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It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful

You can read more about my motto here and here.  I sometimes forget to talk about just the real everyday life and I love it when other people let their everyday, imperfectness show so I thought I’d share a little bit…

My boots broke.  The boys were playing hockey. Inside.  The boots were a birthday gift to me from them~we found them on sale at Z Gallerie for $60 because they had a scratch that I removed with a magic eraser. They are supposed to be an umbrella stand but I like plants in them and I’m looking for another way to use them. Preferably where they can be turned in the other direction.  Add a can of white spray paint to my shopping list.


I’m still enjoying the challenge of having white walls.  I’ll be playing around with the fireplace for a while.  I’ve got the glue gun heating up to finally reattached that cable wire thing.  I trust I can show you this photo without you assuming this is a finished product, or a product at all. None of that stuff is even up there right now while I’m writing this {ok the mirror is but whatevs}.  I like to take photos during the process so I can see what colors look right or shapes or heights.  It’s a great way to help move the process along, from this photo I learn that I really like those blue lantern things and I kind of like them high, of course not on those candlesticks but they help me know that I might like to hang the lanterns on a bracket or something.  This is how I try things without committing.

Please know it’s never finished.  We’ve talked about this before, right?  If I waited till my house was finished and perfect to show you, have people over, enjoy  it….I’d never get to do any of that stuff because it’s simply never done and I enjoy changing it up.  I love this community of women {and men hey Rick~thanks for reminding me there are fellas here too, and hi Dad you are a guy!}  that get that~it’s the best thing about this blog.

One of my favorite parts about the white walls is the seamless, natural transition into the kitchen and breakfast area.  I admit, decorating is tricky and I am challenged to think differently, which is something I really enjoy.  And who knows, by the time this post goes live I might decide to paint it back. Or not.  It’s just paint. Can I get an “amen”?

We’ve had towels on our floor for the past two weeks.  It’s been rainy here, we have a dog, and not enough clearance under the door for a rug.  Need I say more?

I bought these two shelves from Ikea back in October.  I have big plans to freshen up the laundry area where the door is always open.  The shelves have officially been in our way for 3 months.  My dear husband hasn’t said one word about them.   I’ve trained him to the point where he assumes shelves on the floor are a normal thing.  Or he’s just really ok with it.

And when I bought those shelves?  I also bought the worlds largest light fixture.  It’s been taking up precious space in my office.  Does anyone else do things like this?

And…the sign of getting things done?  A desk covered with work.  It’s not pretty but, it means progress.

I also had a sick ten-year old all week {bonus:: lots of snuggling, I love being a mom of boys}  we are doing our annual goals weekend with my sister and her husband and my parents, and Sunday, I get to hear my friend Reeve sing and also Donald Miller will be speaking at the Lake Forest Church in Davidson.

I hope you have a beautifully imperfect weekend, what plans do you have?