Nineties? Hands down, I HAD to have Green Gables. Gilbert Blythe included. Or THE house of Dreams... Or Rainbow Valley.
I blame Jane Austen for the next decade of longing for huge mansions like the Darcy's Pemberley Manor. Grand piano, big estate, statues, paintings, heavy brocade curtains and big furniture included. Mr. Darcy was NOT optional. It was a requirement.
And then I married. And I had two kids. And there's NO WAY I'm doing all the cleaning up in a huge mansion, thank you very much! While the thought of having oodles of servants is appealing (no toilet scrubbing! yaaay!), since I have to deal with so many people on a daily basis, in my home I'm rather inclined to our privacy. I'm uncomfortable with having someone else not of my family or friends in my home. Am I weird?
Well, let me tell you about my dream home, as it is in my mind in these days.
My dream house is
(yes, I realize I'm back to Green Gables! No need for Gilbert to apply, though. I'm keeping my hubby, thank you very much! image from dornob)
Well, not THIS small, but it is a good ilustration of what I like (by the way, check out the amazing interior! go visit the blog and see all the cute little things -and the amount of details!!!!!- that can fit into a small , small house like this one!) I want a small house that I can clean up in little time, but with enough rooms for all the things I need (ie, craft room, family room, sleeping quarters for everyone, a good size kitchen)
And I love the quaint look of these victorian houses! aren't they just adorable!?!?!?!
I mean, look at this cutie! check out that front porch! perfect for afternoon crocheting/knitting/embroidering/tea with the girls!
(via The Esparzas on the road.)
wish I had the floor plan for that little house! It is so delicious!
This one is SUPER! just the perfect little house for little old me!
(via The Esparzas on the road.)
Can you blame me for swooning? look at that front porch! I bet there's another one in the back! and that upstairs window is just screaming "craft room!" to me ( if this house was mine, though, I bet my girls would get that room as their bedroom). Actually, this just might be a tough competitor for THE house. It is almost too perfect!
That is the second requirement, as you might have imagined : a porch. I love sitting in porches. I'd put a rocking chair. Or a small swing seat. I'd dring lemonade and bring my basket of yarn to the front porch. Or my book and my cup of coffee. I'd have a bird feeder on the other end of the porch.
The third requirement... I need space
Not inside the house. I'd just be content if it had plenty closets and cupboards (I just love the name of it! cupboard!) wouldn't THIS look just right in my home!
While we are at it, I want the wicker basket AND the plates AND the hen and rooster... well, EVERYTHING!!!
I want space... for my garden
(via Gardening Coaches)
And for my veggies
( via Home Design Decorating)
And for my hens and critters!
(via Gordon Whistance Design blog)
See, I live in a little house. And it has sort of kind of a porch. And I have some plants. And a balcony (that I love).
But my girls have no room for a closet in their tiny tiny bedroom (one bed, that's it and they share it). And I wish poor little hubby had a room where he could do all the stuff he likes to do without having to stop and put everything away because of the girls and lack of space (he LOVES puzzles... so you see why that is an inconvenient). We have nothing close to a living room, it is more of a living hallway. The kitchen could use some cupboards but since it is such an old house we cannot put them up because they would come right down. And bring the wall with them.
I love my little house and while I wish we had more storage it's the lack of space that mortifies me. The girls have no room to run and play and have fun and just be... children.
And I'm not complaining (ha!) REALLY. I am happy I have something to look forward to, something to dream about. A nice small house with a garden where our family can receive our friends and loved ones. And share a cup of tea.