Warning, this blog post may a little bit more serious than normal. It’s my theory that we all live several lives within our lifetime; at least 4. As our situations change, we adapt and reinvent ourselves, and surroundings. The reinventing of self (mind) is not my expertise, but reinventing a home, I’m not too bad at after lots of moves and much practice.
I grew up in the Seattle WA area, living in the same house, going to the same schools, with the same wonderful friends from pre-K to High School graduation. Lots of stability, which is great for someone with anxiety and a distaste for change. In 2001 I moved to Southern CA, away from my family, my friends. My world was tossed around like those Bingo balls in a wire cage. Before the big move to California, my now ex husband and I got rid of nearly everything we owned; we wouldn’t have room if we were going to live like minimalists, on an adventure. Ha! I kept repeating to myself, “it’s just stuff, it’s just stuff”.
Flash forward to a divorce after a few years in California, and more moves than I can count in a 15 year time span. I have had practice at “rebuilding”, and I want to share what I’ve learned. How to create a new home that YOU love. What better way to share than a new blog category.
I do have to share another reason for my inspiration. I started sharing pictures of my projects with one of my favorite retail associates at the Salvation Army. I was so excited when Jerry had stopped in and said she was bummed I wasn’t with him; she was inspired to refinish a piece of furniture, and wanted to share it with me. We went back in the next day and I searched her out so I could hear about what she restyled. It was such a great feeling that I could actually inspire someone to try something new and create for the first time. Gives me a lump in my throat.
So, what will I cover in this blog category? In a nutshell, ideas to help you create your new home. I will share things I’ve learned on finding good sturdy furniture pieces to revive, how to repair, steps to paint your “new” vintage furniture, and creative storage for small space living. It won’t be all furniture, we’ll also cover all those other essentials you need in your home. I will refrain from using words like “budget”, or “cheap”, to me that doesn’t sound like home. I will share how to create your home, AND keep your cash for that trip to Italy you’ve always wanted to go on.
Yep, I finally have my fairy tale ending; I met my Prince Charming. I am happy to report that four years ago I met one of the very few Gentlemen that actually exists out there (he’s handsome too!). I’m still getting used to someone opening all my doors, and treating me like a priority. The moving has ceased, and together we have been working to create our home for our crew, Shay, and our heard of fur babies.