This week I've gotten it in my head to change up a couple of things in our living room - mainly the rug + coffee table that is right smack dap in the middle of it all. It used to look like this...(sorry for the small view, I forgot to take offficial 'before' photos)
It's got that retro feeling that I love (and a bit of a beachy feeling which I also love) - & my scrappy Ruby table runner is just right on that shiny aqua paint job! Since our table has seen better days to begin with, & I wasn't commited enough to take the sanding to a perfectly smooth surface, we (Oh yes, I had a good friend lend her support this week! Thanks, Darci!) decided to add some scuffing & distress to make it intentionally imperfect. I don't think I'm very good at distressing, I have an eye that likes order & I tend to make things too symmetrical, but life in our home will certainly make up for that here in a few years.
I changed out our floral rug for a simple design so I could add more Ruby fabric (I could always use more Ruby!) to my life & not clash. I love it. It feels lighter & brighter & lovely in here just because of those simple changes. And really, it cost me the price of a quart of paint - I had the rug rolled up in a corner just waiting for me to get my butt in gear. Happy day!
It's exciting times to switch up your home decor! That feeling of new & fresh with just some paint & polish is just what I need right now. It's only been maybe 5 years since I *kinda* decorated the last time. Is that too soon? How often do you change your decor? I feel like I didn't really have a style then, not a true-self, this is really what makes me happy, kind of style. I think I'm beginning to find it. It'll be fun to slowly get my home to reflect that style. One thing that is for sure going with us in that new trend is my wine colored walls - these's no repainting those for *at least* 10 years! :)
While I'm here talking about some changes, I'd also like to ask for some prayers. There are some major changes happening to the landscape here in Northern Colorado by way of a massive forest fire. We are 15 miles from the fire & this is what the sky outside our back door looked like Saturday night.
I did find away to create & give back in the midst of all of this! You knew I would didn't you? A local quilt store called The Sewing Circle is making quilts for the displaced families & they are accepting 12.5 x 12.5 inch quilt blocks to make that happen! There is no set pattern or color palette to worry about, just the size - so creative license is all yours! Here is the info in case you are interested in making a block or two. The deadline is June 22nd so there's not a ton of time to get them stitched up. Consider an easy pattern like a simple 9 patch or half square triangles to make the stitching go faster. I'm sure those quilts will provide a little bit of comfort for families facing such terrible & terrifying days.
Thank you! in advance, sweet readers, for your prayers & support!