Call it a resolution, call it a goal, call it a lifestyle priority. But I will consider 2011 a great year if I’ve had friends or family over for a home-cooked meal at least once a week. I’ve done pretty well so far – three separate dinner guests so far in the first three weeks of the year.
One was a special friend who came all the way from San Diego… to see the new house… to frolic in the snow… to reminisce and hang out and explore Minneapolis with me for the long MLK weekend. We ate out almost every meal because there are so many places I wanted her to try. But we made a point to cook at least once.
Pasta, of course.
A typical weeknight has me eating dinner on the road or standing in the kitchen, so whenever I have guests I can’t help but break out the real linens:
Pictures like this make me irrationally happy.
And I want more of them. So if you haven’t been over for dinner yet, call me. We’ll get it on the calendar. I can’t reach my goal without you – see how sneaky that was? 🙂
It didn’t occur to me until I’d already bought the house that there are no drawers in the bathroom. Not. a. one. It’s logical: no countertop vanity = no drawers. And it took about two seconds for me to realize that this was an awesome thing. No drawers = less to clean (and we all know that dust just loves to collect in the hard-to-reach corners of bathroom drawers). It also helps me keep my toiletries down to a bare minimum, considering that most of them are on open shelves or contained within the small mirrored medicine cabinet above the sink.
So, for any of you considering a bathroom remodel, I can highly recommend doing so with no drawers. Baskets and well-designed shelves will do the trick for most things… and for eyeshadow and jewelry, just grab a few pretty glass bowls from a thrift or antique store. If you’re like me, they’ll make you smile every morning.
Granted, none of this would be possible without the linen closet across the hall – crucial for storing extra boxes of kleenex, bottles of shampoo and guest towels.
If not for that, the no-drawers and no-cabinets situation might be a little harder to manage. But otherwise, it’s going great so far.
2010 saw a lot of major projects here at the farmhouse…
a new floor in the master bedroom
painted walls and floor in the basement
vegetables in the garden
…and countless weekends of smaller projects, unpacking, organizing and hosting visitors. A wonderful year.
In the spirit of taking stock and looking forward, here are a few projects I plan to tackle in the new year. Now that they’re public, you can hold me to them 🙂
- paint walls and add furniture in the third bedroom (former nursery)
- headboard and bedside tables for the yellow bedroom
- finish the front living room (new couches, shelves, tables and rug)
- more framed photo arrangements
- a bigger garden
Bring it on, 2011.