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Thursday, February 24, 2005

Excuse Me While I Neatly Fold my Guest Towels

Last weekend we took three - count 'em three - old house tours and gave two impromptu tours of our house. I was pleasantly surprised as I looked around at my own house and wasn't too embarassed by it. No underwear lying about. No dishes in the sink (for once). No pairs of shoes under the living room coffee table.

The Christmas tree still up in February is not something I'm particularly proud of, but at least I had taken the ornaments and lights off.

Having a house in the process of being renovated gives me a little leeway. Paint cans stacked in the hall, sandpaper on the counter, patches of experimental paint on the walls, peeling paint on every inch of woodwork, slanty floor, leaky gutter - none of that embarasses me because it is part of an ongoing project.

So take that, Mom! I refuse to be ashamed that my house doesn't yet look like Martha Stewart's, that it probably doesn't even measure up to her prison cell. That's OK. I'd rather have my freedom - figuratively and literally.


Anonymous said...

Texas T-bone here ...

First-time guests are sometimes welcomed to our "work in progress." Most of them don't understand because they live in newly constructed McMansions that need little work (yet ... won't be long the way they were built). I am not ashamed at all. There's no such thing as perfection when you own a house. Toilets alone will get nasty in a second.

12:58 PM  
stilhoping12 said...

I stopped by to check out your blog after reading your comment on mine and your house is awesome! I would love to buy an old house and fix it up. That must be a lot of work but a lot of fun as well!

8:29 PM  
Michele said...

Oh, I say follow you heart and do the toile WP. You have enough cabinetry, furniture and huge windows with light to break up the pattern. It will be stunning, perfect with your colors, and will make you happy each time you enter the room. It's elegant yet cozy, and very in keeping with your house and kitchen. It will be the kind of room that any time some new person sees it, they will say- Ohh- wow,, this is gorgeuous!! ( a real girl envy space..) Enjoy!

7:06 AM  
mindy said...

When we gave our families their first tour of the interior of our house, I'm pretty sure they thought we were insane. They covered well, though, and tried to act excited for us.

Four months later, with the beauty starting to peek through, they really ARE seeing the potential now. So I'm less embarrassed to show it off these days. But it still kinda kills me when everything is covered in dust and dirt. I'm learning to live with it though!

Can't wait to see the toile in your kitchen, I think it'll look great.



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