Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort. ― Jane Austen
A few weeks ago I posted over on Instagram that I was dreaming of a living room shakeup. I still love our tiny house; however, I miss being able to rearrange my furniture like a 13 year old girl changes her posters. (Wait, did I just date myself?!)
So it was serendipitous timing when a lovely team member from Arhaus contacted me about putting together a living room mood board. And although such a task can easily send me down an existential rabbit hole (I mean, who really even needs furniture…..or things?! #INTJproblems), I reigned it in and actually discovered something: I already own most of what I want for my “dream” living room, albeit I wouldn’t mind a sofa upgrade 😉
Since our house is only 760 sq ft the living room is the hub of our home, unlike the kitchen in most other modern homes. It is also the literal center of our footprint; thus I obsess about it the most. As Heston continues to develop and change, so does our current space. And it will again and again to continue meeting the needs of our little family. From the early colic days when I wanted nothing on the walls or floor or really anything visible that might remotely stimulate our little scream-machine to the current gallery wall and layered rug concoction that has kept us warm this winter, our living room is the heart of our home. And fortunately for me it is filled with things I love. (Maybe I should do a proper show and tell one day soon?) Until then, here is what is currently inspiring me:
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Once we decided to start looking, things happened very fast. And one of the reasons we landed on this little house was that it was “move-in ready.” Well. We can’t do anything without putting our own stamp on it; and now we’ve found ourselves knee deep into a remodel. We’ve got about another 3-4 weeks of construction because the hubs is of course doing all the work himself, after hours and on the weekends. He’s pretty much Superman.
I can’t say that I was excited for this next little adventure, but I’m coming around. I really just felt like we didn’t have many good options (she says snarky-like from her cushy, middle-class life). And clearly I have some baggage from the last housing crisis. I was (and still am) nervous about owning again…especially since Houston is on quite the housing high. And I’m VERY SAD about leaving our current abode. We LOVE living in this little flat so much: the neighborhood, our amazing landlords, the actual space.
But life must move forward. And the next chapter is here. And with each wall that comes down(!), I get more and more excited about this becoming our home.
I love how designs can be reinterpreted, even 50+ years apart and from two different parts of the world. I would have never seen these two items together if it weren’t for the way I use Pinterest. I tend to “like” something first, then when I have time I’ll go through my likes and categorize, click through, or decide if I really want it on one of my boards. Well, these two gems ended up right next to each other in my likes, and well, I liked what I saw! I’d wear them both!
The smock is via a tumblr I’m slightly obsessed with and the rain cape via this cute company.
I know it seems counter-intuitive, but a new app has been helping me to zen out! Have you heard of calm.com? I’ve opened it when I’ve wanted just basic spa-like music while at a clients and I’ve used it for actual meditation. You can meditate on your own or use their guided meditations from 2 minutes to 20 minutes. You can also choose different visual scenes, anything from mountain brooks to rainforest leaves. (I of course will choose the ocean every time.) I’ve been genuinely surprised how much I use it…and like it! (The only thing not leaving me zen about the app is their font choice…glad there is not too much of it!)
The hubs and I recently had ourselves a little staycation. And as I’ve said a million times before, spring is the only season I’ll openly advocate for everyone to move here. We thought we might head to Austin or even catch a last minute travel deal to Vegas, but why go somewhere else when it is the perfect time to hang out in the 4th largest city in the country. Believe me, come August, I’ll be begging for strangers to take me in!
During this week of heavenly respite, we made a pact to treat our town as if we were seeing it with fresh eyes and go to places we wouldn’t normally go (i.e. Try New Restaurants Lazy!) And eat we did! We also visited the zoo, went shopping, drove down streets we don’t normally take, grilled outside, watched foreign films… treated it like it was all new… from the comfort of our own home. And there will be updates coming of our fun Houston adventures. But we also took advantage of the free time to clean and organize our home. (Don’t worry it’s a disaster again already.) The hubs worked on a new (and amazing!) furniture project and I assessed our art situation and tried to remedy it myself (not happening any time soon!). So although we are about to install a new major piece of furniture, I figured I’m always going to “soon get another piece of furniture”… thus, just take the picture already! So here’s a little snapshot of the new arrangement. But to see the full story, go here or click on Apartment Living up top there.
Over on that other page, I’ve included links to my DIY hanging pendant, our handmade coffee table, an ikea hack, and a few other things!
It was a weekend full of ideas for my studio space. We’ve gotten started on a little remodel (sanding walls and prepping for paint), but the real work is going to come into trying to get my installation ideas to come to fruition. We’ll see. I’ve got 6 weeks to get it in gear and get things ship shape. And it’ll be here before I know it.