over to our house. It was a long time coming, though. I started one room at a time, organising and getting rid of clutter and anything we didn't need, use or love. After a couple of years all the rooms were done and I started on cupboards and closets. It's really a lot easier to keep tidy when there is little clutter. Plus puttering around after my kid all day gives me plenty of time to tidy up a little bit here and there. I think that's the secret - getting rid of all the clutter and tidying up little bits whenever you have a chance.

People ask me about the candle holders all the time - they are just from ikea!

(what is a litebook?)

Gray Mis: I KNOW!!! PNW. I don't know how we do it sometimes.

Dust in the wind: Aren't Kumon books fantastic? We love them over here, too.

alli/hooray: yep. cats on the table. gave up on that years ago. :)

growfamilygrow said...

I've been tentatively dipping my feet into the whole Apartment Therapy 8 week cure thing, but your comment that you used to be a slob is enough to push me over the edge. Thank you!

ps. I spent 6 months last year being a SAHM while living in Italy. In the heat of the summer (and less than stellar air conditioning) bubble baths were a favorite. It is good to remember that as we approach the 5 months of heat that stop us from going outside here in Tucson.

Sarah said...

I love your place! So modern and well-designed, it is very inspiring! And I wanted to go to Ikea to celebrate my birthday, so I can definitely relate to all the wonderful finds.

DebD said...

Yes, your space is wonderful! I love the chairs at your dining table. Where did you find them?
Thanks so much for the March design. It makes me smile just to look at it as it sits on my desk awaiting inspiration.
Thanks for your site!
Deb

Elizabeth said...

This photo is so authentic and lovely! Your home is beautiful! Thanks for sharing this and your pretty patterns!

Jeanelle said...

Your home is so beautiful, it should totally grace the IKEA catalogs, especially loving seeing your little girl coloring (reminds of my childhood) and that cute, sassy cat :)))

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

Thanks again, everyone. SO nice to 'meet' all of you!

growfamilygrow. Yes. Seriously. I was a slob for many years. I also suffered from severe anxiety and depression for many years as well. I began to realise that I felt better when the house was tidy and organised - it really helps with anxiety. When I was pregnant and my daughter was born I was concerned that my depression and anxiety would return, so I began to make a lot of effort to de-clutter and keep things neat. I was lucky - becoming a mother seemed to have the opposite effect on me emotionally - I was happy as heck and I attribute that a lot to the breastfeeding/mama hormones. Wish I could bottle them up! But keeping things tidy and neat helps so much. Although I have to kick myself in the butt many times to keep it that way.

DebD: the chairs are all unmarked vintage thrift shop/vintage shop finds. I am always on the lookout!

xox!

patricialoves said...

that's my dream, little less clutter :) how did you ever baby proof your place when Adelaide was 2? You have such a lovely home!

It's not very grey here in Manila, in fact it's the total opposite. Sun is scorching and makes us all dream of being by the beach instead of staying in the city to work. We have wonderful places around and if you have time check online for El Nido Palawan, Amanpulo Palawan, Coron Palawan, Boracay all in the Philippines. Just nice to daydream.

Bridget said...

you have such a beautiful home! and daughter!

Eve said...

Hi sharilyn,

thank u for the printable papers. I've made a card using your paper! have a look here http://lynn1919.blogspot.com/2010/05/cupcake-birthday-card-sweet-treats.html
all thanks to you. You have a nice house and a nice family! Your daughter is so adorable and cute! :)

Amanda {Mocking Bird} said...

Hi Sharilyn,
I've just discovered your gorgeous blog and have been reading back through your posts.

Your work is so beautiful but it was this post that really resonated with me. I'm an Aussie living in Vancouver (not been here a year yet) and the grey Vancouver days get to me so I understand your pain!

However, I can't complain at the moment, it's been beautiful.

Ângela Brito said...

hi dear...
i love your house, so lovely and cozy!!
big kisses..

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