I love my staircase. It took a while to adjust to having stairs since our old house was very much a single story. When we went to pick out the railing shortly after Kellen was born, we talked about just doing a standard railing, but I'm really glad that I added in the decorative element. It really is just a small thing, but I think it makes our entry way stand out, and it just is really pretty. Also, it's right above the piano, and they kind of look a little like treble clefs, right?!
I love my office, which just happens to look straight at that staircase. I limited the pink in my house, but I do have a pink office with a pretty corkboard I made all by myself to hang cards and such on. I love the Pottery Barn desk, even if it's covered in paper most of the time. I love the closet, which has shelves for my scrapbooking supplies.
My favorite room in the house is the guest bedroom, and sometimes Dan and I fight over who gets to sleep in there because it is probably the calmest room in the house. I love the colors, the furniture, the peace. And I love the Vinyl lettering a friend sent me after the fire: Everyday holds the possibility of a Miracle.
I also really love the oversized red chairs that are currently in our living room. The colors don't match since they were originally intended for our master bedroom, but it doesn't matter. They are brilliant reading chairs, not to mention great for playing Wii Bowling or a game of Monopoly City (the ottoman is a great stand-in card table).
I've been thinking about the whole idea of home, of feeling at peace within the boundaries of one's life, and for me these things bring me comfort, allow me to accept the fire. I had no choice in those circumstances, and this isn't the way I would have decided to build my forever home. But it is what happened. And I have power in the situation by being able to decide if I will forever resent this place (which wasn't the intent in rebuilding) or if I can find peace in our new life. Finding things to love, truly love, here has allowed me to finally settle into this as our home.