Dreaming of Home

This post has been a long time coming… writing about other people’s beautiful homes has been a wonderful escape – it helped me take my mind off the fact that we’re still trying to figure out where we will live next year. Sometimes I feel like we’re nomads. During the last six years we moved so many times, to such different places that it’s hard for me to know where “home” is anymore. My husband is a Mathematical Physicist pursuing an academic career which means hunting for jobs every couple of years (before getting a tenure track at one of our targeted schools) and moving hasn’t always been easy. We both love to travel and have been living abroad most of our adult lives, but lately we crave a forever home, a forever town, a forever country more than anything else.

Growing up I used to spend hours watching the trains close to my grandma’s house and somehow I always knew I’d end up living in faraway places. My dream has come true and it was a fun. exciting, adventurous life for a really long time. But as we’re growing older, we feel like we’re in a different place and need stability to start growing deeper roots. Not just for us but for our little love bug too.


{ Our cutie loves barbecues  🙂 }

It feels like every place we’ve been we barely touched the surface. The second we start getting used to things, people and  develop a familiar routine, we pick up and move again. My husband and I met in grad school, in Switzerland, we got married, had our baby girl then moved to San Francisco for two years. We both fell in love with California and Berkley in particular was a dream place to be and we were really sad that our jobs took us elsewhere. But we soldiered up, packed up most of our things (sold the rest and learned the hard way restrain in buying things that latter will need to be shipped all over the place 🙂 ) and moved to Urbana, a small campus town two hours south of Chicago. It felt like moving to a different country altogether and it took me quite a while to get used to the extreme temperatures and get into a nice rhythm, make new friends and feel content again. But we’ve been really lucky. During our time here we’ve met the kindest, most generous people but at the same time we knew all along that the time will come to start packing again.  And now that time is getting closer, six months tops. A little bit less if we’re lucky. So while we’re anxiously awaiting news and trying to figure out the next chapter for our family, I thought it would help me (and maybe inspire you) to go over our dream home “recipe”. After all, I’m writing this blog as much for myself as I do for you.

Funny enough, I know exactly how I want our future home to look and feel like. A pretty Cape with large dormers, white shingles and a cute picket fence. A manicured yard with boxwood and a pool at the back would be nice too 🙂

country house

This precious Connecticut home has been on my inspiration boards for years and I know you all love it too…

I want lots of color and happy vibes, a chic mother-in-law suite above the garage (hahaha) for when our parents come to visit.

Rita Konig

Lots of light, a wallpapered dining room…This dining room designed by Lee Ann Thornton has me obsessed!


 …window seats and cozy nooks and crannies where one can admire the views, feel sheltered and be inspired …


window seat

… a warm farmhouse style kitchen, just like these ones designed by Shon Parker and Juan Carretero. And a pup (or two, or more) of course!


shon parker

A comfortable library is also a must, built-in shelves and fun pillows. If only I could cover the entire home in Carolina Irving’s textiles…


… cozy attic bedrooms


… in yummy blues and whites!

House Beautiful HD #42 1108_AN_HouseBeautiful


I also want to plant hydrangeas and climbing roses, and potted boxwood candies, the more the better…

blue hydrangeas

Ina’s gardens have been my standard of achievable “how easy is that?” gardening skills. In all honesty, I’m sure she’s not tending the gardens herself, but a girl can dream.


ina 2


I’ve also pinned a picture of Patricia Herrera Lansing’s Hamptons pool, surrounded by hydrangea bushes and a rustic live fence. So chic…


Anyway, this is what I’m thinking about these days. Will we have all of these things at first? Of course not, but we are determined to work hard and one day make all of our dreams come true. And most of all, I can’t wait to start creating our forever home.

What does your dream place look like? Please let me know, I want to hear your thoughts on this…



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  1. December 12, 2017 / 11:07 pm

    Iubesc articolul acesta! Așa arată casa ideală! Sper că vei găsi curând casa pe care o cauți ☺ Crăciun fericit!

    • Eva Contreras
      December 13, 2017 / 7:56 am

      Multumesc, draga Alina! Mi-e dor de tine… pupici!

  2. December 14, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Uncertainty is so difficult Eva! I wish you and your husband the best of luck with your next step. Wherever you go, you will create a beautiful and warm home for your family. (Your daughter is adorable by the way!). It is awfully fun to dream about our dream home–the one in my dreams looks a lot like yours. Although, as I get older, my dreams have changed. I no longer want the pool, the large yard and garden, or the huge house, as I can’t imagine having to take care of it all! Sending good thoughts your way. XO

    • Eva Contreras
      December 14, 2017 / 12:58 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Elizabeth!!!

  3. Marta
    December 15, 2017 / 8:18 am

    what lovely inspiration photos! I’m sure that your new home will be all of those things and more 🙂 can’t wait to see where you land!

    • Eva Contreras
      December 15, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Thank you so much Marta! Have a great weekend 🙂