Maybe more than I’d like to admit, I’m digging deep into our own blog archives to remind myself of a paint color we’ve used, where we bought something or – and probably most importantly! – showing contractors what’s behind our walls. The hunt for the exact type of lumber we used for our dining room fauxdenza will, in turn, churn up old photos, and it never seems to fail that this will happen the day after I say to Scott, I feel like we’re moving so slooow. In moments of standstill or indecision, I’ll compare ourselves to friends who have recently moved and are already sipping their wine in a completely pulled together home, and he’ll remind me, sure, but we both know you love this.
This. ‘This’ is the process of making our house our home – slowly. He’s right. I was reminded of ‘this’ again when I stumbled across a photo of our living room one year after moving day. The layout remains the same today, but all the small changes have added up! Never underestimate the power of those tiny tweaks. In 2014, our walls were a soft blue-gray (Behr’s Pensive Sky), the nook was a greenish teal (Behr’s Blue Fir), and we were still in figure-out-what-we-really-like mode:
Today, the walls are less blue. Last year, I re-painted them Benjamin Moore’s Intense White. It was subtle, but my heart and the house let out a long, happy sigh. We recently toned down the rug, too, and after accidentally finding this adorable dining table in an outlet, that also changed. The laminate media center was painted, and our gallery wall grew in both art and style of frames. Slow and steady.
The in-between photos remind me that we’re rarely in a standstill; yes, slooowly, we’re making progress. I found this one, below, where the walls are still blue, although the gallery wall had started it’s evolution. The kitchen, with the exception of a new refrigerator, hadn’t yet been touched:
Now, the view towards the back of the home feels so much more like ‘us.’ Simply adding a houseplant to that between-living-spaces gap was proof that greenery is everything, and the afternoon sun through our dining room windows always adds so much warmth.
As trinkets from travels, a shiny new vase and pottery collected from local markets started to gather, things start to feel new all over again. And a few months ago, we finally found a home for our winter elk photo (still one of our favorite thrifty scores to date!):
Off the living and dining spaces, our funny little nook didn’t last long as Blue Fir, and soon after, I got a wild hair to go dark. We landed on Benjamin Moore’s Narragansett Green (which appears much more navy in our home), and yet it still feels so upbeat because of that window. Here it is before and after:
If I’m being honest, I doubt we’ll ever call this room done, but as I sifted through old photos and gathered new, I was reminded that there’s proof in moving slowly (there’s that word again!). We’re still figuring out what we love, and there are also things we’ve talked about changing – one day. There’ve been the small changes that get us in our guts, and there are some that, maybe, are placeholders. I’m looking forward to seeing how this room looks in another 5 – 10! – years, because as we continue to grow, so will our home.
(And just for fun, remember this?)
How do your rooms evolve? We’d love to learn more about you, so if you’ve opened up your home with a blog (or any corner of the web you enjoy sharing), please leave a link with your most recent tweaks!
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