3.13.2014

Shifting From A House To A Home

thrift shop
tj maxx
local boutique // the gingham owl 
 urban orchard frames
(obsessed with this company-you build your own frames, choose your own colors, decide which insert you want from glass to corkboard, etc etc)

Until this past year, I had no direction or stance on what I wanted my home to say about me. Typically I would purchase things that were either on sale, took up a lot of wall space, or were made of canvas found in the aisles of Kohls. I was more concerned with matching this with that, getting items in the right color scheme, and little pieces of decoration that I believed "would look nice and that others would like." None of which reflected any ounce of my own personality nor did any space in my home ever feel inspiring, cheerful, or like a place I truly enjoyed being in. Recently I decided I wanted to be a little more free and a little more me when decorating our home. The way I look at it now is this place, our home, is where we spend the majority of our time. I don't want everything to match, I don't need everything to flow, I just want it to reflect what we want our home to be....cheerful, inspiring, joyful, and fun. I absolutely love walking into this space everyday and knowing it's so far from perfect, but it's so perfect to me. I love smiling when reading my walls or glancing over at a giant picture of a sailboat reminding me that Summer is right around the corner. I love the random sea urchins hanging in our living room, the giant disco ball looking light hanging in my office, and the vibrant pops of coral scattered all around. I am so glad I stopped making my home look like what I thought it was supposed to, but rather made it a space I love to be in. What does your home say about you?


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22 comments:

  1. Oh how I miss Target and all there cute and affordable home decor.

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  2. I love this. Everything is very unique and says a lot about you! I need to get out of the isles at Kohls. I always buy cheap and end up disappointed…Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. Love it all! It really does look inviting and cheerful! I am working on a gallery wall right now. It's crazy that I sell prints to hang on the wall and only have one up! I've been trying to support other artists that inspire me to fill our walls with inspiration, so I don't only have my own artwork up, but even still, I only have a few. I need to get on that!
    Eva Marie Taylor

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  4. I've been really trying to work on making our house our home. It really is a slow process because it isn't breaking yourself from buying the piece that simply seems as if it just needs to go there. I think your place looks wonderful and is a true reflection of y'all.

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  5. i love your decorating. that is all.

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  6. Love all the decorations and the paint colors! If only I could repaint my room so it's not hot pink anymore!

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  7. I wish I could decorate with as much color as you! With all of our moving, I'm trying so hard to resist home-ifying our apartment, but decorating is just so much fun. I'm super obsessed with your "YOLO" banner. Perfection!

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  8. Looks great, love the picture angles and contrasting colors. Nice post!

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  9. I love your decorating! I can't wait until we buy are first home and I am able to decorate it how I want it :)

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  10. Everything looks awesome! I can totally relate on wanting everything to be "matchy" or "perfect". But I feel like I don't enjoy decorating our home nearly enough when I let it get to that point. No good. Love that your home reflects y'all. It is so fun!

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  11. Going from a house to a home is the best feeling!

    agirlandhersparkles.blogspot.com

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  12. I am so jealous we don't have Target in Germany. I've never even been to this glorious place but you guys seem to get all the awesome stuff from there!

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  13. My home says I need to dust more often! Love your blog - I always read it first thing in the morning.

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  14. Oh my gosh I love your sense of style and the way you decorate! So cute and lively and colorful. We are still working on getting things up on the walls, but I feel the same way you do - I want it to look like ME - which isn't all matchy-matchy and perfect, but it's perfect for us :)

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  15. Your decor is awesome! It's happy and cheerful and I love that. It can be easy to get caught up in making it all "match" or be "the way it should be" but you can definitely tell that your decor reflects your personality! Love it!

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  16. I would like to pay you much of my money (I stay at home and homsechool my kids, so don't get too excited) to make my house look like a home. Your colors, your ideas, the life behind your decorating is so beautiful and bold and perfectly wonderful. Homemaking is many, many miles from my specialty so I am in awe and wonder at the beauty of your home. Gorgeous!

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  17. My philosophy has always been to decorate with what I love. My home is an eclectic mix of new, vintage, colors and neutrals. We are in the process of buying a new home and I'm so excited for the opportunity to start over and put together a home that now reflects not just me, but my husband and step-children as well!

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  18. That's a great way to put it! Your home looks like you and it's beautiful! Which is a direct reflection! I've learned this is a slow process, I'm still trying to do the same in my home.

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  19. This is fantastic! Sometimes I get so stressed about making sure everything in my house is picture perfect that I don't even stop to enjoy my time at home. Thanks for reminding me to slow down and make my house a home :)

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  20. I seriously love this post. I LOVE a home with personality. And sailboat pictures!! :) These are good things to keep in mind, as we'll be moving to a more permanent home in the next few months.

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)