Marshall and I were married 7 years ago this coming April. Although I had seasons of life where I could decorate my own space, this started the true beginning of my home decor journey.
For the first 5 years of our marriage, we rented and so our decorating bandwidth was limited to what we could do with minimal nail damage and living with the paint choices and carpet that our landlords deemed worthy.
But then…we moved into our first home. We could choose our own paint colors! We could knock walls down or build them! We could rip up carpet and lay wood flooring!
Two years later, many spaces in our home make me quite proud and other areas leave a lot to be desired. Up to a few months ago, when people would come over, I’d have these pockets of proud spaces I’d show off followed by a million excuses or explanations as we passed by a less savory area of the house… what this lack luster space would be…eventually.
And then I picked up a copy of this amazing book called The Nesting Place by Myquillan Smith. I LOVED IT.
She gave lots of wonderful tips but the best thing she communicated was freedom to decorate without the expectation that it be perfect. Take a look at this cover.
Amazing! But look again. Did you happen to notice that beautiful chair is propped up by books???
After reading her book, I started looking at my spaces asking questions like: Why not? and What if?
And not worrying about the number of holes in my walls. Or if I the placement was perfect. Or as much about what others might think.
Making a home home takes time. Just like any other part of your life worth the investment. And lately I’ve been a lot braver and as a result a lot happier with our home sweet home.
I would love to invite you into my home in the coming months as I share with all who care to read and see my journey of home decor scores and definitely some fiascos as well.
Welcome to my home!