So when my husband and I talked about "undecorating" our house a little bit recently, I took the opportunity to lighten it back up. Thankfully, white walls are en vogue again! Yay!
Here's the before and after!
What a difference! So much light!!
All of the "new" furniture and decorations were moved in from different parts of the house. A few chairs and the awesome couch my awesome Dad made in the 70's were brought up from the mancave. (My husband was happy to trade for the comfy couch, since that's where our tv is) :O)
I have no idea what to put on the walls, but for now I chose three pieces by my favorite artist. ;o)
The one thing I did buy was this $10 rug from Ross. It was one of those rare moments when you find something you love and it's so much less expensive than you thought it would be! I love all the colors in it.
I also brought some plants into the room, which, oh mah goodness, make me so happy! Fresh plant life makes such a difference! Pray that I don't kill them because I am a plant murderer. Would that be called herbacide?
Another great accent is this little table that my grandpa made. It has my great grandma painted on the top and I love, love it! (Don't mind the dust!)
Why are we undecorating? Partly for a fresh new look. But mostly because I've been feeling for a while like parts of my house were a little too fancy. Like I spend too much time trying to make it nicer looking. Just another one of my strange convictions of late. I don't know. Lately I've felt a little more radical I guess. About my faith and my purpose here and how short life is. The area we live in is not a wealthy one and the church family we enjoy doesn't have a lot of wealthy members. In fact, most of us are closer to poverty than wealth. (By American standards, mind you.) And when I invite people into my home, I don't want there to be any chance that they are uncomfortable or envious. My husband feels the same way, so we're trying to focus on a more hospitable and inviting feeling in our home.
Are you guys thinking I'm nuts yet with all my strange ideas?? Haha, I feel like a bit of an odd duck at times, so it's ok if you think I am, too. Oh, I hope I'm not coming across like I think everyone out there needs to be getting rid of things. That is not at all how I feel. Do you like making your house look fancy? Great! If you have been blessed, then enjoy it with gratefulness! I don't mean to make anyone feel guilty for having a beautiful home. It's a great gift to your family. And yourself! :O)
So there is my before and after! I love my living room now and have already found myself spending a lot more time in there. Not to mention it's much easier to take good photos in now. Another bonus. :O)
P.S. Any ideas for free art up on them walls?? I think I need to DIY somethin' fantastical.