And so it begins. TSLL’s house begins to become a home. Or at least it has begun in my mind. 🙂
Customizing our homes to best suit the needs of the inhabitants, whilst offering not only comfort on a daily basis but inspiration as well is no low bar to step over, but rather quite a high hurdle that requires skill (interior decor and design know-how), momentum (i.e. savings, funds, money) and endurance (i.e. patience coupled with perseverance).
Some delight in decorating as a passion or pastime, but I will admit freely, I am more of the mindset to prefer to complete a decor that suits my taste for years to come, so that I can simply live my life within the four walls and be at peace going about my life and projects, as well as coming home after a wonderful excursion of travel to a sanctuary that greets me with a warm, recognizable hug. However, that also requires that the initial decorating and design be done well to ensure timelessness and durability.
Today begins the first of a series of posts that will stretch until the customization of my new home is complete. So, technically, this series could go on for quite some time, but in reality, there are a few projects I hope to have finished in a year’s time so long as my budget allows.
So yes, the journey has just begun, and while the ideas are mere hopes and images in my head and no changes have yet occurred, now I have a canvas that I can see with my own eyes, which means I can begin to bring it to life.
What I hope to do along this journey is share what has worked for me, what has not and how I maneuvered around the latter successfully or at all. So far, I am still at square one, but the engine has been turned on and hopefully there will be forward movement soon.
Where to Begin?
1.Understand how you want to live in your home.
Knowing ourselves and what we need versus what we want will bring clarity to how we need our space to be decorated as well as designed should we be considering making architectural changes to our home.
I immediately knew that my kitchen would need my attention first to improve the ease of cooking and function in such a way to enable me to enjoy stepping into it every day. (As I move forward in this particular project, I will explain what needs to be updated, changed and why.)
As well, organization needs to be tended to. Since I am living in a small space, the design and decorations need to be thoughtful yet functional. Clutter equals unnecessary stress and confusion in daily living, and fewer, yet necessary and loved items equals efficiency and comfort.
With this knowledge in mind my mudroom and my garage were put on my list as needing attention, as well as a permanent way to store and display my many books, from cookbooks to books I have in my office that are overflowing on the shelves I currently have.
2. Begin to look for experts to help you bring your vision to life
The need to find a contractor was at the top of my list, but finding the right contractor can be difficult. Currently, I am in the first stages of the relationship building process with a contractor who has been working in Bend for decades. So far, so good, as I have shared my ideas in detail, given a tour of my home and am waiting patiently (see, there is that skill of endurance coming into play as this journey begins) to determine what my budget will allow once the estimates arrive.
3. Create a Mood Board
Currently, I am beginning to create my mood board for my aforementioned rooms and projects. If any work on the house begins, it will likely begin sometime next year, but that means I have time to carefully pull together my color schemes, themes, colors, fabrics, textures and furniture to help ensure clear communication.
With this task at hand, I am the student. I am wanting to make sure I make the best decision for the home I want to live in for years, so this process will no doubt take time.
Now that I know the style of my home, a Craftsman, albeit with modern touches and finishes, I can decide how many traditional Craftsman touches I want to welcome back into the design, as well as the proportions and space I am working with. I am reminding myself to slow down, enjoy this part of the process and let myself explore. The good news is I do have less square footage (1600) to decorate which means my budget can invest well, but it also mean that what I invest in will be front and center.
In the meantime, while I work on my mood board this fall and winter, I have been tending to my yard, doing what I can to make sure the spring is bright, and full of perennials and smile-making blooms after what could be a long, cold winter. From transplating my 40 daffodils from my previous home to planting 40 new tulips along my front walking path, as well as planting a new rose bush that will hopefully be very happy where it was given a home, the outdoor projects provide an outlet for when the projects on the inside are moving at a seemingly glacial pace.
Oh! And the garden! Currently I am reading the following three books to learn more about how to welcome French herbs and edibles into my yard, and with our springs and summers arriving late in Bend, I will likely be starting some of the plants indoors which means winter garden planning is a must.
- The Edible French Garden by Rosalind Creasy
- The Edible Herb Garden by Rosalind Creasy
- The Art of French Vegetable Gardening (1995) by Louisa Jones
Needless to say, I am reservedly giddy about beginning this journey, and cannot wait to see when and how it all comes together. I am confident the journey will be worth the effort and patience.
Thank you for choosing to join me, and look for more posts to come in the next few months in this series. You will be able to find all posts on this topic in TSLL’s Archives, under TSLL’s House.