This is our first Christmas at Lownsdale. The day after Christmas last year was a work day filled with deconstructing the house. We are pleased to report that this Christmas will involve relaxing with and loving our families, instead of inducing manual labor upon them.
Christmas came early for me this year, as I found out that I passed the National Certification for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam and am now a certified interior designer! Christmas also came early for Matt this year as our long-awaited delivery arrived yesterday and took its place next to the built-in. I feel as though the puzzle piece we were missing all year is now in place:
There is truly a magical feeling in the house this time of the year, as the floor to ceiling windows provide a close up view of the northeast Ohio white out. Our lot is totally shaded so we don't get any direct sunshine through the windows most of the year. With the leaves gone, the sun's reflectance off the snow brightens the inside of the house and warms our spirits. As disheartening as this weather can be, snow is so beautiful! It has provided the perfect amount of illumination to assist in my gift wrapping fetish. I agree that the most rewarding part about giving gifts is pleasing loved ones; however, getting to creatively wrap them is a close second.
The 'decorator' in me can't help but share a few shots of the festive decor covering the house this month. From our home to yours, Merry Christmas!