Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Twelve Years Ago

I published my first blog post


the content was based


what I knew and loved best:

My home.

In the last 12 years

I opened my garden gate and explored 

various paths other than home décor

that led me to 


Many of my readers inspired me, encouraged me

and they changed my life.

I took a year off from my teaching job

to open an Etsy shoppe.

I took writing classes that ignited a love for


I have been gifted fine photography equipment

to launch off my idea to compose

a written and visual collection of memoirs


my dreams continue to expand

I've shared my photos on


for the past five years.

But on this first day of a new decade

I return home


just a moment

to not only share a photo gallery of progress


to celebrate the child-like happiness

my husband and I share

as we build our life together. 

Kitchen 1997

Same kitchen corner transformed in 2000

Kitchen hood redone beams installed 2019

Timbering installed 2019

Hallway/kitchen pantry 1997

Hallway/kitchen pantry with timbering 2019

Front room 1997

Opening the wall off of living room 2000

Creation of my studio space off of living room circa 2003

Studio space December 2019

Living room 2019

Studio space fall 2019

As I look at the things


were able to achieve

I am in constant awe

to think that one day

It will be revealed just how much

my soul 

has been salvaged and transformed.

Happy 2020



William Kendall said...

Happy New Year!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Happy New Year!

Wow! The transformation of your space, the atmosphere has a spirit lift that's bright and soothing.

^.^ said...

For 2020, I am wishing you Health and Happiness in your beautiful home, friend Anita :) Love, cat.

Beth at PlantPostings said...

Yes, this is inspiring! All the best to you and yours in the year ahead!

Red Rose Alley said...

You have made so much progress in your home, Anita. Every detail was thought out, and hard work surely made it all come together in the way you dreamed and planned. And I think a lot of love went into your home as well. I was looking at all your treasures in your living room, and it made me smile, as I love the dark traditional furniture, and you had some nice pieces back then, but I also love what you have done with the lighter tones and the earthly décor. Your copper pots and pans are so charming, love those. Everything looks so nice in your home, Anita. You and Ruben have done an amazing job turning your house into a home.

I hope this year brings you so much goodness. You spread love and joy to the lives of others, and my wish is that you get that in return. Happy New Year to a special and GRAND lady.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Anita! Thank you and Happy New Year!

Junkchiccottage said...

Anita I smiled all the way through this post. What a beautiful transformation of these rooms. You have captured a beautiful French decor in your home. After all our homes are our sanctuary and it should reflect our style. Your home is gorgeous. Bravo to all the changes. Happy New Year. xoxo

Barbara said...

It’s been such a pleasure to share some of this journey with you, thank you for taking me along — happy New Year to you and yours. Barbara x

It's me said...

Anita !!!.....happy new year my dear friend far away...love you every day more and more and more....happy new year 💕💕💕love Ria xxx

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning Dear One,
Such a joyful, enlightening, loving journey this is with you! Each day you give new hope and encouragement to those of us who love you so. Your lovely home is indeed a reflection of the transformation that we also experience as human souls.
May the light continue to guide us both and I look forward to more of your soulful beauty and dearest friendship all throughout the years.
Blessing my dear, for a Beautiful and Healthy 2020.

Cindy White said...

Happy New Year Anita - I wish you the very best in this new and exciting decade!

Susan said...

Blessings to you in the New Year! Thank you for sharing the transformation of your home~

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

It's absolutely magical my friend. I love it so very much. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!

Karen said...

Happy New Year. Thank you for taking us along on your lovely, artistic journey.

Christianne said...

Your words "salvaged soul" and your transformation pictures all remind me of a life that broke out of the trap of living with and making the best of something that wasn't the real you. It's a sad thing that so many of us never push past that state because we're so caught up fighting momentary battles that don't really matter past the day. One of your greatest gifts is having a spouse that loves you enough to join you in your visions and support them. Happy New Year. I look forward to dreaming along-side you.

Jeanie said...

Wow! Talk about a kitchen remodel -- that's fabulous. And I adore your studio. It is so you and what a wonderful venue for your photography. I am so very grateful when you pop up here! Happy New Year, my friend!

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Anita,

Such a wonderful transformation and each room so thoughtfully worked out.
Love your home and you must be so happy living there.
Best wishes for 2020, with good health and happiness.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

12 YEARS!!!!! Wow, where did the time go my dear friend. I love all of the changes in your home and how much you have grown creatively. Looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

Cindy said...

Dear Anita,

What beautiful changes you've made to your home. I always look forward to seeing your photographs and posts. You have such an eye for beauty.

Happy New Year!

La Petite Gallery said...

Well Anita, I am still alive and Kickin. Happy 2020 Going to see my Daughter Renee next month, Hate to leave Mr. Bennie (dog) in vets. Only 8 days, I love this little shih tzu so much.
Again, wishing you a fabulous 2020. Much Love and Happiness Yvonne

HWIT BLOGG said...

LOVELY post and best wishes for a great 2020!!
Love from Titti

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