Thursday, September 15, 2016

Home Tour (2.0)


Have you ever heard how it takes a year to paint the Golden Gate Bridge and when it's done the painters just go back to the beginning and start all over again because by then it's already fading? That's what I think it's like organizing and maintaining a home. You start cleaning out one closet, then another, then the bathroom drawers and the kitchen cabinets, updating the living room, and by the time you're done going through every last necklace and folding the throw blankets it's time to start over again because just like the bridge, and like you, your home needs constant care. 

With all the clearing out and making room we've been doing lately, I figured it was time to update the tour of our house. As we always joke when people visit and ask for a tour, "It won't take long". This is a tiny house and I'm honestly really proud of that. I remember a revelation Danielle and I had one morning after Christmas that the house I had pinned on my "Dream Homes" board on Pinterest was in fact, the guest house to her dream home. I love a good tidy, tiny space. I always have. Our house is just a version of my childhood forts, 20 years later. I'm sure things about it will change. Soon enough, I'll go back to the beginning, re-painting this bridge of a home, but this is the state of our house right now. Three people, two bathrooms, one bedroom and another that used to be a one-car garage that is now home to a toddler who loves long naps and dismantling bookshelves. 

I'm not going to pretend that I know what I'm doing when it comes to design. One thing I did that really helped me identify what I wanted was to take note of patterns I noticed over and over again in the photos I pinned on Pinterest. I've been repeatedly attracted to natural fibers, neutral colors with pops of brighter ones, open white wall space, a few sentimental things over tchotchkes and keeping nature as present as possible. Photos I started taking of the house actually helped me notice what things were making a room look unbalanced or cluttered.  

You know how when you're on vacation and you feel kind of like you could drop everything and go almost anywhere since you have basically everything you need with you? That's the feeling I wanted at home. To be unburdened from the mental weight of my belongings. Did it happen? Not totally, this is the mind of a former "pack-rat", but that's the goal. 

Another thing that I think is important to note is that I really spent almost no money with this most recent update. I just got rid of stuff or moved things around. I like how Erin Boyle, author of Simple Matters, puts it "Brainstorm, don't buy. You probably don’t need new stuff. You just need a minute to think," which actually made re-designing our space more creative and fun. I also took her tip of "slow growth" to heart. I'm still in search of a kitchen table that will fit us all, but the right one hasn't found us yet. Lastly, it helped me to think that the things I was giving away were going to have a better life being used by someone who needed them more. Then I sent them off with a hug and a whispered thank you.
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+Do you have any design tips? Home renovation projects of your own? 

{For details about past renovation projects... 
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11 comments:

  1. Here we call it painting the Forth Bridge. The meaning is the same. Your home is absolutely gorgeous. Clean and uncluttered and full of gorgeous Californian light. You've made such a beautiful job of it, and it's so very 'you'. CJ xx

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    1. Thank you CJ. I feel happy that you know what strikes you as "me". A lucky and special friendship we have!

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  2. Oh Devon, I absolutely adore your home; around every corner you can see the love, care and warmth you and Scott have put into it! I wish you many, many more years of happiness and memory making there xx

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    1. Oh wow, Laura, thank you! That's exactly what I wanted and is so sweet of you to say!

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  3. oh, I love and adore your house. I'm moving into a new apartment and want it to look like your house feels. If only I could transport your beachy house to my Canadian apartment. I was feeling very stressed this week with my paint choices (all white) so your post is so timely for me. Thanks again for the peek into your lives. You're one of my favourite places on the internet. Stacie.

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    1. Thank you so much Stacie! There is something so charming and magical about Canada to me. I'm sure you will find just the right things to be reminded of that in your new home. Also, why is white the hardest color to pick?!? (eye roll)

      Thank you again for this very sweet note!

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    2. and all the best luck with your move and paint selections! :)

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  4. I am passionately in love with your house and outdoor area. We are small house people, too. My friends all think they need big homes for their kids, but I disagree. We live in a small space now, and at some point we'll probably move to a smaller one. I love the coziness and liberty of needing less.

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    1. Thank you friend. "the coziness and liberty of needing less." Yes, exactly!

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  5. I love your space. It's special, warm, and comfortable. Thanks for sharing your thought process - it's always really helpful to hear how others view their home, possesions, and design style. We're hoping to buy our first house this year and I'm already feeling excited and anxious about decorating and organizing it. Better start a pinterest board!

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    1. I remember feeling excited and anxious about decorating this house when we first moved in. I actually wish I had been less hasty about buying certain things back then... You know what's tricky? You'll go into a rad home store and want the exact vibe for your own space, but everything is really expensive, so you resort to buying some smaller, trinkety things you can afford, thinking it will help you get that vibe. The problem is that then you end up with all this random crap and none of the vibe. At least, that was part of the problem for me. Also, some well meaning wedding and baby gifts and gifts in general can contribute to the feeling of "too much". I gave a lot of stuff like that away to start fresh (picnic baskets, vases, trays, baby toys etc.) . Narrowing down what style appealed to me over and over again really helped. Pinterest is good for that. I'm excited for you to find and make your new home! <3

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