I’m not predictable, I know what I like.

Lately, with all of the terribly negative and depressing articles and personal rants that flood my Facebook feed, I have made a concerted effort to not open up my newsfeed as soon as I wake up in the morning.  And when I catch my muscle memory automatically picking up my phone to check Facebook throughout the day, I will stop myself before I get too far down the negative, angry road to Depressing-ville.  There’s a lot of sad stuff out there these days, and people I respect and am friends with in one life or another often say some hateful, misguided things.  And it makes me sad, when people I respect try to combat hateful actions with more hateful words.  But I digress.

I’ve been trying to cast a more positive light to my little world.  And that means training my thumb to land on my Pinterest app rather than Facebook when I need a few minutes of mindlessness.  And lately it’s been working and pleasantly inspiring!

I’ve noticed a few funny observations… Literally my entire Pinterest feed consists of: macarons, French language activities, macarons, interior design stuff (mostly bathrooms because we are contemplating ripping out and tiling our shower), unicorns (for Claire’s upcoming 2nd birthday), macarons, and…Christmas.

That’s right.  Despite the fact that it’s August, one morning I got sucked down a rabbit hole of beautiful Christmas decorations and crafts, and it made my soul happy and now Pinterest thinks that’s all I want to look at.  And macarons, of course.

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Macarons, unicorns, and francais: that’s what this girl is made of.

Rather than be annoyed, I’m pretty happy with the images that Pinterest suggests for me.  Some might call me predictable, but I like to say that I know what I like.  My mom would always pull things off of racks when we shop together and say “that’s a Genny shirt if I ever saw one,” and my husband says similar things, and I just smile and reply that I have a true and recognizable aesthetic.  So there.

Bring on the macarons, design tips, and party planning!  My aunt messaged me to tell me that because of my pins she has started her own macaron board even though she has never eaten or made them, but hopes to one day.  I was so honored!

Here’s some screen shots of my feed as of today:

If you’d like to follow my pins and see my aesthetic for yourself, go here!

Who wouldn’t want to learn how to make little reindeer out of old wine corks rather than reading someone’s annoying and flawed political rants, anyway??  I’m no masochist.

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Decreasing anxiety, increasing purpose

I realize it’s almost the new weekend, but I’ve had some thoughts from the previous long weekend I wanted to share.  I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and churn out a post this week because I have a very cranky and irritable little girl who is pushing out a molar…Not fast enough.  On top of that I’m fighting off another cold so yet again this household is a bit of a mess.

Anyway, last weekend was super productive for my little family.  We are continuing to let all the dust settle in our new house.  I don’t recall it taking as long to feel this way when we moved last time, but that was probably because last time we moved “home,” and this time, well, I hate Florida.  I know, news flash!

Here’s a confession of sorts: I have literally painted the walls of every home I’ve ever lived in with my husband (and really as a kid, too).  I hate painting, but love the effect, and so I do it.  I painted walls in our crappy military issue house in Hawaii that had no natural light and no backyard, just to cheer myself up about being lonely on a small island while my new husband was deployed.  I painted the walls of our second Hawaii home because it was a lot nicer and I wanted to make the space feel like a real home.  When we moved to Washington, I went crazy and painted a ton of walls and even did a striped wall in the first home we ever purchased.  And now in Florida, again to cheer myself up and because I’m more experienced and know the house needs some warmth and depth, I’ve started the process over again.

After taking several weeks to decide on a color, and investing in four different sample colors and painting them up on our wall (which I NEVER do- I usually have an exact color in my mind and when I find it, I go for it! Not this time), I finally painted an accent wall in our bedroom.

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I went from two paint choices…
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To four…
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After a week of staring at them, I still wasn’t sure so I had to paint a bigger square of the one I was thinking about picking…
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And I picked it!  Boy do I hate painting.  Just looking at the room like this stresses me out.  A necessary evil, I tell ya.

Our bedroom is quite large, with a big beautiful picture window that looks out onto our backyard, and vaulted ceilings with crown molding.  The walls were the builder grade “greige” (grayish-beige) color they were when the house was built fourteen years ago.  I know for a fact this home has had two owners, and I can’t understand why no one would want to paint this big, plain, blank slate of a room.  It really is a pretty space but needs a little warmth and a little dimension.  And because I don’t have the time or energy to paint the whole thing, I painted the wall behind our bed as an accent wall.  Voila!

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Painting the wall the bed sits against really anchors the room to this one feature wall, and draws the eye to it.  It is a warm, muted gray from Lowe’s called “Bleached Shadow,” and I just love it.  I also love the contrast of the wicker wall decor (that I spray painted from a bronze color once upon a time #crafty) above the bed, as well as the light upholstery of our headboard against it.  I am now in search of some more wall decor because I’ve realized this wall is HUGE and needs some subtle art to really show it off.  I’m also on the hunt for new lampshades, as I’ve had the current ones forever and I’m on a crusade against beige these days.  But despite the improvements I still plan to make, thanks to the painting I feel like the room has more purpose.

The process of painting really helped my anxiety, too.  Lately I’ve been having spells of anxiety where my chest feels super tight and I have a hard time taking deep breaths, and though I realize my life is still in upheaval despite my best attempts to settle into our home, I can’t pinpoint one specific thing that would cause me anxiety.  So last week I started working out a bit again, and I also knew that there were several things I wanted to do around the house that have been nagging at me for a WHILE, so I decided to throw myself into a project since I didn’t know what else to do.  And this week I have to say, my anxiety has been a lot better.  Maybe I was just yearning to express myself creatively in this house finally.  And also maybe I really needed to workout.  Like really.

Now I’ve got the bug again and have several little projects I plan to do:

  • Hang bathroom shelves in the master bath room (I already did this promptly after finishing the wall but am saving that for my next post)
  • Finish hanging wall decor
  • Rip out the much hated vertical-blinds and slowly replace them (that will be its own post too- I can’t wait to describe to you how much I truly hate verticals.  Like a lot).
  • Paint sun room and create a true play room for Claire
  • Add curtains to sunroom- if you don’t know what to do with a room but feel like it’s missing something, I beg you to hang some curtains.  You don’t have to spend a fortune, and it adds instant drama and warmth.
  • Paint kitchen table and chairs- I have chalk paint and materials at the ready, I can’t wait to get started!
  • Plant bulbs in planters and cheer up the front and backyards with Spring flowers.

Who knows, maybe we will cross some of these off the list this weekend!  Until next time!