Can you believe that we started building our house ten years ago this coming May?
A lot has changed in home decor trends in 10 years. As a blogger (Can I even call myself that anymore? Maybe I'll just stick with "someone interested in home decor that shares too much on the internet"), it's hard to stay content with your home. It's hard to stay happy with your almost 10 year old choices while "everyone else" is moving on to new builds/different homes, gutting their 3 year old kitchens, etc
Total first world issues? Am I right? (I'm right.)
Stepping away from blogging has given me some perspective on enjoying our home. By not continuously tearing it apart, I've come to appreciate how nice our home really is. It's provided the perfect backdrop to start our family and make some wonderful lovey-dovey memories.
But (there's always a but, isn't there?), where's the line of contentment versus calming those twitchy things in your head that say "FIX ME. MAKE ME PRETTY."?
After a fairly difficult morning potty training our toddler, I spent nap time sipping iced coffee staring at our kitchen and everything wrong with it. (Normal people do this, right?) Ugg. The cabinets don't go to the ceiling. Ugg, our granite has that weird 4" backsplash lip. Uggg, our island is bar height instead of counter height. Uggg, the hardware.
After I finished my coffee, I gave myself a pep talk.
So what do you like about your kitchen? Well, I like that's white and I still do really like the black granite. I'd totally do a subway tile backsplash again. Our kitchen is a great size. It's perfect for entertaining/meal prep. Beings I picked all of this out almost 10 years ago (when I was 25 and had zero clue what I was doing), I actually did fairly decent.
What would be something easy to check off your "uggg" list from above that might calm your twitchy brain that doesn't involve a gut job (because that would be expensive/wasteful/dumb)? Hmmm. The cabinet height and island are things that are fixable but not exactly easy. Hardware! Hardware I can do! (Nate was on board as long as I did all of the work myself. Mainly because he thought I wouldn't do it. I'LL SHOW YOU, HUSBAND!)
I spent the rest of nap time searching for new hardware. My options were slightly limited because I wanted to work with my existing hardware holes. (I was afraid filling/painting holes would look cheap and messy.)
I settled on these pulls for the doors.
After they arrived, I spent the next two weeks installing them. My lack of patience and short attention span limited me to about 4 per night but I did it all myself. (I'm pretty sure Nate thought it would take me a year to complete.)
Making one fairly small change to update our elderly kitchen has given me fresh perspective.
Now if only I can figure out how to keep it this clean. I want to blame the toddler, husband and/or dog but I'm the one that spilled an entire pot of pasta across the room last night. #makingmemories
I hope I've encouraged some of you to take a fresh perspective on your home. Room updates don't have to be dramatic to make a huge impact. What's a small change that you could make to your home?