Welcome to our new (rental) house! All the pleasures of house-owning, but with a landlord who contractually has to fix things for us. We are loving our new place!
Since Kirstin said “Pictures of it didn’t happen!”, here are some pictures! Please note that there are unpacked boxes in every room, even 3 weeks after we moved in… and honestly, they’ll be there for a while!
It’s looking much nicer out now that things are growing! This house picture is from March…
We’ve got a lovely front porch and teeny wee backyard, both of which I’ve already used for blog photos! And every night I love locking these 100-year-old lock… which is old for Canada, but clearly not for Europeans!
The best room, and the worst! The kitchen is an amazingly intact 1950’s kitchen full of “modern” conveniences… the bathroom will be great, but it’s stuck in a bit of renovation limbo and we’re waiting for the landlord to finish up soon!
At the front of the main floor is the dining room. We got this table from Jamie’s parents, and filled one whole wall with IKEA shelves bought cheap second hand. In the corner there’s my 1912 sewing machine, currently holding the printer so I can print new patterns!
As always, my decorating “style” is all about textiles… felt garlands hanging from the curtain rod, handmade quilts, pillows and and blankets, and soon I’ll be hanging some of my kimono/yukata fabrics on the wall too!
Sometimes I like to just sit and count the number of things that used to grace our much-loved apartment in Japan. I’m happy they have a place in our home once more! There’s a great Japanese word, “natsukashii”, which means something like “sweetly nostalgic”. There is so much here that is natsukashii, like the Spool birds handing by the window, the collage Jamie made me when I turned 30, and Betz White felt applique pillow I made just after we moved back to Canada. In fact, the only big new thing we’ve bought is the living room carpet – but doesn’t it look like ME? It’s just with Indian cotton hooked in as the design. Love it!
The upstairs is coming together, slowly, but it’s not even sort of ready for pictures yet… so I’ll keep you posted on that through the summer!