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Dreaming of solid walls


The water droplet ran down the inside of my corner of the tent and plopped solemnly onto my forehead.  As alarm clocks go it’s not one of my most favourite, especially when it’s only six something in the morning, only just getting light, and still raining heavily outside.  So I snuggled down into my sleeping bag, tucked the quilt in better around Pip as he lay sleeping in my arms and gave the wall of the tent a stern look as if to dare it to drip again (it didn’t).  From inside the tent it always sounded like the rain was heavier than it truly was and I’ll admit that in the middle of a light drizzle that sounded like standing under a waterfall I started to think very kindly towards solid walls.

Space for the Butterflies

So while I waited for everyone else to wake up I lay there rearranging our house and imagining my dream house.  So many of my plans are probably never going to come to fruition, but please tell me I’m not the only one who redoes their living room in their mind.


A couple of the houses in our village that have a similar layout have been having work done and it’s fascinating to see the changes to something that once looked so familiar.  One house is pushing out the back wall of their lounge with a glass roofed single storey extension that I think is going to look incredible.  It will double the depth of their lounge, give them a new space for a kitchen and make their downstairs wonderfully open plan.  We don’t have enough back garden to do it to our house, but I love the idea of using part of the current lounge as a bit family kitchen and then having more space for a big sunny family room.

Space for the Butterflies

We could have the dining table near to the new kitchen, space for the play kitchen nearby because I love cooking in parallel to the children (we do it now but I can’t see them from the kitchen, only hear them), maybe a table specifically set up to be a mini studio with paint and paper and wool and needles for all of us, a mat for playing Duplo or Brio or wooden animal games, and then at the far end, a grown up spot with seriously comfortable chairs and some of my favourite books close to hand, plus a pretty light to read and knit by.

Space for the Butterflies

Oh it would be bliss wouldn’t it, though reading back I’m wondering whether I just need to knock through the studio into the lounge (“just”!!) and abandon H and my desks in favour of a big central table for all of us.  Actually, scrap that plan, fabric and paint don’t mix, I knew there was a reason we have separate halves.  I run the risk of paint on my fabric or yarn if I step into his half and he runs the risk of standing on a pin in mine, it’s perfect harmony.

Space for the Butterflies

The truth is that what I really want, what jumps out from every aspirational picture that I linger over, isn’t minimalism, or all wood, or all white furniture, or much more than a slightly tidier and decluttered version of our own colourful style, it’s that it’s light and bright.  No trees blocking out the sunshine, or dark carpet absorbing all the light, just lots of nice diffused natural light to take photos in.

Space for the Butterflies

Which got me thinking that perhaps after all I’ve travelled full circle in my imagination.  Because if you’re looking for light, you could do a lot worse than a tent.

Just so long as it isn’t raining.

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  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 03/09/2015 at 7:30 pm

    Lol. You’re so right… We are always dreaming of bigger and better when it comes to our homes! Always having to remind myself to be contented. Especially with my solid walks!

    • Carie 03/09/2015 at 9:52 pm

      It’s a funny balance isn’t it, being content with what we have, but at the same time striving to make them the best they can be

  • Jennifer Grace 03/09/2015 at 10:32 pm

    Hello! I’m just popping by from the Blogtacular FB group. I definitely rearrange things in my mind too, but our house is rented so no knocking down walls for me. We are allowed to paint and stuff though. Lately I have been thinking about painting some walls white to try and brighten it more. It’s magnolia now which isn’t dark but when you take photos the walls in the background can look awful, like they are nicotine stained! Plus I’m just fed up of magnolia. Why is it always magnolia?! Nice to meet you x

    • Carie 04/09/2015 at 11:26 am

      Magnolia’s a really funny colour for going strange in photos isn’t it. My school used to paint everything magnolia in the teachers’ accomodation and it was the first thing everyone changed!! Lovely to meet you too, and welcome 🙂

  • sally 17/09/2015 at 11:51 pm

    Not a huge amount of rearranging house goes along in my mind, but I keep thinking about the garden and where I’m going to plant everything next year as I drop off to sleep!