Sometimes, you have to remember where you came from in order to move forward. This old adage applies to designing a house just as much as it applies to life. There are often too many decisions coming at us far too quickly. We feel the need to keep going and going and deciding all the things and we end up in the weeds and then… Yeah. We need to stop. We need to breathe. We need to get our butts into the yoga studio and chill the heck out.
I didn’t think so.
When the world starts spinning, I guarantee it is time for you to stop moving. In the case of our remodel, last week I found myself with the world spinning. Should the water heater go outside or inside? Should we have a sconce on this part of the wall or should we try to find ceiling lighting? Are we going to put butter and orange juice in the wine cooler? Really. These inane questions seemed like they carried the weight of the world and time is money and oh my goodness this remodel is going to take forever if I don’t decide right now exactly where I want to hang the hand towels in the kids’ bathroom.
Y’all. Perspective much? It's just a house.
So we go back to the drawing board. What is this house that we are creating? How do we want to feel when we walk in the front door? When we walk into the kitchen or the bedroom or we wake up in the morning and head to the shower? How will we live in it? Where will we spend our time?
This house will be fun. It will be traditional yet playful. It will be coffee and donuts on a rainy day and roses on a picket fence and quirky birds in nests. It will be your favorite jeans with a white t-shirt and leopard print heels. It will be structured and loose at the same time. It will be welcoming, calm, silly, colorful, open, and full of joy. It will be modern and southern and still be a bungalow. It will be home.