When Mike and I moved to Nashville 10 months ago, we had an estate sale at our house in Phoenix and sold everything that we owned. Watching our things, and the kid’s furniture leave our home in a glorified garage sale was incredibly over whelming. It wasn’t the “things” that I was going to miss. It was the memories that held them. It was the yellow paint stain on our couch from when the kids dropped an art project on it. It was Zoe’s first bed of her own, that she was so excited to have. It was the memories held around our dinner table that were the most treasured conversations that we had as a family. The “things” we sold were a representation of what once was… but I soon realized that those memories would carry with me forever, and that we needed to move forward.
What we kept fit into our SUV that we shipped across the country, and we started over. I’ve talked about it before, but there was nothing in particular that brought us to Nashville. The first time we had ever even been to the city was about a year before. We have no family, knew very few people, could work really from anywhere.. but Nashville was calling us to make a move there and we answered. In creating our new home together, it was important for me to create a place where people could come over and retreat from their stress, their worries, and be able to relax with us.
I don’t know why I’ve been so hesitant to share our home, but many of you have asked to see it, so today I am sharing our front room/kitchen! To me it is important that my home can be a place that memories can be made and shared, no matter what “things” fill it.
When we first got married, most of our furniture came from craigslist, my parent’s house, or were things people were throwing away on bulk pick up day that we went and salvaged. I took our first kitchen table came from someone’s driveway. They were going to have it thrown away. I sawed it down and repainted it, and that served as our table for years. I was just as happy then as I am now, and want to share that with you because no matter where you are in life, it’s not the “things” that ever bring happiness. It’s the people and moments that fill your home.
Gold Coffee Table (on sale right now!)
I took these photos right before friends came over for dinner this weekend. I’ve been teaching myself new recipes (I’ve hated cooking for SO long haha) so that we can feed people and host more in our home. It’s been fun and it’s been an answer to prayers to have such great neighbors that we’ve become good friends with. Our neighbors mow our yard if we’re gone for too long, scrape snow off of our cars, bring over vegetables from their gardens… Southern hospitality is a thing, ya’ll!!! Nashville has been so good to us and for us… What’s your favorite thing about where you live?
Let me know if you want to see more rooms in our house. All of our pieces are linked above if you are wanting to look at anything. Where I shop ranges from target to Anthropologie. Also, I found our bar stools at West Elm, but didn’t want to spend that much per stool. So I searched around, and Target has literally almost the exact same once for half as much 🙂 Sooo, obviously snagged those!