It's been a while since I've shared a Friday post, usually a simple little phrase or positive note and a couple pics from our week to kick the weekend off. The new year has brought me little bursts of chaos and then a few days of peace and quiet, and I'm kind of getting used to it and taking a moment to whip up a few blog posts in the down time now that it's somewhat of a routine (just watch, now that I've said it I bet this routine will fall apart LOL).
This quote spoke to me this week, particularly when it comes to design/decor.
When you enjoy decorating, things are always in progress. No space is completely done, no space is ever done evolving. That's both good and bad. Good because we keep learning, and improving and evolving our styles. It's bad because decorating ain't cheap, yo! And there are also many moments where it would be nice to just be 'done'. Then something cute comes along and we're switching it all up again for the millionth time! I actually think this part might not be that bad, so long as you are switching around things you already have and not starting all from scratch or buying an insane amount of new stuff.
These ramblings coming to you courtesy of the couple instagram comments I had this week about my ever changing style and what prompted that shift. The shift was not overnight, but rather a slow current that has been changing the course of my personal-style river. Does that even make sense to anyone but me?
But regardless of my personal style journey the craving for simplicity and pared-back living has been a strong theme for us for a while now and so the blessing this has is that shifting the decor in our house has actually been really cheap, just a lot of work when it comes to editing out and purging! We did this little make-under for around $100.
$60 of that $100 was spent on this little side table I bought with a gift card at HomeSense. We made the switch to storage free nightstands a few years ago and while it was a hard adjustment it made the biggest difference in eliminating the ever mounting pile of day to day debris in here. Coins, receipts, sticky notes, all the stuff you pull out of your pockets at the end of the day, all of that had to get tossed or sorted out once we eliminated the option of hiding it. But the desk I had previously been using was too tall once we got rid of the bed frame, and I loved the round top of this one so we made the switcheroo.
Our friends, Tom and Alexis, know us so well and gave us the beautiful mountain print for Christmas.
Over on this side of the bed was where we spent the other $40, on a new $30 lamp (also from HomeSense) and an edison bulb which was about $7. The Christmas tree is also bunking up with us for a couple months until I can get it planted outside. This is such a sunny corner so I figured he would be happy here.
The lamp was a sale find for $6.99 from Target a couple years ago (I'm still mourning the closure of our Target), and while not an essential, it's become a tradition to always have a candle in our room. I just love burning a candle while I read at the end of the day, it smells heavenly and just mellows me out before bed. Small luxuries are what make my day sometimes and candles are at the top of my list of little luxuries.
I treated myself to a couple of these coconut milk mango candles last week when I redeemed my Indigo points so they ended up being free!
It has been a fun exercise in simplifying back to the bare essentials and the amazing part is not only how much more we enjoy being in here, but how much more time we have been spending in here.
I hope you all have a simply wonderful weekend, and find some time to be a nobler version of your previous self.