Picture I sent to my mother with the message -"I need new art for this wall - what do have that might work?"
Next message -
"I can't afford to buy any new art because of this art I bought last year."
When we first moved in I was determined to make it nice till we did a “massive remodel”. (Ten+ years latter – no remodel in site.) I decorated and painted and hung things up and had china cabinets and fragile things. Four babies latter – its all gone. If it was fragile it ended up in the attic or at my mothers. If it was pretty it got put up high, taken down, or destroyed. Every now and then I get a bee in my bonnet and say that I am going to redo this or that. All I need is 100, 200, 400 dollars and it would be perfect. Then the kids need gym shoes and I am grumpy to blow MY fun money on them. But it was never MY fun money in the first place. Obviously the crew needs shoes over curtains. I just have to pick my battles and in the battle of having a pretty house I surrender. I can’t let it frustrate me or make me feel like I am failing.
Official Ruling: From this day till after grad school is over I am not going to take on any new decorating projects. I am going to try to keep things functional (like have Josh replace the broken kitchen faucet), or at least semi function, till I graduate. After that I will see how I feel about some kind of kitchen update and house wide beauty makeover. I can dream and study, but NO big house projects till I am a practitioner.
Needing a functional update:
Dishwasher broken and leaking
Kitchen faucet drips - DONE :)
Bathroom that is 1/4 done
Lily – a real bed, not on an old trundle
Take this on together as a project with Lily