I lived in the same house until I was 16. It was the house my Papa built, and in my mind, it was probably the only place I would ever live. My entire future was planned out, in that house.
Then, I didn't live there anymore.
That was a really, really short summary of a long story, but that is the gist of it.
I felt like I would never feel at home again.
I felt like the next place I settled in better be IT!
Heck, for a few years, I was actively planning to buy the house back.
That passed, and yes, if I ever have the opportunity, I would love to own it (winning the lottery would help).
Then, I just kind of figured that I would hold off on settling in anywhere because once I settled, I wanted to stay.
Then, with Ty, it didn't matter what the place looked like, as long as there were a few choice possessions and my little family.
So, now with this job, I had two main goals (besides saving money); expanding my book collection (AKA building my book nook), and making our apartment more "homey". I was finally ready to decorate. After several years in a row of thinking we would move out next time our lease was up, and then deciding to stay for another year, it was time. I mean, I would be here for at least another year. I was sick of looking at blank walls, clutter, and lack of personality in my home.
So, I have been working on it. It is still a work in progress, and I still may add some more this coming weekend, but I have managed to hit both of my goals. I have expanded my book collection, and I have made our apartment more homey. And, I took pictures!!!
Remember, this is a work in progress and only a few snapshots of pieces of the projects.
^ So, this is one of my new storage pieces to help me declutter. Notice all of the Doctor Who stuff :) This is in my living room, leading to the hallway.
^ This is in my kitchen, which we are trying to go for a brewery type style in. I had all kinds of clutter on my counters and cook books spread out all over the place. I found this nifty little corner bookshelf and managed to get fix both issues at once! Oh, and I completely reorganized my cupboards, but that is neither here nor there. Also, not worth taking pictures of.
|This is the corner of my night stand. It has fishing net, a pretty bottle, my ring box, a mirror, and a mermaid sleeping in a shell :)|
|These are the two middle-ish shelves of the bookshelf.|
It has our treasure chest, bottle of rum (empty, of course),
and some chains, just in case! Also, notice, more books.
I am not actually sure what is going to happen when
I get more and take up all the shelf space....
|This is also on my night stand. It is my wedding bouquet in a nifty little rope vase. My best friend necklaces that all of my bridesmaids have the other halves to are still on there :)|
|This is purely for décor. We have a cubby shelf with random trinkets we have. A whale (Ty is terrified of whales! lol), some rusty old keys, fake daggers, pretty shiny jewelry, a boatswain whistle... Hoping it fills up more over time.|
|This is the top shelf of our bookshelf. It is where I am keeping the classics and our pirate ship. Makes sense to me...|
|This is the over all bookshelf! Notice the pretty shiny things hanging (another Christmas present), the nifty artwork on top....Now, ignore the bottom 2 shelves. I'm working on those!|
|This is another Christmas present we received! (People know us so well!) Notice the eye patch....|
|This is the top of my dresser, filled with my shiny things and two ridiculously awesome candlestick holders, from my aunt.|
So, this is what I have been working on the last few weeks! I am hoping that there will be more pictures to come, and yes, I will be adding all of this to my Pinterest.
P.S. Thank you for the gifts, my family and friends! You guys know us so well ;) Gnomes, shiny things, pirates...what would we do without you all?
P.P.S. Here is my Pinterest link:
This includes all of the stuff I want to do and the stuff I have already done! Check it out :)
Plus, it has some recipes and links to my wedding blog that are pretty awesome.
So, what do you think? Comments?