We are officially closing on our first house this Friday and we have a month left with our current apartment before moving out, so to stay ahead, we’ve gone head and chosen our paint.
Let me tell you, it was not easy.
There are thousands upon thousands of shades of paint to choose from. And I mean every shade under the sun and the moon and then some.
I had a vision of what I wanted: colored neutral walls. In no way whatsoever was I going to do white or beige walls, but I was open to everything else. I wanted colored neutral walls to create interest and let my things pop a little.
When I get obsessed with something, I get rather obsessed about it and there’s nothing I love more than a good vignette. I’m always re-arranging mine until I’m satisfied. Sometimes I’m at it for a couple of days. In case you’re not familiar with the term, a vignette is a grouping of items artfully arranged- a snapshot of your life. A vignette gives away the little details about you and your life, so it’s pretty important what you decide to put on display. After all, a home reflects who you are, whether it’s as an individual or as a family.
The fireplace is often thought of as the heart and soul of a home- right after the kitchen, of course. It’s where the terminology “hearth” came from. Although technically it means the floor of a fireplace, it also means home and a vital center.
The fireplace is often one of the most important focal points in a room as it provides more than one purpose. Most importantly- or what I believe is most importantly- is that it is an architectural feature of the home. A lovely characteristic of the house. Whether it works or not is another question. When you live in in the south as I do, it’s not as important to have a working fireplace but believe me, it’s still a fantastic bonus if it does. A fireplace is still held in high esteem for its importance.
Think about the images a fireplace conjures in your mind. Maybe you’re thinking back to what you imagine it to be back in the medieval days; a fireplace was always roaring, whether it was being used as a means of warmth or as an oven. Maybe there is something inviting about a fireplace that makes us all congregate around it. Maybe you associate it with family time. Maybe you associate it as “Me” time- a time to cozy up next to the fire with a book and a glass of wine. Or maybe you’re an interior design addict like me and you see it as another aspect of the house to design, and boy, are the choices unlimited. Just take a look at these:
Every once in a while, we just need a good plaid story home. Plaid comes and goes, but it’s always timeless with the fall and winter season. I can’t put my finger on it, but something about that pattern just says cozy during the colder weather. Which is why I thought now was the perfect time to share this mountain home designed by Anthony Baratta, though you may have seen it in Veranda’s November issue.
I love New Years. I love everyone’s can and will- do’s attitude. It inspires me to freshen up my intentions. That’s right. I said intentions- not resolutions. It takes an amazing amount of willpower to maintain resolutions. Resolutions are an absolutely firm decision. It usually requires changing your life. I think at this point people start to realize how hard it is to change themselves after wishing other people would change. It’s really unfair to expect some people to change themselves when most can’t even keep their own New Year’s resolution. Which is why I’ve been set on intentions. We get so set in our routines or have a system that works, that it’s challenging to just go in and change things up, like go to the gym 5 days a week. There’ll be mornings where you might wake up and just automatically fall into your old morning routine and by the time you wake up enough to realize you need to go to the gym, it’s too late. And so it might continue. New Year’s intentions are intended to change your life.