Hi loves! I’ve been incredibly busy and I haven’t felt inspired to write lately, but I’m back! I thought there was no better way to return to my blog than with some home design magic. If you’re like me, a stay-at-home mama, and a homebody, then creating the perfect space for you and your family is everything. It doesn’t matter how small (or large) a space you have…every space is capable of creating the vibe you want. Every space can be magical and special. If you have a large space you’re designing, you want to make it feel as cozy as possible, and it’s important to be able to afford enough furniture and accents to fill the space so that it doesn’t look empty, an afterthought, or naked. You don’t want your space just hanging out in the nude! Dress it up. When you have a smaller space your goal is to make the absolute most out of every inch of the room. For example, tiny home living calls for smart, interesting ideas and smaller pieces so that you have room for what you need (a smaller fridge, oven, etc.). You can have a gorgeous, smaller kitchen and you’d be surprised at how little space you need. We have an apartment-sized kitchen and we love it! It’s beautiful, functional, and the perfect chic farmhouse kitchen. Every inch of our farmhouse was designed with so much love, thought, and purpose. We have a small, farmhouse bar in our kitchen, a coffee bar in our living room, and those are just two examples of how we planned out every bit of our space so that it’s not only functional but really special.
Our hallway bathroom was just remodeled and I’m in love! Today I’m adding some of the finishing touches and then I’ll be posting photos, naturally. I can’t wait to share the space with all of you! It’s been close to 95 degrees in New Jersey the past week and it’s unbearable, but I managed to plant a sunflower plant at our farm the other day, and I just bought three gorgeous, bright pink knockout roses for our yard that Andrew helped me plant. I love taking care of my plant babies and this season has already been difficult with the lack of rain and the intense heat, but all of my plants are thriving despite the challenges. I wish they were receiving more rain, but it is what it is! There’s something so beautiful and therapeutic about buying and caring for plants. They remind us of what’s important and that the little things are honestly the big things in life. I always recommend to those designing a space to incorporate live plants, because they add so much liveliness and beauty. If you have cats and dogs, please be careful what you choose at the nursery in case your pets nibble a leaf (or a flower) from a poisonous plant, or simply choose a place where your animals are not allowed to display your plants. Faux plants are great, but live ones are even better. Andrew and Greyson bought me a lemon tree for Mother’s Day and it’s by far one of my favorite plants. Take a trip to your local nursery and find a plant that makes you smile and also compliments your space. Cactuses, succulents, and an edible plant for your kitchen are wonderful options. I have a vibrant basil plant in my kitchen and it’s a must-have because we use basil a lot for cooking, especially for Basil Mozzarella Sandwiches!
COVID-19 caused so much heartache, panic, and stress for all Americans, but one thing the pandemic did for all of us is light a match. It inspired so many to be creative, thoughtful, and to make the most out of our homes. Our homes (big and small) are now everything…a place to work, eat, sleep, exercise, learn, fall in love, laugh, cry, and enjoy life. During the pandemic, I designed and created our coffee corner, kitchen bar, and I just created a little movie night tray that is always stocked with candy, chocolate, and popcorn. Again, it’s the little things. I want every moment spent at home to be comfortable, memorable, and inspiring. I planted and bought more plants than ever before during the pandemic, spent so much time at our farm, Andrew did a lot of work on our farm, and we welcomed a lot of new animals into our life from farm animals to our dog Simba. It was (and still is) a time for immense change, growth, sacrifice, and again…inspiration. I realized what I truly need to be happy and what I can live without over the past year. I gave Amazon all of my money (raise your hand if you can relate…haha), fell in love with new passions, and pushed myself to be the best version of myself. Commit yourself to create the space you’ve always wanted, because there’s nothing better than looking around your home and feeling at peace.
Whether you’re in a mansion, cabin, rancher, suburban home, apartment, or a camper, your space matters and deserves your love and attention. You also don’t need a fortune to make your home look perfect, but you do need creativity and an open mind. Sit still, close your eyes, and think about what makes you happiest…the beach, your family, rolling hills, or the city. Incorporate those things into your space and make your home a story. It’s also important to remember that there will always be another home project that needs to be done, home projects we simply want to get done, and issues that arise. NO home is perfect and it never will be. Don’t strive for perfection. Take a breath…you will get to every last item on your home project list, but it doesn’t happen overnight (as much as we wish that’s how it works). Happy Summer everyone!!! I am happy to be back on my MacBook, typing to all of my amazing readers. I’ve missed you, xoxo.