This month officially marks two and a half years as nomads. It’s true, ever since we left South Korea, Chris and I have quite literally been living out of our suitcases. When we’re not on the road, we tend to spend time with our families. We split our time near Seattle (where my parent’s live) and in between Spokane and the Tri-Cities (where Chris’ parents reside). And while I absolutely love the traveling lifestyle that we lead, I’d be lying to myself and to you if I didn’t reveal the urging that I’ve experienced as of late.
Truth be told, I’m just ready to have my own space. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a newlywed or if it’s just a time in my life, but I want nothing more than to have a place of our own that we can come home to after time on the road. I also want to decorate. I’m in a nesting mode and quite frankly, it’s freaking me out. I want to paint and buy chairs. I’m eying a dresser in my old bedroom at my parent’s house that I so desperately want to refurbish. Who am I?
Luckily for me, my parent’s have been more than accommodating. They’ve graciously allocated two rooms in their house as living space for Chris and myself. I immediately started rearranging furniture, bringing our belongings out of storage, and picking up paint swatches. I’ve been tracking the progress and have a few of the changes listed below.
I’ve played around with our bedroom. The yellow walls were painted as soon as I moved out and started college. I wanted to go a little more neutral and ended up painting the room a light gray on a whim. We hung one of our favorite wedding presents from one of our favorite travel bloggers and added a few picture frames that will eventually hold some of our wedding photos.
Before my painting frenzy, it was a coffee table that sat across from the bed. It held pictures from our travels and a trunk that’s filled with magazines and books we’ve collected from all over the world. I find fashion and interior design magazines to be fascinating and collect at least one from every new country that we visit. The coffee table has now been replaced with the dresser that I want to refurbish along with a mirror that we painted black. I’ll have pictures of those in the next post.
I desperately wanted Chris to feel like he had his own space in the house. With all of the video editing that he does I knew an office would be ideal. For his birthday I bought him this desk from World Market. He had been eying it for a while. We put it together ourselves (pray it doesn’t collapse) and then he promptly stacked it with all of his favorite things.
We also received this amazing record player for our wedding. We’ve been rocking old school Michael Jackson and The Temptations ever since we took it out of the box. Some things just sound better on vinyl.
One of my favorite accents in the room is the beautiful jute rug that we got from Novica.com. This rug, like all of Novica’s products, was handcrafted by a local artisan. Novica’s mission is to spread happiness, and they do so by putting the control in the hands of the artisans. It is the artist that controls the price of their handiwork and can put their items on sale when they want. What I love about Novica is that it’s not only a personal buying experience, but that you as the buyer are helping a local community and are saying “no” to sweat shops and child labor.
Our rug was handcrafted by Mahmood and came all the way from India. We were given a card with an introduction to Mahmood and what he hopes to achieve from his work.
Not only specializing in home decor, Novica offers jewelry, clothing, paintings, and an assortment of unique gifts. A few of my favorites are the Batik dresses, beautiful fabric hammocks, and stunning jewelry. We were even able to find what we were looking for by searching by region. Chris and I love to fill our spaces with things that we’ve collected on our travels. Novica allows us to have a piece of Peru or India in our apartment without having to lug it home with us. It’s also reassuring to know that the proceeds are helping support a local artist. We already have our eyes on a few more furniture pieces for our makeshift apartment.
So while Chris and I may not have our own place at the moment, we’re both thrilled that we are able to make these two precious rooms our own. We don’t know what the future holds when it comes to our living situations but we do know that we want to make the most of these years that we are free and able to explore this incredible world. I’m excited to see what the next year has in store. Until then, a few more pieces from our new living spaces.
What about you? Are you a nester? In what style do you decorate? We’ve love to hear from you in the comment section below.
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