The past two weeks I’ve been in a funk. I don’t know why or when it exactly it started, but I’m thinking it has something to do with the most recent major change: moving. I absolutely love the new house, and do not miss living in a studio whatsoever, but seeing all the little projects and “to do” lists neatly typed in my iPhone has started to get to me. It doesn’t feel like home yet so I’ve been spending time trying to personalize the spaces to make them more comforting.
To get away from my honey-do list, this past weekend I took a trip to the beach to visit family. Well… they’re the family I used to nanny for in High School but they’re more like family. When I was sitting on the beach trying to figure out what’s been bothering me, I had a bit of an epiphany. I sat there watching the kids, thinking of how time goes by so quickly… how it was just 11 years ago I was there watching them learn how to walk and learn to say my name for the first time. (They call me “LaLa Car” still. Something about associating Lisa and Lisa’s car.) Then I started thinking about how I only enjoy the before and afters, and don’t take enough time to enjoy the “during”. This can be applied to my workout routine (non existent) or weeding the garden. Instead of rushing to get all the things done for the house, I want to take more time and actually enjoy what I’m doing. I need to step back and stop wishing for the future and enjoy the here and now.
These are the projects that we’re working on now:
The gallery wall in the dining room over the buffet. Ryan’s in the process of refinishing a Russell Wright buffet we bought on craigslist for only $100! More on that soon.
The upstairs hallway that I’m personalizing with a wall of family photos. I love the little nook at the end of the hall and will add some art above the console soon.
The very empty corner of our bedroom that needs work. I’d love to get bookshelves, or install floating shelves on the wall for my books and small art pieces. Right now it feels really empty and need to think of what to do with this space. (Such a huge difference from the very beginning.)
The chaise is the IKEA KIVIK to be added to the sofa we have in the family room once we move to a bigger place in the future. We’re using it in the bedroom for the time being for a reading nook.
The grass “BEFORE”. It was prickly and a wildflower graveyard so Ryan and I killed the grass and tilled the soil to plant new seed…
This is what the yard is looking like now. Half dirt, half grass (weeds). Ryan planted seed last night in hopes that we’ll have some sprouts for our Labor Day BBQ. I love the way the yard looks at night when I like candles in those little black lanterns on either side of the benches.