More & Less

There are many things in the world that I want more of. More time with the kiddos as they are in a season of growing and changing at a rapid rate. More down time with the Mr where we can just be. More good books to add to to my growing bedside table stack. More quality time with friends where we can get to the nitty gritty of life and in turn help breath new life into each other. There are also many things I want less of and that list is continually growing. Less clothes that seem to clog my already small closet, less items that I deemed so important to have and now just lead me to extra dusting. Less time on the tv, phone, and the like. In general I just want to live with less and more. Less of things and more of everything else. 

Yesterday marked one year of owning this fixer upper. We moved in a month later after countless hours spent painting, tearing down, and building up. We have a ways to go, yet even now it is just right. This house is exactly what we needed. I needed really. It gave me more and less. It gave me more light than I could have ever hoped for as every room is basked in sunlight. It gives us more space to invite friends in where laughs and tears can occur at any given moment. It gives us a place where the kiddos can create and make memories that I only hope last a lifetime. This house also tends to want less. I still have boxes of art packed away as more is not needed to cover these sun drenched walls. All the natural textures of this home demand less of things which would only distract from its architecture and charm. In turn it also leaves me with needing less time to clean and that is a gift within itself. 

I am not exactly sure if this need for less is creeping in as a natural progression of life as I creep closer to 40. Maybe it is something God is and has been slowly trying to sink deep within my soul over the last few years. More of Him and less of everything else. I desire living for the now and not what's next even if the next does want to get to the washer and dryer out of the kitchen. I am also learning to have grace with myself when my desired expectations go array. It's giving myself more love and in turn less time to look at areas where I fall short daily. 

With a job that fills my days with creating a home for others, after school activities that keep us all growing, and my desire to unplug every evening in turn means less time for this ole blog of mine. I am going to strive to post more fulfilling content even if it does dwindle to once or twice a month as I am not quite ready to give up on this extension of me. So in essence you too will receive more and less of me. 

*To see how far we have come in this home you can see all before and after's thus far here.

*sources

living room: wood and fabric chairs | rug | lamp | dipped leg stool | framed art by us and framed by simplyframed | leather pouf {similar} | blue side table

dining room: table had for years | wood chairs west elm {similar} | black chairs | pendant 

Home for Christmas

imagine her all lit up up at night with the, children picked, colored lights. 

imagine her all lit up up at night with the, children picked, colored lights. 

Last year we were deep into inspections, offers, and prayer to see if this ole house would be ours after the New Years. We packed and waited knowing she was the one, wanting her to be the one. It made last Holiday season go by in a flurry. This year, as we are still settling into this house, we are enjoying the gifts she has brought us throughout the year. We have hosted small groups, built new neighborly relationships, hosted ample dinners and seen countless children come and go through our many doors. As we decorated for Christmas I found myself overwhelmed with gratitude that we get to call this house our home. I am looking forward to hosting Christmas day where everyone will gorge themselves on food, have good conversation, and possibly nap the day away on the sofa. For now though we will get our fill of Christmas movies, smore making, and cookie decorating all in the name of memory building. I know so many sweet memories were made by the couple that lived here for decades before us raising their children and doing so many of the same activities. We are appreciative to have met a few of the folks that used to come here to play/hang over the years as they have nothing but nice things to say. Thank you Mr and Mrs W for letting us carry on the traditions of this ole house.  We are grateful for you. 

sources: {living room} New York print by us framed by SimplyFramed  | white dipped stool | black lamp | rug {8x10 no longer available} | chair | end table |  {dining room} Black eiffel chairs | wood chairs | chalkboard | pendant light | verse art made by a friend | {den} mini trees collected over the years | metal stocking holders | Ellie's new stocking | {outside} door mat | house numbers | metal planter from local shop Sweet Peas - similar

*last years Christmas decor in the rental

Ellie's Tween Bedroom Makeover {in process}

I feel like everything is continually in process in this ole fixer upper. Of course as a blogger I love a good reveal shoot, but if I wait on that moment then I may have nothing to share in the months to come. Ha. Ellie's room was somewhat picked up so I decided to grab my camera to share where we are now in the process. In our rental I LOVED her room. When we moved here I was planning on just using what we had, but Ellie had other plans. Her main concern was that her VERY pink room {which she begged for} was not even a color that she liked anymore. Mint is now the favorite. I loosened my leash on wanting to be the one in charge of a room makeover in order for her to try her hand at making her room her very own. We have extremely different tastes to say the least. She LOVES bright colors and I tend to lean towards a good neutral. I'm more minimal and I tend to think she has hoarder like tendencies. Overall she is happy with the direction in which it's going so in turn I'm too. 

As you can tell we used quite a few pieces from our old home. The bed was mine as a girl, she requested to use the angel wing lamps which still need shades and the marquee sign was from Home Goods years ago. She added in a few new pieces such as the chair from TJ Maxx, bedding, rug, end tables and her abundance of "stuff". Oh, how all the "stuff" can send a shiver up my spine. I set a somewhat low budget as I know in a year or two she will probably want to change it again into more of a teen room. For now though this room could not be any more Ellie and for that that I am rather proud.

sources: bedding {it's so soft!} | end tables {changed knobs} | end table knobs | dresser from ikea | marquee sign from Home Goods {these are fun or DIY here} | angel wing lamps from Scott's Flea Market | rug | pouf {similar} | lumbar pillow {similar} | roman shades | pendant by tammy Connor purchased from her years ago | door tassels  | sheep skin on chair | her favorite book series