Thursday, May 10, 2007

Thinking about decorating

I have been thinking a lot about the house lately and how I really admire the homes I see of people who somehow manage to pull it all together. Like Stef's beautiful home Scarlett. (I would kill for that kitchen!) We have been living here for almost two years and our home still looks like we just moved in, meaning we still have the ugly orange carpet, hideous drapery, original grotesque paint, empty rooms with little or no furniture, and the furniture we have is mismatched - and not in the funky good way. I know it takes time (and money) and blah, blah, blah, but there are some things that I could be doing that I am not. Call it laziness or being too busy, it's probably a combo. At any rate Once School is Over* and I get a wee break I am going to focus on the things I can do to make our house more of a home. Like paint! And put art on the walls! Jeff often complains that there is none of my art on the walls. I think about that a lot and I just don't know what I want! Where do I start? I have no idea. We don't have family pictures anywhere either, I don't have any frames and I really don't have a lot of knick-knack type stuff and what little I do have is all congregated in the same spot. Basically what I am saying is that I need more junk.

And some vases. I have NO vases. Our lilac tree is blooming:

and I wanted to bring some of that wonderful smell into the house and I realized after I hacked off some blooms that I had nothing to put them in. I had to use my Eva pitcher which totally works in a pinch but I was wishing I had more containers to choose from. I put the pitcher on my bedside table and even though the rest of the room is empty looking and is the home of the elliptical machine this little spot is a little beauty oasis in an otherwise aesthetically barren room:
Not to mention the smell..heaven!

*Once School is Over - I find myself saying this a lot lately about some of the things I want to do that I haven't had the time, like sewing, cooking, painting and other crafty-arty related business.


Gabs said...

Hi Erica! I've been visiting your site for quite some time now, but I think this is the first time I've posted a comment.

I've been there when it comes to decorating. I found that what helped me the most was to concentrate on updating one room at a time (I started with our bedroom and I'm still working on the house - our nursery is next).

It was much less overwhelming this way and once the first room was done, I could go in there when I got frustrated with the others. Good luck and I'll keep checking back to see your progress.

9:53 AM  
stef said...

Please don't feel like you HAVE to. You just need to enjoy each step of it. I am often frustrated and have found myself falling asleep to indecision over paint colors :) You are definitely not alone. Scarlett (far from being done) and I thank you for your kind words!

Remember, one room at a time. And believe me, you don't want more junk. Just a few precious and loved pieces.

5:50 PM  
Erica Mulherin said...

Thank you guys for the words of wisdom, I really appreciate them! I have made the decision (gasp!)that the next "room" I am going to work on is going to be the entry/hallway. I have tacked a couple of paint chip strips to the wall to see if I like the colors and am thinking about what kind of art I can hang on the walls. I am excited to get started! Once School is Over....of course.

9:32 AM  
marné said...

I am so with you! I'm finally tearing down the hideous wallpaper in my living room and taking down the dusty, nasty mini blinds after living here for 5! years. Sometimes it just takes time to find the inspiration, but I think I've figured this room out, and I'm really excited to get it done, finally. It's going to take a little while, but one step at a time and it will be done and beautiful. Good luck with your hallway, I can't wait to see what you do!

7:41 PM  
eva said...

I understand your need for more vases. I have two, and these are actually for candles (swimming candles that is). Whenever I go to shop for buying some, I come out with empty hands, because I don`t like any of them! I think I have to look somewhere else. And maybe not in here, Germany :)
Good luck with decorating!

10:49 PM  

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