I mentioned at the end of yesterdays post that I was craving a more simpler look around our home. I wouldn’t say I’m a pack rack when it comes to decor, but I’m certainly no minimalist either. I remember reading a post the Nester did a few years back (ok WOW I just looked, that post was written 6 years ago – SIX!) about quieting the home. She called herself the Coco Chanel of Home Accents, and it still makes me chuckle. But I remember reading her post and feeling a slight panic at the thought of putting away all my home decor accessories for a cleaner, quieter look. However this past fall I found myself craving to do the same thing. Yet with Christmas right around the corner, it was not the time to be putting things away 🙂
With the holidays behind us, I’m ready to take the plunge in quieting the house. Let me start off with this, I don’t think there is anything wrong with the decor in our home, but I think it more revolves around a season of life that you are in. I’m not in a stressful state or one of turmoil, but things have been busy, and I feel like when life gets hectic, we want our homes to be a place of peace and quiet. When we recently revamped our dining room, I purposely didn’t add a whole lot of decor back to the walls. I’m waiting for the room to speak to me, or this feeling of not needing lots of stuff in the room to pass. Sometimes it’s easy to complete a room right away from start to finish, and other times it comes in waves, and we have to be patient for the design to be unraveled. Because it’s my own home, and not a clients, I get the joy of taking my time. Sitting back, resting, relaxing, being in the space, and allowing the design plan to unfold. As much as I love the curtains in the dining room that I made, they’ve been my dining room curtains for over 8 years. UMmmm that is a record for something to last that long in my house! I’m not tired of them, but more or less just craving a refresh. So I took the plunge and ordered some new ones over the weekend! I’m not getting rid of my current dining room curtains, but just taking a break. The living room is the next area I’m craving a little refresh. Again nothing drastic, just wanting to switch things up a bit! Our living room has changed quite a bit since I’ve been blogging. The biggest changes took place in 2012, and I’ve shared about that HERE and HERE, but lets take a look and see how things have transpired since painting the walls Halo by Benjamin Moore.
Here I’m slowly working away from color, taking the biggest plunge and painting our walls the closest shade to white I could at the time!
Calming the look down a bit more from a very bold area rug, to one a little more subtle. I still had lots of patterns to play with, so things weren’t quite all white, but we had graduated to a much calmer look with lots of layers and texture for warmth.
And finally swapping out the old rug, for a neutral jute rug. Using all white slip covers on all the furniture, and just bringing in pops of color with throw pillows. Again, I still love the look you see in the last photo, even in the photo before that. However I’m craving a little less, and to change things up just a little too. Don’t worry I’m not going to a completely different style than I have now. Some might not even notice the changes unless I pointed them out. I don’t think I could ever go completely minimalist no matter how much I’m drawn to it. So I hope you will follow along while I find a happy place somewhere in between loving to cover every square inch of my walls, to creating a simpler look. Here’s to 2016!!
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