{inspire} House Improvements

I'm back with the final installment of my month-long taking control of my *style* series. In case you've missed the previous installments, I read a book that really inspired me, I took a look through my inspiration files, and I defined a house color palette. Today, we're taking a look at what improvements I can make transform my house into a house consistent with my style, that I love.

Living room now: For the most part I love this room. The blue is soothing and light, the sprinkling of yellow makes me incredibly happy and the art wall is full of great memories.
Changes: At some point I would like new chairs: smaller scale, a little more modern. Also colorful lamps are in order and an art wall expansion. To really make an impact.

Kitchen now: Booooorrrrr - innnnnnggggggg.
Changes: Besides the obvious new floor, new counters, new sink and a back splash, this room needs color and accessories. Some sort of curtain/shade above the sink that will create a focal point, and fun art on the (minimal) walls. I'm also not so sure anymore about the color. I'm sort of over the yellow. But we'll see.

Kitchen nook now: I really like where this room is at (you know, aside from the floor). I love the furniture, the cafe curtains and the accessories (cake plate display, not pictured).
Changes: Add some fun, quirky art to the right wall, and (if I decide to paint the kitchen) paint.

Bedroom now: This is the room I am happiest with. The other rooms (above) I rushed to get painted and decorated when I moved in, and didn't take the time to live in them first. And of course, now I'm unhappy with the kitchen color. But this room I lived in for awhile, took the time to figure out what I loved and then pulled it all together.
Changes: The one tiny improvement I'd like to make is installing curtains. I just have yet to find curtains/fabric that I love for this space.

There are a few rooms I'm not mentioning here. Namely, the bathroom, craft room and extra bedroom. These are the rooms I've never touched and need such a huge overhaul that *improvements* wouldn't begin to cover it :). I get excited, though, when I think about how this exercise will help when I do get to these rooms.

I'll be back on Friday with a fun DIY project that will help anyone: owners or renters, alike. But other than that, this post wraps up my month of organizing my life and taking control of my style. Thank you for following along! This has been an insanely productive month for me, and I hope what I've done has inspired some of you to get organized and take a good look at what you love.

The Marion House Book, Home work series
Holley Gill, Commitment issues
Zen Habits, Love your stuff
Creature Comforts, Thoughts on a New Year


  1. I love this post! You do a great job pointing out what you like about each space as well as what you would change, something I need to remember when looking at my space.

    I tend to focus on what I want to change (because there is a lot!) rather than what things I do like :)

    Thanks for sharing--it's been great following your journey this month!

  2. Gah, I love those card catalog pulls. Such an awesome idea.

  3. Thanks KT! Sadly, I'm not as positive about the rest of the house.
    Becky, I STALK anthro sale bins for hardware :)

  4. Cant wait for the DIY on friday! so excited!!!! <3

    Jenn @ Peas and Crayons

  5. It sounds like you have some great ideas! I am really think you have a great foundation already.

    Best to you,
    Amy R.

  6. It sounds like you have some great ideas! I am really think you have a great foundation already.

    Best to you,
    Amy R.

  7. I love DIY projects! I know that's weird b/c some people hate them! I mean, they always take like 5 times longer than I intend, but I really enjoy getting to do stuff myself - putting My spin on it! : )

  8. What a great post. I am excited to see what you come up with for your "boring kitchen."

  9. Even without any "improvements", your house is very lovely. I long for a day when me and my hunny can own a place and each have our own crafting spaces.

    I'm on vacation, now, so all my re-organizing and cleaning up can now start. Finally! I can't wait to get our spare room cleaned up and looking pretty! You have definitely helped inspire me! :)

  10. I love your decoration style! Very good ideas! xoxo ♥

    Rocio R.


  11. Oooh love your bed! I have wrought iron too but I'm loving it in black! Mine is white!!!


  12. Oh! I love your kitchen as-is, but then I have a soft spot for vintage kitchens. And your photo collage wall by your front door is spot-on!


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