I've always felt that I could live just about anywhere as long as I could make whatever house I lived in a home. That doesn't have to take a whole lot of expense.
I've sewn pillow covers from second hand fabrics found at consignment shops to liven up hand-me-down couches and reveled in the touch of cozy addition to the small spaces we've called home in past years. I've created cross stitches for walls. Framed children's art work to decorate. Re-upholstered chairs. Painted and repainted furnishings.
I expressed some hesitance HERE.
We've loved our house just the way it is but have often felt a bit closed in by it's floor plan with so many people living under one roof. What a blessing to be able to make my house more home for us.
For much of this last year, we worked with my amazing sister-in-law to visually create a space that would feel clean and open and uncluttered. I couldn't be more grateful for her talent in bring together a functional look of comfort with a visual illusion of more space.
We spent a lot of time looking at sample after sample of flooring and railing to create the design we were hoping for.
We were so excited the day the wood flooring was delivered.
Then demolition began.
I wondered how much love that linoleum found under our existing flooring had experienced back in the days when previous home owners had stood excited for it's laying.
We lived under plastic for quite awhile which proved challenging. I think the kids loved feeling like we were camping for awhile.
Then the floor laying began.
I marveled at the beautiful workmanship.
In the meantime, we picked out closet designs and looked at more samples.
When the flooring guys walked out my front door leaving behind their finished craftsmanship, I wanted to leave it just like this. Why clutter up a work of art?
But it was time to start moving back into life.
While we were waiting for the railings to be created, my sister in law helped pick smaller scale furnishings to make the spaces feel bigger yet accommodating.
And with the help of my trusty boys, we replaced light fixtures with some more modern designs.
We played with some spaces to come up with workable solutions.
Then those railing guys showed up like it was Christmas day.
And then my sister in law put her talent to work to create this vision.
Thanks to her months of dedication, a space that we love to call home.