In the history of my blogging career (ha! we all know this is not a career for me), I haven’t shared much about how I decorate our house or the diy stuff I do; I’m not sure why I haven’t in the past, because it is something I dabble in regularly and it’s actually quite fun for me. Maybe it’s because I don’t consider myself an expert enough to give people a step by step tutorial on things, and I’m afraid if I try I will bore you to death; maybe it’s because there are so many home blogs out there and so many ideas on pinterest that no one needs my little ideas added to the plethora of what’s out there; maybe it’s because I know our home renovations will never be finished, and I keep waiting until they are to detail online anything we’ve worked on; maybe I don’t want people to see what I do and think “oh that’s so lame” (just being real, I definitely have issues with what people think of me sometimes); maybe I don’t want to come off as a show-off, like “look at my house, isn’t it awesome?” because it certainly could be awesome-r, and I do love our home but wouldn’t want you to think I’m braggy braggy about it. Well whatever it is, you get the idea. This blog just isn’t a diy blog…but that said, sometimes it’s just fun to see what other people are doing in there homes, and so maybe if I show you what I’m up to these days, you might get inspired to make a little change here and there on your home too!
I do enjoy changing things up in my house, but this summer has far surpassed the normal amount of changes–it really feels like a new house, at least my kids think it does, and it all started with a new couch. Really, we’ve been on the search for the perfect couch for our living room for over a year now, as our kids are growing and we just all couldn’t fit on one couch anymore without lots of groans and shoving. But our living room is very oddly shaped, with an extremely long wall butted up to a very short wall, which makes for an odd looking seating arrangement. And we have managed for seven years, but it was time. And we were just about to bite the bullet and purchase one from Bassett where we got our last sofa, when we decided to head up to the San Marcos outlet mall just one more time to make ourselves feel better about the decision (I can’t tell you how many times we’ve checked the Pottery Barn outlet mall for a perfect couch, but for some reason we thought we should do it one more time). And crazy enough, the first place we walked into, Restoration Hardware, had this grey sectional on display right in the front, and it really was one of those “aha!” moments, the only thing missing was the heavens opening up and angels singing and everything. We looked, we felt, we sat, we studied, we talked, and in less than one hour the sofa was ours and headed back to San Antonio piece by piece (and after doing a bit more research on this particular sofa, I discovered it was a custom ordered one and we got it for 60% less than the original price!)
Anyway, in came the couch, and all of a sudden our heads started swarming with ideas and plans, but then we went on our road trip so it got put on hold. But the night we got back, Luke ripped off the carpet on our stairs and the rest is history…(I’ll let the pictures do the talking).
So, here are some photos of the spaces in my house that we are thoroughly enjoying, after some labors of love this summer. And while they aren’t finished (there are empty frames on the wall waiting for something magical, and foot stools to still recover and lamp stands to spray paint), I figured if I wait until everything is perfect and finished I will never show you some of the things that we love as a family, and I’m sure it’ll never really be finished (or perfect for that matter) anyway. And also, I feel like you need to see our life as it is, even if there are things undone even in the midst of the pretty–because, sometimes it’s a beautiful mess, but sometimes it’s an ugly mess, and there’s room for that here, for sure.
Let me just say this once, I’m no interior designer, no expert, just a wife and mother trying to make a home that is comfortable, beautiful, livable, welcoming, and inspiring. I’m not detail oriented when it comes to backs of frames and insides of lamp shades, so I have no amazing tips on finishing pieces. But I do enjoy creating beautiful spaces in our home, so maybe it’ll inspire you to tackle that project that’s been staring at you for years. Because that’s what I’ve done this summer.
The little pile of junk behind the chair is proof that I have kids….