I still cannot believe D and I have a home after a year apart, which can be described as inter- and intra-continental ping pong and then 3 months spent in a limbo. And this home is oh so cool – we’re already expecting visitors over the next months and I just can’t wait. In the 3 years that we both lived in Phnom Penh, I don’t think we’ve ever been so lucky. Though an apartment I did briefly have does come a close second. So without further delay – we’d like to introduce our new home!
We liken it to a sanctuary and that’s pretty much the design ethic that we’ll approach to our home when we finally have the funds to start work on it. The beams of sunlight that rain into all of the darkly wooded rooms is such a blessing. When you look out the windows, all you see is green! You hardly notice that there’s a massive construction site directly across the street! And air flow! There are so many windows, that when they’re left open, you can feel a lovely breeze – even during the hottest hours of the day!
In addition to our 2 wonderful bedrooms, we also have an office. Never in my entire young life – except for when I was a kid – have I had a home office.
And the kitchen is gigantic! There’s actually a little too much storage space at the moment. We are currently without the accoutrements we collected over the 3 years we lived in Cambodia and gave away upon our departure. Our current kitchen family includes 2 bowls, 2 plates, 2 mugs, 2 glasses, 2 sets of cutlery, a massive butcher knife, my beloved apple corer, 1 spatula, a desperately needed French press for coffee, a kettle, a big pot and a pan. All of this fits in 1 cabinet. So I really can’t wait until we start collecting things again!
And finally – a balcony! It’s really amazing how this place is such a sanctuary from the hubbub of a growing Asian city. We live, not only across the street from a construction site, but also just around the corner from one of Phnom Penh’s biggest intersections; and you barely notice it. Our balcony is shrouded from all of this by massive greenery. All you really need is a good book, or an ice cold beer and you’ve got perfection.
I can’t wait to start decorating this place and having visitors! Stay tuned for more photos as we begin work on this place!