It’s a good day for a heart-to-heart, don’t you think?
It’s only natural, as we move into a brand new space, that my head fills with all sorts of ideas and plans. As you might expect, I would do all sorts of things to this latest home of ours’ if I had unlimited time (and unlimited financial resources, ha!) But the reality of our situation is also setting in. We are only here for a year. There is a time limit on what I can do here…and because of that…there are practicality limits as well. As much as I want to…I can’t makeover this entire house. I can’t re-do our decor from scratch. I can’t furnish every inch of this space. I can’t customize our things to this house too much…because a year from now, we’re going to be tearing it all apart and heading to another new home. Even though we’ve only been here two weeks, I already feel like the clock is ticking down. I hate feeling rushed.
When I dwell on this too much, it gets me down. This lifestyle is wonderful, but re-making a home (when you’re someone who loves it as much as I do) over and over again can also be really draining and mentally and emotionally defeating. Not being able to do everything you want to do in a home is just plain frustrating to a gal like me. While I’m tempted to mope about it (and trust me, I’ve done my fair share of moping about this particular move!), I also recognize that I have a really unique opportunity here. Because I need each space we live in to feel like a home; because of this blog; and because of you guys out there reading…I’m choosing to shrug off the “what does it matter” thoughts that creep in every now and then and instead embrace our story. I’m acknowledging that we are only here for a year, and am challenging myself to make this house a home all within our time, budget and practicality constraints!
When I first sat down to put this post together, I originally planned to do inspiration boards for all the spaces in this house. But they weren’t coming together. The reality is, I’m not planning massive overhauls. Yes, there will be new things and new fabrics and new colors introduced and (some) new room schemes. But instead of a full-house makeover like our last home, this move is all about puzzling our “old” things together in ways that feel fresh and further refine our aesthetic and our lifestyle. I can’t take on the big home renovation projects other bloggers can. But I am ready to put my creativity and ingenuity to the test and come up with new, unique, renter-friendly, and budget-wise projects and real life solutions that we can all use to make our houses a little homier and our lives a little prettier!Here’s a few things I’m plotting on this side of the screen:
- We’re not painting (or at least trying really hard not to ;)…so I’m embracing our white walls and bringing in colors in other ways!
- We’re not replacing everything we have (like our last move)…so I’m coming up with new ways to give our old things fresh looks.
- We need to watch our budget…so we’re making choices about what we need in this house and what we really don’t.
- We’re accepting that we’re here for a year…and that not everything will get done!
Here’s a look at things on my mind lately!
And last but certainly not least. I’ve been working for months with a graphic designer on a new brand/blog overhaul and we’re getting close to the end. I’m gearing up to to get the new site up and running (hopefully) in the coming weeks. If I disappear on you for a bit, that’s most likely what I’m working on! Here’s a sneak peek of where we’re headed!
Thanks to this blog and some goals I’ve set for the year, I’m actually super excited about the year ahead. I think you guys are excited too because I can feel the momentum building around here lately! All the comments and pageviews and likes and pins from my last few posts have had me walking on cloud nine all this week – so thank you to all of you for your encouragement and support!