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10/19/11

hiding place

when i got back from my trip last week, matt and max had a surprise!
and not just any surprise...a whopper of one! when we pulled up to the house i noticed our old and outdated (not to mention broken) porch light had been replaced with a shiny and snappy new one, all lit up...and i was beside myself! i thought that was the end of the surprises, but it was just the tip.
all throughout the house, "i's" had been dotted and "t's" crossed. doors finally painted and ceiling holes patched...lights that never worked were working and everything smelled fresh and new. we've been living in a halfway finished house for almost a year now...and in one week almost everything was fixed. my two boys just might be the best at good surprises and at loving on their gal. 
 
the happiest surprise by far was my reading loft! it's finished and ready for books and a comfy bed!
matt had a beautiful metal railing installed and built bookshelves. he had lights put up and spruced up the old wood attic floors (i cherish the mismatched boards). 
it's a dream. really and truly, a dream.
the truth is, time alone...finding a place to escape...has always been important to me. baby katie would sneak away and hide under the fern plant in the living room or curl up in that white chair to read and have time alone. as i got older, i would climb trees to hide away from the world...and that's exactly why matt built me this space. it's my white chair...my fern plant...my apple tree.

and not a moment's thought goes by without me feeling overwhelmingly loved and completely understood. he gets me. and i'm one lucky lady. 

if you don't hear from me again, you'll know where to find me.

37 comments:

  1. OH MY! it's so, so, so beautiful. that metal railing looks almost exactly like the fence i want to put around our house. i love it. and those floors! you are lucky. enjoy it.

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  2. it's all so pretty! i wish my house would magically finish... we probably should have done all that before our baby arrived. ;)

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  3. Your new hiding spot is stunning. You're right, your boys do love you!

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  4. Wow! Where did that metal railing coming from? It's gorgeous!

    I've always been a hider, too... I'm always plotting turning closets or corners into reading nooks. Or corners of my yard into napping nooks. Enjoy your new space!

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  5. Gorgeous. We might have to commission Matt and Max to assist us with our home renovations. They are super-stars!!

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  6. Oh yes, really gorgeous and calm. Congratulations :)

    I also love your outfit.

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  7. amazing! happy reading :)

    and i love the good earth. a classic.

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  8. It's so beautiful! I would have cried huge tears! You have such a sweet guys!

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  9. It's beautiful and I am trying not to be terribly envious.
    I always had a tree house to escape to when I was a little girl--teenager even.
    Maybe I need a tree house of my own now that I am all grown up.
    Love, love, love your spot.
    Yay for surprises!
    Love from,
    Greta

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  10. Oh! I LOVE this! What a perfect spot you've created!! and you sure look adorable in it. :)

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  11. Your old backporch!!! I sooo remember that sweet place. I loved it and played in it time and time again....ahhh, the good ole days. Your new nook takes the cake though. Kudos to your boys. WOW!

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  12. Aww lucky girl! The space is gorgeous and the men in your life are darlings!

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  13. That is a gorgeous space! You definitely are lucky.
    x Katherine

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  14. Aw, what sweet guys you have there. Your little space looks positively perfect!

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  15. WOW! Your very own reading loft! I would freakin' kill for something like that.

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  16. ooo love the beautiful vintage books

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  17. wow! great space. love the shelves! i love the pic of you standing by it, and your outfit!

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  18. i am positively swooning. if you invite me up, i pinky-swear not to drool (much) on your books. yum.

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  19. SO gorgeous. What an incredible space.
    And I love your outfit too!

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  20. OH MY WORD! Katie I love this so much. What a wonderful man to do all of this for you, and to surprise you none the less! True love right there.

    I hope you are doing well- I adore you tons and your blog has been adding lots of sunshine to my days, especially lately. <3

    Happy almost-Thursday!

    Give Max a high five from Henry!
    :)

    xo
    Danielle

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  21. what a wonderful, little space! how great are your men?!

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  22. wow. that's beautiful. you're such a lucky woman.

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  23. Oh. My. Goodness.
    Is this real life? It's like I'm opened up a magazine! This is BEAUTIFUL. I am so so so green with envy.

    Lucky you :]
    Can I join you in some reading sessions?!

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  24. ohhh, Katie! It's beyond lovely. That railing and the mismatched floor?! Too good to be true. You have the best guys. Truly.

    I'm the very same way... my whole life, alone time has been crucial. I'm always sneaking away to do my own thing. I cherish those moments.

    Enjoy every moment in your dreamy space. <3

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  25. It's completely incredible! Your boys are beyond gorgeous. I am super in love with the white rail Matt installed.

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  26. So wonderfully thoughtful! What a special treat to return to.

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  27. Oh, Katie. I can't describe how much I love this. It's wonderful-- and you deserve it!!

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  28. WOW!!! what an absolutely lovely nook for you! and, what a truly lucky girl you are to have so much love in your life!

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  29. yay how awesome! you have some great guys that love you very much!
    xo,
    cb

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  30. Katie it's perfect! What great boys! Love that little space.

    Kacie

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  31. The railing is to die for. How cool that your guys did so many things for you they knew you would enjoy!

    xo
    cortnie

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  32. This is so nice... that little space looks lovely, so peaceful and quiet.

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  33. I absolutely love this and feel peaceful just looking at the pictures. I can't imagine how blissful you feel! xoxo

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  34. what wonderful boys! someday i want to be taken care of like that. sigh. i'm in love with your nook. the mismatched boards rock.

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