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Mid Make: Our Home

After the frustrating depression I had over my reality at the end of last week, I feel so lucky to have had a visit from my mom to jolt me out of my funk. First, it was heavenly to just get away from it all. I did leave the computer at home! The eastern shore was beautiful and the kids had a fabulous time–boats, chicks, an awesome cousin, a hot tub, sand, shells, a bonfire and skipping rocks. We couldn’t have asked for more.
But, the party was over when we got back after Easter. As only a mother can, she said, “Anne, enough is enough, it’s time to unpack!” See, I typically freeze because I am a can’t-move-until-I-can-make-everything-perfect sort of person. My Mom’s more of a get-it-as-good-as-you-can-with-what-you-have sort of person. She got me rolling on fixing up a lot of the spaces in our house before she left Monday afternoon. It is true that you can think better without a bunch of stuff mucking up your space. I took the entire day yesterday to keep progressing, much to the chagrin of other deadlines. But, I think it was worth it.
Here is the before of my second floor hall:
Here is the after. I didn’t buy anything new. I didn’t get it perfect. Turns out the unpacked boxes had some things I could use to decorate in them. This wouldn’t be what I would buy today to fix it all up, but it sure looks better than the before.
This is the other pile that has been there for months, ack! I’m not kidding, that pile of boxes and baskets has been there for months.
This is facing the other way, but you get the idea. The pile is gone!
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I also finally hung things all through the house. Can you my mom saying, “Anne, just get a hammer and some hooks!” Okay, okay! the front hall was especially thankful. Here is the only before I have of it:

Here is the after:

Emptying all the book boxes and art boxes finally allowed me to get this room into shape, as well. Before:

Just to give you a little more flavor of the house. Below is the room right to your left as you enter the house. It’s waiting for me to pick out some perfect furniture (or, in truth, get some handed down to me) before I furnish it.

Whew! Okay, now I’ve got to get back to work. More progress to be made. I’ll be sure to keep you up to date!

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