Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Home Improvements

I spent a ton of time last week preparing our house for family pictures. I love the lifestyle pictures people do, you know, the ones where everyone's piled on a bed looking like they're having so much fun and it's a common occurrence to hang out in bed all day.

I love the relaxed feeling of photos done in a person's home so although I was apprehensive because we have a lot of work to finish on B's house, I agreed to have photos taken there because this is the first house we lived in as a family of  four and although it is not perfect, we're creating a lot of memories there. These memories I want to preserve and cherish for many years to come.

Of course, I did what any good blogger does: present only the best version of the house!

The first thing I did was finish the mobile that I started probably 6 months ago. When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted an overly-dramatic mobile like Kat Von D has (I cannot find a picture of for the life of me) but I knew that paper cranes might be kind of difficult to work into children's decor, so I gave up that idea but was determined to come up with an alternative.

One day, the idea of paper planes popped into my head. We live not far from the municipal airport and the Bambinos have always loved pointing out the planes flying overhead. I still haven't revealed the "nursery" because I've never really felt like it was done. But, I finished the mobile, hung it up, and it gives a whole other vibe to the room. It feel like it's one of the last decorative pieces that needed to be added so I will be ready to reveal the nursery soon. and I love that it was a collaborative effort since B made most of the planes and I put it all together. And their Papa works on airplanes so it's almost like there's a piece of everyone is included.

After the mobile, I got to work hemming a bunch of curtains that have been hung for a long time. (Actually: I cheated, I used iron on hemming stuff, I didn't sew a thing.) And, I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner, but some of our smaller windows only had one panel of curtains so I added a 2nd panel and it made a huge difference. The windows look much more "decorated" now.

The third thing I did was make a cute little welcome mat for our front door. I'm in love with it! It's funny how such a small thing can make such a difference.

After glancing at my welcome mat for the 436298th time, I had an epiphany: my boss at my wedding planning internship says people should walk away from your wedding feeling like they know you better. Why shouldn't your house be the same?

Too often, I buy stuff because it goes, or I have a space that needs to be filled, but I just don't love it. So, with my recent epiphany, I gave myself 989 more things to do. We're fun and a little crazy, we're vintage and hip hop, we're glamour and grafitti, we're Michael Jackson and Seattle. I have no idea how I'm going to make it all work in our home, but I'm determined to. I completely overhauled one wall and the bookshelf in our house (and I'm in love with the finished result!) so I'll share that tomorrow.

What are your favorite parts of your house? Do you feel like people know you better after leaving it?

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  1. LOVE the welcome mat. :) Great idea.

  2. If the home improvement is one that will up the value of the home considerably (redo kitchen, finish basement) use a home equity loan, just make sure you don't over exert yourself financially.

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  5. I think a water treatment system is a great idea also for adding value to the home. Sometimes you want to remodel or redecorate and sometimes you want to add an upgrade. It is all fun to do though!

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