How I Love The Home I Have: An Inspired Tale
We’ve touched on this before.
How easy it is to get caught up in the world of newer, brighter, shiner… better.
I want to talk to you today about how I love the home I have, how it’s evolved and how I stay content. Even while I plan new exciting changes. Because I think you can do both.
If I look back and recall what our home looked liked the day we got the keys, it’s easy to feel good about where we are now. It really helps keep things in perspective.
Nothing like a good (bad) before photo to see how far you’ve come!!
This was our living room, many years ago now.
Our living room area is the hub of our house. With our open floor plan, it’s the heart of our home, even more so than the kitchen because of space and comfort. For me it’s a favorite not only because all our big family moments happen here, but because it’s truly the spot in the house that is my respite. The end of a day here will often find me here, curled-up in my big chair, letting out a long breath… and commencing with the relaxation!!
The house has went through a few changes since that photo above was taken, and it continues to morph. We started out in the beginning with new windows, a fresh, clean, neutral-tan wall color called Cottonwood, and new carpet. And we were happy! For several years. Decor changed and moved about but the walls & carpet stayed the same.
After years of covering up where the hunter green hearth tiles had been (I may have taken a sledge hammer to them) we decided reworking the fireplace mantel and hearth was a must on our to-do list.
What we settled on wasn’t a full tear down & gut, so we were able to update it on a $150 budget! I think it’s important to have a budget, have a plan & to prioritize your projects.
And sometimes good enough is just that. Good enough.
A little more time went by, and after an unfortunate flood, and some major saving, another project came up.
New flooring. Definitely a case of “silver lining” on this one.
Which led to more fresh paint (by me) over the summer we (my hubby) installed our new hardwood floors. That was a big DIY project for us and it pretty much took… all summer. From demo to the last bit of baseboard being laid.
About the time that happened, my husband started the ball rolling on the next project. He thought the pretty new floors were so pretty… that the blinds absolutely, positively had to go!
He didn’t hear a peep out of me. I was instantly on board. (imagine that?haha)
That led to upgrading our window coverings from plastic mini blinds & homemade valances, to plantation shutters. The difference was night & day! We had plantation shutters at a previous home and these felt right immediately. Between the floors and the shutters, our house was really feeling so much more like us.
More changes like painting our front interior door, are really helping to slowly bring our home in-line with the vision I/we have for it.
You know, I’m always torn between typing I or we. My husband is pretty much content to let me decorate however I like (and I love that about him!) but he also has such a hand in so many of the big projects around here.
Anyhow, for someone who craves change, like I do, those smaller projects keep things from feeling stagnate and add personality to the room.
Adding curtain rods is something I just did in the last few months, and I’m looking forward to being able to switch out drapery panels as a fun way to change things up! This is one more way to keep things interesting and change the look and feel of the room with little effort or expense. I already have an extra set and I’m just saving them for when the mood strikes. What I’ve had my heart set-on from the beginning is a black & white buffalo check. So far, no luck.
But I’ll be patient. It’s actually fun to having something on your wish list. After all, what fun would life be if we got everything we wanted?
Not very much at all I don’t think.
You might notice furniture here moves & changes a lot. I’ve always moved it about rather frequently, but recently I’ve let go of some big things and acquired in their place new, interesting pieces that appeal to us and better fit our needs.
Like many of you, I love to paint things I’ve rescued, or change colors simply to give them a new vibe! I also love to sell old pieces I’ve tired of to buy new ones.
I’ve found changing rugs creates a whole new look in a room too! Part of the fun of having the wood floors now. I never new I liked rugs so much! Won’t be getting too carried away though, as they are a little more spendy than my all time favorite decor item.
On occasion we make things from scratch too. Mostly, I describe what I want and my husband builds it. If he is home, and I try to make something, the project tends to get taken over. He is getting better about letting me do some building now, and I know it’s done out of love…
and him wanting it to stay together when I’m done.
Or not break his tools?
It’s been fun getting to look back and reflect on how our little home has changed over time, and I am confident that we will continue on a froward path, as time and funds permit. Slowly making our home better and continuing to have it evolve to meet our changing needs and reflect my changing style.
Decorating our home, for me, is all about having it feel good & function well. As my moods, the seasons and the seasons of our lives change, so too does our home.
I’m happy I got to share with you today how I love our home, in all it’s stages.
And also to share with you a beautiful new coffee table book, “The Inspired Room – simple ideas to love the home you have” from my friend Melissa at The Inspired Room. Melissa puts in to words, so many simple, straight forward, real life, functional ways to embrace your home. Plus, her ideas include and account for children, pets and even sometimes husbands! (wink-wink)
You can order your copy [here] today, it will be available on November 1st!
You’ll find big, beautiful photographs, paint colors suggestions, seasonal decorating suggestions, everyday decorating suggestions… how to mix patterns and so, so much more.
A little more news! You are invited to participate in The Inspired Room tour too, and have the chance to win a $300 gift card to Anthropologie! All you need to do is create a post with the requirements found HERE and submit your finished post URL link HERE! Entries will be accepted until November 10th.
Thank you so much for sharing part of your day with me today!
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