for whatever reason, I have a hard time settling into places. I don't hang things on the wall, I leave my bookshelf in pieces for six months until finally my mom visits and puts it together, I leave the house a wreck (although I've been told that's a different problem entirely). I'm pretty sure it has something to do with moving around so much the past five years. starting with leaving for college, I've moved almost every year since. such is the nature of school, and I guess the first few years of "adult" life (using that term loosely). I went from two different dorms, to a house off campus, to summers at my family's new place, to staying with my boyfriend's mom while starting a new job in the bay...and now I'm about to leave my current place after only nine months. And I'll likely only be able to stay a year in my next place.
With this knowledge, why would I put a ton of effort into picking furniture, potting plants, carefully hanging frames on the walls...knowing I'll only have to move it all in just a few short months? I've become accustomed to living out of bags and off the floor. I go visit my family so often that I barely unpack my weekender before I'm repacking it all over again.
And yet - I've lately found myself longing to fill my home with things that matter to me. I've given up on the whole "I'll do it when I'm settled in somewhere for the long run" mentality. I think partly because I've realized that my life dream of living as a sort of modern nomad doesn't really jive with setting up a lasting residency where I can collect all these knick-knacks I want. If I'm going to ever have stuff, it has to be moveable because I'm probably going to be moving the rest of my life - and better now than never right?
I think I've found the perfect solution in thrifting. all these wonderful treasures at a fraction of the price, just waiting to be discovered. I don't feel bad buying furniture I might have to get rid of in a year's time when it's mine for only $10. And I've discovered a passion for remaking things into beautiful pieces for myself in the process. It's so exciting when I stumble across a really good find that others have overlooked. It's so lovely to spend an afternoon lazily wandering through dusty shelves in the company of dear friends or my man. It's so rewarding to polish and shine a piece until it looks brand new. (On that note, there's nothing a little paint can't do!)
I'm excited to start a season of caring for my home and curating it into something that means a lot to me. I want it to make me want to come home more often. And, when I'm done with something I want to learn how to put it back into that pool that it came from and eliminate a lot of the waste from my life. There are so many old things that I am so grateful for that someone could have just thrown away. You never know what someone else might be looking for!
I'm excited to try to provide some ideas and help others imagine what something could be. I've spent a lot of time collecting ideas and trying this and that out, and I want to share them! Stay tuned for some beautiful home makeover remedies.