…which is on this main wall. This wall is basically the story of our life and who we are. Maps (again) from our favorite places, pictures of our favorite moments and vacations, quotes I love and the artwork of my favorite five year old.
4. Adding creative storage. Let’s have some honesty here. This is my living room’s best foot forward, most of the time there are toys somewhere on the floor, laundry folded on the couch, you know, that real life stuff, but since storage for all of that stuff is pretty limited around here, I’ve found some creative ways to make storage so everything has it’s place at the end of the day. Two old kitchen cabinets have become toy storage–one as a TV stand and one as a sort of a decorative shelf in our hallway.
5. Finally, embrace that which you cannot change. Like I said, all of the rooms in my house are a constantly evolving, work in progress. There was a long time where I didn’t do much with this room because I couldn’t do everything I wanted all at once. But once I decided to stop waiting for it to be perfect and just let it evolve over time, it truly has become a place that I love. This couch, among other things, pretty much drives me nuts–and I’m excited that it will be moving back to the basement in the next few months to make way for something different, but for now, some pillows and throws dress it up a bit and make it bearable until we can change it out. I know that probably sounds so lame to some, and trust me, I’m grateful to have what I have, but it’s just one of those, you-can-always-improve type of things. But as I’ve learned to embrace those things, use what I have and get a little creative and resourceful, this room, has truly become a place I love to be.
All in all, I love this room because people can walk in and it tells the story of exactly who we are and I can look around and find pieces of my family, our history and favorite memories, and one of a kind things that I’ve created.