One of our main goals with keeping up on the blog is for our friends and followers to get to know us better and get a glimpse into the everyday life besides just our latest products, which we actually have some more coming to the shop soon! Stay tuned!
But today I want to switch gears from fashion and sewing and talk a little bit about another personal project of mine I have going on; more on the interior design side. When my husband and I bought our house I was really excited to have a place that was actually mine that I could do whatever I wanted with. Our first “big” project was giving our guest bathroom a makeover. After that project and settling into our house more, it hit me that I don’t even really know what I want in my house and realized that interior design was a LOT harder then I thought it was going to be. Maybe it’s because I’m such a perfectionist and I like to get things perfect the first time. Whatever the reason, I was not enjoying myself and was constantly second guessing my choices. The problem was not having things I liked. I’ve seen so many spaces on pinterest, the HGTV channel and in friends homes that I saw and LOVED. In fact I appreciate so many different things and styles that I guess the real problem I was having was narrowing it down to what style I saw for not only myself in but my family living in.
For example, we all know that white anything; furniture, kitchens, walls etc, is all the craze right now and I’m right on board with that craze when I see a beautiful, bright room with white couches or cabinets. However, at the same time something made me feel uneasy about it. If it was just me I could totally see myself in a little “all white” cottage, snuggling up on my white couch with a good book but having kids and a husband who love all things outdoors I could see myself going crazy trying to get them to keep all that stuff clean. Let’s be honest, I can barely keep up with all the house cleaning as it is and having white things that just accentuate the dirtiness even more. Not to mention, I have the worst track record of getting stains out of things, needless to say, I would be a stressed out mess.
I think I’ve finally come to terms with not needing to join the latest fad to have a bright and welcoming home to live in, especially, not when I know I would always be stressing out about keeping it all clean and looking good. (FYI I’m a stresser. I stress about lots of things and mostly little, insignificant things so I don’t need one more thing to make me more so!) I also realized that I don’t need my house to look super styled up and look straight out of a magazine for it to make me happy living in it.
So now that that’s out of the way…We’re starting our first, big project that involves an actual contractor! Another thing which I’ve come to terms with is that I don’t need to feel like I need to do everything myself just because I admire people that can. I’m learning that on certain things I don’t mind calling in an expert and letting them do what they do best or just buying something instead of taking that amount of time to do it myself. Boy have I learned quite a lot in the first year of home ownership! I still won’t say I 100% know what I want and what style I am looking for but I am starting to feel a little more comfortable about the choices I make and what is going to work best for my whole family while still loving it!
Let’s finally get to the project…our family room.
Besides some basic room updates like carpet and baseboard we’re mostly focusing on one wall of the family room that has the fireplaces. This wall with the fireplace is really the best wall for a TV but with the mantel there and all the stone we haven’t been able to do that. We figured why not make it more functional for us and in a way that suites us too. So of course the first, necessary step for those needing a nudge in coming up with ideas was jumping on Pinterest to look for some inspiration. I came across this photo that fit almost perfectly with what seemed like a right fit for us.
So far it’s a really slow process. After weeks of trying, we finally got our contractor to come over and talk details with us. We’re slowly getting the ball rolling and I’m hoping by the end of spring we get this finished and under budget…talking like a true novice at home projects haha! I will keep you posted on the updates!
What style or feel have you chosen for your home? Did you struggle with coming up with it? Any advice?