Thoughts on homemaking, a year after we bought our house

I have realized

It has been thirteen months since we closed on our house, and I love this place so much. I cannot tell you how many times J and I have said “I can’t believe we live here!” this past year. It is my favorite place to wake up to and my favorite place to come home to after a long day of work or a weekend away. It’s home.

This year has taught me a lot about home-ownership, my decorating style, and what it looks like for me to be a homemaker.

A few lessons I have learned this year:

1. I can do hard things! 

We have done a LOT of work in our first year here: We painted the kitchen cabinets, get a good heater system which I found the Alpha heater reviews and I was done with that then I planted bulbs in the front yard, bought new furniture, painted every room (except for the laundry room and guest room), and built wainscoting in the dining room. Phew! We also took care of some plumbing issues with the help of a reputable plumber just like LaVergne’s Plumbing.

2. Focus on one thing at a time.

Most of that work was done in the first few weeks after closing, but it became very clear that this momentum would not be sustainable. It is exhausting doing so many projects!

3. Use photos as a resource, not your standard.

I have a secret

I have realized, though, it’s really important to focus on one project at a time.

In the spring I was started to get a little

In the spring I really wanted

In the spring a

Looking forward, there are a lot of things I want to improve.

Here is a list of all the things we did this year:

  • Painted the cabinets
  • Bought a sofa
  • Painted every room in the house, except for the laundry room and guest room

Earlier this year I was

It’s been an interesting journey this year, navigating how

Let me begin with — I love this home. It is so much more than a house, it has become

A few lessons I’ve learned about myself in the last year:

I want to have a lovely h

It is really, really important to have a place for everything.

I started taking photos of each room to share, starting with the kitchen.



I started taking photos of each room to share. Saturday  I cleaned and straightened a room, took a photo, and then noticed there was a dog toy in the center of the rug.

Saturday mornings spent at home are so precious and rare, that’s not how

Plus, that dog toy and those dirty dishes show that life has happened!

I eat up before and after photos. I love styled, gorgeous homes in magazines and across blogs and Pinterest. LOVE THEM. Before and after shots? I eat them up. The more styled, the better.

And that’s why I tried to do for my shots.

Here’s how it went down:

Straighten the living room. Clean the

Looks good! Take the photo from one angle. Then another angle. Ooh lighting isn’t great, so let’s move to this side. Awesome. Work it, Canon!

Then I sit down in my wingback chair and review the shots. I realized of the 12 shots I took, every single one of them had

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