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If you read my previous post about my great room you'll know I spent some time snapping pictures of my home in an effort to capture those spaces that make me happy....because I'm in a pretty nasty season of life right now, and want to put whatever energy I can muster into creating gratefulness to offset the blues. That didn't include cleaning up before taking the pictures, don'tchaknow.
In looking thru the pics from my last post, I began to see my intentions in bringing in more color to my spaces and in using pieces that have sentimental value regardless of matching are serving me well so far. In sticking with my 'loves' and letting go of some 'likes', I've made space for the things that support my energy, and have become tools in navigating my way thru the aforementioned nasties.
So here's the kitchen. (Blue color on cabinets is SHERWIN WILLIAMS 'Watery') My Target clearanced boxwood wreath makes me all kinds of happy.
Please note I am missing a knob on the upper cabinet, and that stack of dirty pots from 2 days ago.
Those would be my brown socks. On the counter. And an almost empty bag of valentine M & M's in the fruit basket.
No judgement. They also make me happy.
Hard to see, but lots of birdies from my ever-growing collection have found their way into this space.
The painted box next to the vintage mason jars belonged to my mama. She is everywhere in my home.
That makes me happy.
A couple of $15 Target stools I painted up quick until I can find some counter stools I love.
They make me happy because they remind me that temporary solutions can be perfect for a season.
A colorful runner I picked up on a whim several months ago just happens to match my kitchen cabinets perfectly! Happy, happy...
Looking into the entryway, the vignette on my gramma's dry sink holds my mom's old gold oil lamp, and the signage my blog friend Julie Rose made for me hung on a thrifted beaded board door I painted. A rubbermaid tote just hanging out, as well as my winter coat thrown over a chair....whatev. It has ruffles on the be-hind, and of course that makes me happy.
Pretty clearanced runner on the table, with a zillion little things that say "a family dwells here".
The china hutch. Oh the china hutch. This is it's current incarnation (the 3rd so far), while I decide if I like the color. It came from my hubby's uncle. It's a happy color, but I'm still trying to decide if it plays nicely with some other elements in the room.....It's a couple shades darker than my blue cabinets on the opposite side of this space.
I haven't started on the bottom yet, so it sits in all it's mismatched glory while I ponder the color (It's ASCP Provence, rubbed back to show Shabby Paints Worn White).
Love me some thrifted white ironstone and pretty platters, though!
Under the stairs, in plain view of the dining room and great room is this office nook/dump station. It makes me happy because I know someday it will be awesome. For now, it's functional, and this pic will make a fabulous 'before' shot, yeah?
My bedroom. I
never rarely make my bed. No real curtains or stuff on the walls yet. But it's a haven. That headboard was a $40 bright brass beauty from the 80's that I sprayed with textured brown paint. Can't decide if I love the wall color, but I love that this room is on the first floor! Steamer trunk in a lovely shade of blue belonged to some of hubby's relatives. It makes me happy except when I jamb my toe into it on one of my nightly jaunts to the ta.
Mom's corner cabinet found it's home in here too, showing off my collection of pitchers.
By far, my most happiest place in the house can be seen thru this pocket door...
I get giggly every time I walk in here.....
I painted the secondhand mirror with ASCP in Duck Egg and distressed it. PERFECTION. And my wee china hutch fits perfectly between the vanity and the tub. Beadboard also makes me very happy. Duh.
And lastly for today, my little glass collection of birdie things....just sitting here on my gramma's old sewing cabinet-turned jewelry holder until I get inspired to
dust them move them to a more permanent location.
I'm surrounded by family heirlooms and items that make me happy. Don't underestimate the power your own spaces and things carry that can affect your moods.....I'm really gobsmacked by how documenting all the pretty things I have curated for my home conjur sweet memories and connect me with what's important in life. My house doesn't look like a magazine shoot or frumpy catalogue, but it fills me with peace and comfort for my frazzled emotions and twirling thoughts.
I think I may need to have an impromptu linky in which you, dear ::cottage:: readers, can share 'a day in the life' of your own home, even if it's in the middle of a renovation (ahem, Suzan...), singling out the decor that speaks to you, feeds you, and makes your home YOURS. Cleaning beforehand not necessary or recommended.
What say you? Wanna play?
(pssst: sharing this with That DIY Party, Mod Mix Monday, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, The Scoop, Tweak it Tuesday, Inspire Me Tuesday, Inspiration Exchange, What We Accomplished Wednesday, Be Inspired, Twirl and Take a Bow, Knick of Time Tuesday, Be Inspired, The Inspiration Gallery,