Even though I’m a carpe diem kind of girl, I seem to spend most of the time in my house thinking about things I want to do to it. The hardwoods are in dire need of refinishing, I want to hang crown moulding everywhere, we really need some new furniture.
The long, cold winter, it seems to me, breeds discontent in my heart. I am so grateful for all that we have, but the serial home improver in me looks around and imagines a new couch here, a fabulous DIY project there. With this house, Mark and I are turning over a new leaf and only doing home projects as we can afford them, vs. financing them with a credit card or a home equity loan. But friends. Patience is not one of my gifts. I struggle on a daily basis to balance contentment with my home as it is right now, with my dreams of what it could be.
Do you suffer from this too?
Lately – is it the dawn of springtime? – I’ve been finding myself actually admiring corners of my house. Unexpected spots that are far from my dream vision and yet, bring me moments of – yes – contentment.
Maybe looking for parts of my home that I enjoy should be part of my daily agenda.
Last week this little piece of art that I bought from Joss & Main arrived and I put it where I could see it everyday from my blogging spot.
It’s small, but the blues and greens are the direction I want to go in this room, and this scene reminds me of Cape Cod and Marshfield, beachy parts of Massachusetts that I am so fond of. The Nantucket scene in the framed print below is one of my favorites by Thomas Dunlay, a well known artist that lived in the neighborhood I grew up in.
Sometimes when I’m sitting in the dining room and glance into the living room, I remember what these rooms looked like when we first moved here, with peach and rose-hued walls and lots of orange wood trim.
Even though it’s taking me time – years – to turn my visions into reality, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to make this house our comfy, cheerful, light-filled, happy home.
It’s so far from done, but it’s a journey I’m glad to be on.
Thank you to my friend Andrea of Oak Ridge Revival who recently shared some favorite spots from her home and inspired me to take a fresh look at my own.
Today I challenge you to look around your home, maybe even with camera in hand, and find a favorite corner of your abode – and then come back and tell me all about it!