We had a small cocktail party last Saturday night for the people who helped us move. People who had packed my kitchen, donated boxes, driven my children.
People who insisted, who did things even after I said, “Oh, no, absolutely not – we’re fine!” People who helped anyway.
“Are you settled?” ask friends I see out and about. “It’s done!” said a few who have dropped by.
It’s not done, not by a long shot, but we’re settled. The Wii and PlayStation 3 are absolutely at home and one of the boys has already thrown up here, which is a sort of christening in my book.
My bulletin board is hung and I followed the advice of a reader who suggested a cheap one from a discount store trimmed in grosgrain ribbon.
It was bare for a bit, but is now collecting images and invites and memos.
And, honestly, it’s terrifically fun.
Images, from top, Albert Hadley and Harry Heissmann, House Beautiful, 2010, photography by Christopher Baker; Veranda. I think. I didn’t write it down, like I’ve never done this before. Forgive me, I’m a ding-dong; Pauline de Rothchild’s bedroom featured in Elle Decor, October 2010; Peter Dunham, House Beautiful, November 2010, photography by Victoria Pearson; Christine d’Ornano, Elle Decor, April 2010, photography by Simon Upton; Oliver M. Furth, via olivermfurth.com; Fabric, Hinson – Trixie Red/Black on Off White; paper, Scalamandre, Baldwin Bamboo, Cream and Red on Aqua.