Thursday, February 9, 2012

Midlife crisis

My home is going through a midlife crisis.  I have been in denial for quite some time but all the signs are there.  See for yourself...

Gotta love the spackle!
This is what my great room has looked like going on 2 weeks now.  {I know, right?}  See, I've been dying for new curtains but am forced to make my own because I want them to fall from the top of the arched window to the floor.  {Why do I have to be so picky?}  It will happen {just not today}.  Surely, I am not the only one whose house is suffering?   

What I now realize is she didn't get to this point on her own.  See, 10 years ago, my husband and I moved into our first home.  It was small and cozy and  We married 5 days after graduating college so obviously there was no way we were going to be able to afford the tables {and lamps. curtains. shelves.} that I dog-eared in the Pottery Barn catalog.  Instead, I made my own versions by reinventing furniture that my parents gave me, a slipcover from Target, and lots of knick-knacks from antique and thrift stores.  We literally redesigned everything in the house on a pea-sized budget {including laying our own wood floors}. 

 Three years later, we moved 5 hours away into a new construction home.  A new home brought the chance to change things up decor-wise.  The hubs and I {yes, he has input} decided we wanted to move from cottage farmhouse to traditional decor.  We inherited a gorgeous Duncan Phyfe dining room set {I'll save the eye candy for another post} that somewhat led us in the traditional direction.  We have loved the change...until now.  It's not that I don't love my home;  it's just that after 5 years she is crying out for a change {OK, so am I}.  So, it is official...we are beginning the process of mixing the old and the new {think vintage farmhouse meets traditional}! 

Consider this a disclaimer:  if you come to my house and I have no curtains or my coffee table is covered in primer, don't judge me {or her}.  Her midlife crisis will eventually end and she'll emerge a new {old} woman.   

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