Happy Wednesday, everyone! It is amazing how being at home the past few months has opened my eyes to the neglect I allowed to seep in as I worked my life away! Since the day I married, I have enjoyed becoming a homemaker, but going from wife, to mother, to working mom, to career woman took away the fun of the art. I didn’t realize just how much until I began to look around my house only to see the unorganized mess.
In her book, Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance, Jennifer L. Scott writes these key points:
“An ordered home makes room for poise. Chaos, disorder, and clutter stress us out. They are the symptoms of mayhem and pandemonium. Remember, our home life, our life behind closed doors, is where we practice cultivating poise.
Committing to bringing your home to order is an exercise in self- discipline.
Much as with our clothes, we can tend to hold on to belongings in our home that are past their prime, that don’t fit in with other belongings, or that we just don’t even love.
Make sure everything you keep is in top shape. Go through each room and be honest about what needs to go. Clutter, order and poise are all related to one another.
If your family room is cluttered and disordered, it is easy to dress accordingly.”
It makes so much sense that a consistently cluttered home would make it easier to be a frumpy dresser. I don’t want to be that type of dresser nor have that type of home. So, just as I dove into organizing my wardrobe and making changes to my personal style, I am also organizing and changing up the décor of my home. (I guess I am a glutton for punishment!)
FROM CUTESY TO ELEGANT
I have described my home in the past as a farmhouse/Bed & Breakfast style home…and I have loved the cozy, warm feeling. The best way to describe what I am doing now is to look at these two bowls.
The one on the left is a Williams and Sonoma bowl that represents my old traditional farmhouse style. The bowl on the left represents the refined French Country style I am going for. I still want cozy just more refined with a different color palette. Another example…I saw this adorable bird bath the other day at Home Goods, and in the past I would have wanted to have it in my backyard in a heart beat. But, I love my new birdbath from Walmart (the green one below) and it is simple and refined….also, my turtle is another treasure discovered at Goodwill San Antonio ( it is hard to squelch my whimsical side completely!).
Remodeling our kitchen has really resulted with me rethinking colors and style. The remodel has not completely begun so I have no finished photos to show yet…but will hopefully by the end of October. I thought perhaps the bowls and the birdbaths would show you how I am changing.
I am sharing all of this hoping to turn your creative light on and inspire some of you in the areas of your own home décor. If you desire to change, it is not too late. In fact, never too late to create the home you desire. Thrift shopping at Goodwill has helped me. As I have donated some of the cutesy farmhouse to Goodwill, I have also found some amazing pieces to replace them. This bowl is one of those pieces. I paid $3.99 for it at Goodwill San Antonio, and online you can find the discontinued piece for $52! Score!
The earthenware vase in the first picture is a vintage Goodwill treasure. I know it is old, but I really love it. Finding ways to combine vintage and new is really what I enjoy doing most.
I am gradually weeding out and re-organizing. Who knows when it will be complete…but I am loving returning to my homemaker role…and not the rushed version that has been around for years. True confessions, I cleaned out my spice cabinet recently and tossed out many spices marked…DO NOT USE AFTER 2002! At least, I am back in the game! Is anyone else currently changing up your home’s style and decor? If so, how are you going about it.
A NOTE ABOUT POSTS THE REST OF THE WEEK
While many of you are reading this post, I will be experiencing the joys of Sinus Sinuplasty Surgery! I do not have any idea how intense, or not, my recovery from this procedure will be this week. But, I have a new post for you every day. If for some reason, I am not responding to comments, or a new post does not pop up, it may mean I am taking a little longer to go through the process.
I do hope you will be here for the next two days…Thursday will feature a POP UP Would You Wear It (Just for Fun); and Friday, I have another fabulous, elegant woman to introduce to you. Remember the links below allow you to make purchases at those stores and show support for this blog at the same time. A huge thank you to everyone who does this. I do not know how much I will be smiling today, but make sure all of you
KEEP SMILING FOR ME!!
JUST A NOTE:
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By Pamela Lutrell
Disclaimer: I am provided compensation to shop Goodwill San Antonio, but the words are my own.