It's been such a long time since I blogged, but my sister Leslie started back up with a lovely site: Inventive Hospitality (you should go check it out), and it reminded me of just how much I do enjoy writing down my thoughts & sharing them from time to time...so here we go again!
This last year we moved into a new home that has brought us so much joy as well as a few challenges (hello giant crack in the wall)! But over the course of the year I have relished the opportunity to make this new place our own. I've always been a fan of interior decorating, and with the inspiration of my mother and her elbow-grease to boot...I've loved tackling house projects since I was young.
What I'm discovering with this new project, is that I want this home to be right for us. I want it to be beautiful, fun, practical, and interesting. I want it to reflect the people who live here! I think this is in line with where I am in my life as well...because I've come to the place where I'm no longer trying to be like someone else or dress like someone else or now decorate like someone else.
I LOVE Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper (even visited her Magnolia Market recently), but I need some color in my life. I swoon when I see sweet pictures in home decor magazines, but I know the practicality is not for my family. I still pin lots of ideas on Pinterest, but I've given up any illusion that I can copy them. So I'm having fun mixing and matching random things and creating an environment where my family can thrive!
One thing I've discovered that I love: random groupings of items that speak a story to me. For example: this is the corner of my bathroom sink.
Here is why this speaks to me:
- The Bust: I've wanted a bust since I started reading The Nesting Place, my favorite decorating blog a couple of years ago. From time to time I would see busts in her pictures from around her home and I decided that I needed my very own serious looking bust. Also, I LOVE Pride and Prejudice and one of my favorite moments from the latest movie is when Elizabeth is walking through the sculptures at Pemberly. There is something so regal about a bust...but then to layer it with my necklaces reminds me that you can be elegant...but you've also got to shine your personality.
- Several pieces of jewelry that I keep out are from Noonday Collection. Can I just tell y'all how much I LOVE Noonday?! I enjoy jewelry, but I really love jewelry that is helping women around the globe. And FYI - Noonday is having a huge sale right now, in fact the gold and black cuff is on sale...go check it out & read about their vision.
- The picture in the pink frame is of myself as a 1 year-old with my Mema. My Mema went to heaven last year, and I still miss her. She was one of the toughest ladies I've ever known...and recently someone told me, "Paige, you are tough." They went on to explain that those words were a compliment, but I took them that way...because I want to be tough like my Mema. Her picture reminds me each morning that great women do hard things.
- The quote is pretty self explanatory, because like you, I often spend more time than necessary in front of that mirror wishing a blemish away...or trying on a 3rd outfit for the day...and sometimes you need to be reminded to just slap on a smile & not worry about it.
- Lastly, these books are all favorites. Let me tell you why:
- Beyond Our Selves by Catherine Marshall - Growing up I read Christy & Julie several times by Marshall and I LOVED those books. I would envision myself as a school teacher in the old west (too much Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables too), and I would have some sort of love triangle. I loved the purity in these books and yet also the stories of strong men and women trusting God in the midst of truly hard circumstances.
- Fresh Brewed Life by Nichole Johnson - this book changed me when I was in college. I think this was the first book where I felt like the author was brutally honest about her struggles and wrestling with God. I read it in a season where I was learning it was okay to wrestle. Everything didn't have a 3-step solution, and this book taught me to breathe in the midst of the uncertainty.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - I read this every year.
- Scouting the Divine by Margaret Feinberg - this book caused me to see God in nature in a new way. I loved Feinberg's discoveries and the fact that she didn't just settle for nice truths...but that she continued to dig - both in Scripture and in nature.
- Here's to Hindsight by Tara Leigh Cobble - this book wasn't my favorite, but I love the title. I like being remembered each morning that at the end of the day I'll have a bit more hindsight into all that has transpired in my life, and to remember that things that don't make sense now...may make sense later.