If you look right beyond the hanging plant, you will see thin branches reaching skyward from a very tall oak tree. See them? Well, that 150+ year old tree has been the number one entertainment this week for most of our city block! The tree is dead to dying and they are taking it down. Sam has watered it more than a few times – but alas, it is going to the chipper. In fact, as I type, I hear the chain saws buzzing. Our view will still be pretty from our third floor balcony of this circa 1893 home – the Crepe Myrtles are stunningly beautiful and in full blazing bloom. The birds flit in and out of the blossoms all day long – whatever the Crepe Myrtle houses in its branches is something delectable to a myriad of birds! Bloom on! And, just TODAY, our first feathered visitor to the feeder – a Purple House Finch! I do hope he brings his friends.
Our journey ‘from farm to flat’ has been one of great adventure and enjoyment. Me, being a true nester, missed putzing in a home – the farm had lost its draw for me. I hadn’t done any new decorating in years. No walls got painted, no new knick-knacks…nothing. And, I missed it – A LOT. Now, I’m happy as a lark and fixing and re-fixing at every turn.
This week I want to tell you about, and show you around, our third-floor loft. This unusual room has angled walls and weird corners and a 6″ x 6″ column in the middle of it. You see, when they turned this old mansion into a 6 unit apartment building this particular unit didn’t have a second bedroom so they built a 15-step stairway and busted open the attic and finished off the space. I knew it would be one of three things: a nightmare, a challenge, or a great multi-functional room. We opted for the third choice!
I am in my 12th year of working from home – I am a customer service manager for a small manufacturing company. Home office is all-important to me. And, I’m a writer!
We have two grandkids, Hannah and Simon, who happen to love their old fuddy-duddy grandparents and actually enjoy spending time with us. A sleeping area is El Primo Necessario!
My hubs, a true artisan of many things, needs a place to create. He no longer has a woodshop – and he isn’t really sad about that as he finished his one main project, a gorgeous gun cart for lugging all his black powder arms to the firing line at Fort Shenandoah as a competitive shooter in the N-SSA. Today, his interest looms toward all things rock. As in gems! He is seen here wrapping precious gems into beautiful pieces of neck jewelry!
Everyone needs a wall of HOPE, right? An unintentional collection! And, of course, Noah’s Ark had to come along with us – after all, there might be great grand’s to entertain one day!
This wall is mine! Some favorite pieces, my books, an antique 2-hole punch, Psalm 91 in the tri-frame, and a great big reminder to PRAY! The artwork in the middle is a beautiful print from the Blue & White Art Gallery in Jerusalem, “WOMAN OF VALOR,” from Proverbs 31.
This book shelf and world map divide my work corner from hubs’ work space. I must buy little pegs to show all the places we’ve been! And, all the places we want to go!
This is Simon’s side/corner. It is to the right of the balcony door. Hubs made rough-cut platform beds. I bought mattresses in a box from Amazon – and, man, are they comfy! Naptime, anyone?
Hannah’s corner of the loft is a bit girly with pretty pillows and her wall of fame is quite interesting as she experiences more of life, travel, and achievement!
And, what would a photo review be without a picture of our beloved Sam? I’m working on cord management (under my desk) – have a few ideas to hide the mess! The entire flat has original Heart Pine wood floors, but the loft is carpeted and it’s kind of nice for a change.
As you can see, we aren’t fancy people – we mix things up and match here and there – but we are surrounded by things we love and that usually results in an eclectic style of US!
Hope you’ve enjoyed our journey from farm to flat via these photos. There might be a Part 3!