This weekend I spoke at the Country Living Fair.
It was wonderful and glorious and full of sunshine and things that rhymed with bintage and bibby and more inspiration than a person should be allowed to take in a day.
I talked on how to decorate for a little more than a dime (please note that the title was adjusted for inflation).
And it went well.
Except for the ending.
I know…right? I had this perfectly planned ending and somewhere around slide seventeen I realized I was out of time and abruptly mumbled something like, “Here’s my back porch” and awkwardly pronounced that I was finished and asked for questions.
And left my incredible, inspirational, amazing ending hanging in space.
So I thought I could make it up to my ending today and ask for a mulligan. A do-over. I’m going to kind of re-create the talk and add what I should have said right after slide seventeen.
Mumbling not included. 🙂
I started with the view from my back porch.
I told them about the blog and discussed why I started a blog and explained all about blogging and oddly spent five minutes encouraging the entire audience to start a blog even though they had come to hear about decorating on little more than a dime.
Chasing rabbits while I talk.
Then I led the audience through the house.
Room by room.
And I pointed out a project in each room that was free or almost free.
In the living room, I talked about removing wallpaper.
And making this linen scrap pillow.
You can see the entire DIY here.
Next stop, the front entry way.
The project for this room was adding architectural pieces to the wall that you found on the side of the road.
Every cast-off has a story.
Sometimes someone else’s trash is your treasure.
Next stop, the family room.
I suggested making a pillow out of drop cloth and adding pom poms.
You can see the DIY for this project here.
Next stop, the kitchen.
I talked about the recipe wall and how we made the plate rack and added the recipe.
Next stop, the bathroom.
We talked about claw foot tubs and sinks from yard sales and making this DIY bath caddy out of a piece of wood.
Next stop, the bedroom.
I talked about painting plywood sub floors and making drop cloth drapes and seagrass rugs (I oddly spent literally about five minutes just discussing seagrass rugs).
And I ended with how to find milk glass at yard sales and decorate with it.
And then I got to this slide.
My front porch.
And that’s where the awkward, mumbling, see-you-later-it’s-been-nice-knowing-you-please-subscribe-to-my-blog-by-e-mail-and-do-you-have-any-questions entered into the picture.
So here’s my mulligan.
Here’s what my ending and I really wanted to say.
Your home is yours.
Every brick. Every room. Every space. Every window and door and floor and counter top and cabinet and empty wall.
And the most wonderful, incredible, amazing thing you can do for your home….
…is love it.
And fill it with things that you love.
And people and family and friends that you love.
If you like color and pink flamingos, fill it to the brim with that.
If you like soft pinks and lace and chippy frames and cups that don’t match….let them fill up your spaces.
If you like gold and maroon and disco balls, go ahead….decorate with it and make it yours.
If you like burlap.
Or cow bells.
Or pillows that squeak when you squeeze them.
Embrace it all even if the magazines or blogs or fancy decorator’s or the decorating television shows or random speakers that forget endings tell you otherwise.
Because when you fill your rooms and your spaces and your windows and doors and floors and counter tops and cabinets and empty walls with your heart….
….your house truly becomes a home.
PS Thanks for listening to my mulligan. 🙂