I cannot even with this new (old) house.
I love it so much.
When I was growing up here, it always felt like home. You know. The kind of home that you leave to go visit a small island in the south pacific and when you return and walk back into your front door and everything got cuter while you were away. I never really decorated it, though. There was my room and Laura Ashley wallpaper and matching comforter and shams, but most of the time? Most of the time I just spent living in it.
Now that I’ve had the incredible, amazing, I-can’t-even-believe-it’s-even-possible opportunity to buy it back and make it our own?
I love it even more.
And somewhere between Thanksgiving and New Year’s and Christmas and have 25 people over to the house and hosting friends and having a few parties and celebrating people dropping by with all these yummy recipes….
….we remodeled seven rooms in the house.
I know, right?
I’m as surprised as you are.
We just kept working and working and one day I looked up and seven rooms were done.
There’s a reason for all the changes and remodeling and painting and trim work and thrift store furniture projects.
And just between us—there’s no inspiration like a deadline.
And tomorrow is the day.
The day my team from my publisher is coming to film a video series at the house.
(total aside: I literally cannot even believe I just typed that sentence.)
See, I wrote this book called the DIY (Decorate It Yourself) Planner that’s scheduled to be released March 6 and I wanted to make sure that all the tips and ideas and creative projects and how-tos were explained so it would be even easier to use the planner and design a home that you love. So we came up with the idea of a decorating course to go along with the book.
And the best part?
It’s FREE if you pre-order the planner before March (if you pre-order it now, be sure and keep your receipt so you can enter the order number for access to the video series).
There will be 10 short videos that walk you through the planner chapter by chapter.
Just me and my new (old) house and laughter and joy and all things decorating.
I wrote the scripts for the videos and they mostly go something like this:
Me: blah blah blah blah (laughing)
blah blah blah (helpful tip)
blah blah blah (you CAN DO THIS) blah blah blah (creative idea) blah blah blah (more laughing)
And so on.
If you need encouragement and a smile with your decorating—this is going to be the video series for you.
I’m going to show you all the rooms and all the before’s and after’s.
But for now, here are a few little glimpses of the rooms and the finishes and the new style for the new (old house).
This is the dining room rug and the feet of the dining room table.
This is my grandmother’s chandelier.
I put it in the back of the car and drove it across the country.
And now it’s hanging in the dining room.
I’ve been thrift store shopping like it was my full-time profession.
Here’s one of the pieces I found at the Habitat ReStore for 50% off.
I didn’t even know it until I took it up to the counter and went to buy it and she told me the sticker meant that it had been here for a while and it was 50% off.
Hello lucky day.
I painted it SW Mindful Gray and it’s in the back entry.
Right next to this rug.
And this bench.
With this pom pom throw.
These windows are in the dining room.
I bought them from a vintage store downtown and added my own finish to them.
They’re on either side of the smocked jute curtains in the dining room.
Next to this hutch I bought at the thrift store and painted and distressed and added these Hobby Lobby knobs.
And these chairs pulled up to the farmhouse table.
And that’s just the beginning. I didn’t even post about the laundry room or the bedroom or the hallway or the downstairs family room.
There is so much to tell and talk about and show and celebrate.
I can’t wait to share the journey with you.
Thank you for being a rock star.
Thank you for sharing coffee and decorating glimpses on a Monday.
Thank you for the encouragement and joy and laughter and allowing me to share my heart with you.
Thank you for being you. 🙂
PS You can see all about the DIY (Decorate It Yourself) Home Planner and details and even a few of the pages here.