Isn't it amazing how time just seems to fly right on by?! Life can get so hectic and demanding but one thing I've realized is that down-time, for me, is like a breath of fresh air. Mr. D has a very demanding job with no set schedule so when things ramp up for him, we slip into non-essential mode. The thing is, I've come to learn that even in non-essential mode I need to have a creative outlet. That's why I've taken on adding some style to our home. Thinking and planning is where I recharge and, well, it's just plain fun. So I'm excited that you've joined me as I begin this slow but exciting process.
Photo from the Bahamas
Are you picking up part of the theme yet?
What's the vibe?
Starting a whole-house project like this is very daunting and for my detail-oriented mind it can get down right overwhelming. The first thing I usually do is think about what vibe I want the space to have. Since it's our own home, that means talking with Mr. D and then thinking about what I want people to feel when they come visit. Mr. D is pretty relaxed about things and because he has such a crazy-busy job he really likes/needs to relax. Often, Saturdays are sleep in/watch movies/play with little dude kind of days so it's safe to say our life is pretty casual. Mr. D is also very sentimental and connected to his family so I'm excited to bring that element into our home. I'm not really sure what that's going to look like yet but I know we'll come up with something fab.
One of my favourite places is the beach and since we live in beach vacation land I thought it would be fun to give our home a beachy vibe. I'm talking more Nantucket-ish, not so much South Beach. I also have a more "classic" side to me that my sis-in-law likes to call Preppy. No matter how hard I try I always go back to it (yes, little dude has a few brighthly coloured polos...) because it was influenced by my low-key West Coast upbringing. The fun challenge will be to find just the right mix of Nantucket beachy and West Coast polished. Yep, those are definitely the technical terms and I think I've got my work cut out for me!
Next time we will talk about inspiration but for now here are a few pictures that I'm loving.