Lucy, I’m home: Home decor in Ethiopia

A week and a half away from my one-year mark in Ethiopia, and I’m finally ready to show off my house : ) Keep in mind I’ve only lived here the last seven or so months…and yes, it did take me all seven months to purchase all of this furniture!

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My beautiful entryway, complete with a rug and a darling flower pot given to me by Jackie…I killed the cilantro she had planted and am now trying my hand at grapes. Or weeds. I’ll let you know when I find out!

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My lovely entryway, with a bench (an idea I stole from Amanda), a calendar, a plethora of scarves, and far too few shoes.

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And now on to the living room…make sure to take off your shoes : ) I chose mattresses instead of chairs/couches because they are cheaper and they hold more overnight guests…I think nine is the most we’ve fit in here so far.

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And finally, all the way on the other side of the room…my bedroom! My biggest luxury: a queen-sized, spring mattress – worth every birr : ) Plus my wardrobe, nightstand, and brand-new bookshelf!

Then we move on to the kitchen. One side hosts all my food and is where I do all of my cooking. Thank God for propane stoves!

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The other half is home to my fresh veggies, dishes, drying rack, and buckets. I love buckets. I think I’m going to start collecting them : ) They’re just so handy. And they come in so many bright colours.

So there you have it. The life of a PCV in Hawassa, Ethiopia. Outside and to the right you’ll find my stone sink, cold shower, and porcelain shint bet. I feel pretty lucky to call this place home – especially now that the ceiling has stopped leaking! And in August, a lovely fridge will be joining me as well! I decided 14 months without one will be long enough. So bring on the cheese and chilled wine. Year two is gonna be great!

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