Company’s comin’

I’m curious, do you regularly invite guests (friends, family or acquaintances) over for a meal? Or even a game night?
We have lived in our house for nearly eight years and outside of holidays I can count the times on one hand that we have entertained.
Ugh.. I hate to admit that out loud.
I tell myself it’s because we’re always in the middle of a renovation on one part of the house or another, but really, it’s probably mostly because I’m an introvert AND a perfectionist.  Well actually, it’s because I don’t want to clean. LOL

Dang flippin’ dust.

I think about the dusty, exposed window weights in my bathroom window, the raw wood in the kitchen that needs to be sanded and painted etc. and the chairs in the living room that I haven’t got around to painting. Then there’s the couch that I want to replace, the kitchen that I’m in the middle of painting and the monster crack on the dining room table (we’re going to build us another table, but it comes after the kitchen). Double ugh.

And did I mention I  don’t want to clean?

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I realize that my focus is wrong. All wrong.
And that I care significantly more about my mess than others would but it still holds me back.

Entertaining should be about sharing our home and spending quality time with those we care about or getting to know new friends a little better. (Blah, blah, blah. lol)

Sooo, I’m going to challenge myself. (This is how I handle things I know I need to work on.)

My challenge is to invite company over within the next thirty days. (yikes)

AND I’m not going to stress about getting the dining room table fixed before hand or all the other half done projects around the house.

I’m going to cook a simple meal and just enjoy our company.

And most of all, I’m not going to regret posting this two minutes after I hit- publish. LOL

(Who am I and where did the real Catrina go?)

SOOOO… will YOU join me in the challenge?

We all know it’s important to break bread together but if you’re struggling in this area too, will you take my 30-day challenge?
Will you commit to inviting friends or family into your home in the next 30 days?

If you’re joining me, I would LOVE to hear about it!
Feel free to leave a comment below or let me know on my Facebook page.
Just know that I’m going to keep you accountable. Lol If we say-yes, then we doing it!!

We got this! :-)

-Catrina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfection

She stood back and looked at her dinner table and said, “perfect!” and joined her family outside.

Her friend came along and thought, “that would be perfect if only she had used wood chargers… and different stemware” she shook her head and kept walking.

Her sister walked by and started to refold all the dinner napkins and said “ahh, now it’s perfect!” and joined the others outside.

So when was the table “perfect?” Which version of the table was actually perfect?

We hear and read all the time that “there’s no such thing as perfect” but I wonder if it falls on deaf ears. How can we achieve something that doesn’t exist? Something for which everyone has their own definition?

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What if instead we decided that above “perfection” (whatever that is) we instead sought to make our homes, happy places, where our families felt safe, loved and even inspired.
Where it’s obvious that people actually live there instead of a never ending quest to keep up a Pinterest perfect appearance.

What if we embraced the crumbs on the counter and the smudges on the fridge and stopped apologizing “for our mess” or even worse never inviting anyone over because of it?

Hmmmm..

I’m talking to myself, too. :-)

Our homes don’t have to be perfect to be happy. In fact, it usually only takes- letting go of an unrealistic standard- to feel the slight shift towards a happy home.

Life is short and time is fleeting. Believe me.

I’m not advocating for living in a mess but I am saying that its very likely that your “mess” is no bigger or much different from everyone else’s.

Either we can spend our days chasing a fantasy of a perfect home or we can spend our time.. listening.. holding.. and loving.

It’s our choice.
Blessings on your home,

Catrina

The box

We humans like to put things in boxes, don’t we?

It’s easier that way. And we like easy.

We put humans in boxes, too, right? She’s a loner, he’s an extrovert, she’s creative, he’s athletic, she’s overprotective, he’s absent.

When it comes to our homes, the box feels good at first. Makes us feel like we belong to a club. We enjoy the whole “I’m with them” feeling.
“I’m into farmhouse.”
“I love contemporary.”
“I’m a modern traditionalist.”
“I’m a minimalist.”

And as long as we obey the rules and stay in line, we fit in.

But what happens when we spot a gorgeous sofa that doesn’t fit in with our ‘style?’ We’re drawn to it and can’t stop thinking about it.. BUT IT DOESN’T FIT IN.

What will the others think of me?

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Yes, there should be cohesion, but that can be established with color and pattern. Style on the other hand should be a personal choice based on personality and what one is drawn to. Not what is popular at the moment.

People ask me often what my ‘style’ is. My answer is something like- traditional, industrial with touches of rustic and mid-century modern with a dash of whimsy. Basically, I have an eclectic style. And I own it.
I put things in my house that I love and I’m working on removing all the things that I don’t love.

It’s easy to spit out a popular style when asked about our own home goals, but I would encourage you to take the time to really figure out what it is you like and don’t like. This exercise could be as simple as looking at different pieces of furniture on Pinterest and pining all the chairs you like or all the sofas you like, etc..
Without prejudice or concern on whether or not it fits in, just pin all the images that appeal to you. You might find, if you’re honest with yourself, that your tastes are much more varied than you previously thought.

And most of all, don’t feel like your style has to fit neatly into a box, under a specific style.  Your interests are likely varied and may not fit into any box. 

I know it’s easier to claim ‘one style’ for your home but if your home is truly going to be yours it must reflect you.. and you can not be fit into a box.

Blessings,
Catrina

 

Be different. Be you.

Being different.. just for the sake of being different.. is annoying. We all know that girl/guy. And ew.

Being different because that’s who you are, is beautiful! And empowering to others!

Coco Chanel said: don’t be like the rest of them, darling.

I couldn’t agree more.

This next part may sting a little.

I think a lot about this neutral trend that we are seeing in home decor. All gray and white. All greige.. and white. All whites. I’m certainly not speaking about everyone but I have noticed that for far too many, a neutral palette is a copout. They’ll never admit it, but it’s easier to decorate with neutrals because tough decisions on color that may or may not be popular choices, never have to be made.

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I feel like one thing I do more than anything else is give women courage to pursue the home they really want. Not what their mom or sister or coworker suggests but the home that they want.

It does take courage to step out of what’s expected of you and pursue what you really want for your home.

So I’ll say to you what I say to so many others,

Take the time to figure out what you really want for your home: You color story, your style and the way you want your home to feel.

Figure out what’s standing in your way: Is it your insecurity? Is it the strong opinions of others? Is it finances?

Make a plan for removing the obstacles: This could mean starting a savings or selling some stuff in your home to raise the funds. It could mean having a sit down talk with someone who has a strong opinion on your home and life.

Go for it! For some, this could be the hardest part! I get it. But creating a home that you love to be in, that refreshes you and inspires you and motivates you to go out and do what you’re supposed to do in the world, is worth the effort! You and your family are worth the effort!

“don’t be like the rest of them, darling.”

Don’t fall into what everyone else is doing out of fear or exhaustion. I urge you to take the time to get to know what you want and summon the courage to pursue it. You got this!

 

Blessings on you and your home,

Catrina

The Declutter Project

I’ve got no photos for this post (I know, unheard of these days) .. because who wants to see photos of clutter?

Not me.

Since January 2016, I’ve been on a major decluttering spree. Like MAJOR. Giving stuff away, throwing stuff away and selling stuff on eBay and craigslist.

I have no idea how I can be a year and a half into this and still so far to go, but its true.

When the heck did I become such an accumulator? I grew up with nothing! Seriously!       I know early on in my marriage, holding on to stuff was likely a residual effect of my childhood but that was a long time ago! I have no excuse anymore. None.

My husband and I just recently wrapped up an Estate Sale that we did for a friend who had lived in her house for 30+years. That’s a long time to accumulate stuff. Being around all that STUFF for over two weeks as we prepped for the sale has really made us get even more serious about decluttering our home.

We’ve been posting things on Craigslist and eBay like crazy this past week! Making a little cash and clearing stuff out!

Here are my tips for starting the simplifying and decluttering process:

  1. If you’re overwhelmed, start small. with a drawer, a closet or a single cupboard. Don’t move on till you complete that small project. Celebrate that success and keep going.
  2. Start with just fifteen minutes a day. Set a timer if you want but don’t stop till the timer goes off.
  3. Ask yourself these questions when you’re finding it tough to get rid of something: Do I love it? Am I using it? Have I used it in the past 6 months? Do I have multiples of this? Is it broken? Am I keeping this out of obligation or guilt?
  4. Don’t forget to declutter your furniture, too! That stray bookcase or hand me down end table… or the dreaded treadmill (that you know you’re not using) need to go. All of that can go on Craigslist, in a garage sale or to the Goodwill.

When we simplify our lives and declutter our homes we will literally feel lighter. Stuff has a way of weighing down not only our physical space but our mental and emotional space.

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try it!

You just may make a few bucks selling stuff you don’t need and find new peace of mind you didn’t know was possible just by simplifying.

 

xo,

Catrina

 

Easy Spring Centerpiece

Winter is fading into history and Spring is… springing!

Living in the  desert southwest, Spring happens earlier for us. The temps start to rise and blooms start appearing while most of the country is still under snow. We are fortunate that way but our Summers are HOT. So… there’s that. :-)

But for now, we are enjoying a brief moment of ideal temps and light winds.

Seeing blooms appear outside makes me want to bring the Spring indoors! I made this simple Spring centerpiece, purchasing everything from Hobby Lobby, and you can too!

I use no hot glue (or anything else really) to secure the greenery or flowers in place and that’s the beauty of it, when you want to change out the flowers or figurine as the season changes, it’s super easy to do!

Tips:

  1. Make sure all of your greenery and flowers run in the same direction, clockwise or counter clockwise, this helps the centerpiece flow together nicely.
  2. Have fun! Don’t stress about perfection, there’s no right or wrong way to do this. If you follow my lead and not use glue you can always pull out the pieces and start again.

If you make a Spring centerpiece I would love to see it! Feel free to post it on my Facebook page.

Happy Spring!

Catrina

 

 

How To Style Series: Throw Blankets

The throw blanket is a great way to add texture and color to your home design!

You can go for a structured look with a neatly folded throw blanket or casually drape a throw over the edge of a sofa for a more laid back approach.

Here’s a short video on how to style your throw like a pro:

A few important tips to remember:

  1. The throw blanket is mostly decorative. If you are struggling to figure out how to implement it into your home design, you may consider leaving it out. It’s not a necessary element, like most home decor, it’s optional.
  2. The simplest way to store a throw is to roll it up and put it in a basket with other throws or pillows. Store the basket next to the sofa or couch or on a bookcase.
  3. Have fun and experiment with your throw in different locations and different styles in your living space. This is your space and the final result should be pleasing and inviting to you and yours.

Happy styling!

Catrina