Saturday, October 31, 2009
Perfect?? Thanks Sarah ;)
As mentioned I didn't do a post yesterday, but for me, techically it is still yesterday. I'm a night owl and it was my habit for years to stay up past 1 a.m. then try to drag myself out of bed by 6 a.m. to start the mad dash to get to work. In recent years I've been better about getting to bed at a decent time, but I'm seriously backsliding lately. I was going to do a quick post of before & after pics if I can find enough to be interesting.. that is, until I clicked on Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chick's post entitled "Perfect".
Sarah made a point of saying that you should love your home as it is today, even if it's not your dream home. Mine definitely is not, my list of "must-haves" on my next "forever" home is not a huge list but there are things I've done without that I desperately want. One thing is a "real porch" .. you know the kind, they have roofs overhead, maybe an outdoor ceiling fan or chandelier, columns and nice railings.. a place to put window boxes or hanging plants, maybe a swing! I also really, REALLY want a fireplace. In my heart I still want a wood-burning fireplace, I love the smell and the crackle, but I am getting older, and let me repeat myself.. am not Caroline Ingalls so the thought of cleaning a fireplace and dealing with flues and dampers, whatever they are.. no longer appeals to me. Not to mention my need for instant gratification! So, someday when I move on from here, I will most likely be re-locating to a different city and I want a different type of house, an older one with character where I can appreciate the little flaws instead of cursing them, or worrying about how I'll deal with them when it's time to sell. A cute little home with a gas fireplace or two, a "real" porch and a warm, cozy feeling.
For the most part, I feel that I've taken Sarah's view on my homes and done what I can to make them my own. This goes for apartments and townhouses that I've rented, and homes that I've owned. Most of the time I have painted although our home previous to this one was a large apartment and I just didn't have the energy! So I just did what I normally do, paint or not.. fill my walls with the things I love, pack away things I may be transitioning away from but not ready to part with, purchase new or new-to-me furniture and home decor... and when it's all done, sit back and enjoy being home... until I get itchy feet and move again.. lol. So for me, my "dream" home will be the one that I want to stay in for the rest of my life, the one that, in the back of my mind, I don't think of as temporary.
Until then, I will enjoy my Home Sweet Home... of course I still reserve the right to change things along the way!! :D Thanks Sarah!
Well, exhaustion calls, I need to get some sleep as I'm working on something tomorrow for my kitchen that I want to get posted on Sunday.
ps.. felt bad that there are no pics so I posted one of my porch, had it built in August over a small concrete stoop.. still no sidewalk yet.. :S