Our last shipment of boxes and furniture was delivered about two and a half weeks ago, so we now have all of our stuff–the shipment that came from Europe, the things that we put in government storage before we moved in 2020, and the family photos and heirlooms that we put in climate-controlled storage at the same time. We truly had things spread all over the place and yes, in some cases I had forgotten what I owned!
I was thrilled to find the urns and topiary trellises that I had put in storage, thinking that we wouldn’t have any outdoor space in Stuttgart. Of course it turned out that we had a really big balcony, but I was able to find a few others at flohmarkts and thrift shops over there.
I popped some flowers in there within the first 24 hours of getting the keys to the house. Even if things are a mess inside, at least it looks like I have my act together outside!
As I mentioned in our Sunday newsletter, things are looking pretty good at this point, but I wouldn’t say any of the rooms are completely done. So I went through the house and porches snapping photos of corners that make me happy and feel a sense of progress.
Here’s the Swedish Mora clock I brought home with me. Doesn’t it look like that corner was made for it?
This Belgian armoire came from a lovely dealer in Tongeren. I need to take a picture of it with me standing next to it to show just how huge it is–it’s almost 8 feet tall and separates into three pieces for shipping. The movers were grateful I didn’t want them to take it upstairs!
My husband is a bourbon lover and we’ve never had a designated space where he could showcase his collection. I styled the top part as a bar area for him, and our daughter organized his hundreds of etched military glasses in the lower section. He loves it.
I snapped a few pictures in the dining area over the weekend when we had old friends over for dinner. They are coincidentally just heading to Stuttgart so we had plenty to talk about in addition to catching up.
I’ve hung curtains in several rooms already but obviously not here yet. There’s not a huge privacy issue so I’m going to take care of the bedrooms first. My riddling rack made the trip safely and is already at work holding wine. We shipped back a few hundred bottles and it was a happy day when we drove to Birmingham to pick up our shipment.
My chandeliers are upstairs in the attic; I’ll be bringing them out one at a time and reassembling them and getting them rewired.
We started our dinner that evening with a charcuterie board and I pulled out the truffle oil, balsamic, baguette board, and Delft knives that I brought back from Germany. I could seriously eat cheese every night!
This little corner of our dining room is just to the left of the door to the back porch (probably my favorite “room” in the house).
The roof and trees ensure that it’s shaded all day long. I come out every morning with a cup of coffee to do my Bible reading, and we eat dinner out here almost every night, too.
I found two of these cast iron urns in Belgium and one is on the porch and the other one is under one of our oak trees.
I told you I found a few more topiary trellises –can one have too many? Also, is Brontë sticking her tongue out at us? I think I must have caught her mid-lick.
I’m looking forward to being able to show off entire rooms soon–in the meantime, it’s SO, SO good to be settling in to our new home and neighborhood!
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