OUR BIG MOVE

In July we moved from Germany to Little Rock, Arkansas. It was a BIG move and included 81 days of sleeping on blow-up mattresses while our belongings made the long trip across the ocean.

To add a little extra excitement we bought a mid-century modern house that had not been updated since the 1963 when it was built. It is a beautiful house lovingly designed by an architect for his family and situated in a wooded forest. Above is a photo of the house from 1965.

Updates were needed in every room of the house and the kitchen was first on our list. We removed a wall that contained pocket doors and two walls on the far side of the dining room (dotted lines in the photo below) to open up the space, ripped out all the existing cabinets and appliances and basically started over. While all this construction went on we ate for two months with a hot plate for cooking on a folding table and I washed dishes in the bathtub. Groan!

Then came the fun part for someone like me, picking out cabinets, countertops, light fixtures, and appliances. It was really important to me to keep the new design in line with the era of the house but with a modern twist. While living in Germany I became very interested in Scandinavian Design and Minimalism. I wanted clean lines, lots of white and natural elements of wood and metal.

The final is a small and efficient modern kitchen. The kitchen feels bright and clean and dishes used daily are in easy reach with the open shelves. I am really happy with the results!

I had so much fun with the design of the kitchen I would love to do it again. Perhaps we will live somewhere else until the dust settles next time.

CHRISTMAS CARD

This is our last holiday season in Germany so we dressed in our traditional lederhosen and drindl for our Christmas card picture. The photo turned out so great I decided to have a print made for our wall as well. It will serve as a daily reminder of our German adventures.

Living in Germany has been an amazing experience, and with new experiences comes an opportunity for growth. Not only did our whole family grow as we acclimated to life in another culture in that transition we all learned how to better deal with change.

For me change isn't easy. My husband has an amazing ability to bend and roll with the punches, while I end up a hot mess of tears and anger.  Luckily I have the perspective to consider all of the change positive soul building in the end.

As Christmas approaches and 2015 comes to a close I am using that perspective to think about my personal and professional goals for next year. Personally, I set the bar no higher than to survive move number ten, but professionally I have some big expectations.

In the new year, I will still be here, posting, although not with the same frequency, and my focus is going to shift. I feel like my brain is always juggling ideas and at times I feel panicked to move on to the next idea. I thought this blog would be the perfect place to contain and express all of that craziness. However, the focus I have placed on creating a weekly project for my readers is taking time away from my own creations in a way I didn't expect.

I hope to see you here and on Instagram where I will take a more visual approach to cataloging my artistic pursuits.

I wish all of you a blessed holiday season and a new year full of peace.