Hello friends! Glad to meet you, I’m Jessica from Decor Adventures. Blogging about the fun I have at home is my creative outlet and opportunity to have fun with my power tools, not to mention paint something new every once in a while. My husband, baby daughter and I live in a 115-year old home in the city.
This is our first house and we’ve spend 5 years so far making it our own. We have amazing wood trim and floors, stained glass and 4 floors of old house quirks where nothing is square and I love it that way.
It’s easy to move into a place, set up your things, paint the walls, and get to living. But it’s hard to figure out what meaningful means to you and how to create a home that’s special, organized and function for your family and life.
Here are a few simple ways I bring meaning and life into my home.
INVOLVE YOUR FAMILY
Although one of my family members is only 8 months old, she is is a big part of how I now design and decorate my home. And she’s my super cute mini assistant. I made this constellation art work for her room and this fall I’m about to start baby-proofing everything. If you have any tips, I’d love to hear them.
My husband Dan and I make joint decisions on our home. It didn’t always used to be that way. I used to tell him an idea of what I wanted to do and he’s offer a counter opinion to try something different and I hated it! It was hard to compromise about things but I have cooled my heels a lot and now we talk about what kinds of things we’ll BOTH do to our house.
Involving your family in designing and decorating your home will make you all feel a part of the process of creating a meaningful place to live and there isn’t anything more important than having your family feel loved, important and valued.
USE WHAT YOU GOT
Using items in your home to redecorate and renovate a new space is not only fun, it’s challenging and exhilirating. These days budget is a major factor in my decor projects and who doesn’t want to save money anyway they can? After turning into a blog-at-home mom from a full-time professional, making items for my home for little or no money is what I dream about at night. I do! See all of the things I’ve made for free here, including this poster I painted over with supplies I had on hand including trendy hot pink.
Other ways to use what you’ve got are by rearranging your furniture, shopping the attic or swapping items with friends. It’s a great time to switch a room around or make something from the leftover supplies from that last craft day. I love recycling, and these are all easy ways to do that and bring a special meaning to your rooms and decor.
HAVE PEOPLE OVER
Even if the living room isn’t as pretty as you’d like it, or the grass needs cutting, schedule that dinner party you’ve been wanting. You’ll wonder why you didn’t spend time with friends or family sooner. The one thing I believe most about creating a meaningful home is that you have to share it with people you love. Dinner parties, Friendsgiving, which we regularly host, and even a casual dinner after the baby goes to bed all count. So who cares if the floors are dusty, open up some drinks and have fun with the ones you love.
“It’s easy to move into a place, set up your things, paint the walls, and get to living. But it’s hard to figure out what meaningful means to you and how to create a home that’s special, organized and function for your family and life.” Absolutely! Incorporating ‘meaning’ takes time; it doesn’t come together overnight. I am in love with her 115-year old home – goodness, the stories it could tell. And the woodwork… I’m drooling. I love the updates Jessica has been making to her beautiful, aged homestead!
A favorite project of Jessica’s is the recent master closet makeover she created for the Buffalo Decorators Show House. Check out this fun + vibrant space… Who wouldn’t love this part of the home?!
Head on over to Decor Adventures, and give Jessica a BIG HELLO!
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