The home is where the heart is. It is where we enjoy our days, and eat our meals. It is where we spend time as a family. It is where we make memories that will shape who our children grow to be. Where you live, and how you live, has a profound effect on your families happiness.
When our son was born, our entire perspective on life changed… and so did our priorities for what we wanted in a home. We had so many questions and choices laid out in front of us. The biggest, of course, being where to live.
We are an International Family. I am American. My Partner is Dutch. Our son was born in America, and holds a dual citizenship. It doesn’t end there. My partner is also a resident of Malta, but he has owned a vacation apartment in Italy for years. We both work from home, so there was really nothing to hold us down to one spot.
Our previous lifestyle, of constant travel and change, was fun… but was not right for our son. We want him to have a normal childhood… or… as normal as you can get with two dads. We wanted a big garden to play in, and a nice place to go to school. Of course we also want to show him the world, but our priority is really just to make him happy. If we can fill his childhood with as many happy memories as possible, we will have done what we want to do.
It was for this reason, that we decided to stay with him in Italy. It is such a beautiful country, full of happy passionate people, stunning culture, and a high-quality of life. Italians appreciate children, and celebrate parents. We are sure that Milan will have the happiest first years of his life, here in Italy.
Although we already had a place in Italy, Arno and I both agreed that we needed to find a new living arrangement. Our apartment was wonderful, and right in the center of a great city, but we both knew that it just wasn’t the right place for a kid to grow up. We were on the sixth floor, and our only taste of outside was a small balcony and an empty communal courtyard. There were no other children to play with. It was loud, and polluted. As Milan started to get older, we saw how much he wanted to run, jump, and play. We wanted more space and more privacy. It was for this, that we began our search.
After two exhausting years of searching all over Italy, my husband and I finally made the decision to purchase the most beautiful property I have ever seen. I am humbled and so grateful to be able to call this place our new home.
I am grateful that we are no longer living in an apartment. I’m looking forward to creating so many memories with Milan in such a wonderful family home. Its been a lot of work, and we’re still trying to settle down, but I thought I would share a few quick photos of our new place.
WELCOME TO THE WHITE HOUSE
Note: These are the photos that we took before we first moved in. Since then, we have changed a lot but I haven’t gotten a chance to take any good photos. I’ll update you with our improvements as we continue to renovate!
Be sure to watch out for updates, and transformation posts as we try to turn this villa into a home!