One of the funnest things about owning your own home is decorating and DIY home renovations, in my opinion. They can be tiresome to do, but so incredibly rewarding. Especially when you stand back and look at what you may also have designed, and definitely created!
Elijah was born a week after we moved into our first house, so he had little time or money for much else but baby mode. Initially, while Elijah was only a couple weeks old, my husband and immediate family helped get some intro painting done around the house. A year later, we started finally doing more, and two years later, we finally are closer to actually decorating our home while making more changes. Our home is pretty new (built in 2005) but needs some updating. We were lucky to have bought the home with nice hardwood floors. But the kitchen cabinet color is too light for my taste- oak or maple, I think. Staining them is our next big DIY project that we will be working on in a couple weeks. Stay tuned for that post!
In the meantime, we painted most of our house. We started with our family room and kitchen and finally painted the the formal side of our house and hallways. We keep a pool table in our formal living room and don't have a formal dining table of our own in our formal dining room yet. When we initially painted our kitchen, it was a lighter shade of green, but I ended up not liking it after I painted the formal side of our home a deep red and light brown/tan color. The kitchen is now painted a complimenting shade of brown/tan as other parts of the house.
I can't wait to finish the rest of the house - guest bedroom, office, master bedroom and bathrooms. But those projects will be in a few months. I'm mostly interested in finishing the formal side of our house so I can start to decorate, finally! I can't believe we've lived in our house for 2 years and still haven't hung up pictures! A testament to how anal I am and how I want things planned out rather than moved around here and there.
I have a bazillion ideas and projects twirling around in my head. Many of them I've pinned on pinterest. Follow me here! I lose sleep thinking about it. While they sleep, I surf the Internet looking for more ideas, online shopping, and planning! Decorating for me is like a child going to disneyland. In my secret life I would've gone to fashion/interior design school and had my own home show on HGTV or the DIY Network. In my other life I suppose.
Here is some of our progress: