May 28th, 2009 I wrote a blog post about a wish of mine. It included these two paragraphs below.
"My goal for our next home is to create a sort of Mid Century Waldorf style. They seem to go hand in hand. I'm picturing Lazured walls, lots of mid century modern furniture, waldorf watercolor paintings mixed in with 60's art, lots of natural fibers such as wool & silk and of course a general feeling of warmth. This style represents my heart and soul and I want to display this in our home.
Here is a link to some buildings Steiner designed and built. I'm really looking forward to our next home even if we just have a very small one. We wish to buy land that we can grow our own food on and raise chickens. This is our priority and next will be the home. My ideal home is something from the 70's with arched ceilings made of wood. I think this MCW style will fit perfectly into a house like this. But even if we find a home the size of a large shed, we'll still make it beautiful and create a loving home."
Wishes do come true.
The day after my birthday I received the keys to our new home in Sebastopol.
The house is 1950's but was remodeled in the early 70's to include skylights, pottery tiles and wood floors.
my new Flavorstitch kitchen
The ceilings are just as described in my "wish" post except these are more timber frame in style. The tile may be Heath as I found a box of Heath tile in the garage. Everything in the kitchen is solid wood. It's a little worn and needs some love but we have a lifetime to work on it. The first thing I did on Wednesday was start painting. I've painted the kitchen a lovely Martha Stewart Blue.
This was an added bonus. Not only is it vintage but it's a gas stove. It's going to be a dream to cook with.
We are now the proud owners of 1 1/2 acres of land, a 1950's south facing, ranch home with a seasonal creek, fruit trees, an existing garden and lots of space to plan and dream.
This vision of living in the county is at least 10 years old but really I've wanted this since my early 20's. My parents were so influential to me with their self-sufficient homestead. We grew olives, raised sheep, had a pond stocked with fish, a solar hot water heater (in the 70's before it was cool), a barn, chickens, every copy of Mother Earth News ever published and most of all a wonderful place to grow up as a child.
My 12 year old daughter said to me yesterday "you know mama, even with the house being empty of our things, it still feels like home. I'm so happy here."
Tonight is our last night in our rental in Santa Rosa. Tomorrow we rent the moving truck and begin our lives in the country.