The New House desperately needs a repaint. I now know the Dulux "Whites" catalogue by heart and my approach this time, is to pick one of their creamy warm whites and do the whole inside of the house. A bathroom is going to be mended and the kitchen tarted up a bit with a new benchtop and knobs. And then we are going to move in and work out what else we want to do.
I don't want to do anything in a half assed way because I figure a half assed reno is always going to look like, well, a half assed reno. I also want to get a bit more of a feel for the house and how we are going to use it. There are lots of nooks and crannies in our current house that I only really appreciated after living here a while.
The last few years have shown a huge wave of interest in home decor and renovation in Australia and I presume the world. To be honest sometimes I think we get so obsessed about how things look, that we forget that our house must first and foremost be a warm, cosy home.
Often I feel people decorate more to create the perfect image, rather than to please the occupants of the house... I have been guilty of this in the past, and it was brought home to me forcibly on the occasion of Farmgirl's second birthday. We had planned a Champagne and Cupcake party that started at 4pm (the adults were still going at 1am but that is a story for another post...) Farmgirl is born in winter and hence I had lots of cosy, nanna style hand crocheted rugs and cushions around the lounges in our kitchen room. At the last moment I decided to neaten all of this up. I stuffed the offending items in the linen press and tidied the room until it was all matchy matchy and magazine perfect. Farmgirl walked in, burst into tears and said
"I want to go home."I promptly replied
"This is home darling"She said
"Not my home."
Needless to say I whipped all the mismatching soft furnishings back out and Farmgirl was happily "at home" in time for her party. Now I make sure my first priority is making our house somewhere The Farmchildren feel cosy and safe. Farmboy reinforced this for me too when he showed me the picture he had drawn of his "safe place" at PrePrimary. I asked him what it was and he replied that it was our kitchen. That brought tears to my eyes. I must be doing something right in the decorating department...
In December Maxabella posted a fantastic post about our lives and how they can be overstyled. It is well worth a read and makes an excellent point. (Quick, pop over there and read it. I'll wait....)
My favourite bit of her post was
"It's sands and taupes and camels. It's definitely never beige."She had obviously read the Dulux catalogues too.
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