I’ve been fortunate this week to spend time with some lovely Sienna Plantation neighbors in their homes to look at items such as sheetrock/paint repair, whole home paint jobs, cracked brick mortar, a water penetration issue, and a cabinet hardware install inspired by the before and after images featured in my last post. I’m slightly biased, but believe two things to be true – first, that the homes in this community are some of the most beautiful (and LARGE, because… Texas) and second, that those living in them are inspired and determined to create living spaces that are both comfortable and welcoming. Thank you for your support and the opportunity to work with you and with your home.
While it’s my business (and pleasure) to consult with homeowners on repairs and remodels, I understand that it isn’t everybody’s reality to be at a place where even necessary fixes are possible. The costs associated with day-to-day living (please don’t get me started on child care expenses…) coupled with picture-perfect images from Pinterest, home magazines, and those fix-my-everything shows can be incredibly discouraging and make anybody feel as though their home isn’t enough. I follow a blog and Instagram account which feature the #homeyouhave tag and feel the message is something that many can appreciate. It’s easy to say that we should be grateful for all that we have – our health, employment, children, love and support, a roof over our heads and clean water – but in this age of ultra-competitiveness, it seems we are being encouraged to look for more. Always. Those messages contradict each other, which is why I am focused on gratitude and appreciating all that I’ve worked for and been given. Now, that’s not to say that you can’t enhance your surroundings, even on a tight (or non-existent) budget. Case in point: the large wall featured below. Painting the whole space wasn’t in the cards at the time, but the room needed something. Hanging artwork was ruled out as it would have required numerous and properly-scaled (read: large) pieces to fill it appropriately. The second request was that the end result be child-friendly and stimulating. Oh, and finally – that the materials required not cost a cent. It took some time and effort, but here are the before and after images:
I was fairly pleased with my efforts when it was all said and done, and even more so when Martha Stewart featured a new décor inspiration recently – a framed piece of wallpaper, which was a similar idea to mine. Both of these examples demonstrate a growing desire to transform our spaces with simple and often affordable changes.
I'll leave you with this quote featured on #homeyouhave. If you are looking for changes big or small (or somewhere in between) or would like an estimate to perform one of the projects I’ve written about, please reach out for an in-home appointment.