Today is not going to be one of my proudest blogger moments – but I felt compelled to share this post. Regardless of how embarrassing it may be.
Allow me to explain.
A few days ago, a friend from work was showing me some things she wanted to do around her house. We talked about it a little bit, and then she sighed and said, “It must be so nice to have your house all done and decorated.”
When did that happen?
“My house is far from done and all decorated.” I protested.
To which she replied, “Well, it looks all done and decorated.”
I thought about it for a minute, and realized that it probably does look like our house is all pretty from top to bottom. I usually only show pictures of the finished rooms – mainly being the living room, dining room, and entry way, because those are the only rooms even close to being complete.
While I want nothing more than for you to enjoy your visits to this blog and pick up a tidbit of inspiration or two, I also want it to be a realistic and encouraging place. I hate to think that people may leave here feeling discouraged with their home or the progress that has been made.
It takes years, people.
At least it does for us – and there is no shame in that.
So today, I’m going to share with you the good, the bad, and the ugly of the home behind this blog.
This is a judge-free zone by the way – you can’t hold any of what you’re about to see against me. 😉
You’ve all seen the good. One too many times, I’m sure, but here it is again…
The Living Room.
The Dining Room.
Even the upstairs hallway is taking shape.
But what do you know about the bad?
Ever since returning to the firm full time, I rarely set foot in this room. It has become a disorganized mess and seems to be the favorite dumping ground for anything we don’t know what to do with. It’s a hodge-podge of furniture and style and is just drab. I talked earlier this year about giving it a makeover – I needed to think through a few things and I’m ready now to make it happen. The next few weeks are going to be about cleaning and purging – it’s all coming out! – and then it’s time for paint.
The Guest Room.
I don’t know if it’s bad – but it’s not good. It’s sporting a half-hearted attempt at being decorated, a wall color that doesn’t jive with the rest of the house, and an overall feeling of the blahs. Sadly, I have new bedding, some revamped furniture pieces, and wall art all ready to go for this room (and have had for some time now) – I just need to pick a new paint color and get to work.
The Master Bedroom.
Ugh. This room. I am still debating on the type of bed I want to get for in here (read that discussion here), so everything else is at a standstill. It’s kind of a sore subject with me – let’s not talk about it.
I’m dreading this next part, but here we go. Moving on to the ugly…
We were all excited and ready to have someone else come in and rehab this space for us…until we found out how much it was going to cost. Yikes! I’m sorry, but a room that’s hardly big enough to fit two people shouldn’t cost ten thousand dollars by the time it’s all said and done. Just no. We’re back to the drawing board and trying to figure out a way to make this one happen ourselves. If we had another shower in the house it would be no big deal, but you see how quickly we work on things around here. 😉
Oh, the kitchen. The linoleum…the hanging plaster… the bare lightbulb…the ripped contact paper countertops. Really?? Is any of this acceptable? I think not.
The Sun Porch.
This one is probably the biggest disappointment for me. We cleaned the whole space out, installed planks on the ceiling, and then proceeded to start piling all sorts of random stuff out there again (That’s a peek at some of this summer’s treasures! 😉 ). I was so looking forward to enjoying this space this summer and fall, but here we are in August and we haven’t completed a thing on our to-do list. Looks like this one won’t be taking shape anytime soon.
Hopefully this hasn’t left you all running for the hills, desperately hitting your unfollow buttons, but I really wanted you to see that we’re living in a home that is a work in progress – and I’m sure many of you can relate to what that’s like. It’s been almost five years since we moved into this house, and while we’ve accomplished a lot – we still have a ton more to do.
I do get discouraged by it from time to time, but it’s a journey, and a process, and sometimes it’s not going to go as quickly and efficiently as I would like. So what. One day at a time, it will happen.
And while we haven’t done anything close to what we had planned on doing this summer, we have started work on our new front steps. I am super-duper excited for how this one is turning out – but you’re going to have to wait a bit longer to see how it’s progressing. Stay tuned, friends!