Thursday, March 19, 2015

It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful--The Nester

Anyone who's spent half a minute reading home blogs recognizes that quote from The Nester.  Myquillyn has given so much of us permission (and for some reason, we needed that permission) to move away from the ideal of pinterest-worthy homes and blog-perfect decorating and more towards generous hospitality and a cozy home for our people.

So, I am inviting you in to sit on my comfy leather couch in my recently painted living room and visit a while!  We downsized from a large new house on an acre to a smaller 1980-era house in a more convenient part of town so that my children could spend more time in their house rather than in my SUV.  I do miss my bigger, newer house, but we've been working on making this new house our home and it's starting to grow on me.

The living room had that glossy paneling we all love to hate (and popcorn ceilings-grrr!) and after living with it for a couple of years, I convinced my husband that it was time to do something.  It was impossible to get enough light in the room to take any decent pics, but here's the best I could do with the before photo:


And here are the much lighter after photos:




It's a room that I love to be in and reflects our family and things we love--old professional photos of my husband from his rodeo days, Pendleton blankets, vintage wooden skis, treasures from antique stores, handmade furniture from family.  It's a happy place for us and I'm ready to stretch my wings and be more intentional about hospitality.  It's still not perfect--we need to touch up the ceiling where we scraped the popcorn (grrr!)...and remove a little paint that got on the fireplace...and caulk some edges...but I think it's beautiful.

So, the next time you don't think you can host the youth group or a family gathering or coffee with your friends, do a quick pick-up, make some tea and open your doors.  It will do your heart good.


Sources:  
paint--Benjamin Moore White Dove in Behr Primer Plus Paint
vintage fringed Pendleton blanket-ebay (similar)
metal basket with rope handles-decor steals
frames for rodeo photos--Target (extra 10% off with code SHAMROCK)
Red Cross Pillow--the Cottage Workroom on etsy
old Safeway Stores metal bin on hearth--local antique store

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