We got almost a foot of snow yesterday! It was beautiful! I couldn't get a thing done because I just wanted to sit and watch it snow! I moved from room to room, just watching the snow fall. It was my favorite day of the year! We actually received more snow than we have all year long in one day. Lovely! We need it! And the best part is that with the ground as warm as it is, not solid frozen like in January, it will be all melted away within a few days. Perfect!
I made a big pot of chicken noodle soup and southern style sweet cornbread for dinner. Since Doug's off for the weekend, we enjoyed a late night in the hot tub with Carol. It was really a wonderful day!
Today, I'm sharing the den. Last night, Doug and Zee built a fire while we cleaned up the kitchen. It was perfection! We were going to paint the last room, the laundry/utility room and hallway. Instead, we sat together and visited, enjoying the fire after the kids had gone to bed until Carol arrived. We love this room!
When we first saw our home, we walked into the den and knew that we wanted to live here, right in this room forever! The den has not changed much at all. The reason being, we loved it so much! The listing for the home said, "Some furniture included." We didn't need or want most of the furniture in the home, but we fell in love with this room just as it was. The three leather chairs were made for it! So, when we closed, the three chairs were specifically agreed upon. We didn't want to change it at all... except the fish. The kids referred to the house as "the fish house", which was part of the reason that they were not excited to move into it. There were fish everywhere! Mounted fish, pictures of fish, pictures of Brother N fishing, pictures of his favorite fishing places, fish statues... the man loved to fish! The biggest fish of all was over three foot long on the wall of the den. It was the last thing they took from the house.
Brother N was so proud of this room. He told me stories about all of the unique things he had collected in his lifetime and most of them were in this room because it was "his" room. His wife had decorated every other inch of the home but this room, he created and loved. Here's the before pix:
fish, bobcat fur, more fish...a mancave indeed... well, it used to be!
More fish. The rug is a real Persian rug bought on one of his trips around the world.
The ship's helm had a fascinating story connected to the Panama Canal. The bull horns came from some South American country. Notice the red lamp over the table. It made the room feel like it was candle-lit...so dark that we couldn't read a word or see much of anything except what was directly under it. We loved the red light, but knew that we needed more light to "live" in the room.
Here's the room last night... We've changed the lighting, moved the furniture and room now has much less "stuff" on the walls.
And less books... there are still boxes in the storage room that have more of our books. You can also tell that there's much better light in the room now!
I love the dropped ceiling!
The beautiful hardword floors were brought in from North Carolina.This whole room makes not buying the cabin "okay".
We, literally, live in this room!
And here's my favorite reason why! I love the story that Brother N told me about bringing the rocks for the fireplace home from Yellowstone, a few every time they went, until he had enough to build the rock fireplace. All of his kids told me their version of how they held the rocks in place while he put the mortar on the walls. It makes me appreciate the beauty of the fireplace all the more!
This room is my happy place!
That's the den! I feels like "home" because it is! We're loving it!
Life is good! So is a blizzard in mid-April!