I Love My Dwelling – Addicted 2 Adorning®

Is it okay to say that? 😀 As a result of I do. There are occasions after I stroll by my home and suppose to myself, “I can’t imagine that I’ve a home that’s so reflective of me!” I didn’t design and enhance this home for everybody, and never everybody loves it. That’s completely advantageous with me. I designed and adorned it for me. (Properly, I did design it with Matt’s wants in thoughts, however I didn’t enhance it with him in thoughts as a result of he really couldn’t care much less concerning the décor. 😀 ) However the whole lot on this home — the colours, the paintings, the whole lot — is so completely reflective of my love of coloration and my persona.

Throughout the month of June, I used to be in a e book membership that met weekly. Our final assembly was final week, and we met at my home. There have been eight of us within the group. One among them is a pricey buddy who has been to my home numerous occasions, however the different six had by no means been to my home earlier than.

The earlier week, certainly one of them talked about that she was excited to fulfill at my home as a result of she had seen my weblog and seemed ahead to seeing the home in particular person. A few others had been curious and needed to see the weblog as properly, so I instructed them tips on how to discover me on-line, and so they instantly commented on the entire coloration in my home.

So final week, we met at 7:00pm, and whereas our regular schedule was to fulfill from 7:00 to eight:30pm, final week we spent about an hour touring the home earlier than even attending to our e book dialogue. I’ll need to admit that it was a lot enjoyable for me. I at all times love exhibiting new individuals my home and seeing their reactions to the varied tasks I’ve accomplished. And each time I get to do this, it provides me a renewed love and appreciation for my house. It additionally makes me so grateful that I’ve had the the time and alternative to create a house that actually displays me and my persona, whereas accommodating Matt and his wants.

Getting up to now the place I’ve a house wherein I like to host individuals has been a protracted journey, and for a few years, I assumed I’d by no means get right here. For thus a few years, the principle “public” areas of the home had been below building, or had been in varied phases of completion (or extra precisely, non-completion) that I might cringe each time somebody got here to the entrance door. I might hope it was only a salesperson or a supply particular person, and that I wouldn’t really feel obligated to ask anybody inside.

I believe again to these early days on this home after I simply tried to make do with what we had…

And when what we had didn’t fairly work, I attempted filling in with some thrift retailer objects.

New living room furniture arrangement

However whatever the stage the home was in, I’ve been grateful for this home day by day for the final ten years — grateful for the truth that we had a roof over our heads, and grateful that we had a mortgage cost that was low and didn’t make us house-poor. However there’s one thing so completely different about being grateful for a roof over our heads whereas additionally cringing when somebody knocks on the entrance door, and at last having this home the place the entire “public” areas (and even the extra personal areas, like our bed room, house fitness center, and grasp toilet) are all completed, usable, and tour-worthy when new individuals come over.

There’s one thing very completely different about having the “simply make it work” lounge that we began off with within the images above, and having the “this really looks like me” lounge that we’ve got now.

It’s simply such an incredible feeling to listen to a knock on the door or have individuals come over and never really feel that panic or dread as a result of they’re going to see this…

However as a substitute, to really feel pleasure that they’re going to see this…

And having a home that’s lastly presentable, and a house that I really love, has additionally helped me study extra about myself. I’ve by no means considered myself as hospitable. I’ve at all times been satisfied that different individuals have that present of hospitality, however I simply don’t, and I most likely by no means will.

However it seems that I like having individuals in my house! I like to see individuals utilizing and having fun with our house. I by no means knew that I had a love for hospitality earlier than, however because it seems, I used to be simply being held again by the truth that I’ve by no means lived in a house that I felt comfy bringing individuals into earlier than.

So what’s my level? I don’t know. 😀 I simply had that have final week, and needed to share. However actually, I need it to be an encouragement. I do know that there are lots of of you who go to me frequently who’re additionally doing long-term renovations and remodels. A few of you have got talked about residing in your “in progress” houses within the midst of building and renovations for years, and for a few of you it’s been ten years or longer. I simply wish to encourage you to maintain going. I’ve been engaged on this home for nearly ten years now, and it’s simply been throughout the final couple of years that I’ve lastly felt like I like my house, and I like having individuals in my house.

So hold chipping away at these tasks, regardless of how lengthy you’ve been at it. Hold working in the direction of having that house that you just love and that actually displays you — a house that makes you are feeling excited to swing that entrance door vast open if you hear an surprising knock, or a house that makes you excited to volunteer when your e book membership wants a spot to fulfill. It felt prefer it took me endlessly to get right here. There have been so many occasions that I needed to surrender, and so many seasons when it felt like I’d by no means attain the end line. However now, being on this aspect of issues, and ending up with a house that I really love, I can see that it was all value it. And it will likely be for you, too! So hold going!