Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Blueprints of a Home

Home sweet home. Apartment sweet apartment. Oh, how nice it is to have a place to call home.

I am truly blessed. Blessed to be living in an apartment/duplex with five amazing girls (three who are here this summer) that challenge and encourage me daily. We have been here one week and every day it feels more like home. Soon, we are all getting together to talk about our wants and desires for the house, how to be purposeful in building up and serving each other as well as keeping our home open to others and a nurturing environment.

Since moving in, I've been trying to process just what this move means. Living in a house of six is different than living in a house of two. BY FAR. Both are great things, simply different. It will take some getting used to.  I am excited for the adventure :)

Recently, one of my favorite bloggers Michaela of Michaela Noelle Designs posted a canvas project which included the following quote:

By wisdom a house is built, and through knowledge its rooms are filled with lovely, rare, and beautiful treasures, overflowing with peace and joy.

That is what I want our house to be. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord," says Joshua 24:15 and we want this to be true. We will serve the Lord, loving Him and following His ways, but our house will serve Him, too. Be it hosting Lifegroup, housing discipleship, or simply providing an avenue for deeper relationships between the roommates, we want it to be God-glorifying. We wouldn't be here if it weren't for Him. 

Those of us who are here for the summer have begun decorating the house. I must say I am quite pleased with what we've done so far! Two years ago, I bought some house plans/blueprints at an antique store for $1 per set. Today, Alyssa and I "wallpapered" the dining area with them.


To the left of the kitchen table (which was my parents' first table when they got married), we have a large blank wall above part of the pantry (our pantry consists of random sets of shelves since the house did not have one built in). To fill the wall we found items from my last apartment and combined them like so: an old shutter, an empty circular frame, a thrift store painting, an oval mirror, and a church window.


The living room is quite the hodge-podge of furniture, but we don't mind too much. My mom's antique buffet sits under the television, VHS/DVD combo (I still have my entire collection of classic Disney tapes; they are watched frequently), and two lamps rescued from Goodwill. There is a spare/random drawer bought at the Habitat for Humanity Restore that is currently holding Christmas lights, but will someday keep more movies. Quilts are piled to the side for a home-y touch, and Kristen's giant rug covers the tile. We have a matching black couch and chair, a red love seat, and an oversized armchair, too. Quite the cozy spot.


The following is just one of many maps found about the house and it, too, was a Goodwill find for around $3 (seeing a trend here?). The mirrors were bought at a different Goodwill (I really have no self control in those places...) over a year ago and I never hung them. Until now :) These sit beside our front door and welcome guests from all across the world. And the neighborhood.


My room is taking me the most time to unpack and get settled in to. The furniture is in place but several boxes still need to be emptied. My closet... yeah, let's not go there yet. This room will get a post of it's own soon, but for now here is a glimpse of it on move-in day. It's not so bare any more.


This year has so much potential. I can't wait to spend it in this beautiful new home.

1 comment:

  1. Oh my goodness, I love the blueprints wallpaper so much! I am pinning it to Pinterest! What a lovely little home.

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