Do you ever think about creating a “dream space” in your home? Me too. Over the past six weeks, I’ve looked at these old images of the master bedroom probably a hundred times.
Part of the reason is because the transformation which I’ll share with you tomorrow is so incredibly drastic, it’s almost hard to believe. The other reason is because it’s difficult to imagine we let this space stay this way for so long.
It’s not that the master bedroom was horrible before – it wasn’t. We’re no different than most of you in that we did the best we could with what we had at the time and it worked – kind of. We changed the wall color and shopped the house for accessories which were mostly thrifted finds in an effort to freshen things up on a budget.
We made do with chairs we didn’t love and lamps that were no longer our style because making do is what we have to do sometimes, right? There will probably always be bigger or more pressing projects to tackle around the house each that must be prioritized after all.
Over the past few months, I’ve realized that creating a space to dream and a home you truly love goes way deeper than pretty linens, functional entry ways or cozy spots in which to curl up. It’s about coming home every day to a place you can laugh and love, rest and relax, entertain family, friends and take a break from the noise that comes with the busy-ness of life.
You may not realize it but every choice you make for your home be it the artwork on the walls, the towels on the hooks or the clutter you pass by daily yet chose to ignore helps to create a place you’re either proud of or embarrassed by.
It can be hard. Believe me, I get it. We did the One Room Challenge in real time and I’ve never felt so overwhelmed by our commitments and crammed calendars in my life. Every day we felt off track, short tempered, frustrated by elements that just wouldn’t come together as we had envisioned or we felt totally and completely exhausted, I would look at these pictures and read your incredibly kind comments.
Then I would gather my thoughts and my Jesus and I would say, “We’re creating a place to snuggle up with the dogs, read a good book during a rainstorm, relax after a hard day of work, a comfortable place to learn new skills, to plan dinner party details, enjoy a cup of tea, have pajama parties with the littles and most importantly we’re cultivating an environment of rest.”
Week after week for six weeks, I would speak these words out loud. Yes, over and over again because it was tough, you guys, and sometimes we needed motivation to keep going.
Tomorrow is the big reveal day and I couldn’t be more excited to show you how things have come together. But I also don’t want you to forget where we came from either. I used to live in an apartment that made me feel self-conscious in a not so great section of town that gave my parents gray hair. Almost every weekend, I would pour over gorgeous spaces in magazines and wonder if I would ever get out of graduate school or make enough money to afford things I saw in those magazines.
Creating a “dream space” doesn’t happen overnight. It happens slowly over time with every choice we make for our homes. It happens when we live with what we love and intentionally fill our rooms with the people and things that make us most happy.