Recently, I’ve given this a lot of thought, particularly as the house was being renovated. Being at home all day, every day, trying to work and liaising with builders, I’ve found the intrusion more and more difficult. I haven’t been too bothered by the mess, dirt and dust but more the lack of privacy and complete feeling that I’m an intruder in my own home.
This week I’m celebrating that, after almost 4 months, the builders have left. The scaffolding is coming down and we can start to get our home back to some kind of normality. I appreciate that this all sounds a little self-indulgent, and I know we are incredibly lucky to be able to afford to have the work done, and indeed, very lucky to have our own home. Many don’t. But it’s led me to think a lot about what home means to us.
For me, it’s made me realise how connected I am to the space, and how I feel so safe here. I knew that, but having people working here for 4 months, using it as their workplace (with respect), has made me feel very much like an intruder in my own house. I’ve felt a lack of security. I’ve felt intimidated at times, not able to use parts of the house, understandably, and having to live with tools and builder’s gadgets outside my bedroom door. (Well for much of the time we had a builder’s sheet as a bedroom door anyway).
I made sure I had one room which remained clean, tidy, and out-of-bounds to builders which helped. But I’ve been surprised at how unsettled I’ve felt. And when the work started going wrong, and became quite delayed, how dark it made me feel.
So, today I am celebrating. The house is quiet and calm, much of the dirt and mess is cleaned up, and we are starting to organise our things and fill the new cupboards. I’ve teamed up with Waterford Crystal, as their new site, Live.Love.Toast has great synergy with how I’m feeling. The images in this post, a sneak peek into the completed loft bedroom, show the beautiful Tina Bud Vase from the Waterford Crystal Fleurology collection, a stunning range designed by Jeff Leatham.
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Me, I’m going to glory in my peaceful home, live simply for a few weeks and enjoy the calm.
Images: All Jen Stanbrook
This is a collaborative post.