Minimalist Home Styling, the American Dream, and the Evolution of a Room
Hello friends and listeners! You guys loved our episode on Minimalist Home Styling as well as our blog post on how Eryn helped me style my kitchen and bathroom, so today we're serving up another post on home styling and the goal is 2 fold! First off, I wanted to share a little one how my perspective has changed with regards to home decor and the American Dream and secondly, I thought it would be fun to do a little design crowd sourcing!
It's interesting how my "American dream" has changed over the years. For a long time, I had the dream that my parents had for me: get married, have kids, get a house, get a bigger house. Somewhere along the way we'd figure out careers and hopefully this would make us happy. I have no problem with the American dream, and in fact, our life doesn't look too much different on paper, but my intentions and motivation behind our actions and decisions as a family have completely shifted.
Somewhere along the way, I stopped striving towards that next big thing and learned how to fully appreciate where I'm at in the moment and let the next evolution unfold as it may. And while that doesn't sound so earth shattering, it is a complete 180 compared to how I used to complete projects, pick new goals and generally live my life. For example, if I had an empty space or an unfinished project in my home, it used to be this unfinished concept in my mind and it would drive me nuts until it was "done." I would buy home decor just to fill a space (and it never looked that great) or I would nag my husband to help me with home projects because I allowed myself to feel bad about the unfinished nature of it all and took it out on him! Can anyone else relate?
It's so interesting to not care if something is undone. It's a new feeling to know that everything will unfold and be beautiful in it's own way. So much more freeing and more enjoyable for everyone involved! If you can relate to anything I've shared, and you want to think about your home and it's evolution in a way that's more joyful and less stressful then I challenge you to play with different thoughts and ideas. Instead of stressing over something undone, try thinking "how is this going to unfold?" Instead of forcing yourself or someone you love to finish a project, try letting them take the lead or just being easier about the situation. If you've got an empty room or an empty space, try sitting with it for a while rather than rushing to fill the void. Who knows? Maybe something better than you could have imagined is just around the corner.
Now for the fun part! Who want to help me come up with a layout for this room!? Home design is not my natural gift, but I know this kind of thing lights up so many of you! The part of the room that I'm sharing is just off our kitchen where everyone tends to gather. It used to be a little hangout/family computer area, but since consolidating computers to one room (the office upstairs) this room is becoming more bare. We'd love to add some seating for people to enjoy as they gather around the kitchen. How should we arrange furniture? And SUPER IMPORTANT...where would you place a rug in here? Can't wait to hear your thoughts!