I know that if we lived in a newer home in a newer neighborhood the home would be more our style, with white trim and non-popcorn ceilings. I dream about moving into such a home. Then I read a recent blog post by Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick - one of my absolute favorite bloggers (and I know I'm not alone). She said:
"And one day…maybe moving to a house that’s not in a neighborhood, one that’s older than ten years old, on some land with a creek in the back."
And it hit me, this is what we have. While we do live in a neighborhood, we all have lots of land and it's secluded. Creek in the back. 1983 home and lots of land and gorgeous gigantic trees. Instead of dreaming of a newer home (where I would possibly have to give up a lot of great features for the same price), I'm making peace with our home instead.
Even though our house needed a lot of upgrades (appliances, carpet, paint...) when we moved in 6 years ago, I am not interested in putting a lot more $$ into the house. We simply won't get it back whenever we do sell - which could be 10+ years from now. But I think there are a number of things we could do on a small budget to upgrade the look.
Oak - everwhere I look I see oak, oak, oak. This house is quite large and has an open floor plan. I am not going to change the trim throughout the entire house. I just don't have the energy for that. So I'm going to do what I can to minimize the eye going straight to the oak everywhere you look.
A curtain here?
And valances across the back?
Won't that make a big difference and minimize all the oak trim? (Hello little 5 year old Brennan!)
And lots and lots more oak. I've got ideas for this room, but am not even sure where to start.
Popcorn Ceilings - I realize these are waaaayy out of date, but really, to replace/fix/whatever the entire ceiling of just this floor (2200 s.f.) would be a NIGHTMARE. So, I'm solving this problem by just not looking at them. I have a decorator friend who encouraged me to just leave them alone. I'm heeding her advice!
It's a lot of fun to dream about a newer house with more flexibility in the decorating options, but I'm making peace with the few things about our home that I would change if only I had a magic wand. Instead I'll spend that dreaming time on enhancing what we have.
All decorating suggestions welcome!