Today, I have decided that I will not care. I will not care about the order of stories, photos and events, because I am 4 years behind anyway! So, let me start with the biggest ‘old news‘: for two years now, we’ve settled in our very own home! Yay, thank you Lord, thank you Universe!
For this comeback post, I’m happy to share with you some of my favourite spots in the house over the last 2 years.
Top on my list is our faux white brick bedroom wall where our dreamcatchers (by Damgo) hang above our headboard. I love how they go perfectly together. The dreamcatcher set was a ‘moving in’ gift from a tremendously talented and awesome friend, Karla Quimsing. These pieces of art remind me of dreams, magic, and motherhood. They look so fragile yet strong, with every white feather and hint of golden thread that fall. Even my boys adore them! Thanks, Karla! Right photo by Josephine Sicad Photography who is also one talented friend. Yep, I get these kinds of lovely perks from my friends!
This is our shoe rack where flexible re-arrangements happen from time to time on its top. It’s a good spot for my humble collection of succulents and cacti. Also a perfect place to keep photos of our parents, us, and the boys. Lately, we’ve settled for this brilliant setup where our industrial ladder doubles as home for my collection. It gets the right amount of sunlight and is a crowning nook on its own. Recently, we managed to hang my husband’s Lord of The Rings infographic work on the bare wall. Looks good, don’t you think? Right where it should be. Yes, that’s my belly bump… surprise! Post soon.
Next favourite spot, of course, is my dream-come-true brick wall. I love how it stands out from the rest of our home’s interior texture. It spreads wide and towers high, from the ground up to the second floor’s ceiling. After long hours at work and the day is about to end, I touch and feel their imperfections and never miss it. I don’t know, but this part of our home makes me happy. As I always put it in Bisaya, “ginagmayng kalipay“. Plus that zombie poster rocks!
I’d like to think that our dining area is the heart of our home. It’s where we eat together and talk about anything. It’s where we hang out when friends come and visit. It’s also our boys’ study and drawing space, for now. A massive dining table made of natural wood with a bench on one side (from Greenleafwoodworks. I love their handiwork, most of our furnitures are custom-made by them), three Tolix chairs on the opposite side, and two armchairs with customised fabric prints on both ends. The setup gives everyone freedom to do whatever they please. Except sleeping, that is! Adding to this lovely combo is our dining wall. A true labour of love. We put up frames with favourite photos taken by friends, and photos of our little travels, as well as memories of our life in Dubai. Additionally, some of my artworks and my handwritten quote are on display. I also designed and mounted our abstract geometric names on the dining wall. The names will need upgrading though when a new bundle of joy comes out soon.
And of course, to top it all off, beautiful vintage Edison bulbs in four different shapes hang from the ceiling. Our interior designer, Janet of Janet Lee Design Studio, insisted that we go with this plan no matter how long or hard it takes. True enough, it’s worth the wait. She is such a genius. Middle photo by Dennis Carpio Photography for Greenleafwoodworks photo shoot project.
Moving on… our living area. We get lazy on on our irregular shaped couch on weekends enjoying documentaries or cartoons in YouTube. My boys usually decide what movies to watch and I don’t mind as long as they don’t mind me too—laying on their laps. You can also see a lot quirky things here and there: books… pillows that don’t last long because I keep on changing my mind… industrial chandeliers… vinyl player… cow hide… carabao horns (custom-made by Janice Minor). Yes, we had to put our national animal as it symbolises hard work—the reason why we have a home. *Disclaimer: no carabaos were harmed.
Our home is a work-in-progress. Way too far to say it is “finished”, and that brings joy and excitement. To be able to come home and breathe a good long one as the day ends is one of the best feelings in the world. Looking back, it was a tough ride, sure, but we wouldn’t have made it if it weren’t for our supportive parents, our patient contractors, architects, and interior designer. To them, we salute!
This is the result of the sacrifices that we have gone through, especially from my hardworking husband whose love for our family I cannot fathom. This is the result of, plainly putting it, the love we have for our boys. One of the best parts of parenthood is being able to give our children a warm and happy home that they will cherish while growing up. And the truth behind all this love and sacrifice? That a blessing this great can only come from above.