Tuesday, February 4, 2014

our home


"What happened in our house was something far greater than its wall and its furniture and pictures and books. A home was being established. Its foundation was love for God, trust in His providence, and obedience to His Word. God was there-talked about, talked to, present." 
Elisabeth Elliot. 

In June Caleb and I purchased our first home. We bought the home we were renting. Without the process of packing and moving it took a minute for the reality that it was actually ours to sink in. Picking paint colors definitely helped. 

I've thought so much about owning our home, what a privilege it is and that it really isn't ours, but Gods. Caleb and I want to use it for his glory and be ready for however He would want this spaced used. I love this quote and I want it to be true of our home.
Creating a home takes time and energy and money, things I don't have a lot of....but we do the best with what we have. I've told you before that I don't always enjoy the process, but I do love the finished product; a place that I hope is welcoming and comfortable. The process has taught me that more than pretty wall colors and cozy chairs it's my attitude that turns our house into a home.

I thought I'd slowly share some pictures of changes we've made. Usually some before pictures are helpful to see the change, but I only found one before picture of the living room. It's grainy and blurry, but it will have to do.

The walls were the lovely brown... and all the trim was a very yellow oak color...think 1980. 















I married a man that can pretty much do anything...he's seriously so talented. I showed him a picture of the wainscoting I liked and asked if he could do it. He said yes, I went to California with the kids and came back and it was done. I couldn't believe it. It made the room look so much bigger and brighter. It also makes the house feel more like home. Knowing the hours and hard work that went into building it make it more special. I'm so proud of Caleb and love sitting in those beautiful space that his two hands created. 

The wall color is Bedford Grey by Martha Steward and its a nice grey if you're looking for one. I know grey is all the rage right now, but I chose it because I love neutral, light, and classic. I wanted a color I would be happy with forever. I might get in the mood to change it someday, but I doubt it. Once I find something I love I stick with it. For me time and money are precious and change is too hard to do, so finding what I know we'll be happy with for years is important. Although, trendy, it's a classic trendy, that it will work. 

The couch was a garage sale, the chairs were hand me downs, one from a friend and one from my grandma. My grandma rocks the garage sales. She can find beautiful pieces at great prices and I benefit greatly from it. If you're on a budget, take your time, watch craigslist and head out on a Saturday morning and hit up some garage sales. 
The bookcase was also a hand me down from my mom. We painted it white. Actually, almost everything in the room, from the clocks to the frames and old books are all from my mom and grandma. They've been kind enough to pass things on to me and help me create our home. If something wasn't quiet right I paint or stained it to make it work. 

When decorating my philosophy, if I have one, is that it has to make sense to me. Most things need to serve a purpose. It needs to be beautiful, useful, or have meaning to me. I like simplicity. I fill our frames with family. Looking at my grandparents and great grandparents reminds me of where we come from. I want to make them proud and continue the legacy they started. 
I would also, say that although isn't exactly what I would pick out if I could shop anywhere, I wait and pick pieces I like and so no matter where the pieces come from I love them all and so somehow it all goes, even if it's a little eclectic. 

So, there it is, our first room. The kitchen and dinning room are done and we're working on Elijah's room this week. I'll post more soon.

11 comments:

Caley M. said...

I LOVE what you have done! I agree, it looks so bright, airy and pretty. Also, I'm sorry that you had a rough week after Elijah's surgery, hopefully he is doing better now, and everyone is recovering and getting the much needed rest.

Kelly said...

I love the quote and your home looks gorgeous!

katygirl said...

i love it all, jess!

julie said...

So so beautiful Jessica!!!!

Katherine said...

You have done a lovely job, Jessica! Fixing up our fixer home has been an extremely slow process for us! Time and money has a lot to do with it too! I loved the E.E. quote...

I've wanted to comment on your other recent entries, too. Just know I am thinking of you and praying that things are getting better for Elijah (and the rest of you). I know the hardship all too well with regards to a child's physical trial and the corresponding spiritual growth. It would seem to me that the best spiritual grow comes with and through pain of various sorts.

You are a good mom...

Kirra said...

so so so so classy. i want to snuggle up with a book there.

Marjorie said...

Wow, gorgeous! You are an amazing decorator. I love the color and the couch and all the little decorative pieces.

Purposely at Home said...

b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. i absolutely love it. it's so very homey.

beth said...

I cannot even believe that's the same room~ the wainscoating is sooo wonderful- I wish I could have it in my living room too!

heykyra said...

Not to be dramatic or anything, but the change in there is seriously breathtaking! The yellow + the green are the perfect pops of color in there. New to your blog and already excited for you haha

Christina Schergen said...

ummmmmmm. stunning!!!!

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