Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Of House & Home


My mind is whirring a million miles a minute and I have so many images in my head its hard to nail them down.
I'm not focused on fashion or makeup for a change but rather another creative outlet.
Home Decor.
I've talked about it before. I spent a lot of time whilst pregnant thinking on ways to spruce up our this place and make it more our home.
But then it hit me a few months ago. This will never be our home so long as we are renting.
We can only do so much within these four walls. Kind of a bummer realization.
However, we hope to buy a home at the end of this year/beginning of next so that's exciting.
It also means we have been looking online at several homes and once again my wheels have been turning.
yep
I have so many ideas when it comes to decor but those will all depend on how the house is laid out.  My sister in law asked what kind of house we were looking for and I was honest when I told her I was not afraid of something that needed a little work. 
Thanks to my favorite shows on HGTV (Property Brothers & Kitchen Cousins) I have a better idea of how a house can be re-configured to be exactly what I dream of. Even if it doesn't start out that way. I don't necessarily want some pre-fab home with random built-ins that don't suit our style of living.
I do know that I want an 'open concept' but have realized in looking at images online, I don't necessarily have to have the biggest kitchen ever. I just want a kitchen space (preferably with an island) that allows me to view the living area and be involved in conversations there.
I hate being closed off in the kitchen and I want it to be a space that allows for socializing. We all hang out in there so much.
Combine all  these day dreams with the fact that my childhood home is currently for sale and you can imagine the emotions I'm going through.
In all honesty I just want the house to get sold, and for everyone to be done with it and move on. But it is hard to say goodbye to the only home I've ever known. 
Sure I've lived a lot of places but that was the first place that I ever knew that had a space of my own to customize.
It's a bit bittersweet to see it listed like a 'regular' house when it's so much more than that......but I digress.

Searching for a new place is hard. I don't have a specific style in mind but I have this feeling that 'll know it when I see it.
In my head I can only see part of the house that will become our home.  I see a kitchen with an island and nice size sink. double oven and  a 6 burner range.
McGonigal Signature Homes's Design, Pictures, Remodel, Decor and Ideas - page 2 SOLD!   Contemporary Kitchen Design, Pictures, Remodel, Decor and Ideas - page 6 LOVE this kitchen.....via our fifth house: A Labor of Love - Kitchen Reveal!
I see dark wood floors and a cozy couch (preferably grey) I see a Greek key rug hand stenciled by me.
Clean with pops of colour. Decorated by Toronto designer Stacey Cohen and featured in Style at Home (via Marcus Design) royal blue accent wall- LOVE the rug so my tastes....Jonathan Adler Love the soothing colors in this room.  tv stand

I see pops of color every which way you turn. I see some kind of graphic wall paper in the hall way.
love the wallpaper & chandelier  Renter's Wallpaper! Temporary wallpaper you can easily remove when you move!
I see bookcases.
Book shelf styling [madebygirl] LOVE these book shelves via My Little Happy Place
And some re-upholstered wing-back chairs in a great color/fun fabric.
  I'm inheriting similar style chairs , what a great fabric & color! - furbish4, via Flickr.LOVE the fabric - Use as an occasional chair or up cycle it for two end chairs for a large farmhouse dining table
There is a custom mirrored TV console where everything is hidden away from little hands and provides a cleaner view.
I see a room or space for my desk and computer. I see a cute chair with a fun pad. A large cork board full of ideas.
desk chair officeInspiration board.

I can sort of picture our bedroom - a dash of drama, a hint of sophistication, all the way comfortable.
sophisticated. yes.bedroomDash of Drama
And a killer well organized closet
master closet. shelves above, drawers below, hanging racks in middle.Small walk-in closetCloset organization

A backyard with a space for the kids to run around & play. A seating/ dining area to enjoy with friends and plenty of room for Babe to perfect his grill master skills.
outdoor living space - I want my patio furniture this dark! backyard fire pit

Overall I just want a place that screams: US
I want for people to walk in and feel cozy and like it's okay to take of their shoes, lay back on the couch, put their feet up and get comfortable!
I dream of hosting family gatherings and ladies nights with all the people we love and doing so in a place that makes me feel so relaxed putting it all together becomes a breeze.
Who knows - maybe a home of our own will inspire me to be a better "maid".......Nah.
Who am I kidding. I'd much rather spend that time pinning images for my next great project.

What is your home style? Does your current home match that which you originally thought it would be?

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