Deciding to Let Go. After being in our home for a year now (boy that year went by fast), we are finally painting the rest of the house. I painted most of the living area on the main floor myself after moving in last February. We started noticing some settling issues with the walls and ceiling. We, well Ryland, built the house so it's a new home and this is expected. We decided to wait for the builder's one year warranty fix-it-all before attempting to paint the rest of the house. Sooooo... I was planning to paint the walls myself then I glanced at my huge to-do list and decided to pick my battles. With my hubby's let's get this done asap mindset and his approval, we hired a painter. First time ever. I always paint our home so this was huge for me. I enjoy the painting process so some might understand my mindset when I decided to relinquish this task to someone else. Okay. Well. OMGosh. Andy, the painter, is A-Ma-Zing! Any fears or reluctance has dissipated. I'm over the top excited. Excited to have all of the walls painted. It should be done in four days. Uh... Wow! Now I can pause and breathe.
Choosing wall color. It took me three days to scour magazines, pinterest and a few of my favorite home decor blogs to finally realize that I needed to see my own vision. Then I chose. The first batch of samples I detested. What was I thinking? Well, I was thinking of resale value and what nice neutrals will sell this house when we receive orders and move (Yes. Yet again). Then, I realized I'm a bit more daring and we honestly don't know how long we'll be here. Two years. Maybe four. Well, here are my choices... I'm in love!
master bedroom // sparrow
master bathroom // tapestry beige
guest bedroom // meditation
guest bathroom // meditation
basement rec room // abingdon putty
tate's bedroom // wythe
girls' bathroom // palladian blue
More on color. I'll post the rest of my colors in a future post.
It's a New Year and I'm feeling the urge to purge. Yesterday, I went through my master closet and weeded out clothes, shoes and purses. I have three big bags heading to the Goodwill! What a great feeling of accomplishment. My closet looks so organized and clean.
Okay so what I'm leaving out is my procrastination to put all of the Christmas decorations away. I pulled everything down and set it upon my dining room table the day after New Year's Day. It's still sitting there looking at me. Everything looks so nicely organized... Christmas trees here, Nutcrackers here, Santas here, Nativity set there; but for the life of me, I have no desire to drag all the bins from the basement to the dining room.
Yesterday, instead of packing the decor away, I lurked by the piles of Christmas decor sitting on my lovely dining room table looking oh so lovely and oh so organized, and I ended up in my kitchen with a mission.
The flow of the kitchen is truly important. Right? Please agree. After living in this house for almost a year, I felt like I needed to shift a few things around. I love to cook, to bake and to entertain. Plus, our kitchen is always full of bodies and projects so I needed to re-evaluate the flow for it all felt disheveled. I basically pulled everything out of the cabinets and shifted all of the contents. I am SO happy with the results. I now have a cohesive kitchen with... A baking section to include all of my bowls, mixing cups, whisks and yada yada yada. And... A cocktail section. Everyone say CHEERS! And... An everyday section for the the everyday things like plates, drinking glasses and utensils. Oh and one more... An entertaining section to house my platters, pretty dishes, serving utensils and so forth. Voila.
As always, there is never a dull moment in the McLean household. I was up all night with my son Connor coughing and vomiting. Fortunately, he was able to be seen this morning at the clinic and he tested positive for Influenza Type A. He is so sick and my heart breaks to see him miserable. So... my to do list for today has been shelved. However... I am staring at the pile of Christmas decor right now and it's staring me down. Time to pack it all away. No more procrastination here today. Oh... and I'll be pulling out the Lysol to disinfect the house. Pray for us that we do not all come down with the flu bug... especially me!
Anyone have a good and easy homemade chicken soup recipe? Please share it here in the comment section! Thanks. xo