Saturday

Today

Today is cold and drizzly here in Asheville, and I am fighting a lingering cold that just refuses to move out of my chest. So I will spend a lot of time curled up in front of our fireplace...

I know this is no way to say hello after such a long absence from the blog, but I felt like sharing a small peek of our new little house up here in the mountains, since today the fire and the light feel so wonderfully cozy.

Noah and I got to spend a lot of time together this summer, which felt like an incredible gift as he grows older. Bill and I also spent a lot of time working on our new place. After all those hours of painting, layering, and moving things around (including kitchen cabinetry - more on that soon), it is starting to really feel like home. Our home.

For all of you who wrote to check in - thank you. Truly, this has been an amazing journey and a real test of (particularly my) patience. But now that it's all said and done, our lives are just as we'd envisioned they would be - and we couldn't be happier.

As always, I hope this finds you all well. Sending much peace your way, my friends.

52 comments:

  1. ! it looks wonderful. you did an amazing job. and so nice to hear from you.

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  2. Thanks, Liane..! I know, right? It's been some time.

    And for those who are reading this, you should check out Liane's wonderful etsy store, enhabiten - that's where the little cross pillow you can see on the couch came from. :)

    xoox,
    -maria

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  3. Maria,
    So funny that today is the day you started writing again. I just stopped by this space earlier this morning for some inspiration, and now here you are. I am glad to hear that you and your family are doing well, settling in, and getting to spend lots of time together. My husband and I are in the process of buying our first house, so I am definitely going to be perusing your archives for ideas on how to make it beautiful. Stay well!

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  4. Amazing! Where did you get the woodburning stove? What brand/model is it? Thanks!

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  5. Linda María, qué bueno verte !! ayer pensaba en vos porque vi un comentario tuyo en un blog, no recuerdo cuál. Qué linda tu casa y cuánto trabajo pero qué bien se ve y ahora quiero ver más !! me alegro por ustedes, besos a los 3 !

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  6. Allison! That's so exciting..! Your first house (right?)!! Can't wait to see it and how you turn it into a home - a beautiful and inspiring one at that.

    jen, that is actually a fireplace insert and it's made by Avalon. It has an electric blower, too, which really helps circulate the warm air.

    Carola..! Si, de a poco ire contandoles sobre la mudanza y mostrandoles fotos de todo el trabajo que hemos estado haciendo en nuestra casita. Y gracias - siempre sos tan dulce conmigo... Te lo agradezco mucho, mucho. Te mando un besote enorme.

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  7. your new place looks wonderful. so glad you are settling in and enjoying your new life. hope that cold gets better soon.

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  8. What a beautiful and cozy spot you have created!!

    Linda@Lime in the coconut

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  9. Your new home looks absolutely lovely, which is no surprise. Congratulations on settling in and making it yours!

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  10. So glad you're back! Gorgeous as always! I love how the fixture in your dining room reflects the light on the walls:) I want to come hang out in your cozy living room. Many congrats and feel better soon

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  11. Wow, this is really lovely! Looks like a great place to spent time in :)

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  12. Here you are, or rather there you are in Asheville?

    Will you have seasons now?

    Your house looks incredible, naturally.

    More porridge please sir:)

    xo jane

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  13. Your new home is beautiful, Maria. Congratulations! Can't wait to see more. Feel better. xoxo

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  14. Thank you all for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Also, thanks for the get-well wishes. I guess my body is just trying to get me to slow down and rest..! But I will visit each one of you soon, I promise.

    much love,
    -maria

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  15. AT LAST!!!! looks beautiful! xoxoxo

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  16. Maria! I've thought of you often and wondered what you've been up to. I assumed you were working your way to where you wanted to be and would let us know when you arrived. You made it! I'm so happy for you. Your new space looks beautiful. Take care of that cold. So good to see you here. xx, Denise

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  17. maria, it's beautiful! i wondered what/ how you've been doing so it's good to get a little update. congrats on your new house. and in the mountains! xoxo, k.

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  18. Oh Maria! SO good to hear (see!) that you are well and that your home is just as homey and lovely as your last. Sending the best of sweet wishes your way!

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  19. So glad to hear you are settling in, and to see some pictures. Hope you get some rest and feel better soon.
    besos, Aviva C

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  20. Thanks for sharing your new home. Maria

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  21. hola maría!!!!!!!!!!!!!! que linda tu nueva casa!! y con ese fueguito y esos destellos de la luz del comedor...y los cuadros y banderín,y ese pufffff...todo tan tan lindo!!!!!!!! se te lee muy feliz!!!!! muchisimos besos!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. What a really lovely and cozy space you have! My father lives about an hour from Asheville (in Hayesville). It must be such a beautiful time of year there now. Hope you're feeling better! Julie

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  23. Your photos look very peaceful! I hope you feel better soon. I am thinking of moving to Ashville in the next few years and really look forward to hearing more about the area and how you settle in! I am hoping the winters are a bit milder than here in New England.

    Lorraine

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  24. Maria, it looks beautiful! So glad that your move is over now and you're settling in. So nice to drop by and see how you're doing. I hope you're feeling better too!

    xo Mary Jo

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  25. Maria, your home looks like a cozy place to relax.
    The living room is my favorite, especially the ottoman.

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  26. It looks amazing! I hope you post more pictures/projects soon! I love the way the dining room light casts shadows all over....

    ~Chris

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  27. I really like your wall paint color. Do you remember the name/make of the paint that you used?

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  28. Hi all - thanks so much for your thoughtful comments. I've been sick, sick, sick, but hopefully on the mend. I will visit you all and start posting again more often soon - I do have a lot to share with you about our new home. :)

    Anonymous - the color in the living room ended up being a custom mix. It is a tad lighter than Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore - but very close. Hope that helps!

    xoxo,
    -maria

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  29. so sorry to hear you were under the weather - hopefully it didn't last too long. your new house looks wonderful. i like the way the light fitting in the dining room covers the room in pattern. and i'm quite intrigued by the lindisfarne sign. we are looking at a school of the same name for our boys. an odd coincidence indeed. i do hope all is well in your part of the land, and that you are enjoying life. best, annie x

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  30. Annie..! Thank you for your kind words. The Lindisfarne Av sign came from my friends' store Odfellows (oddfellowsasheville.com). They import things from England...but that's about all I know about the sign unfortunately.

    I hope all is well with you and your boys.

    xoox,
    -maria

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  31. i am in love with that fireplace. beautiful home, love your blog.

    emilie
    http://midwestfreedom.blogspot.com/

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  32. Hi Maria, It's been so long since I came here... Today I just remembered your place and wondered if it would have something new. And so I found your latest post with all those gorgeous pictures of your new place! Nice to know everything is going happily as you wished. Looking forward to see more!

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  33. So happy to hear that you are happily settled. It all looks so wonderful and so you. I hope you spend many, many joyful years in this new place you call home.

    xx-Nelya

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  34. So glad you're back, and sound so happy... I love your style and your blog, and look forward to reading more. Blessings to you as you enter this new stage in your lives.

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  35. Hi Maria
    I just came upon your beautiful blog and am thrilled to see you live in Asheville...Perhaps we can meet one day--Dobra tea?
    Meanwhile, I look forward to reading more of your posts...

    Lyna

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  36. It's been a long time.....but "hello"! Your new home is beautiful, and I am glad to hear you are settled and happy.

    xo,
    Barb

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  37. Dear sweet Maria, I hope that you are well and enjoying your new 'life' and your stunning new home. You are always in my thoughts and I just wanted to wish you, Bill and Noah the most wonderful of Christmases and also to wish you the very best for a fabulous 2012. Huge hugs to you as always ~ Txx

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  38. Just came across your blog and you have such a lovely home! I'm your latest follower.

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  39. What a beautiful home you've got! I stumbled upon your blog and have loved reading every bit of it so far. My husband and I visited some family (his side) in Asheville over Thanksgiving. And I fell in love with that city...so much so that we're definitely considering a move there some time in 2012.

    Hope you have a happy new year!

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  40. I hope you feel better soon, chest cough is horrid!
    María xx
    http://littlemissshoeshine.blogspot.com/

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  41. Maria,
    I wish you and your family a happy new year!
    Estela T.

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  42. What a beautiful home!! Thanks for sharing and can't wait to see more.
    Jess

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  43. I am very impressed with the design of your home, and knowing that it's all you who conceptualized and actually worked on it made me more amazed. I love the vintage theme, especially the fireplace. I hope I can also make a masterpiece like this one. Maybe in the future, when I can finally afford moving into a bigger place.

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  44. Very impressive! The clean, warm, uncluttered designs makes the home look so welcoming! So nice to live in a place like that.

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  47. Your home is just lovely. Take time to get better and enjoy it.

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  48. It looks very cosy and beautiful !

    XX
    Anci

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  49. wow i like it
    it's wonderfull

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