There are images of beautiful and perfect houses all around us – whether it’s pinterest, instagram, blogs (ahem), magazines, movies, or maybe another home on your street. Sometimes it’s easy to feel the pressure of wanting things to be better…or even perfect. I let go of the idea of perfection ages ago, but confess that I sometimes struggle with wanting things pretty at home.
This summer I had high hopes of working on some cool design projects in our bay house, but it didn’t really work out. Honestly, it bummed me out. I was, however, able to reorganize closets and restyle our sunroom using existing pieces, which gave me a sense of accomplishment design-wise and added a new space for our family to enjoy…it’s not to the standard of pinterest or a magazine, but it’s still super comfy and styled nicely for us.
We’ve had some great summer memories in our sunroom already: Saturday breakfasts, morning coffee, sunset dinners, dolphin-watching, art projects, birthday celebrations, and more.
Maybe I’ll be able to complete a home design project when the circumstances are right. And if not, that’s okay. I’m choosing to reflect on the importance of memories that are forever burned in the minds of our children than any materialistic thoughts/goals/expectations which contradict that. Happy memories and a happy family are far more important than material items. I doubt kids (or husbands) care about a house being super styled or pinterest-worthy.
If you sometimes struggle with wanting everything “a certain way” in your home, let go of that pressure and remember that it’s not the items that fill the home that make it beautiful – it’s the love, memories, and people inside it.