Is it okay to say that? 😀 Because I do. When I’m walking around the house, I have this thought.I can’t believe there is a house that reflects me so much.“I didn’t design and decorate this house for everyone, and not everyone will like it. That’s perfectly fine. I designed and decorated it.” for me. (Well, I designed with Matt’s needs in mind, but I didn’t decorate it with him in mind, because he really couldn’t care less about decorating. 😀) But , everything about this house, the colors, the artwork, everything perfectly reflects my love of color and my personality.
During June, I was in a book club that met weekly. Our last meeting was last week at my house. There were 8 of us in the group. One of them is a close friend who has been to my house many times, but the other 6 of them have never been to my house before.
Last week, one of them said he was looking forward to seeing my house because he had seen my blog and was looking forward to seeing it in person. A few other people were interested and wanted to see my blog too, so I told them how to find me online and they immediately commented on all the colors I had in my house.
So last week we met at 7:00 pm, and although our normal schedule would have been to meet from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, last week we spent about an hour looking around the house before going into a book discussion. rice field. I must admit it was a lot of fun for me. I always love showing new people my home and seeing their reaction to the different projects I have completed. And each time I do, my love and appreciation for my home is renewed. I am also very grateful that I had the time and opportunity to build a home that truly reflected. myself While catering to Matt and his needs, I also considered my personality.
I’ve come a long way to get to this point of having a home where I love to entertain, and for years I thought I would never get there. Over the years, the main “public” areas of the house have been either under construction or in various stages of completion (unfinished stages, to be exact), and I cringe every time someone comes to the front door. I wish it was just a sales person or delivery person and don’t feel obligated to invite anyone inside.
I remember when I first started living in this house and tried to do something with what I had…
And when what we had didn’t work, I tried filling it with some thrift store items.
But whatever stage the house was in, I have been grateful for it every day for the last ten years. I appreciate the fact that I have a roof over my head and am grateful that my mortgage payments were low. And never left us home poor. But while I appreciate having a roof over my head, I cringe every time someone knocks on my front door and eventually all “public” spaces (and even private areas like my bedroom). ) is something very different to have this house. home gym, master bathroom, etc.) are all complete, usable and worth a tour when new people come over.
There is something very different about having a “.just make it workIn the living room, which we started in the picture above, is the “this really feels like meLiving room now.
It’s such a wonderful feeling to hear knocks on the door and not panic or fear because people are coming up to see this…
But instead, I feel the excitement of seeing this…
And finally having a home that looks great and truly loves has helped me learn more about myself. I never thought of myself as being kind. I have always believed that other people have a flair for hospitality, but I don’t have it and probably never will.
But it turns out that I love having people at home. I love seeing people using our homes and having fun. I’ve never thought of myself as a fan of hospitality, but in the end, I was drawn in by the fact that I’d never lived in a home where I felt safe taking people with me.
So what’s my point? don’t know. 😀 I just had that experience last week too, so I thought I’d share. But I really hope it will inspire you. Among the people who visit me regularly, I think there are many people who are undergoing long-term renovations and renovations. Some of you have said that you live in “”.in progress” The house has been in the midst of construction and renovation for years, and some have lived there for over a decade. I hope you will continue to do so. I’ve been working on this house for nearly a decade, and in the last few years I’ve finally felt like this: i love my houseand I love having people at home.
So take these projects in small increments no matter how long you’ve been working on them. A home that you love and that truly reflects who you are, a home that makes you want to leave the front door wide open when you hear an unexpected knock, or a home that makes you excited to volunteer at the book club when you need it. Keep striving for it. where to meet. It felt like it took forever to get here. There were many times when I wanted to give up and many seasons when I felt like I couldn’t reach the finish line. But now that I’m on this side of things and finally got a home I truly love, I know it was all worth it. And it will be useful for you too! So keep going!
In Addicted 2 Decorating, I share my DIY and decorating journey of modifying and decorating a 1948 Fixer upper that my husband Matt and I purchased in 2013. Matt does most of her work because she has MS and she cannot do physical labor. I do my own housework. You can learn more about me here.