Wow, did this year really happen? And I somehow actually made it through? 2013 has been a testament to patience, determination, perseverance, elation, insanity, and has been completely life-changing to say the least. It began with the destruction of our entire basement and bathroom, all the while renovating, building, decorating, and painting the entire rest of the house simultaneously. This all happened furiously, nonstop, day-in, and night-out while trying to meet a strict deadline to be completed by the first week of April. Oh and I had also gone into my second trimester of baby-cooking. But that certainly didn't stop me.
With me as the insane taskmaster and utilizing my ultra speed working skills (or detriments, depending on who you ask) we pulled it off with minutes to spare. Seriously, minutes. We were installing the main bathroom sink that accidently cracked only days before as the first guests were about to arrive. You see, I offered up my home to host my baby shower so that I would have an external high pressure deadline to meet. It is truly the only way I can get things done.
Well that all covers the first seven months of the year, which honestly feels like a decade ago. The latter half has been devoured with trying to figure out how to keep a tiny human alive and happy. A screaming, unconsolable, colicky one at that (I'm glad those four and a half years, I mean months are over).
The craziest thing I've come to realize is that going through the whirlwind DIY home renovation had actually prepared me for motherhood in ways I could've never imagined (a post on that to come.)
Now don't get me wrong, in between all of the kicking and screaming that went on this year we had loads of fun, excitement, laziness, spontaneity, celebrations, and generally screwing around doing the things we love most like traveling, playing, reading, going for walks, drinking good beer, eating great food, visiting friends, vacationing, and seeing live music to name a few. Without consciously pushing and interspersing the insanity with all of these things, we would never have been able to get through and accomplish all that we had this year. I recently heard a saying that has really stuck with me, "some years ask questions and some years answer them". I think that 2013 answered a lot for me and it may be one of the very few years I can say that about in my lifetime, so that is something I should note.
I also couldn't have been more honored to be a part of some work opportunities that were exciting and taught me a lot. I began the year off as a Design Mentor for the web series Re-Energized By Design. It was my first time doing anything like it, and it was a real trip from beginning to end. I also became a design contributor to Zillow Digs, which is like Pintrest for interior design that comes with breakdowns of how much things actually cost. In the beginning of the year I was published in the German design and lifestyle magazine Nido. They ran an article about building a beach tent which went with images I had originally shot for them for a piece last year. Here is a peak at a version of it that I posted on Apartment Therapy. And lastly, our kitchen was just featured in American Farmhouse Style which still seems like a dream and makes me want to do backflips.
So with that I say "so long, farewell, aug wiedersehen, goodnight" to 2013, and to 2014 "come on, give me your best shot!" (just kidding please be kind and gentle like holding a tiny fluffy newborn Persian kitten ;)
love and happy homes to you all in 2014,
matt alysha & london