I’ve never considered myself wishy-washy, but lately, that’s exactly what I’ve been. I can’t make a decorating decision for our new home to save my life! Before we moved in, I had more ideas than I could keep track of, but now that we’re here, I’m plagued by indecision. For one thing, we’d like to remodel, so I feel uneasy about investing time and money into the rooms as they exist now. I suppose, though, that I’ll go (literally) crazy living with blank, beige walls in every room for the next couple of years.
Yes, I realize there are more difficult problems to be had in life, but my blog is about, among other things) how to create a home with and for a family. I’m intrigued by the idea of home and what it means for me, and other people. In particular, the ones I live with. So, that’s the issue at hand. When I get bogged down with the decision of which paint color to choose, something in me knows it’s not a life or death matter and that, to some, it’s quite inconsequential, actually. But then I remember how I felt in rooms I’ve not liked before: discontent, stressed, or just plain blah. On the other hand, I recall how I’ve felt just walking by a room I “got right” in our old house, and am reminded of how sure I am about the ability our daily surroundings have to impact our day. So yeah, I do want to get the paint color right, especially because I spend so much time at home as a SAHM.
What makes a house feel like home to you? The smell of coffee brewing? Sunlight streaming through a window? Pictures on the walls? Family photos? Books in the bookcases? Plants? I’d love to know. It might help me in my quest to make this house our home.
Until I figure out what color to paint the family room, I’m working on hanging pictures in our stairwell. Being the Type A that I am, I had to hang newspaper templates of each of the frames I intend on using so I could get the placement right. I don’t feel the need to get out my ruler and measure the space between each picture, but I didn’t want a bunch of nail holes in the wall, either. I like the idea of mismatched frames, but prefer the unity of brown frames with cream mats. So I gathered the frames I already had, and spray painted them all the same color. I’ve used the idea of paper templates before, but I got the idea of numbering the frames from Running from the Law. Here’s our current artwork in the style of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, during its black and white period. I’ll post the finished product when it’s done.