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Buying a Home
Hi everyone it's Hailey and I'm taking over Design Tip Tuesday! *insert jazz hands*
For this week's tip I wanted to talk about moving and designing your home. This past summer on June 27th of 2019 by boyfriend of almost four years, Aldrin, bought a home and I couldn't be more proud of him!
When you move out for the first time let's be honest, you're broke! Which means taking any furniture pieces your family has to offer you, you take, no questions asked. Once everything was moved in we were grateful for everyone's contribution to helping us make our home feel like a home, but nothing matched!! So the question on our minds was, "how do we make this ours"?
-The Before and After we recently did to our dining room a few weeks ago!
This table was another furniture item given to us and we're grateful for it! But let me show you what you don't see/what we try to hide. Yes, those are cigarette burns. The chairs have a lovely pattern from back in the day. They also squeak.. A LOT! The chairs also have no padding to them.
We embrace what we have. To make it our own we also added some new houseplants a week ago, as well as adding some wall decor items that we enjoyed (and both could agree on) and the last photo my boyfriend enjoys because that one pink flower you see in the arrangements was his touch. He said we couldn't leave the store without them.
It may not be our forever dining room but when family members come over they talk about the memories they once had with the furniture pieces and you can't help but smile.The wall decor went up a few weeks ago and it transformed our living space. My boyfriend and I were ecstatic!! It was another way to make someone else's old home feel our own by putting our personality into it.
- Bathroom shelving we did ourselves!
Originally the previous home owners had really cheap glass shelving on the walls of the bathroom and I didn't dare put anything on them for fear they'd fall down like a few incidences with their other home projects.. (for example: Our walk in closet metal shelves weren't screwed into studs and they didn't use the right drywall screws. If we hadn't noticed our clothes would be on the floor and our walls most likely ruined. They also put a door stopper on with gum, just to name a few).
With that we got rid of the shelving on this wall and we made our own for under $50 and we couldn't be happier!
It was our first DIY project we did ourselves for our home and sure won't be our last. It only took a weekend, making it quick, easy, cheap and a lasting impact!
Some of the items are also from Goodwill, even better that they got repurposed, but especially great because they don't break the bank. Goodwill is a wonderful place to go if you're looking for a few items to finish off your space. Another person's trash is another person's treasure. (psst... they sometimes have new discounted items from Target's home decor section!!)
Also, did I rearrange how these shelves looked before taking this photo? You betcha! Do they match? Nope, but oh well! It's apart of the process.
- Family room
Do you see what I see? No, not the mess. Also, I know the console table isn't center with the clock (you can't unsee it now can you?) but I'm talking mixed match wood tones. Now, I love my boyfriend, but he doesn't notice things such as wood tones like I do.
When he showed me both the coffee table, rug and the entertainment center on Wayfair I said I liked them! However, what he didn't tell me was that after I said I liked them he purchased them. When I got home from work one day I was surprised, to say the least, to see three new furniture pieces in our living room. I love him for surprising me, but from that learning experience, I hope he double checks with me in the future before buying furniture.
The couches are about as old as me because they were the couches from my parents house! I do have to admit, for being over 20 years old they still are fairly comfy and have held up relatively well. Are they perfect? Absolutely not, but again they're ours and have memories attached to them.
In the future we hope to buy some throw pillows, a fun chair to put into the corner and maybe hang up some photos. For now the old pieces of furniture work just fine and it's where I reside to do homework.
In the end with all the photos I've shown you within the blog post, the take away I hope for everyone is that no matter where your home and the spaces within it are at design wise, it's okay to remember nothing's perfect.
Not everything needs to be "finished.” Of course, some people may be able to completely change their space(s) within a week or a month with brand new paint and furniture and that's great! However, life is busy, if I'm being honest it's hard being a first time home owner when you're a full time student, working part time, and having your loved one work 50+ hours a week, life is crazy. If re-designing your spaces isn't your first priority, that's okay!
With that I leave you with this-
The honey do lists may never get done right away but it's the journey of finishing each project/room that make the best memories. So for now, go out and do some DIY projects yourself or with your significant other/kids. Go to discount stores such as Goodwill, garage sales, flea markets, etc. for more inspiration. If you see a picture frame, throw blanket/pillows, plant, small knick knacks or whatever it may be that you love, buy it! Trust me, you won't regret it. It's the little changes that make your home and the spaces within it YOURS. You have to start somewhere, start with baby steps.
Thank you for joining in and reading! I hope you got an insight into what we do, who we work with, the reality behind making old spaces new, and how awesome are clients are!