Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Creating Comfortable Corners

Do you ever get in a decorating or organizing slump at home? Even though I help others with their homes, I can get in ruts on my own. First of all, I'm there all the time and look at it all day long. Add a busy and active toddler and a work at home husband, and there isn't always creative space to just....think. Can I get an Amen?

I'm halfway through Reading Love the Home You Have by Melissa Michaels and it was just what I needed to get out of my slump and jump start some new ideas!

I love my new open concept home, but it is harder to design because there are less walls to work with. We also have a longer narrow design to our main living space, so there is the added challenge of trying to avoid the "bowling alley" effect. Add living with a toddler who likes to touch everything and a husband more concerned about function than form, and it's daunting to decorate. So I just don't and get in a slump. And it bugs me.

Chapter 9 is entitled Adding Charm and Character. Melissa writes:
The charming ambiance you crave is possible, regardless of what you have to work with, when you create a comfortable place to be. Each corner and main space can be a welcoming area for you to connect with your family, rest awhile, and breathe a sigh of relief.
                                                                                         From Love the Home You Have

She tells us to focus on the corners of our houses-making them comfortable and purposeful. She says to tackle one corner at a time and determine the function and the feel you want first.

I have to say it was a bit of a light bulb moment. I was stressing out trying to focus on the look of the entire room, which was overwhelming me in our super open house where you can see everything. I am now creating corners, and it's much easier!

My home goal for this year was to make my house feel more comfortable. This chapter was what I needed to get back on track with that goal. I've already tackled two corners and it's inspiring more ideas.

Thanks Melissa!

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