They told me it was a vintage crab cage…but it looks like a chicken crate to me :) Whatever it was, now it’s a coffee table- in our family room. I’m drawn to the raw wood mixed with all the white…
You know what? I’m not an interior decorator. I actually have a degree in Elementary Education with Kindergarten certification :) I taught K & 1st graders for about 13 years…and they were some of the best years of my life! And you’ll just laugh when I tell you this…I moved the furniture around in my classroom EVERY.single.week.
My neighbor teacher would hear the screeching of the tables sliding across the floor, and she would open my classroom door and say “You’re re-arranging AGAIN?”…gosh I miss her :)
My little students could count on one thing, the room was always changing. At that time, I had no idea that I was practicing for my next adventure…an adventure in decorating my home.
When God provided new careers for my husband & me…then I had more time and energy to put into my home. One little DIY project at a time, it has evolved into a house we love. Not to confuse house with home…to me, the house is the structure. However, your home is how it feels inside. I wanted our home to feel comfortable, welcoming, cozy, and most of all- a place where my family could enjoy being together.
So where do you start? How do you find your style? What if you have a small budget?
You take one room at a time. That’s what we did. We decided we liked the “farmhouse look”. Do we live in a real farmhouse? No, not yet :) Therefore, we had to create the look ourselves. We painted one room at a time, added flea market furniture, and got new light fixtures. I had inspiration photos to refer to on my computer. But other than that, I just gathered things I LOVE.
I say all this to say…YOU can do it, too! You can makeover your home little by little. Gather inspiration first. PINTEREST is an amazing site to start with. Take a look at my Den Ideas Board HERE…you’ll notice that all my chosen photos have things in common. Raw wood, white, vintage items, chandeliers, white sofas, etc.
Yes, your Pinterest boards can tell so much about you :)
But, most of all, find things that you love, put it all together, and you’ll create a room that you love!!
Inspiration is everywhere in today’s world. Blogs, magazines, Instagram, and Pinterest have ideas galore. Just remember…stay true to what YOU love. No one can create the home YOU love most, except for YOU.
Sometimes I look back through old photos of our house when I first started blogging, and I say- “what in the world was I thinking???” Yes, I learn by trial and error. I put things up, I take them down. I re-arrange furniture, only to put it right back where it started. I style a room one day, re-style the next. My home is just a work in progress. And isn’t that the fun part? The journey and adventure of creating your home.
So, what about you? Where are you on your journey of creating your home? Are you just starting out? Are you starting over? Or, maybe you are a veteran, and you’ve settled in? I’d love for you to tell me your story :)
And, I hope you like my crate coffee table :)
I’m joining French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday