Hi, friends, I hope 2017 is off to a good start for you. Life threw me some very big curve balls the past few months (both happy and sad, including a loss in our family) so I’ve been hibernating and just taking everything in. I never know what to say online about somber events whether they’re on a personal or worldwide level so I usually just retreat until I’m feeling better and ready to engage with the world again. That’s where I am now so I want to share with you some of the good things that are happening.
The biggest news is that we bought a farm! Some of you may remember way back when I started this blog, we were looking for a weekend house in the country. Then we moved, our lifestyle changed completely and that idea got scrapped. But in the past year, the idea started to make sense again so we started casually looking. This time, we decided to look for land where we could build something. We weren’t really expecting to find anything for a while but a few months ago, we stumbled on an idyllic piece of land with a cute little farmhouse. So we jumped on it.
We are still thinking of building something at some point but we don’t have to make any decisions now since the house is in very good shape and we can start enjoying the farm immediately. It’s a small 2 bedroom/1 bath that is almost 100 years old. Other than paint and some minor repairs, we just need to redo the kitchen and bath – which I can’t wait to get moving on!
Other long-term plans include a vegetable garden, orchard, vineyard, lavender fields….. but one thing at a time. It’s a whole new world and there is a lot to learn. I literally know nothing about growing anything but thankfully, my mom is a master gardener so I’m ready to have her teach me her ways! There’s even an old barn on the property which I have grand visions of transforming into something like this…..
Isn’t this beautiful? (This and the photo before it are from the Hammersky Vineyards in Paso Robles, Ca. I may need to pay them a visit for more inspiration!)
Being a diehard city person, I never thought I would ever want to live in the country. Like ever. But nothing sounds better to me right now than spending quiet weekends on our own little farm. What can I say? People evolve and life takes a lot of unexpected turns. Never say never, am I right?
I don’t have any good photos yet but I will have plenty in the coming months. I’m so looking forward to sharing the renovations and snippets of farm life with you. I hope you’ll enjoy following along!
And that brings me to one other bit of news. I always like to take stock of things here at the beginning of a new year. (FTRB turned eight in January!) Looking back on all of these years, I see that FTRB has been like a big lab where I’ve experimented with different ideas, new series, etc. FTRB has also always reflected where I am in life, starting out as a decor and design blog then branching out into travel and other topics. I think that was natural since this is my personal blog. But lately, I realized that in an effort to paint a more complete picture of what is going on, I’ve been trying to cover too much territory and not doing a very good job at any of it.
So for 2017, I think I’m going to go back to just focusing on decor and home. It’s not that I’m no longer traveling, making art or exploring ways to live a good life. I’m still doing all of those things. But here on the blog, I’d like to try bringing my energies to just one topic and to hopefully make FTRB better as a result. Let’s see where and how it all goes, shall we?
So that’s all for me for today. I’ll be back soon to tell you about my plans for the interior of the farmhouse. Thank you as always for reading!