So I’ve been trying to write a blog post now for about 4 days.
I’ve been staring at photos of projects that I’ve done – that we’ve done – and all I’ve done, is kept staring at them. It’s not a creative block. It’s not discouragement or even boredom. It’s something different.
When I set out to start this blog – under its original name northofseven (which is why I have some old entries with that watermark – ugh…watermarks) – I had intended on it being a home renovation blog. That went well as you can see by the insane amount of craft projects in my project gallery. If anything for someone who doesn’t host a lot of parties in her home, I sure as hell have a lot of party and Holiday celebratory decor in there.
And it’s nothing I am ashamed of, nor do I not like it or plan to stop. It is something I really enjoy doing and will continue to do.
But something in that Project Gallery has been missing for me. And that something is our home.
I was chatting recently with Kristen from Storefront Life whose blog I love and whose style I adore. I mean every time they post a project I think “I need that in my house”. We share such a similar decor aesthetic so I covet their projects so much that I tell everyone I can at any opportunity to go visit their blog. I mean look a their printmakers cabinet. Are you kidding me? When can I have the brought over? I’ll find somewhere to put it.
And Kristen being the astute observant person that she is, noticed a pattern in our conversations where I kept lamenting about all the stuff I need to get done in our home. And how much this irritated me about it. Moving right now is a non-option unless you find me a winning lottery ticket to a different home. We like our budget the way it is thank you very much.
So the reality is, either I get off my ass and make it a home I love while we live here. Or I just keep wistfully staring at all the things I want to change, procrastinate and then after we fix them to stage the house for sale in 5 years or so, wonder why the hell we didn’t do it sooner.
This is tied into another thing that happened this month. I had walked into our future home office where I store all my craft and project supplies and instead of being inspired to make something, I got annoyed that all of it was sitting there cluttering up my space. I was so tired of using the same old stuff and holding onto items thinking “well maybe I’ll use that one day” and never using it.
Then I remembered back in January reading Jennifer from Brave New Home and what she wrote about in her New Years resolutions. And she said this one little thing that stuck with me all this time and it made so much sense to me at that moment.
And that was “Less Crafting More Home Designing”. It’s the idea that while it’s great to do a craft project, that sometimes you get so caught up in that, that you let all the stuff you want and even need to get done around and for your home, fall to the way side.
Every time I turn around there is something that I have on my To Do list for the home.
– Make storage bins for the entry way and the basement.
– Paint the banister.
– Make a new bench or storage trunk for the entryway.
– Fix the curtains in the bedroom. Paint the bedroom. Decorate the bedroom. Get new bedding for the bedroom.
– Finish the office. Finish the desk for the office. Paint the office.
– Make or find a new side table for the living room and basement.
– Decorate the basement walls. And shelves.
– Make or find new pillows.
– Make or find new pendant lights for every room in the house.
– Redo the bathroom vanity, mirror, medicine cabinet and possibly tiles. In both bathrooms. Fix the ceiling in the bathroom.
– Renovate the kitchen. Get all new appliances to replace the 15 year old ones.
Have I covered every room in the house? Oh no wait, redo the front porch, the front garden, move the backyard vegetable garden, make new planters and plant a new tree.
For the sake of keeping it real, here’s the chaos of the home office that it was up until this past month.
So why did I stop writing about this? Why did I stop trying to make our home into the one we love?
It’s time to change that. It’s trying to find a better balance of my love of this world…
…so I can start to love this world again. To start decorating and organizing and hanging stuff on my walls.
Can you believe I found this shelf at the Salvation Army for $4?! And it’s been sitting on my office floor for almost 2 months now.
It’s also about how to use my time wisely. And money.
Because let’s face it, despite what you can see on HGTV, home makeovers in real life are usually not done in a 22 min stretch of programming. It takes time to find the right pieces, to redo them, to save up money for the bigger purchases and especially the renovations. Kitchens and bathrooms are not cheap.
And in between those projects, I am giving myself permission to not stress out if I don’t have a craft project to post about – unless I love it and we actually did a craft project. Because even those craft project dollars add up really fast. Maybe I can share things that I like? Maybe I can review products? Maybe I can write about…stuff? Do you remember reading blogs with words vs skimming photos? I kind of miss that.
So I’ve slowly started on the home projects and the first of them I’ll get up here by the first week of May. Until then I have a trip that I need to go on and write about over in the French Quarter while eating a ton of Beignets.
Now a good blogger would have lined up a whole bunch of guest bloggers for the week they are gone.
Me? Have you met my Instagram account? Come hang out. I’ll be there til next weekend.