As I’ve worked on our new house, my ideas of home have slowly been evolving. It’s easy for me as a perfectionist to want all the newest, best, and highest quality in my home. However, as a middle income family, I can’t have those high of standards. Of course, I get bummed sometimes that I can’t afford to rip out all our flooring, our master bathroom, or kitchen to make it exactly what I want RIGHT NOW! With my love for design, I can always envision my home in its most perfect (future) state, but it’s the waiting that is so difficult for me. So, I’ve been trying to remind myself that perfect isn’t really what I’m aiming for to begin with.
I get most of my home inspiration from Country Living magazines, Kinfolk, and images on Pinterest/blogs. I actually truly dislike high-end design. I love taking what you’ve got, letting it speak to you, and transforming it into its best self. That’s what inspires me so much about Country Living is the gradual transformation the feature homes take on. They go from old, abandoned, rough to fresh, lovely, inviting homes. Not perfect houses, but lived-in homes. Kinfolk’s ideals speak to me in the same way as they embrace simple, quaint gatherings amongst friends who love you more than your perfectly honed lifestyle. As to what I’m drawn to on Pinterest, it’s usually cottages and cabins that have had life breathed into them, rooms with lots of personality, or projects that repurpose ordinary items.
So my new home goals are….
1) to appreciate the simple, imperfect, and gently-loved items that fill my home
2) to enjoy the life-long process (of collecting, decorating, fixing, gardening, etc.)
3) to not apologize for unfinished projects
4) to still proudly invite friends and family into our little slice of paradise
5) to continue to embrace our new “country” lifestyle
So here’s to being content with our homes filled with love not perfect stuff!