This past week I had a photo shoot take place in my home (I’ll share more details once the shoot goes live!), and while I was getting ready for it washing blinds, dusting, reorganizing etc., I was starting to feel some major self doubt about my home. Which is nuts, I realize, but sometimes it happens. Out of no where I just stared to feel like my home wasn’t good enough to be published alongside some pretty gorgeous homes and big names. But I was asked for a reason I guess, so I embraced it.
And since my main floor space was spic and span, and never looked better, I just had to capture it all on camera…it’s not all the time when everything is so tidy! While I was taking pictures, I realized that I haven’t actually shared my home as it looks on a regular day (minus the mess that kids and a puppy add, but I’ll save you the image). Up until now, all of my home tours are done for the holidays, so I thought it would be a nice idea to show you what my main space looks like without seasonal decor.
The main floor is my favourite space in my home…it’s where we spend most of our time, and I just really love being here. It’s where I have put most of my decorating effort as well. The only downside to this space it that it doesn’t see any sunshine, which I desperately wished it had. And because it can be pretty dark back here, it was important to us to make sure the decor was light and airy.
It’s taken me a while, but I have finally embraced my love of colour. It can be kind of scary to introduce colours that aren’t neutral, but life is too short to see everything in beige if you don’t love it. The easiest way that I have found to do this, is to bring the colour in as accent pieces. I kept the walls neutral, and added pops of colour in the form of chairs, flowers, dishes and simple art.
Without even realizing it, I have gradually collected a lot of aqua, yellow and white, and now I’m putting them on display. I love how much cheer they add to our eating nook! And the great thing is, if I get tired of the colours, or want to change them up for the holidays I can easily do that.
My eating nook though, I love it. These chairs! They’re my fave. My goal is to add 2 more and paint them white. But seriously, how fun are they to look at every day?
I also really love to decorate with natural elements like flowers and fruit. Nature makes the best decor…again, so easy to change up for the seasons! Apples in fall, lemons in spring, peaches in summer. There’s no prettier (or easier) decor.
And this is my every day kitchen space…I do tend to keep this area pretty spic and span. All of my food blog magic happens here, and I need a clean slate to work with hahaha! Over the years I haven’t changed much with this space because it’s works for me, plus what I’d really like to do is rip out the cupboards and countertops and make everything white, but…
And now my home pictures aren’t complete without this little ragamuffin. Molly is everywhere now, so it’s hard to get pictures without her in them somehow. Plus she’s cute…and her dishes match so…
Here’s my mantel and fireplace area dressed down for every day. This is how things look without Christmas garland or Halloween decorations! Verrrrrry neutral. I’m thinking it might be time for a colour punch in here.
So that’s my home. I love my space and that’s what is important. Comparison really is the thief of joy, so I won’t fall into that train of thinking again. Love what you have, and make it yours.
Have an inspired day!