My friend and photographer, Lauren Curry, came over for a few hours in mid March to take pictures of our home. It was wonderful to spend time with her and catch up! I met Lauren when Jesse still lived in Clemson and went to church there while he and I were dating. Jesse was in the same small group with Lauren and her husband. It’s always sweet to catch up with Lauren after walking through past seasons of life together. I am especially grateful for the moments Lauren captured of me and Benji together.
Today, I am sharing with you the rooms in the house we have finished and that I share photos of often on Instagram. I still have several before and after posts to share of the kitchen and bedroom (which I plan to share soon). But, in the meantime, here is a tour of the house as it is now!
Even though Lauren took these pictures within the last month, I have already moved things here and there. I can’t help but make little tweaks as I walk around the house. Sometimes those tweaks are more intentional than others! I clumsily dropped one of the plates hung above the mantel while dusting one day so they are no longer hanging. Consider this their moment in the sun!
At Christmas, I used boxwood garland on the mantel. Then in the new year, I hung the garland above the doorway between the living room and dining room. For Spring, I took the garland apart and made this boxwood wreath. And I absolutely love its shape! I never would have considered myself a wreath person a few years ago, but now I really love them.
Benji and I read a little while Lauren took pictures. His reading at this point consists of pulling all the books he can reach off their shelf. Which is why only his books are within reach! And even then, we sometimes have a few casualties. Oftentimes though, he is right there under my feet whatever I do throughout the day.
I recently learned of the artist who creates these beautiful prints. She has a good variety of traditional hymn lyrics, some well-known and others that stop you in your tracks with their beauty. But, we bought this print at a conference we went to in February. Jesse and I love the design and coloring!
These are the lyrics of the doxology which has special meaning for us. We attended a wedding in 2013 where after the man and woman said their vows, everyone sang the doxology together. It was beautiful and mysterious, sacred. We both decided we wanted to incorporate that into our wedding ceremony as well when the time came. So, after we spoke our vows, we sang the doxology altogether.
I’ve shared a few pictures on Instagram from our kitchen, but I haven’t shared all the details of that makeover. You guys, it was quite the job! And I plan to share all the details very soon.
Benji and I have the same conversation at least once a day about the dirt in the houseplants isn’t to be played with. It’s hard when you’re a baby and you think dirt is dirt is dirt. He’s slowly learning (I think) to not pull dirt out of the pots or rip off the leaves. Slow progress is still progress, right?
Similar to the kitchen, I haven’t shared much here from our bedroom, but I will soon. Until then, settle into the coziness that is charcoal colored walls!
And what can I say, I can never have too many reminders of all that the gift of marriage is to me.
I didn’t expect to do a gallery wall in this house, but once we started settling in, the entry area needed some attention-grabbing-non-brown-large-scale loving. We bought the big ship painting at the flea market. A bunch of the others are from a local picker’s market. My hope is to continue adding to it as we collect original art.
That’s all for today! Thanks for visiting!