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With spring just around the corner, I really enjoy thinking about trying something new and breaking out of the winter rut. You know the feeling when you look around your house and think “how on Earth can I spice things up in here?” Well, that’s where I’m at right now.
Whether you’re like me, and haven’t moved your big furniture since you first brought them into your house, or whether you get stuck in a particular color scheme or decorating trap, we all have those moments of wanting someone else to come in and suggest something that will change the flow, the feel, and the functionality of our home.
The really funny thing is that I don’t have this hang-up at other people’s houses. I am constantly looking around and thinking how I would rearrange things or what additional piece would really make the room come together. Maybe this is why every time I end up at hanging out at my sisters’ houses I am put to work helping them redecorate, and love every minute of it.
What makes redecorating their houses with them really fun is the fact that neither one of them has what I like to call their “permanent furniture”. Rather, they both have a hodge-podge of chairs, tables, decorations and more that are just dying for some craftiness and inspiration to make them cool. Not only does this make it great for my inner artist to emerge, it also means that the changes made are really noticeable right away.
While sometimes it’s as easy as putting the couch at an angle instead of hugging the walls, oftentimes my changes also involve glue, woodworking, paint, hammers, and even power tools, which I adore. But, what I love even more than challenging myself to redecorate on the cheap is that it’s really fun to shake my sisters out of their routine and get them to try something new.
This is especially true at my older sister’s house where her husband is a bit of a naysayer and no matter how many times I was right in the past, he still questions whether the end result this time is going to be right for them. The reaction each time I finish a rather daring change is always priceless, with him shaking his head saying, “I wasn’t sure it was going to work, but I LOVE this!”
To me, there is nothing more satisfying than helping someone make a huge change that they wouldn’t have made on their own. Knowing that my sisters are enjoying their homes so much more after I leave and that the hodge-podge of furniture now looks coordinated and cozy just makes me feel good. Although it is really nice when they both sing my praises and tell me how much they love what I did with the stuff they already own, I just honestly have fun doing it.
My husband thinks I should start a “redecorating” service where I help others fix up their homes on little to no budget, and actually get people to try something new for a living. He says I have the eye for it and do really well even when I don’t have a whole lot to choose from. As fun as that sounds, when I look around my own house which is still almost identical to the way it looked when the house was built, it seems hysterical.
Maybe I just have some sort of block that prevents me from being able to see what I can do with my own space? Maybe I need my own “Leanne” who can come in and shake things up for me and challenge me to try something new? Anyone near Seattle who wants to come help me see the potential in my own space?