Friday, March 18, 2011

A House Well Live In

It is no secret that I take great pleasure in creating a lovely home for my family.  My goal has always been to design a home for them that is not just pleasing to the eye but is comfortable and can take on the reality of our day to day life as well. The four men in my life are typical males that do not like to admit they care too much about such things but I have observed on a daily basis how much they enjoy relaxing in a beautiful space and they are always quick to compliment my efforts. The littlest one has even been known to give me decorating advice every now and then. "Mommy this green and blue rug would look so much better if it were red and blue. Don't you think so mommy?" he said to me the other day as he stood looking intently at the new rug I bought for their bathroom.  Ah yes, the men in my life care about such things more than they like to admit!

Although there is a perfectly good schoolroom and playroom that we use often enough, fun, learning and real life happen all over this house. Below you will see our formal dining room table. The table sits in a room with two large windows that let in a a lot of light. Why use it only once or twice a year for formal dinners when it can be used everyday for other useful endeavors? It is a very pleasant, sunny space in which to write, read or study a little geography in. I make sure the table always has stacks of great books, fresh paper and even a microscope or two so that curious young minds will be drawn to it day after day.

Reading on a comfy sofa either in the family area or in the front living area is a daily occurrence around here....


so are legos on the coffee table.

Math is much more fun when done next to the formal living area window where all kinds of birds can be seen resting on the branches of  a pear tree....


as fun as language lessons at the breakfast table while enjoying the tartness  of a tangelo in the early morning sun.


A house well lived in indeed, and I would not want it any other way.

6 comments:

Lisa said...

It looks like you've done a wonderful job creating a comfy atmosphere for your boys to call home. Don't be surprised if I show up one day with my book in hand and throw myself on your couch for a while. lol. The light coming in from the window and the setup you have make for the perfect place to relax, which your boys seem to enjoy. I'm glad you've been able to do so much to your new house in just a few short months. :)

Elizabeth said...

Que lindos Bleky! I find your home to be beautifully decorated and relaxing, but the real artwork is found in your children! I am constantly blown away at how educated and well-mannered those three little boys are! I can tell that you have invested all of your time, energy and self into properly raising your kids and that's something that merits great recognition and celebration! GO BELKY!!! :o)

Stacy said...

Belkita, you house looks lovely and better than that it is functional. Beauty and practicality unite to create a charming home. Love your style so much! The boys are precious. Miss them somethin' awful. Isaac Daniel wants them to know he really likes the Lego dinosaur they made. He says he really misses them.

ThinkTankMom said...

Hi - saw one of your pictures on pinterest which lead me to your blog. This year I've had a desire to be more of a minimalist and a desire toward all things white - much like your style. I love your how-to's by the way... Anyhow, I have 3 kids as well and was wondering how all the white including white sofa slip cover is holding up and if you have any tips for moms with kids on how to keep kids to keep the white clean...house rules etc....

Lisa said...

I really like how much you love your family..

Anonymous said...

I was looking for tips on painting a particle piece on the back of a shelf and stumbled onto your blog! I'm glad I did! I home school my children here in CA. I LOVE your living room! Can not wait to see what other great projects you work on!