Sitting in my chair early this morning from an allergy turned sinus infection, I know Charleston’s pine trees are in full swing, their “green gunk” settling on my windshield, a first sign to me Spring is here. In spite of my hay- fever morning, Spring makes me happy, the flowers popping in Hampton Park, the warm breezes blowing across the Ravenel’s walking path, and colorful décor emerging along King Street shops. Young urban families with their dogs and baby carriages grace the sidewalk in front of our house, a sign of new life being breathed into our neighborhood.
As I hold my cup in my new arm chair facing a caramel colored sectional, morning light pours through our two antique, stained-glass windows bought more than 5 years ago from an antique salvage in the Upstate. I am reminded of the excitement and hope in planning this cottage design, never guessing it would take 4 years to see these windows installed. I squish the shag area rug under my bare feet. Not more than a few feet from where I sit, a brick was thrown through our window by someone outside on the dark street. All I could think back then is “My God, what have we done?” Furthermore, where I sit was our dorm room flanked by a crooked fireplace, falling plaster, and a make-shift closet. Some of the hardest, lowest points of my adult life happened right here in this room.
As late as last fall, my faith in our renovation went through spells of discouragement. Greg’s insistence that the end of renovation is near didn’t always lift me. Am I that short sighted, or will it ever end? Geez.
My bestie, Connie of ColorPop Designs, came a few weekends back to bring our cottage to life. She found an inspirational painting perfect for over the sectional that transformed us from run-down rental into coastal cottage. After nine hours of work, she combined my art pieces with new finds. I sit here this morning touched and overcome. THIS IS OUR HOUSE! Beautiful. Finished. And more than anything, I want to throw a party, showing all that have watched and wondered, we’ve finally gone and done it.
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