I’ve been wanting to write about our home for a while – because it is something that has been not necessarily a straightforward process to figure out and get set up.
When we first arrived (groggy, straight from the airport and the most frustrating travel experience I’d ever had, and without our luggage), this is what we saw:
(I actually took these pictures our first full day here!)
At first, turning that into something comfy and cozy and cute felt like a daunting task. I saw other people’s houses (as well as house tours like this one, proving that things like this are possible in this area of the world!) and ours felt so…ugly. And orange. But over the following year — actually, starting several months in, when we could actually start getting our heads around doing something other than getting by — we started working on it.
This was definitely a process (I mean, we had those kitenge curtains still up everywhere in except the living room until July when we finally got everything painted. That means we lived with them for a whole year!), but I feel content with how far we’ve come. It feels like home, as quirky and imperfect as it is. 🙂
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out all the homes in the “This Global Life” series – it’s super interesting! The links to all of the homes they are featuring are here.