Hello there, and welcome to my little corner of the internet! My name is Kim, and I’m so glad you’re here! I live in a small town in northern Idaho. I’m a wife, mother, weird dog person, lover of all things home, and decorating enthusiast.
After 13 years in our previous home and having sent the youngest of our three sons off to college, my husband and I sold our split level house, and signed a contract on a ranch style production home. Then we packed all of our worldly possessions into three storage units and moved into an apartment with our golden retriever and our middle son while our house was being built. Now, I don’t want to say that living in that apartment was 9 months of hell, because I do love my family, but let’s just say that it was cozy… VERY cozy!
Nearly every day while we lived in that apartment, we drove to the new neighborhood, just hoping for some sign of progress, but after MONTHS, they still hadn’t broken ground. Then one day, just when I was beginning to think I would never take another bubble bath or sleep in a king size bed again, the clouds parted above our lot (I think I heard angels singing), and construction began!
A few months later, we were finally handed the keys to our new house! We didn’t care that our gate wasn’t installed yet or that our grass wasn’t planted. We were just so dang happy to be moving in! This photo was taken a couple of days before move in day. (The builder did remove the garbage and wheelbarrow on the driveway.)
We dubbed our new build “Bluebird Gatehouse” because, well, it’s blue. And there’s a gate leading to the front door. But also because we are entertained every day by the variety of birds that live in our neighborhood and come to visit us in our yard, including Mountain Bluebirds, which happen to be Idaho’s state bird. (We also have a family of grouse, yellow canaries, hummingbirds, magpies, quail, and my favorite, a great horned owl.)
We are going to have fun making this new house of ours into a home that reflects who we are. Sometimes I get excited and think that I want to cross all of the projects off of our To Do List at once, but not only would that put a huge strain on our budget, that’s not really how I like to decorate anyway. I prefer that my house feel like it evolved over time. When I think about the homes I’ve been in, the ones that stand out as my favorites aren’t the ones with the most expensive or updated furnishings. As much as I love a beautifully decorated house, my favorite homes are the ones that are welcoming, comfortable, and tell stories about the people who live there. My husband’s aunt had a home like that. It was decorated with a mix of furniture from different decades of her life along with treasures she collected over the years. Everything in her home had a story and the memories attached to her collections were what made them treasures. Her home wasn’t full of precious antiques or furniture from Restoration Hardware. (Not that there’s anything wrong with those things! I love beautiful antiques, and RH has some great pieces!) But what made Aunt Earlene’s home so special was that it was authentic. It was the way she would throw her arms around you as you stepped through the front door, the way she used her best silver and crystal on you no matter what she was serving or how casual the occasion was, and the way she listened and always made you feel accepted and loved. My children remember visiting her home in Montana when she was in her late 70’s and staying up past midnight snacking and chatting with her long after Mr. Bluebird and I had gone to bed. (Where did she get her stamina?) Sadly, Aunt Earlene passed away a few years ago. We miss her terribly, but whenever I think of her, I always remember her welcoming home, her hospitality, and the love she showed us when we visited her. That’s the kind of home I want to have.
My hope is that this blog will be a source of encouragement and inspiration to make your own house into a home that you love, one that is welcoming, comfortable, and tells the unique stories of the people who live there.