Our House

A Tiny Tour

Erik and I moved into our house about a year and a half ago. I've always loved HGTV and home decorating. To me, my environment is important. I think it says who you are and can have a really calming effect. Your home should be your oasis. It should be full of comfortable things that make you happy. Why do I light candles when I'm just sitting on the couch watching The Voice? It's just nice and for some reason it makes me happy.

 "Home is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other.  It is the place of confidence.  It is the place where we tear off that mask of guarded and suspicious coldness which the world forces us to wear in self-defense, and where we pour out the unreserved communications of full and confiding hearts.  It is the spot where expressions of tenderness gush out without any sensation of awkwardness and without any dread of ridicule."  ~Frederick W. Robertson

I've always loved my home. The house I best remember growing up in was much like any other suburban house, but my heart completely broke when my parents wanted a new, much nicer one a mere fifteen minutes away. I didn't even have to change schools. I just loved my home (and walking to my best friend's house every day!) and saw no reason to leave that happy, yellow place. When we moved into our new house I was fourteen. It was the height of Trading Spaces, one of the first "decorating on a budget" shows that I ever saw. I watched it every week with my mom and we talked about what we liked and what we didn't. I wanted to transform my empty bedroom to something cozy. On my birthday that year, I went with my cousins, aunt and uncle to a concert and when I came home, my family had completely redecorated my room. They'd painted a beautiful design and coordinated all my favorite colors. The best part was that they filmed the entire thing like an episode of Trading Spaces, hosted by my brother, theme music hummed by my dad. It was the BEST video and I wish I could post it here because it's hilarious. That was definitely one of my favorite birthdays. I love when I'm actually surprised by something. It's no easy task, just ask my husband who now knows I was eagerly waiting for his proposal for a day and before he finally did it ;-)

So for my entire time living at home with my parents, my room was basically the only room in the house that had any special paint or decor. It just wasn't important to anyone else (though I think they'd like it once it was done!). When I went to JMU, my best friend and I lived together in one of the campus's oldest dorms. We were determined to make it homey and went so far as to cut out construction paper to make our own pretend fireplace haha. Gotta do what you gotta do!

Old pictures 1866

So now I have my own house! Naturally, it's a never ending project that I think about often. It's fun! It took me many months to decide what color I wanted to paint the downstairs in our house. It's basically all one open space, so committing to these colors was a big deal. Here's the progress made so far on our lovely, little house:

our house 2013-10-03_0002Sidenote: morning glories are TAKING OVER our house. They're so pretty, but this happened so fast we're a little alarmed. And why the left side is covered in blooms and not the right? The world may never know.

I was also mid-mulching project during these photos. Probably should have finished first, but you get the general idea.

2013-10-03_0003 2013-10-03_0004 2013-10-03_0005 2013-10-03_0008My shrine to my wedding photos.

2013-10-03_0009 Our thumbprint wedding guestbook in the background.2013-10-03_00072013-10-03_00062013-10-03_0010 our house

Can you tell I like light? I hardly ever use the lights downstairs. You know, except when it's night time :)

There are no pictures of the upstairs yet because I'm still in indecisive mode for the upstairs. Our bedroom especially. It's a big room with a huge ceiling. And I bought curtains when we moved in to match our comforter that needs to be replaced and I want a new color. Oh and we share all this with a ferret and his cage. So I have to work out all these issues before I start a-painting again.

PS, if you haven't entered my giveaway contest yet or scheduled your Fall mini session, you should. It's here.