A short time after my husband and I got married, I was invited to a designer’s workshop at a friend’s home. She had just finished an amazing home (my husband’s company built the home) and had decorated it just the way she loved with the help of an interior decorator. She asked the interior decorator to host the workshop and talk with a small group of ladies about making their home uniquely theirs on any budget.
I do not remember much about the workshop, but one thing she said stuck with me after all these years. She said,
“The average American homemaker redecorates her home every seven years.”
I thought she was crazy. I thought she was saying this about her clients (people who could afford to redecorate every seven years). I thought, “I have never lived in a house for seven years! How could this be?” And I thought about my grandparent’s homes – they certainly never redecorated and they had definitely lived in their homes for more than seven years.
BUT, a crazy thing happened in the intervening years. We bought the home where we are currently living seven years ago – the longest I have lived anywhere by a long, long stretch. And in the middle of last year, we started dreaming about changing almost everything. We started thinking of our rooms differently. We gave them new purpose and new plans. We were beginning to get the seven-year itch in our home.
Our living room suddenly seemed to need other storage options and a new couch (and a new coffee table). That led to shopping for a new flooring option and designing a built-in bookshelf and bench for one wall.
We would like our girls to eventually share a room, so we are in the middle of transitioning one of our old guest rooms into the girls’ room. And our former nursery is going to be a guest room.
Our downstairs guest room is transitioning into my husband’s office.
We are redoing our entryway.
We are reworking some things in the kitchen and dining room.
I have small plans for my office and the laundry room.
Our stairway is set to see some artwork and a gallery on the walls.
There is virtually no part of our home that we are not planning on changing in some way!
So, this year we are planning lots and lots of projects for our home. Some are simple DIY-type projects. Others are complete redos of rooms. And I thought I would share this journey with you.
Do you have the seven-year itch in your home (or just itches in your home)? Are you planning remodeling or refreshing projects to make your house feel a little more like home to you? Has your design aesthetic changed over the past few years and you want your home to catch the vision?
Come join us as we change our home and scratch all the itches we have in our home this year! I will be doing a link up each month to let you share your projects (big or small) in your home and to tell you the progress we have made.
I am so ready to get started!
Here are the projects we have been working on this past month:
Our downstairs bathroom is in the process of remodeling – but we are at a complete standstill while we wait for a material to arrive! Here’s what it looks like today.
This is the shower and floor. The shower tile was a scrap off of one of my husband’s jobs. The tile in the floor of the shower was discovered in the middle of this process in our garage! Score! The floor tile for the main floor is the same tile we have put into our living room and are considering taking up the stairs. We are in LOVE with it!
These are the light fixtures we have selected for the vanity. They are inspired by some fixtures from one of my husband’s jobs, but we spent much less by purchasing them at The Home Depot! We are waiting on the stone for the wall behind the vanity to get here (hopefully this week). The whole space is prepped and ready for the tile and a mirror. We are going to be covering the niche where the medicine cabinet used to be and giving that wall a different treatment.
And the project that is closest to being finished is this part of our living room. We are still waiting on some shelves we had fabricated to be installed, but this is our library chair (a hand-me-down from one of my husband’s jobs – he obviously has the best job in the world, right?). We ordered this pouf from the Land of Nod while they had them on sale this month and I am loving it! The girls are loving it because they have a new mountain to climb and fall off of – parental supervision required at all times!
There is a little glimpse into all the goings on around here. What are you up to. Come link up and let us know!
**This will be a monthly link up going live on the last Monday of the month each month.
**I will be pinning all the submissions and then sharing my favorites in the next month’s post.
**Please do not post links to ads.
**Link what you’ve got, as much as you want.
**Visit a couple other links to get inspiration and give props to the other homemakers and designers you love.
**Come back next month and let us know what else you are doing.