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Setting Up A New Life & Home:
Scenes from the Weekend

by | Apr 6, 2009 | Authentic Living, Decorating Inspiration

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Setting Up A New Life & Home: <br>Scenes from the Weekend

Creating rooms to welcome new friends…

Setting Up A New Life & Home: <br>Scenes from the Weekend

Planning comfortable places for
conversation, fun and games…

Setting Up A New Life & Home: <br>Scenes from the Weekend

Assembling the memories to
make our house a home…

Setting Up A New Life & Home: <br>Scenes from the Weekend

Playing together, laughing
and learning to skip rocks…

Setting Up A New Life & Home: <br>Scenes from the Weekend

Dreaming of many more adventures
to inspire our life…

Setting Up A New Life & Home: <br>Scenes from the Weekend
Back to unpacking, sorting and
unpacking some more…

How was your weekend?

photos: my new house, outdoor scenes from Poulsbo, Washington

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  1. Cre8Tiva

    i will be joining the move to a new life brigade soon…up to my ears in packing supplies…simplifying my life has turned ugly…wishing you years of peace and joy in your new home…blesssings, rebecca

    Cre8Tivas inspiring blog post..morning meditation…

  2. Jen

    I *love* your table and chairs in the last picture. Did you paint them?

  3. Chari

    Hi Melissa…

    Well it looks like you’re well on your way to getting settled in your new home! So very happy and excited for you! Beautiful photos!!! I love your little green checkered table…simply charming!!!

    Have a marvelous Monday, my friend!

    Charis inspiring blog post..

  4. Jennifer

    Love how you displayed your plates. A great alternative to hanging in a grouping on the wall!

    Jennifers inspiring blog post..Easter Decor

  5. Renee

    Your house looks beautiful already! Love your blog!

    Renees inspiring blog post..Weekend fun

  6. Brianna

    I know the feeling… right now I’m in the process of packing, but since I am moving, I have an empty canvas to work with. Right now I am in the process of deciding my color schemes for each room. I hate unpacking, but it’s such fun to start fresh!

  7. Remodeling Guy

    I long for the Pacific Northwest every time you show harbor scenes like that! And the rock skipping! Whoooo Hooooo!

    It’s just the permanent wanderlust I guess because the scene right outside my door looks very similar! Kim and I walked through the marina this morning and just stared at the boats, passing judgement on the creativity of each name as we passed. oohing and aaahing at the million $$ ones and thinking “maybe one day” at the older ones we might be able to afford if we can get these boys fed for a few more years!

    Have a great week!


    Remodeling Guys inspiring blog post..Close-Up Video: Build Your Skills Outdoors!

  8. Gina

    So far so good! Your decorations are beautiful. Keep up the good work!

  9. Pat

    I have that same round mirror, Melissa! It’s in “storage” at the moment!

    Your home is looking lovely.

    We had a great weekend. We returned home yesterday, after 3 weeks at the lake. The flowers are blooming here, t’was a wonderful welcome home.

    Pats inspiring blog post..~Home Again~

  10. Debbykay

    Beautiful memories you are creating…these moments in time will fly by all too fast! It is so great you are taking some time to enjoy while unpacking and getting organized. Your photos of your new home are lovely.

    Happy homemaking!
    Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

    Debbykays inspiring blog post..Beautiful Easter Eggs {au naturale

  11. Vee

    Oh I love the picture of your men skipping rocks! You are living in such a lovely community, Melissa.

    Love all the vignettes and I particularly enjoyed seeing what’s reflected in the mirrors.

    Vees inspiring blog post..Sap Buckets and Sweater Pillow

  12. teresa

    I love the way you arrange things- sophisticated but still feels like home. {so loving white sofas now, trying to convince my Hd that they are a great idea =)
    As always I love pictures from your life.
    Have a wonderful day-

    teresas inspiring blog post..General Conference Weekend-

  13. Sarah

    Love that 1st photo. So crisp & yet welcoming. I want to to that now. I wish I had those lamps.

    Sarahs inspiring blog post..Foto Friday

  14. AnNicole

    I love what you’ve done so far. All of your little touches will definitely make your new house feel like home. What an exciting process! OK….it’s an exhausting process too, but it’s also exciting.

    Have a great day!

    [email protected] inspiring blog post..My Faux Vintage Grain Sack

  15. Robin

    Your new home is lovely! You are very talented at accessorizing! I so wish that I was settling into a new home, but ours is still on the market…at least people are beginning to look at houses again though! We are trusting that the Lord will bring a buyer soon! Blessings for an awesome week!

    Robin @ My Blessed Nests inspiring blog post..What’s It Gonna Take to Get You to the Lake?

  16. Karen B

    It’s beginning to look like a home! It’s not too hard when you have such beautiful things. Can’t wait to see more.

    Karen Bs inspiring blog post..Problem Is. . .

  17. Pretty Organizer

    And now begins the nesting…. You made it! How incredibly hard it must have been to wait for your belongings. Melissa you’re awesome. Way to keep things in perspective. Wishing you the best unpacking/nesting month ever. Busy girl… however do you do it all? Looking forward to the “moved in” house tour! Love you.

    Pretty Organizers inspiring blog post..12 Subjects to KNOW that will bring Happiness to your Home:

  18. Kimm at Reinvented

    Thanks for sharing your pictures, you’ve got us all hungry for more! Looks like you’re off to a beautiful start.

    Kimm at Reinventeds inspiring blog post..Tray-ariffic!

  19. black eyed susans kitchen

    Very nice…looks like you are putting things together so quickly…I had a feeling that you had a plan for where everything would go. You are off to a good start.
    ♥, Susan

    black eyed susans kitchens inspiring blog post..THE DEEP BLUE SEA

  20. Amanda

    Love your blog! What a beautiful home you have. You inspire me!

    Amandas inspiring blog post..I love Mondays!

  21. Stacey

    What lovely pictures of your new home!! You’re getting everything arranged and unpacked so quickly! Thanks for sharing, can’t wait to see more of your pretty new home!

    Stacey @ The Blessed Nests inspiring blog post..Going From A HOUSE to A HOME

  22. JanMary, N Ireland

    It already looks so much more like a home than a house.

    Looking forward to seeing more, and hope the settling in goes smoothly for all of you.

    JanMary, N Irelands inspiring blog post..Sunday Morning on the Strand

  23. Lazy Mom Leslie

    Love the pictures you are sharing. Isn’t it amazing how much “stuff” we all have?! Moving always reminds me of that.

    Lazy Mom Leslies inspiring blog post..Soak the Dishes

  24. Debbie

    Melissa, looks like you have gotten quite a bit done. I am happy for you in your new found place. You know you get more done when you eat a little chocolate (with coffee of course) and play really fast music! It is called power-cleaning…or in your case power-unpacking! Hope you are finding some beautiful days in the midst of all your sorting and house foofing!
    Blessings, and happy Easter this weekend!

    Debbies inspiring blog post..Metamorphasis Monday/Baby Lambs

  25. Janet

    Love the sofa table between the window and sofa. I like the chess board out and ready to play.

    Janets inspiring blog post..Easy Peasy DIY Storage

  26. Arleen

    Hi Melissa. What a beautiful post and thank you for sharing so many wonderful photographs. I’m sure your weekend was quite busy, but what a lovely nest you’re creating! So many loving memories will be created in your new abode. ~Arleen

    Arleen @ Seasons for All at Homes inspiring blog post..Inspiration ~ Decorating with Egg Cups

  27. Sarah

    Melissa, you are so brave for sharing your moving journey! Moving is my least favorite, most dreaded activity. I cannot wait to see more and more of your new home — congrats!!

    Sarahs inspiring blog post..Monday Metamorphosis

  28. eileen

    Yea!!! I am so glad you are on your way. I try not to focus so much on things but I have to say they make a difference. I am sure your comfort level in your home has just been elevated! Have fun!

  29. anne

    Wow it looks amazing..wonderful things you have . Do you live right on the waters? How great if you do. Cannot wait to see more.

    I had a great weekend with lots of friends and one of my grandsons (age 4) we have been out most of the weekend, yesterday we went to church ( he doesn’t normally) then for lunch at new friends, then a little rest and then tea/supper at another. Today a slow start and then spend all day at a really good friend who has children, a huge garden, play house, sand pit, you name it , its there, He had an amazing time, so did I!!

    annes inspiring blog post..More Handwritten Post!!!!

  30. Barbara

    I just love your perfectly edited use of accessories. Do a post on creating the perfect vignette… not too much, not too little. I always try, but fail in some of my groupings…

    Barbaras inspiring blog post..Just a Minute… In March

  31. Pam D.

    Is that first photo of the beautiful round mirror and the white plates from your new home? Gorgeous! I love that whole grouping! Simple and elegant.

  32. Pam D.

    I just noticed something else in that first photo — the reflection of the ship in the mirror. I just hung a round mirror like that myself a few days ago, and I have been loving how it reflects a ship on a bookcase across my room too. :)

  33. cherrie

    Thankyou for sharing. I elove the view out of your window to the trees between you and your neighbours.

    cherries inspiring blog post..Small tablecloth bag

  34. Maddie

    Hey, gorgeous ideas – very simplistic and incredibly effective. Love your style!!

    Maddies inspiring blog post..The Master Cleanse Detox Review

  35. Debbie

    Wow Melissa! You sure did get a lot accomplished already! Loved viewing all your beautiful photos. Can’t wait to see more as you continue to get settled into your new home.Congratulations on your move Melissa! All the best to you and your family!

    Debbies inspiring blog post..Iris Harmony/Visit to Florist Shop

  36. Adrienne

    Hi Melissa –
    Your new home is beginning to unfold the personality and creativity that is so you! Thank you for sharing it with us. I loved every photo you shared. I had friends who used to live in Poulsbo and I’m familiar with that area. Love it and would have NO problem if God said we should move there! Can’t wait to see more of your lovely new home.

    Adriennes inspiring blog post..Remembering

  37. Tami Cooper

    Welcome to WA state. As a transplant myself (2 years now in Oak Harbor, up on Whidbey Island) I encourage you to put the boxes aside on these sunny spring days, they are few and far between. Soak up the sun – it will get you through the grey days!

    All the best,
    Tami in WA

  38. Debbykay

    Beautiful memories you are creating…these moments in time will fly by all too fast! It is so great you are taking some time to enjoy while unpacking and getting organized. Your photos of your new home are lovely.

    Happy homemaking!
    Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

  39. Cherry Tree Lane

    I like the idea of adding things for special moments. It’s like setting up your house for success!! Loved this post!

    Cherry Tree Lanes inspiring blog post..Proverbs 31 woman.

  40. lylah ledner

    OOOHHHh….so lovely. I’m drawn to the comfort and sanctuary you’re creating. Thanks for the few snap shots. you’re the best!

    lylah ledners inspiring blog post..Uprooting

  41. Shannon

    Hi Melissa,

    Everything is looking wonderful!

    Your pictures are always so crisp and perfect – what kind of camera do you use?


    Shannon @ Silver Trappingss inspiring blog post..

  42. Amy

    Great to see photos of your home and town. Beautiful!

  43. Amber Filkins

    Everything is coming together so beautifully! I am so happy for you, I bet you are breathing a great big sigh. I know thinking about myself, it would be killing me to not be able to get my pretty new house decorated!

    Love it!

    Amber Filkinss inspiring blog post..Fire it up

  44. The Pleasures of Homemaking

    I miss Seattle! What fun to get to arrange everything from scratch! Love the white platers – it’s all coming together beautifully!


    The Pleasures of Homemakings inspiring blog post..Easter Decorating

  45. Pam D.

    Just wanted to tell you… you inspired me so much with the first photo on here (the round mirror, white plates) that last night when I went home I redesigned the display on my buffet table — using a few beautiful pure white pieces and a black iron plate holder I have collected but not known what to do with. I couldn’t stop admiring it all night — finally the look I was going for! I wanted to move my round mirror there like you have it, but I have a beautiful print above the table already and love that look too. Already had the silver candlesticks there too and a quaint early american lamp (one of those with the metal shade, tall brass finial that comes down through the shade to form the candle holder type base). So the addition of one beautiful white plate I have (scallopped with
    lots of cut-out design like lace) atop a black iron plate holder and a little white
    pedestal piece someone gave me were just perfect! I needed one more piece and remembered a set of white candleholders I usually only use at Christmas — looks like a flat white bow with a sweet angel face in the center of the bow. So I pulled out one, added a candle and ouila! Warm ambience like your photo! My walls are a colonial blue, white trim everywhere, so the white is spectacular. Funny too because I was just rearranging a shelf with the only other white pieces I have this past weekend (a few decorative creamers), inspired by your photos here and some I’ve seen in magazines lately. Anyway, thanks for the lovely inspiration! And so fun to be able to put it together with pieces I’ve already had and not put to good use before! :)

  46. Catherine

    Hi Melissa,
    I didn’t want you to think I dropped off the face of the earth. I still read your blog, but have been swamped. I haven’t been able to comment in quite some time, but want to wish you and your family a wonderful “inspiring” life in your new home with your new community of friends. You home looks lovely and I love looking at all your decorating ideas!
    Hugs and God Bless,

    Catherines inspiring blog post..Cup of Carrot Cake Cupcake Painting


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