September 26, 2023


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A Sense of Place: Designing Our Perpetually Household Residence by the Sea

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A Sense of Place: Designing Our Forever Family Home by the Sea

a way of place: designing our ceaselessly household dwelling by the ocean

Monday could have been one of the crucial anticipated days of our renovation progress up to now. There have been many thrilling days, after all, however yesterday we lastly received to see the lighting put in over our island and eating desk, and…the massive second we’ve all been ready for…Beatrix (our blue vary named after Beatrix Potter) was introduced into the kitchen! EEEKK!! We’re THRILLED!

There are nonetheless a number of minor changes to get Beatrix settled in to put after which I’ll share how beautiful she seems in her new dwelling.

Our kitchen continues to be in progress (and some issues are nonetheless altering) however I’ll additionally share a number of images of the brand new lighting in as we speak’s submit. I so recognize everybody’s pleasure to see Beatrix and your enthusiasm for our kitchen in every section alongside the best way. Meaning rather a lot to me.

This kitchen could be very particular to us in methods most individuals won’t ever see simply by a photograph. So as we speak I needed to share a private story about what has influenced the design of our kitchen and the way our historical past impacts our sense of dwelling.

A Sense of Place: Designing Our Forever Family Home by the Sea

Lots of you recognize via the years of following our dwelling adventures that we’ve cared deeply for every of our houses. A lot in order that a lot of YOU bonded with our houses as effectively and even expressed your unhappiness once we’ve needed to depart them behind! That’s the energy of dwelling.

Leaving houses we love is all the time onerous as a result of every area we contact turns into part of who we’re and holds reminiscences of these seasons in our lives.

My mother and father additionally needed to depart houses all of us liked behind, together with houses I grew up in and that our kids grew up with, together with our beloved household seaside home (which you’ll be able to see a two half tour of right here). 

Whereas none of these houses fulfilled my dream of getting a “ceaselessly dwelling” each is a chapter in our household’s story and performed a major position in our lives. For that reward, we’re grateful.

A Sense of Place: Designing Our Forever Family Home by the Sea

We’ve got so many tales that came about in numerous settings we liked deeply, together with houses and locations we hung out in through the years (such because the San Juan Islands and coastal areas the place we stay now!). Due to these locations, we even have vivid photos in our minds and hearts of rooms and settings the place significant moments and lots of seasons of life came about.

Every of those locations in our historical past shapes our sense of dwelling and what which means to our household going ahead.

Because of this we felt so deeply concerning the timeless design components in our renovated kitchen.

We knew our design decisions on this dwelling would depart an indelible mark on our household, simply as so many others have. We needed this to really feel like a household dwelling — heat, welcoming and acquainted, as if it has all the time been part of our story.

The kitchen would be the coronary heart of our dwelling, a sacred place the place previous meets current and a brand new technology of household tales will be written. Because of this I selected traditional finishes equivalent to marble and soapstone and beadboard –they’ve stood the take a look at of time. We additionally added show areas so we are able to proceed to create and expertise the straightforward joys of adorning for every season.

A Sense of Place: Designing Our Forever Family Home by the Sea

Quite than really feel restricted by a smaller footprint, we selected to be intentional with each sq. inch. Some folks may contemplate their dream dwelling or a ceaselessly household dwelling to be massive or on a large property. Dream houses are available all sizes and styles! We really determined way back that our future dream can be to stay in a small charming dwelling (which we name huggable houses!) and bonus if it was by the ocean!

I’ve many fond reminiscences that embrace the scent of salt air, sandy walks on the seaside, boats in a marina, hopping on ferries, crusing from island to island, so it’s no marvel I really feel at dwelling right here on this island.

Our new dwelling has a way of place.

That is what attracts us dwelling –a way of historical past and tales and a deep and significant connection to our environment.

I’m excited to point out you the way our new areas will evolve as we lastly get to meet our dream of a ceaselessly household dwelling by the ocean.

Thanks once more for being part of our dwelling journey with us. 

Do you’ve got houses you’ve liked or locations which have change into part of your loved ones’s story? I’d love to listen to about them within the feedback!

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