Archives for September 2015

Lately

Lately

In case you thought my house was perfectly set up already for a before and after photoshoot due to the magic powers of blogs, it isn’t. :) But I’ve been working on getting settled in so I’ll share a bit of the behind the scenes for you with my cell phone pics.

Someday I know these rooms will come together and I will make sense of what goes where. But for now we are living in the moment and getting to know what it’s like to just *be* here. A house doesn’t become a home when it’s perfect, but it becomes a sanctuary when you let yourself live in it. So that is exactly what we are doing!

I had to laugh because my little entertaining cabinet looked like this the other day.

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And now it looks like this. My 15 year old son set up his own little vignette in the corner of our living room. Ha! Style + function? (Guess I need to work on installing outlets for his computer near his own desk! Although the unintended benefit of this arrangement just might be more family togetherness so maybe its a perfect corner for a functional space)

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My daughter Courtney and I have hung just one thing up on a wall so far, the mirror above the console. I have no idea whether or not it (or anything else for that matter) will stay there long term, but at least setting a few things up makes us feel more like we are making progress in getting settled even if we decide to change it all down the road.

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We’ve been really enjoying the view and even took a little walk down on the beach by our house to get a close up look at the area. I think the view of the ever changing sky is going to spoil us forever.

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Jack and Lily love playing in their new yard and going on adventures in Seattle. We took them on a little trip to Alki Beach and they had so much fun.

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We take the ferry to church, you can’t beat the ferry for a beautiful commute.

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Back in the house, as we unpacked the kitchen stuff into our little 1950s kitchen, I set up my flea market rattan shelf in the adjoining dining room to serve as a temporary holding place to put the overflow. Sometimes my stuff just ends up where it wants to be and I end up loving it. Just seeing things you love again makes you feel more at home.

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And of course, it’s not a home until the coffee station is set up.

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Jack has been making himself right at home, he was nervous at first but now he’s really comfortable hanging out in the new house. But if you have any doubt of that, this should clear that up…

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I’ll be sharing many more updates on the house and our plans and inspiration for each room as they evolve! For now, we are just really enjoying “getting acquainted” with this old house.

Some of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen a few of these photos. Click here to follow along if you haven’t yet! :)

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Leather loveseat, blue tufted ottoman, trellis patterned arm chaircoffee maker (ours is an older model), mug drying rack, wood chevron cabinet, wood mirror, glass cabinet (taupe)

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The Heartbeat of the Home {The Value of Being Present}

The Heartbeat of the Home {The Value of Being Present}

I was recently invited to Germany to attend IFA (the leading trade show for consumer electronics and appliances) as a brand ambassador of Samsung Home Appliances. While of course I practically leaped out of my chair at the thought of escaping the moving boxes for an adventure in Germany (I was last there so many years ago, I would love to go back!), I didn’t go. AHHH!

I really am thrilled to have a creative outlet that has been built around my passion for the home and am so grateful that time spent on it makes sense to our family. I’m grateful that what I do not only helps other people but it provides for our needs so we can turn around and invest what we have in what matters most to us, like our family and church. My life is so happy in part because of I LOVE what I get to do everyday!

But the jobs we do to provide for our family or the everyday housekeeping tasks we do around the house aren’t the legacy we leave for our family, it’s our presence and the love and heart we invest in our people that count in the end.

This event would have taken me away from home the first day and week of school for my son. He was starting a brand new school where he knew NO ONE and I bet you mamas will understand this, my heart was already in a million little pieces. 

The Heartbeat of the Home {The Value of Being Present}

So even though my son is 15 (!) and doesn’t need me to pack his lunches or pick out his clothes and doesn’t even want me walk him into class anymore or take his first day of school picture at his desk (waaahhh! all the tears!), I’m still his mama and being near him on the first day of a new school meant a lot to me. Because I’m a still mom, even when the kids are old enough to fend for themselves.

Being present sometimes means sacrifices, like saying no, or not yet, to even great opportunities elsewhere. But the truth is, there was no place I’d rather have been than right here in my house. I do feel fortunate to be a mom who has been able to stay home with my kids, but it isn’t always easy to make the right choices! Moms do what they have to do along the way to provide and be there for their kids.

The Heartbeat of the Home {The Value of Being Present}

(With that said, I have to thank Samsung for graciously inviting me to go and then allowing me to miss the amazing Germany trip that was slated to be a part of our partnership! I am so grateful they understand the need to prioritize time for family.)

I’ve been writing about the home for over eight years because I’m passionate about our family and how our home impacts our life. While I missed out on the trip to Germany, I was really intrigued by the new innovation Samsung introduced at the event. If there’s one thing that frustrates me in a home it is an appliance that doesn’t work for efficiently when you need it to. These days, we all definitely rely on appliances and features of our home to do their work so we can focus on what matters most to us.

The Heartbeat of the Home {The Value of Being Present}

Which brings me to a flustering appliance situation that just happened this week at our house. When we moved to Seattle, we made the decision to sell our hardworking-never-failing six year old Samsung washer and dryer to save the hassle of moving them. Plus our new house has a gas hook up, our old one was electric, and there happened to already be a washer and dryer left in the house.

It seemed like a good idea to sell the old ones and just use what was here, that is, it was a good idea until our dryer in this house STOPPED WORKING! We’ve only been here a couple of weeks!

Now we have invested many hours in researching a repair person to see if it is even possible to fix it and then if it isn’t possible, we’ll be trying to find or order a new one. This setback wasn’t in our plan for this week.

Meanwhile, every day, more laundry piles up all over the laundry room floor while towels are draped on every surface, hoping they will dry. I guess I’m just glad we have a big laundry room for all that dirty laundry! HA! Nobody’s got time for appliances that don’t do their job. I had forgotten how frustrating and time consuming inefficient appliances can be.

Samsung’s goal is to create appliances that will enhance your life, because of how effortlessly their appliances do their work behind the scenes. Amen to that.

When appliances aren’t doing the job we expect for them to do, mamas can’t do their jobs. When our home is not efficiently set up for our needs, WE don’t feel efficient or present in what counts.

We are the heartbeat of the home, so of course the function of our home affects how we function.

The Heartbeat of the Home {The Value of Being Present}

At the IFA event in Germany, Samsung talked about how bringing the Internet of Things to life will revolutionize our home. I know I’m really interested in this innovation: the Samsung SmartThings hub allows you to easily monitor, control and secure your home from anywhere right on your phone. Now we really can have eyes on the back of our head, right?

The Heartbeat of the Home {The Value of Being Present}

These innovations give me peace of mind as a mom, knowing our family is safe because I can effortlessly keep a watchful eye on the home and our family, from no matter where I am!

The Heartbeat of the Home {The Value of Being Present}

Samsung also unveiled a really cool wash system that I would have loved to have checked out in person, their WW8500 AddWash. It has an extra door that makes it easy to add in laundry even mid-cycle, without splashing water all over the place. I love that, I’m always trying to sneak one more thing in!

The Heartbeat of the Home {The Value of Being Present}

Samsung introduced another pretty neat device called SLEEPsense. It is a thin, circular device that slides under your mattress. The contactless sensor that will track your heart and respiratory rates, as well as how much movement you make while you sleep. In the morning you can check your sleep score on the Samsung app. It will even suggest ways of improving your score!

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No one wants to be a sleep deprived mama dealing with a broken dryer, am I right? It’s the little things that keep mamas and their homes happy, healthy and safe!

I am thrilled to be a brand ambassador for Samsung Home Appliances and this post was created as a part of my partnership, but my experiences and opinions are my own.

What are some things you’ve had to change about the functionality of your life and home, or simply say ‘no’ to, in order be more present in what really matters?

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