The frustration with living in a new house is that it takes so long for it to feel like home! Especially if there are renovations planned. We are finishing the basement this year --- sometime before winter. So that means that all the other areas of the house are not quite what they are going to be. One of the biggest challenges I have had is with the front room. I'm sure it is meant to be a living room or dining room, but we have been using it for an office. The problem with that is that the first thing you see when you walk in the front door is the office mess. I love having the desk right by the front window, where I can look out into the beautiful sunshine while I'm writing. It definitely beats the "hole in the wall" office we had in our previous home. But it is really not the aesthetic I want as a first impression for visitors to our home.
It took Chris a while to convince me, but we really do need a cozy living area. An area with no tvs or computers. Just cozy furniture, for reading or visiting. The challenge there is that it means we will have to buy furniture. I guess that isn't all bad, either! But where to put the computer?
We could go back to the "hole in the wall" and put an office downstairs, but I really hate that idea. I spend a lot of time in this particular spot, and I don't want it to be where I can't hear what is going on in the rest of the house. The kids computer was in the upstairs hall, in the nook by the front window. Really prime real estate for a computer that is hardly used except for the occasional video game. So I finally made the decision. The kids computer moves into the guest room. The family computer moves up to the "nook" upstairs.
Today I got inspired, before the kids even left for school, to get the kids computer moved into the guest room. But I declared that the family computer would not be moving this week. Instead, I am taking one week to set up a table in front of the window and do some scrapbooking. I haven't touched my scrapbooking supplies since I arrived in London, and this is the perfect time. There are some pages I want to get done right away, and what a beautiful place to work! Chris helped me set up a table and warned me not to fall in love with it. I just might!
But then again, I'll have my lovely front room available now. Maybe a scrapbooking room?