Week 2: One Room Challenge


I have been a busy bee painting our guest bedroom/office this past week. Choosing a wall color is one of the most important choices in my opinion. It sets the whole tone for a room. I originally thought I would step away from my typical white. I actually went so far as to buy samples and then a whole gallon of a light grey. But, once I started gathering ideas I knew I had to stick with white! I went with the paint color “White” by Behr…I know so adventurous! Just in case you are curious I mentioned this in my last post, but we have oil based paint on all of our walls. So I primed them first and the new paint went on great. I learned my lesson from a previous painting project in our bathroom,  that paint with primer alone does not end well! I basically painted my whole bathroom only to have it all peel off!

I’m going for a more Boho look which can either be pretty neutral or filled with a lot of color. I chose a rug that was full of color so, that really swayed my decision to go with white. I am so glad that I did. My overall look is Boho Glam/Chic so, to add some glam I searched for different wall treatments. I originally wanted removable wallpaper. I immediately went to Walls Need Love. After figuring out how much I needed I behaved myself and decided to go a different route. Our guest bedroom/office is the least used room in our home(after this makeover, maybe not). I decided to save the wallpaper for our Master bedroom which is next on the list. I spied these removable wall dots from Walls Need Love. I absolutely love them. I love that they are easily removable. I originally spaced them too closely, but it was easy to remove a few and create more space between the dots. If you are looking to make a statement, but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on wallpaper, this is a great option. They have other designs too, like stripes!



Next week I’ll be sharing the fun stuff like pillows, curtains, lamps and accessories! Most of it is from Target surprise, surprise! I did venture out and get a pillow from a shop I’ve been dying to purchase something from. See ya next week! Oh and for more behind the scenes follow me on Instagram! @thedaysofsummerblog

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Playing Pretend

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When I was younger I liked to play pretend. I had pretend friends, pretend tea parties and even dressed up as pretend people. I would escape reality and fall into a fun pretend world. I controlled the setting, what my “friends” said and was the author in my pretend story. Unfortunately, as an adult, this pretend world did not end. My childlike activities continued into my adulthood.

Since I was shy, I often found myself alone. I would go over situations in my mind over and over again. Many times it led me wondering what was reality and what was pretend.  As a child this was ok. It was innocent, but as an adult it was me not participating in the real world and becoming selfish with my thoughts and fearful of being real.

My family has always had a history of pretending. These pretend games were passed down. I hesitate calling them games as that word is associated with fun. Pretending as an adult isn’t fun. It really is a problem. That problem was being authentic. My family liked to pretend to be perfect, when their home life was anything but. They liked to pretend to be something they were not, by hiding under fur coats and diamonds, while they couldn’t provide food for their family. These things all gave a feeling to others that they had it all together.

I found myself playing that game soon enough. Being real meant being honest and I wasn’t mature enough for the honest game. Playing pretend, left me lying about who I was and kept me very distant from people. The innocent pretending of my childhood became destructive lying in my adult years. I began to see it hurt those I cared and loved for. When I met my now husband it did not stop. I so desperately wanted him to think I was perfect. I put up a front. I lied about things…big things. It eventually ate at me so much I had to tell the truth. And this is so cliché, but the truth really does set you free. When you are honest, people respect that. No pretending. Honesty leads to intimacy. When I began to love the real me and share my real self, others opened up more and shared more with me. I did not feel so alone. I loved better.

This is still a battle. I am still learning to love the real me. I attend a church whose mission statement is to Be Real with Ourselves, God and Others. I have to say this made me very uncomfortable for a while. Everyone was so real and they were making real connections. Something I have not completely conquered yet. I had always judged people   who were themselves. I realized I was so uncomfortable because it meant I had to open up and possibly be honest and others would see the real me. That can be scary, but as I said before honesty leds to true intimacy. When we are vulnerable in front of others it creates a bond like no other.

In 1 Samuel 16:7 God tells Samuel He “doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”

    It’s easy to try to distract others by looking like we have it all together, while we are falling apart inside. It can be a reply of “I’m fine”, when someone asks how you are. When really we are stressed beyond belief and not sure how much longer we can keep at this speed. Or maybe we are trying to keep up with our friends and start gathering things. Expensive things. We desperately want to fit in, but we are not able to pay our bills. We are hoping the flashiness of our new things distract from what is really going on. Or maybe we post cute pictures of our spouse and inspirational quotes about marriage while our marriage is close to being over.

Playing pretend. It’s not just a childhood game. We continue the fake, the lies and the hiding into our adult years. Just as we grow out of our childish ways, we should do the same as believers. As I grew in my faith, I realized the sins of my family and myself were foolish.

Ephesians 4:25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.”

Colossians 3:9-10 invites us to “Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”

This can be a difficult process, but as a believer and being renewed it is much easier. I admit I still talk to myself. Probably enough to be committed! I still imagine and play pretend. Sometimes it is healthy and other times it is very destructive. I like to come back to these verses and the truth of God’s word. As I grow in knowledge, I see how much freedom there is in being honest with others, God and myself. Playing pretend needs to be saved for games with my son and not in adult relationships. We all are messy, but we are all loved by a God who wants us to take note on who he is. Being real and honest and not playing hide and seek(lets see how many other analogies I can use with childhood games) will allow you to create more deep and meaningful relationships. Which brings me to the end and my topic for next week’s post!

 

 

 

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Boho Glam Office/Guest Bedroom

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Sofa/Clock/Rug/Dresser(vintage piece-source unknown)

I am so excited that the One Room Challenge is happening the same week I relaunch my blog! It was meant to be! If you are not familiar with the One Room Challenge check out the hosts’ website (Calling It Home) for more details and other sites to follow! There are so many talented people involved.

As some of you may know we just moved into a new to us home in June. So, there is no shortage of projects to do around here! I decided to tackle our office/guest bedroom because it was quickly becoming a dump all room. For the most part I had all the furniture pieces I needed. I just needed to paint and decorate. I did do some rearranging of furniture. The room is pretty small and there are not too many configurations that work. Being that this is a multi-purpose space I had to fit quite a bit into this small space.

I decided to go with a Boho Glam design style. We purchased a sleeper sofa from Mathis Brothers in a dark charcoal. I brought in a dresser that I had been holding onto for years. It is a Henry Link dresser from the Bali Hai collection, which is my favorite designed furniture of all time! It originally was a yellow color, but it was pretty beat up. I decided to go with a semi-gloss white and love how it turned out.

I also had a MCM sewing table that I used for a desk in our previous home. I was debating trying for a larger desk as this table/desk is pretty small, but in the end it really fit the space well.

Without giving you too much more details let me share with you a few ideas and take you along, during the next six weeks, as I transform this room!

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Here is a very awful before but hopefully soon to be awesome after! I went back and forth about which color to paint the walls. I was leaning towards grey and even bought a gallon of it, but once I chose my rug, I decided to paint it white! It’s my favorite! So, on the agenda for this next week is paint! I learned from painting my bathroom that we have oil based paint on our walls! Ugh! So I will need to prime first and then paint. See you all next week with more fun details!

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The Beginning and the End

 

I sat staring at a blank piece of paper this morning. I have been planning for weeks to relaunch my blog today. I had all of my posts planned out for today and the next few weeks. None of it seemed right. None of it seemed appropriate.

Life is a little heavier this week. What happened in Vegas, is not staying in Vegas. It is far too big to be contained to just that city. It hit far too close to home to leave it there. To be honest, there has been so much disaster and tragedy that have been too close to home. Unfortunately, I have moved on too quickly. I admit, I was not directly affected by the events in the past. I did not have family members in Houston, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Florida…etc. I had empathy for those affected, but moved on too quickly.

What happened in Vegas, happened to friends of friends. It happened to sisters and brothers of friends. It took the lives of members of my community. So yeah…this one stung. The truth is they all should sting.  This was definitely a wake up call.

As I mentioned before, I stared at my blank piece of paper this morning. Not because I had nothing to write, but because I had too much to write. My mind cannot turn off. I prayed that my words would be truthful, loving and full of grace. The only way for that to happen is for my words to be from Gods’ word.

After I read the news of the shooting on Monday morning, I was immediately grieved and turned to God’s word, my comfort. I was confused, like many others. I wanted to know the motive behind this awful event that took the lives of so many. I immediately was like…yep this is it…the world is ending. It is hard not to think like that, with all the evil in our world today. So, with this end of the world mentality, I turned to Revelation. Within the first chapter God gave me some comfort:

Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega-the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come-the Almighty One.”

Thank you Lord! What comfort I found in those words. He has been here since the beginning and is here now and will still be here in the end. None of this takes him by surprise. After reading this verse I started to think about the beginning and about Genesis. It was interesting going from the end of the Bible back to the beginning but that is where it led me . I started to read in chapter 6 of Genesis,right before the flood. I was reading from a few different bibles and online sources. One titled chapter 6 as “Wickedness in the World” and another “A World Gone Wrong”. These titles are quite fitting for our current climate in America and the world today.

In verse 5 of chapter 6 it says: The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil”.

Consistently and totally evil…hmmm…sound familiar? As I mentioned before, I soon forget about the last tragedy that last occurred, but the fact of the matter is evil is consistently happening. We don’t all learn our lesson and all is good again. Evil continues to build in the hearts of mankind, while truth and love disappears. So, as a believer love must consistently grow in my heart. We must be examples of a God of truth. A God who is the beginning and the end. A God who created us to enjoy his creation and to glorify him and we done messed it up! But even so….still loves us enough to be a God who is both good and just. Who loved us enough to send his Son to die for our wickedness.

In verse 6 we read: So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart.

Them, refers to mankind. He regretted making us. The wickedness that occurred so quickly in our hearts, broke His. Mankind was literally given the world and it wasn’t enough. We were selfish, lustful, sought after things that were not blessed by God.

It reminds me of my sons’ room. I am big on teaching kids to be responsible and respectful of not only their things but the things that we have bought for them(which is pretty much everything). I saw that my son was getting comfortable with leaving his room a mess. He didn’t mind climbing over the piles of toys. Soon, it gets to the point where I say “alright I am coming in and throwing it all away if you can’t be responsible enough to take care of your things”. This is how we have become as well. God has given us this beautiful world but we become selfish and complacent. We step on and over things, not taking responsibility. Eventually things get broken and lost.

In verse 7 the Lord says, ” I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, I will destroy every living thing-all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.”

Yikes! Now, obviously the wickedness here is not the same wickedness of an 8 year old who does not clean his room. But, we are all in need of a savior. We all are sinners and it breaks God’s heart. Which is why I love to read on about Noah finding favor with the Lord.

Earlier on I mentioned that God is both good and just. If you are not a believer all this might seem harsh. This tragedy in Vegas might leave you questioning why would God allow this. This is probably the most asked question by non-believers. It doesn’t make sense because you may not understand who God is. He created a world just for us to enjoy. But, he also created us with free will. Wouldn’t it be awful to follow a God who wanted us all to be robots? He doesn’t want us to be forced into following him. He wants us to follow him because we see his faithfulness and understand who he is. He is good, but he is also just. We need to be corrected. Please do not mistake this as me saying these innocent people deserved any of this. The fact of the matter is because we have a free will and are not puppets, we get to make our own decisions. Some of us make good ones and some of us evil ones. This event was a man acting out on his wickedness.

There is your motive.

That is why my prayers are sufficient during this time. Because, I pray to a God who is far more powerful than this wickedness and who time and time again has given us chances to turn from our wicked hearts. To turn to what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable. In order to live a life like this, we must live for the one who created it.

This is tough stuff folks! It isn’t puppies and cupcakes. I was shocked that people got right back to sharing their giveaways on Instagram, sharing what they got at Starbucks that afternoon. I get we don’t want to think about the evil all around us or about bad things. But, for me, this was a wake up call. It is a wake up call to know God’s word and to share it. Share the heck out of it. To not be afraid. I want everyone to spend eternity in heaven and to share in worshipping our creator. To share in the goodness that God has always wanted to share with all of us. To share in a place where there is no evil or pain or suffering. People who don’t understand my beliefs are saying…Do something! Don’t just pray, take action. Well…I will continue to pray because I need God’s direction and you don’t want me making decisions without having a continuing conversation with God. I understand it doesn’t make sense to many, but that is what my prayer will be. That it will make sense and even those who persecute me or mock me for believing in God, will quickly know the truth. But don’t look to me as an example of what being a Christ follower looks like, because I fail. Look to God’s word.

I pray these words comfort you, but also make you uncomfortable in living a complacent life. I pray for boldness in both my life and yours. I pray that evil will not remain in people’s hearts and that many more will come to know God whose greatest commandment to us was to love others. He knew if left to our own devises we would become a world filled with hate, but he also is a powerful God who is powerful enough to change the most wicked of hearts.

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Mid Century Modern House Tour: Master Bedroom and Bath

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Next on our house tour is our Master Bedroom! Originally, this room had vertical stripes running up the wall behind our bed. I love stripes, but not for this house or room. We decided to re-texture the wall and paint it white. It gave us a clean space to add a few decor pieces, but I didn’t want to take away from the amazing beam running through the ceiling and wall. That is one of the things I love about this house. It doesn’t need much decor. The materials used on the walls are beautiful enough.

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