Friday, October 28, 2011

The Cure for your Home

So for the next 20 days on Apartment Therapy I'm following "The Cure".  And though The CURE, is one of my favorite bands of all time, we're not talking about the Robert Smith led british band. 

No, if you want to follow "The Cure" for your home you can find it HERE (apt. therapy)  But basically what it is, are daily 20 minute steps you can take to re-vitalize your home.  Some cleaning, but also just some re-thinking, and a re-juvenating of sorts. 

I sort of feel like I don't have time for it.  And yet, 20 minutes a day is not that much, and it is helping me to feel like things around my house are in less of a rut. 

Back up...

Actually I feel like things around my house are in a pretty MAJOR rut at the moment, and I'd like to do something about that, but I really don't have much time to devote to it, and "The Cure" is helping me find a way to re-think it and maybe plan some projects in tiny bite sizes that I can accomplish. 

Up until about a week ago I was thinking that it would probably be a long time before I painted anything inside my house.  But now I'm thinking maybe I would like to paint something.  Maybe painting would give me some much needed ooomph around here.  But I'm getting ahead of myself a bit here - back to the Cure.

So each day there are these little assignments.  They can be as small as buying flowers for your home.  Or as large as doing some quick cleaning of floors.  And yesterday's assignment was to find some photos of some home inspiration that really truly feels like "you". 

I collect all these images all the time.  And truly, there's nothing I save that I don't admire in some way - either the color, the furniture, the style of just something about the space is happy and lovely.  They are all a little tiny part of me in a way.  Which made me think this task was not all that useful for me.  I save images all the time.  And then I share them here with you.

But I realized that most of those images are not necessarily something I'm going to use.  I like them, but that doesn't mean I would actually implement them.  So I spent the last hour or so going through all my most recent "saves" of images - all images I've saved since about summer.  And what I found were that there were particular things that really spoke to me - that I thought "YES, I want to do that".  So I'm sharing those personal favorites here with you.

And part of that process has led me to conclude that there are some very specific things I'd like to accomplish in 2012 in my home.  And now that I have a direction I'm trying to head, I think maybe I can actually accomplish some of these things.

The 2012 Goal The List & Images:

1.  Declutter and create some cleaner lines:

There are a lot of things I like about this image but here are the things that really stood out for me personally.  I love that painting over the fire place.  I would like to re-think the placement of some of my art and paintings.  I also love how clean all the surfaces are here.  I think I need to completely clean out my book shelves in my family room, and the mantle and really clean up the whole fireplace portion of that room to a neater more cohesive whole.  I also love the couple of glass vases they have on the hearth.  I'd like to find something pretty for the hearth.  (and I really adore glass, I don't have nearly enough of it).  I'm also a huge fan of the tile.  I'm probably stuck with the tile I currently have on my fireplace for at least a while, but someday I'd like to change it.  I also really like this kind of boring carpet.  My carpet in my family room is SHOT and I'd like to price carpet and make it a goal next year of replacing it. I think I might really like a carpet like this. 

2.  Molded Chair

I'd like to focus on finding a chair like this - or another style, but a mid-century molded chair.  There are many of them that were made and were not really name brand, and those could be found for cheap and painted with high gloss paint.  I saw a make-over of one on a website yesterday and they can be sometimes found cheap on Craig's list or at a garage sale, etc.  I have a couple of spots around that I'd love to have some of these.

3.  Awesome Chair Fabric

I have a chair in the front room I'd really like to re-cover.  To be honest, my dog climbs in that particular chair all the time though, so I'm a little loathe to do it in anything I really cared about.  What I'm thinking would be great though is if I could have someone help me make 2 or 3 slip covers that I liked.  That way They could just be thrown in the wash and rotated.  Wouldn't that be great?  They wouldn't be perfect looking or anything - just a nice change and an easy way to keep that chair cleaner.  Some would say to make the dog stay off, but I just don't have the heart to tell her no on that particular chair.  It's not an expenisive chair, and she loves to watch the street from there.

4.  Greens and Blues

One thing I noticed when going through all these images is I am very drawn right now to blues and greens and yellows and some reds.  But MOSTLY, blues and greens.  I do not have much blue in my house, nor have a typically liked blue all that much in the past, but I'm starting to think blue in my family room might be a fun change.  It's been two different shades of green, but I've never tried any other color back there.  Blue might be a fun change.

5.  A Most Excellent Blue

And I super LOVE this particular blue.  With green and yellow and red accents?  I love this idea. 

6.  And this is just a fantasy or two:

Nothing here will happen this year but - I adore adore adore those chairs.  Wouldn't it be simply awesome to find some like these?  Even that print on the fabric is super great.  And that light fixture is to die for, and I looooove the art work too.  This is just fantasy time.  But it makes me lightheaded and happy to look at it.  

And this???????  Practically Perfect in every way.  But the lesson here is that someday in the future, I want to re-do the small bathroom in a tile just like this.

I don't have much money to make any big changes this year, but if I could afford to change the carpet, paint is not that much, and I think I could do most of the other small things not very expensively either. 

It feels nice to have some direction and an idea of what I could do to improve things a little at a time. 

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