It took about a month after being released from the hospital to feel like I had any energy to do much more than fold a pile of laundry. So just last Monday, I finished unpacking all of the boxes that we moved up from the city apartment. (I even got through the boxes of my mother-in-law’s treasures that I sent up from Knoxville in early June.)I tell you what, going through those boxes brought up an entire second round of grief. It’s amazing to me how it comes in waves. It is (without a doubt) a process that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone. Back to a far less heavy topic: I spent the remainder of my free time last week finding a home for those new to the country house things.
In a house that originally had one closet, late last Spring we made strides towards maximizing our storage space. Just before we left for Italy, they finished building four closets in our barn. One would become an office, another a floral design/art supply/spare china hutch, and the other two would be for off-season clothing. We switched out the garage door on the barn for a full fledged window and had them build a set of steps to the attic. Things are feeling a little more ‘buttoned-up’ for safe keeping of our belongings. I am so glad this is sorted out just in time for Winter!As you might recall, last Spring I also contracted a cabinet maker to put doors on the open shelves in the fireplace room that were making me crazy. I asked him to build a shaker armoire for the master bedroom as well. Turns out we both had a bad Summer – he too ended up in the hospital – and this has been the first that both our health and our datebooks matched up. Al has been at the house installing the doors and the armoire over the past week. I believe he will finish the job today – yay!Over the weekend, I stumbled into a resale shop where I found a twenty year old wool Tibetan runner that caught my eye. I brought it home on approval for our kitchen. I think it looks pretty good with the collection of glassware I have in the display cabinet, (You remember the one that I had outfitted with mirror, right?) and the artwork on the wall. Speaking of the walls, they are painted Benjamin Moore’s Wickham Grey which appears pale blue at certain times of the day – the rug is quite pleasing in there! I also like how it coordinates with the library room colors that kitchen is open to. It all seems to be flowing together. By gosh, I think we have found a winner!What do you think of those Pendants? Fabulous, or way over-done in the design blogosphere? Tweet me, chime in on my facebook page or comment on G+ and let me know what you think!