slowly but surely

by | Oct 19, 2022 | My House | 34 comments

Moving into this house has been a slow process.  Slower than usual, but it is progressing and, over the weekend, it felt like a cork finally popped off of the bottle, and pressure was released.  Our floors were finished and we could finally start moving into the entire house.  On top of that, I had some amazing pieces of furniture that I purchased from Ekster and Lucketts to get in place.  My problem is that I want to do it all right away, so I get a little overwhelmed by where to start.  I reeled myself in and focused on the things I’d been missing most during our month of transition – having my clothes put away and sleeping in my own bed.  So, I started there.

All four of us moved the furniture in and put the wardrobe together (which can be a little dicey because it’s a breakdown wardrobe.)  Jeff and I assembled our bedframe and wrestled the mattress into place.

Just seeing the shelves in the wardrobe made me happy.  I can unpack my suitcase!  It’s a small joy, but joy just the same.

antique French breakdown wardrobe | miss mustard seed

I unpacked my wardrobe and closet boxes and got everything organized in the closet and wardrobe.    It was sort of funny, even after unpacking one box, I felt like I couldn’t possibly have more clothes and there were still four more boxes to unpack!  One thing about traveling and living with just a fraction of your clothes is that you learn you don’t really need anywhere near as much as you think.

antique French breakdown wardrobe | miss mustard seed

I’ll live with the clothes for a while, but I will likely do another big wardrobe purge.  A little note about the closet.  We actually have three – two large and one small.  I’m using this large closet and Jeff is using the small one for his hanging clothes.  We’re going to add shelving to the second large closet for Jeff’s folded clothes and my shoes.  I’m not a “shoe person”, but I still have more than what will fit along the shoe rack at the bottom of the closet.

wardrobe | miss mustard seed

The closet doors have been reinstalled and now I need to paint the trim and doors.

Sleeping in our own bed was amazing, too.  We’ve been sleeping in the guest room since moving in because my side of our Sleep Number bed had a leak in it and it wouldn’t inflate.  That was repaired just before we had to empty the rooms for the hardwood floor installation.  Anyway, it was heavenly.

Arhaus French-style upholstered bed | miss mustard seed

While I was most excited about getting my clothes out of a suitcase and sleeping in our own bed, Jeff was excited about getting the family room back.  It’s a very inviting, warm room and we missed it while the floors were being installed.  There are lots of finishing details to do, but the big pieces are in place and we already used it for a family movie night.

antique German wardrobe | miss mustard seed

I am starting to play a bit with accessories, which really brings the room to life and is one of my favorite parts of setting up a space.

antique German wardrobe | basket of coverlets | miss mustard seed

On Monday, which is Jeff’s day off, Jeff wanted to get out to enjoy the fall leaves and crisp weather, so we went to Pen Mar Park, which looks out over the Cumberland Valley.  At first, I thought he was crazy for even suggesting that because there is no way my foot is ready to hike, yet, but we were able to drive right to the lookout.

penmar overlook | miss mustard seed

It’s hard for me to say yes to a morning out when I have so much work to do, but the work can wait.  It’ll still be there when we get back home.

We stopped by a farm stand and bought some local apples, too.

washington county apples | miss mustard seed

Monday afternoon, our family of four moved all of the huge pieces into my studio.  Things were a little tense at times because all of the pieces were solid, heavy, and big, but we worked well together, used dollies and sliders, and got it done.  I spent most of the day yesterday putting things away in my studio, but there is still so much to do.

art studio | miss mustard seed

Getting things put away, organized, and unpacked is one step closer to making this new house really feel like our home.

Slowly but surely.


  1. Judith mcgovern murray

    Making a new home feel like HOME is super important.

  2. Kelli Finch

    I cannot wait to see what the walls will look like once you add your personal touches!! You are truly a gifted decorator!! You inspire me daily!!

  3. Babs

    All steps in the right direction! The floors look outstanding and your home is being refreshed and ready for a new (your!) family.

  4. Janet Johnston

    Your new, oak floors are so beautiful, Marian….they really warm up your rooms! I especially like that armoire in the family room with that lovely antique basket on top with your blue and white quilts:)

    • Darleen

      I love your wood floors. In fact they look just like mine! Smile
      Solid oak boards installed in living room, hall, and kitchen by Amish craftsmen in 1990s. They still look new and wonderful. Raised two kids and two labs in this house. I dropped a knife in the wood multiple times in the have a few wee little dark spots. We are not a remove your shoes at entry household. I am sure you will be so happy with your floors.

      • Gina

        You’re such an inspiration! I’m going through my mom’s estate sale and a move on my own. Perseverance and trusting in God’s plan. What I hear when I read your blog. Thank you!

  5. KAREN

    You are so talented and I cannot wait to see your step by step decor.

  6. Jill Daniels

    So wonderful to see you all settling in! Maryland has so much beauty and history! I look forward to seeing all your amazing work on your new home. ❤️

  7. Ramona

    It’s coming along nicely ! I can’t wait to see more!

  8. Kari

    I LOVE that you post frequently and share the steps in between the before a
    No the big reveal. Thank you!

  9. Carolyn Dietrich

    I’m glad you’re beginning the settling in process. It’s so overwhelming but you’ve made a good start! Looking forward to seeing what you do with your new space and studio.

    • Margo

      It’s fun to watch your house evolve into a home. Too often, bloggers show a finished project but leave out the pains, indecision and compromises that are part of a real life story. Thank you for sharing the backstory and how you deal with the decision making process!

  10. Michelle E

    I love your style and can’t wait to see what you do with this house. This house is so much smaller than your last home it will be interesting to see how you make all these large pieces fit. I know if anyone can make it work it’s you.

  11. Bonnie Kilgore

    I think your mom was right about the counter for your studio!

  12. Bonnie White

    I was born and raised in Hagerstown, md and Pen Mar and Cumberland Valley are all familiar and bring back memories. Hope you find joy living there.

  13. Roberta

    I love your style and cannot wait to see how your house progresses over time. I’m just starting a move in and remodel and will be installing floors as well. What is the stain you used on the floors I love the medium neutral tone you selected.

  14. Anna Maria Roy

    Also love the oak floors, what kind of stain did you use? Looking gorgeous all around, can’t wait to see it all come together! Been a fan of yours forever!

  15. Karen

    It sounds like you are making some good family first choices and they are all willing to help after that. Good for you!

  16. Kim

    I’m sure I speak for many when I say THANK YOU for sharing this entire process with all of us. Even the tiny details are pleasant to hear about, and feel like they are coming from a trusted friend. It adds joy to our days!

  17. Virginia

    It’s really coming along! I love that you don’t seem obsessed with having walk in closets…I LOVE wardrobes and armoires!

  18. mary

    I think you will be ready just in time for the holidays! Great progress in a short period of time.

  19. Jenni

    The floors in your family room have really transformed it – it has such a warm glow! And just in time to decorate for Christmas!

  20. Char

    The color of your floors are beautiful.

  21. Beth Beal

    The floors turned out perfectly!

    • Rhonda K

      Each season when I switch out my clothes, I put the hangers in my closet backwards. As I wear an item, I hang it back on the bar correctly. At the end of each season I’m able to see what I wear and what needs to go! It’s a no brainer!

      Your house is coming along beautifully!

  22. Arlene

    Can’t wait to see more! You are an inspiration!

  23. Laurie

    You and your family have been juggling multiple BIG projects at the same time for the last month! Very stressful even though it’s the good kind of stress. Now that everyone has their bed, clothes, and room in place I think you all should just vege for a month!

  24. Janet

    I have followed you since the beginning. The whole journey…cute cape, big suburban home. And now a sweet ranch. Everything you touch comes out beautiful. I am wondering would you ever consider sharing your mindset for this home? It is much smaller than your last one. I know you do not have to share everything, but many may have to downside and your thoughts may be an encouragement.

  25. Anna

    Pen Mar Park has a fun zipline that my kids loved playing on. I don’t know how old your children are but if they are smaller in stature or more like middle school age I think they would have a lot of fun on it. If you haven’t heard of Waynesboro, which is not far from Pen Mar, I think you will have a lot of fun there. Just don’t go on your husband’s day off because most things are closed. It’s a very cute small downtown with boutiques and second hand shops. My family loves the food at the Waynesburger.

  26. Rita

    I’m sure you are all glad to finally get settled. I bet the boys love having their own rooms and space after the in-between time. You definitely need to take breaks and get outside and explore the country side. I’m sure you very familiar with your surrounding counties, but it’s always fun to discover those gems off the beaten path. Fall in your neck of the woods has to be beautiful. Yes, I would follow along. Hint. Hint.

  27. Kimberly Carnegie Bruhn

    You have inspired me to get stuff done….we are expecting rain here in Southern Oregon (after a long, summer drought) and it’s time to put the yards to bed and, dare I say it, look forward to the holidays! Don’t overdo like I DID yesterday!

  28. Ann C

    I loved and appreciated hearing you put off unpacking to spend quality time with your hubby. I remember once reading when in doubt about what you should do ask which will be important to you in a week, month or year. We never know when we will lose our loved ones, or be the one lost. So my choice is always time with family or friends over busy work.

  29. Valeri

    I’m curious to see how you will protect the floors in your studio. Mine has white limestone tiles and I use a lot of acrylic paint and large canvases and drips are an inevitable peril and a spill would be disastrous. I’m tired of tripping over tarps so I’m thinking of a large indoor/outdoor rug.

  30. Krista

    You’ve already accomplished so much in a short time! The wood floors are beautiful! So anxious to follow along on your journey.


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