My sweet husband sent me on a getaway trip so I could literally get away and get inspired and refreshed. As I sat this morning and hugged my kiddos goodbye I was reminded that they really are the very things that inspire me. Their lives and their laughter are my world and they push me to find beauty in things that I typically wouldn’t find on my own.
When I first got into decorating my kids were very young. I desired to make spaces pretty but did not consider the practical. Even in my own home, I would say ninety five percent of my home was decorated and planned from a design standpoint but not with children and family in mind. Even though the house was built in the 1920’s and was in a nice historic neighborhood, it never truly felt like home to me. I realized I had created a place that didn’t consider the needs of my family and I had created more of a museum of untouchables rather than a home to be lived in. We sold that house and we were on a mission to find another house to renovate and Chip was set on a house I honestly couldn’t stand. It was built in the 80’s and had zero character. I remember at the beginning, Chip and I were standing out in the front yard- he was trying to make an offer on this foreclosed house and I was waving my hands at him telling him I wanted nothing to do with this house.
When we closed on the house I was still bent on having nothing to do with this home. I told Chip we were going to flip it and move on. We took our kids over there and that’s when the light bulb came on for me. The kids loved it there, they would play hide and go seek in the sea of built-ins and they slipped and slid all the way down the dark and narrow hall from the 80s. It’s at that moment I realized that home was meant to be a place where your family could truly live and be- even if the house was the ugliest one on the block. For me since I loved design, the trick was creating an atmosphere that was pretty and practical so it truly felt like home for all of us. When we were finished with the renovation, this house had my heart. I loved it and felt like it was perfect for our family- it’s amazing what can happen to a place when you realize what its purpose is for.
If this blog accomplishes one thing, my hope is that you feel inspired to be intentional with your home. No comparing. No complaining. No self-criticizing. Instead, may you take the space you have and do your best with it. Look at the world around you and find out what inspires you- use these very things to be the inspiration for your home and watch your rooms come alive.