I don't know how my February Winter Break turned into a month-long break, but it did. As usual, life gets in the way of getting my blog together. But I'm back!
I think I've mentioned before that I'm quickly morphing into someone that cannot sit still. Maybe it's all the coffee, maybe it's the kids (I feel like if I'm crazy busy I tend to get even more done, how I don't know, but it's happening to me).
I remember the days that my husband and I would sleep in until well past 10am, have movie marathons, go out for a drink a few nights a week. Those days are long gone (4 years, to be exact) but are not easily forgotten. How did that woman turn into me? Now I've got at least 3-100 projects going at any given time, driving kids to school, music class, art class, gymnastics, making meals, laundry, cleaning, and all before 8am.
I think I'm reminiscing because I'm running on a serious lack of sleep the last two weeks. Why didn't anyone tell me that 4 year olds start having nightmares that require mommy to stop by and lay with them at 3am. Every night. And re-sleep training a 2 year old went pretty darn well, except that now I have to put her back into bed at least twice a night because 3 more teeth are coming in. I've been reviewing, and I don't think I get more that 3 hours of continuous sleep ever. Until they're 18???
But I'm off topic. I started this post intending to talk about the Spring Design Refresh that I'm tackling in my living/dining room. After the girls' birthday party I immediately started thinking about my next big project. And of course I'm bored with the house after being stuck inside because of the tremendous amount of rain we've been getting.
Back in November I stumbled upon the greatest online "course" (find it here). The premise is to love the home you have, not the one you wish you had. So I've been re-designing my room with the idea/hope that I'll use items that I already have around the house. There are some vital things I need to get (rug, curtains, lamps...), but I'm hoping most everything else will be repurposed from other rooms in my house or something I DIY. Personal challenge time!
I started it in late January, took a few weeks off, and am now getting back on board. I'm tired of living with a bland "neutralized" room. I need some style back!
Since I'm not done yet, I thought I'd share some Before pictures of the room. A little lack-luster and bare, as I had just de-Frozen-ed the room from the girls' birthday party, but you get the idea of what I started with.
The homework for the first section of the class was to take a room in your house, "neutralize it" by removing everything that isn't a giant piece of furniture and live with it for a week so that you can see the room with fresh eyes again. My guest room has been nothing short of a storage closet holding everything from the living room.
After taking these pictures, I actually "neutralized" more by removing all the books and the rug under the dining table. It was so freeing! By taking out all of the distractions (oops, accessories), I was able to see that the room would work so much better if I put the dining table at the front and the couch on the back wall. Love it!
To see where I'm planning on going with the room, check out my Pinterest board. You'll find all of my inspiration photos, lamps/rugs/accessories I'd love to put into the room, you name it.
Happy almost-Spring and wish me luck on finishing the room!