For the past two months or so I've been antsy to change things at home. It may have been the fact that I was lying in my mothers home for so long and started online shopping for rugs, shelves, and whatever else. Or it could be the fact that my step mother decided to re-decorate their entire house and started asking me for advice--- which means I had the great pleasure of choosing paint colors, tile, patterns, etc. And of course it made me start thinking "what can we do at home?" Not that we need anything else in the house--- but you know, I'm itchy for changes around here (for a whole set of reasons). Anyway, I thought I would let out all my brain farts of 'lets change this and that' thoughts--- as they take place. I normally just show end results, but why not, right?
So we finally said goodbye to our yellow dining room rug. I may have mentioned it, but I never cared for it much. I enjoyed the color, but disliked the pattern. It was a hand-me-down from my SIL who accidentally received the wrong one when ordering. Now, as a second place holder we have this red and blue rug. We we like better--- but the red and darker tones don't fit as well. I'd like to eventually change it-- but I'm in no rush. The perfect long term rug will one day find me-- I know it. This one was also a hand-me-down, from my MIL. Thanks, Beth!
I obviously have rug issues---a surprise to no one. And I have a collection of rugs in the back room that we (I) like to swap and move around when the feeling strikes. I might eventually sell some of the back room ones locally, if any of you guys are interested.
We also hung a hanging table in this room (that is waiting to be decorated). And I took down (my favorite) green leaf curtains (from 12-ish years ago) because the green curtains + red rug = christmas. I'm hoping to hang those back up one day, when the red is no more.
Our white space. We're going to do something here. We have a few ideas of what we want to build or create-- probably something along the lines of a huge art piece or buying a display piece of some sort. It's the only wall in the house without those awful wall divider/moulding things--- so something big would actually work here. And I'm handing off the blue bench to my friend Lauren. I like it, but I don't love it. Alex doesn't care much for it. Lauren loves it, win.
This space needs work. We had a basket for the longest time for all our loose ends of things to grab when leaving. (you can see it here). We took it down. It makes me very happy that it's gone (and now outside with plants in it), but we need some other functional piece to take it's place. again, Waiting on the perfect piece. We also moved the yellow stool that was here outside for plants--- (though I might move that back inside). I'm not sure what to do about all the shoes-- they'll probably just stay there though-- it's easier for everyone. We also hung our (mostly my) very large collection of hats. I think it works.
My office space/guest room was completely pink/purple when I moved into this house--- even the chandelier--- Alex hated it. (See pink room HERE). I didn't mind it, but I do agree the room could use a lot of tweaks and touches to be a bit better. (you can see the room HERE). Nothing crazy, just some more little things added, or moved around. And I need to finally invest in a desk-- but I'm having a hard time finding one I like. All the ones I like are too small. All the big ones are a bit too pricey. Anyway, we finally took the chandelier down for me to paint. Then I wrapped bulb holders in string-- though I'm not sure if I love that detail yet. We still need to hang it back up before I can decide.
Hung this little beauty on our gallery wall. Ideally I'd love to take down all the art and photos, paint the wall a crisp white (it's the original beige-y off white that was in the house when we moved in) and start over with the wall. Realistically, I'm probably too lazy to make that happen anytime soon. But it would be nice.
Our living room is staying the same. Well, theres a floral chair that I'm debating on for this space-- but other than that, we like our living room a lot-- and with the exception of a large plant we intend to buy, it'll be like this. We did go through our cabinets to organize and get rid of some of Marlowe's toys before her birthday gets here. Oh, but we did take down the retro light fixture that was in the hallway entry to this room. I don't think we plan to replace it with anything--- I'm just happy to have it go. Oh and another thing to go-- I'd love love love to have all the popcorn ceiling removed from our home-- but again, that seems like so much work--- more than it's worth probably.
And last, but not least, I purchased a new mirror and some shelves too to add to our bathroom. (you can see bits of our bathroom HERE.) Our bathroom is interesting-- ideally I'd love to tear down and change both of them. Realistically, I don't see us doing that anytime soon. It's a big project and more money than I want to spend on something that really doesn't need to be changed. (though a bathtub seems so nice). Same goes for kitchen--- I'd love an overhaul--- but every time I start making plans to move forward in changes, I back down, because of things like: vacation wants, my car running into the ground, ten million hospital and doctors bills. I'm a bit too practical when it comes to the bigger aesthetic, non needed things. I'll totally fix up a space with some paint, thrift finds, and a few accessories without much of a second thought, but overhauls? I debate. Anyway, I bought new shelves for our space-- something that flowed a bit more with the rest of our bathroom and bedroom. The mirror we had in the bathroom was especially ugly before, but adding this one seemed to tie in the light fixtures, the rest of the original gold hardware-- and even made the bathroom tile (that I really didn't like) look more attractive. A nice easy change. I'm hoping to take photos of our little, slightly weird bathroom space later.
I'm sure I'm missing a lot of other details-- I've been on a kick to change a lot. Maybe it's a control thing-- I can't control and fix my body right now, but I can't work on the house--- next best thing, right? ;) What else? Well, we'd love to paint the house in the near future--- and we finally decided on a color--- pink. Yep. Pink. I was leaning towards a blue, but we're going for a pink potentially with blue details. I'm into it. Maybe we'll do it this winter when it all cools down and our garden doesn't look like a tornado hit it.
Anyway, hopefully this post wasn't too weird or boring. I just thought I could share and you guys could get into my (and Alex's) over-thinking "what should go where" head. He really is the same as me with this stuff-- and I am ohhhh-soooo-grateful for that. Since I've met him we've compulsively moved stuff or battled at what angle something should sit at. But when your husband suggests he wants to turn a rainbow lantern into a lamp for your bedroom--- well, thats magic and true love to me.
I hope you guys are having a great week. I'm okay, tiny ups and downs. On and off brain fog. Still mostly avoiding people since I fear how zombie like and weird I must (or might) come across. But I'm doing okay. Thanks again for being here <3