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Friday, January 14, 2011

Rome Wasn't Built In a Day

I originally wasn't going to post this because it got wordy and lengthy and no one would probably care.  But then my friend asked me if he should splurge on an expensive Pottery Barn piece, or be patient and wait for something better and reasonably priced to come along.  So here is my wordy lengthy post kinda related to that.

There was a post from How Does She last week was about taking the work out of housework.  She said: To quote one of my favorite organizers, Peter Walsh, “Your home is the outward expression of what you value, what you enjoy, and what is important to you. I truly believe in this as well. And decorating my home will continually be a challenge for me. Probably because I don’t know what to do with bare walls and am hesitant about making large scale (size and price) purchases. 

Anyway, she goes on to say that “First, you must create a sense of pride and ownership for the place you currently live.  Many of us aren’t living in our “Barbie Dream House” but we can make our house, apartment, or wherever we are currently living, our ideal home.  I often hear ladies say, “When we get into a bigger house, I’ll be able to keep it clean,” or “Once we move into our permanent house, then I’ll paint,” or a number of other excuses as to why we aren’t happy with our current residence.  Ladies, we simply can’t wait to start enjoying our homes.” In college, my roommate who was only around for one semester didn’t want to decorate her room one bit since she’d be leaving in four months.  And I remember saying “So what?! You’re living here now! Make it homey!” even if it was just a college apartment for one semester.

And as I shared my blog reading for the day with Doug he said (in regard to my slow decorating process), “But it takes years for you to fully express yourself and decorate your home.  The first year you were expressing I’m a boring blah person.  It’s going to take 10 years for you to fully be happy with the “expression” of our future house in the burbs with all the space available.”  And to that I said, HMPH JERK! Rome wasn’t built in a day.  So yes, it will take time because I want my home to be a cozy comforting retreat that expresses all the places we’ve been and all the things we’ve done. And you don’t instantly have those things. They come with time.  Our bare condo the first year was a new beginning, a fresh start, a clean slate and the start of a new life together. Jerk! On a sidenote, I am still super sad that when I traveled Europe in college, I didn't have a home (or luggage big enough) to buy things for at the time. And now, who knows when I'll be back to gather those wordly things to decorate my home with. L

In conclusion, if you are still reading my thoughts for today (thanks for hanging in there!), I’ll have to keep reminding myself that Rome wasn’t built in a day…It will take time…It will all come together…Be patient...You'll find everything to piece it together.  I love when I randomly find things that are just *perfect*.  Like these bed sheets I found recently at Target for Mia's room.  They match her rug and baskets and make me giddy.  You'll see when I eventually do a post on Mia's room, when I feel like all the details are complete, even though she's already one. I digress, again. I do my best to make our house our cozy home and it will be a continous process.  What is your bedroom/house/apartment/living space saying about you?

And because I'm not done talking yet (sorry!), this was our addition for the weekend. I've had these frames (which were empty) for months (as usual).  Since I ordered 500+ pictures last week, we were finally able to put these up.  I randomly spotted the frames for $2 each on clearance at Joann (reg. $7).  And they match our bedding and drapes perfectly (unfortunately I can't help but be matchy matchy, someone please teach me how to not do this).  I should've gone with my instinct and left that middle picture for a 5x7 frame, but instead I cut it and now there's Mia's giant face. If only I can find her footprints from the hospital, it'll get replaced. Something so small and simple, but I can't help but stop, stare and think about our year everytime I walk by. *happy sigh* After all that blabbering, Happy Friday! Frreal this time.