We’re sharing Journeys End House Tour today!
While we were knee deep photographing and creating content for the new website, we began reminiscing about all the changes our home, Journeys End, has gone through over the years.
When we first moved out to this tiny island, I decorated everything in a coastal theme, and it was a complete disaster.
Not because there’s anything wrong with having coastal accents layered throughout your home, mind you.
It was a disaster because it just wasn’t us.
For some reason I kept trying to make it us over and over again because I thought that’s what you were supposed to do when you live on a tiny island in Florida.
But one day, everything changed, and it happened in the most unlikely place.
I can clearly remember standing at the graveside celebrating the life my uncle.
It was a chilly winter day in Florida. The skies were a pale blue, and the sun was shining just enough to keep us warm despite being bundled up.
They had just lowered the casket into the ground and the immediate family had been ushered into nearby vehicles and quietly driven away for much needed respite.
All that remained were friends and family greeting each other with generous hugs and words of sympathy and support.
To this day, I don’t know what made that moment in time stand out.
But if I close my eyes, I can take myself back to that spot almost immediately.
As I was standing there watching it all unfold, I remember being instantly struck by what it meant to truly feel home, and I silently wondered about the kinds of spaces all those people at the graveside that day would retire to…
Would they feel comforted when they walked through their front door?
Would they have a home that immediately hugged them like a blanket, or would they be walking into a house that felt heavy and cluttered?
Most importantly, would they go back to a place of comfort, love, and care?
While our aesthetics have definitely changed over the years from coastal to shabby chic inspired to farmhouse neutrals to country house style, I can honestly say that day was a turning point for us.
Even though we’ve walked in and out of various design styles, our ultimate goal ever since has been to create a home where we can celebrate the ordinary and honor the extraordinary no matter what our budget or season of life.
To date, we’ve painted almost every room, traded out and traded up various pieces of furniture, given old pieces new life, and constructed and decorated our way to a cozy home we treasure.
It’s definitely taken a lot longer than I expected.
But sometimes it’s easier to refine your style by peeling away the layers of things you don’t like before you find those things that undoubtedly make your heart sing.
Journeys End is an open concept home which is great most of the time. It forces us to be tidy and to understand our decorating style because so many of the spaces are open to each other.
One of the best decisions we’ve made over the years is keeping things neutral.
That way, we can add pops of colors, prints and textures seasonally without having to redecorate every few months.
That’s not to say we’ve always agreed on everything though.
It took nearly 7 years of waiting patiently before I finally got the green light to paint the kitchen cabinets white.
A few years later we added shiplap to give the walls a bit of texture and I’ve never regretted either decision.
Truthfully, a lot of our decorating has been “meantime” kind of decorating while we search for inspiration or a unique piece of furniture that’s just the right fit to find its way into our home.
While decorating in phases might not be for everyone, it’s another decision that has served us (and our budget) well over the years.
It’s given us a chance to refine our style, learn new DIY skills and to appreciate the journey of creating a home we love.
I’m sure there will always be things about Journeys End I’d like to change…the laundry room, master bathroom, backyard and our flower beds could all use an update.
But I’ve come to understand it takes time to layer in all the things that make a house feel like home.
Things like…a united color palette, a signature scent, unique wall art, beloved collections, cozy nooks and crannies, spaces to gather and celebrate, spaces to relax and unwind in, and simple routines to help keep you tidy and organized.
Most importantly, it takes time to cultivate an attitude of gratitude where embracing a home that’s perfectly imperfect feels like one of life’s ultimate luxuries.
If I could offer one piece of advice from living at Journeys End it would be – don’t wait.
Don’t wait to create a home you love *someday.*
Take every opportunity you can to start building spaces you’re proud of today.
Seaonal Tours to Enjoy:
- Spring Flowers Home Tour
- Spring Flowers Porch Tour
- Elegant Fall Home Tour
- Elegant Fall Porch Tour
- Effortless Christmas Home Tour