Here are some photos of our new house that I’ve taken soon after we moved in. When we move to an overseas post for my husband’s job assignment, we usually live in an assigned home furnished by my husband’s office. We live with what we call “welcome kit” provided by the office as well as the stuff we brought in our suitcases until we receive our shipment. (Welcome Kit consists of all the basic items you need to live such as bedding, linens, kitchen cookware, dishes, silverware, iron, cleaning items, etc. ) This living situation is much better than living in a hotel especially if you have young kids.
It is nice to live in an assigned housing in a sense that you don’t have to get stressed about finding your place in a new country where you are not familiar with the city, whereabouts, language, culture, and so forth. Even though I love the process of finding a new place to live and seeing many apartments or houses, I cannot imagine going apartment/house hunting with my two small kids right after moving to a brand new country while dealing with other challenges of getting adjusted to a new environment.
I wish we could move with our own furniture though. Our furniture is in a storage back in the States. If we stay overseas for 10 years, for example, that’s how long we will not see our furniture (there are some exceptions, but a majority of the houses are furnished) and that’s a long time to live without your favorite furniture! I understand that it is more cost-effective. The sizes of the housing we get at each post vary, so it makes sense to keep housing furnished by the office.
I explained my situation here as this is unique to our life. I find the housing and furniture we are provided with very nice, but it does not represent who we are or how we like our home to look like. I find it more challenging to create our home that articulate our taste if we do not have our own furniture to speak for us. I, however, thrive in this challenge. It requires more thinking and creativity (although I lack of skills in a creativity department!). I would like to reintroduce our home as I finish decorating or make changes and show what I have done to our house to make it look more like us over the course of the next several weeks (or months).
I plan on making my next post about a change I made in a small stairway area between the living room and dining room. I hope you’ll come back to see it!!