The never ending story…

Are you who you were five years ago?

Probably not. And that’s a good thing!

I read a blog post the other day on this topic. Then I heard it mentioned on a podcast this morning. And just a few minutes ago I saw a Facebook post mentioning the very same thing.

In my world, this is called a sign. Three times is a confirmation. :-)

So naturally, I had to share it with you.

The topic is simply this- Your home decor is a never ending story.

Does that make you uneasy?

If you’re doing it right, your home decor should not be a one-and-done kind of deal. Decorating your home is not something you do, and then you’re done. And the number one reason for that is this- as you continue to change and evolve,  so should your home.

Renovation shows give us a false idea of how things work. A designer comes in, knocks out a few walls, decorates the whole place (in their style), and…. the end! Everyone’s happy and excited and they’re all done! Like forever.

Our homes should reflect us and if they truly do, they should also change as we change.

So how does one afford to pay for their ever changing personas?

Is this even possible?

Here’s three tips to help your home stay current with YOU:

  1. Never go all in on one style.
    This is my general recommendation for decor anyway (it dates your home), but having to replace a few pieces is much easier and much more affordable than having to replace nearly everything in your home when you get tired of it in 3-4 years. (Dang that was a long sentence, but you get the point.)

    I know it’s easy to throw out a common word to define our style, but just as your personality cannot be defined with a single word or short phrase, your ‘style’ should not be described in fewer than 5-7 words. When you fill your home with objects you love vs. what fits into a certain style, it’s easier to update by just replacing a few pieces over time.

    catrina at home : @dobbinstcoop
    Photo credit: @dobbinstcoop
  2. Shop secondhand.
    Y’all know I’m a huge fan of estate sales, garage sales, craigslist and second hand stores. While it’s true that I can find unique items (and furniture) for my home, I also save a ton of money in the process. 

    When I pay 1/4th of the retail price for a couch or 1/16th of the retail price for a rug, I don’t feel so bad about replacing it in 3-5 years. And of course, I sell my old one on Craigslist so the ‘new one’ is even more cost effective.
    This doesn’t mean I didn’t know what I liked when I bought the first one, I absolutely did, but I accept that I’m changing and growing and so are my tastes.
    I do find that the older I get, the better I do at choosing bigger items that are closer to who I am and how I want to be reflected in my home, which leads me to my next point,

  3. Don’t go trendy on the big stuff.
    There are some furniture styles that are classic choices. These styles have stood the test of time and are good foundational pieces in your home. These are pieces that (if they’re good quality) you can have for 10, 15+ years, regardless of the current trends. These classic styles/pieces are what you want to look for. 

    Textiles (curtains, blankets, throw pillows, bed spreads, table cloths), Paint, knickknacks, artwork and even smaller pieces of furniture are a great way to infuse your personality into your home, over time and without breaking the bank and will not cost you an arm and a leg to replace them. 

As you continue to change and grow, so should your home. You are not a stagnant being, you are learning, expanding and becoming who you were meant to be.

If your home reflects who you used to be it may be why you no longer feel comfortable there. To feel encouraged and refreshed in your home it must reflect who and what you are right now or where you want to be.

Thanks for reading, I appreciate you!

Blessings on your home,

Catrina

 

 

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Five Gorgeous Fall Mantles

I gotta say.. it’s still hotter than hades in my neck of the woods, but I’M IGNORING THE HEAT and embracing Fall! LOL

I know up north they’re experiencing Fall temps, so I’m going to live vicariously through them.

If you’re wishing Summer would exit stage left or you’re actually living where the leaves are starting to turn, these beautiful Fall mantles will put you in the mood for all things pumpkin spice and everything nice. Or something like that. Lol

1. Neutral Simplicity
This pared back mantle gives me the warm fuzzies. Maybe I’m drawn to it because I think I could actually put something like this together or maybe it’s because I really like Eucalyptus leaves. Either way, it’s simple elegance is appealing and calming.

Catrina At Home Fall Mantel 1

Photo: @ Michelle_Janeen

 

2. Autumn Glow
This second mantle just makes me want to curl up in a blanket, sip hot cocoa and watch cheesy Hallmark movies. And I don’t watch Hallmark movies! LOL
All the colors and textures of Fall make this mantle warm and inviting.

Catrina At Home Fall mantel 2

Photo credit unknown

 

 

3. Sage with envy
What’s not to love about this stunning mantle from SoMuchBetterWithAge?
I absolutely love the coolness of the neutral/sage green palette paired with the warmth of the wood mirror and bronze sconce. Wow. This unfussy mantle decor proves that simple, when done right,  is not only attractive but inviting!

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Photo: SoMuchBetterWithAge.com

 

4. French Country Simplicity 
I love how absolutely opulent this mantle feels from French Country Cottage!
But in reality it has very few components. A couple of gold frames, some greenery, and grapevine pumpkins. Absolute brilliance. French + Country done right. Period. Ahhh..

Catrina At Home Fall Mantle 4

Photo: FrenchCountryCottage.com

 

5. Golden Opulence
The golden hues beaming from this mantle are gorgeous! And what says the end of summer better than a harvest of fruit and berries? Perfectly styled and packed to the gills with goodness, if I walked into a home with a mantle like this I would most definitely park myself right here to sit and stare awhile, desperately trying to take in all the opulent goodies.

Catrina at Home Fall mantel 5

Photo: Grandinroad.com

 

Do you decorate your mantle for Fall?

If yes, stop by my Facebook page and post it there so we can see it! (I’ll promise not to get too jealous since mine won’t likely be decorated. LOL)

(Almost) Fall Blessing!

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?

perfect quote CAH

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

My blue bedroom

So… I’m thinking of going BOLD for my bedroom reno project. Like– really bold. eeek!

Our Craftsman bungalow was built in 1908 and she came into our hands seven years ago, in 2010. We’ve been working on her off and on (in-between renovating other turn-of-the-century homes) ever since. Every square inch of her needed renovation. And I mean every. square. inch. We’re alllllmost done with the dining room and the back bathroom and I’m not sure if I’m going to start on the kitchen (again) or the master bath.

So basically our bedroom is still in the dream stage, lol because it’s likely going to be a while before I can work on her. But dreaming is fun!

So I want to go deep midnight blue, floor to ceiling, for the bedroom.

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No photo credit available :(

I haven’t told my husband yet, he might want to kill me. lol I wanted to do this in the dining room but I chickened out. Granted, there were a lot more issues to deal with there, being the pass-through room sandwiched between the (whitish) living room and the (whitish) kitchen, but still, I bailed on it. And it would’ve looked awesome too because of the conferred ceiling in there. sigh…

Here’s another great pic of a blue room.

Primitive Classic Navy Blue Room

designsponge.com – home of Melissa and Keye Lee

Stunning, right?

The photos above were a little difficult to find! Most navy/dark blue rooms have white ceilings and trim, like this photo..

Blue Living Room With White Ceiling

Contemporary Living Room by Toronto Photographers Lisa Petrole Photography

The is a lovely room but I don’t want that, the contrast is too high and the space becomes very defined with your eye drawn to the lines. Meh.. I want the baseboards, walls, window and ceiling to be the same blue. White trim screams “traditional” and my style is more eclectic.

Check out this Caribbean blue library found on Housebeautiful. It’s a different shade, but Wow!

Caribbean Blue Library

There’s just something about blue. So inviting and strong.

And while we’re talking about blue… that is what we’re talking about, right? What do you think about this GORGEOUS sideboard/dresser?

Solid blue sideboard:dresser

No photo credit again. What’s up with people “pinning” photos with no link? grrr :(

I just want to SAS (sit and stare). Don’t mind me, I’ll be right here for the next 30 minutes. Lol Beautiful design, beautiful color.

Anyhow, back to my blue room. :-)

Holy smokes. our ceilings are only 9.5′ tall but I would love this detail in our room! Now my husband is really going to kill me. LOL Can I at least die in my blue room?

Navy Blue walls:ceiling:trim

photo credit: tollens.com

The deeper the blue, the better, floor to ceiling for a killer, classic look.

My bedroom reno may be a year or so away but you better believe I’m going to begin the search for the perfect navy blue ASAP.  :-)

What color is your bedroom? Are you happy with it? Do you plan to change it? What’s your dream color scheme? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Blessings on your home,

Catrina