I've had a lazy morning today. My patio set is waiting for me outside, but I've been caught up in blogs and catching up with sites I haven't visited in awhile.
Do you follow The Inspired Room? I know for me, it was one of the very first blogs I started following. I was tinkering around on Melissa's blog this morning which got me thinking about "authentic living". What's authentic living, you ask?
In Melissa's words, "Authentic Living is living a life that really works. It is focusing on things that are appropriate for me and the season in my life. It is about letting go of pressure to live out a life that isn’t really “me.” And this includes creating a home that may not look like the cover of a magazine, or just like my neighbors’ home, but one that nurtures my family and reflects more on WHO I AM than WHAT I HAVE."
Too often I find myself decorating like a magazine, creating little displays with completely useless stuff (usually things that create more dusting for me and more crash hazards for the little peeps!) Melissa's approach to decorating is inspiring! She uses basic everyday things that are beautiful instead of following trends or buying non-functional decor. Go here to read more about how she finds her style, establishing a purpose for a room & a focal point, and creating mini-destinations within a room. I really enjoyed re-reading this information and it has me thinkin'... (uh oh, she's thinkin' again!)
Here is our formal dining room, aka "the dust bunny room" because the only reason I go in there is to dust or mop. We eat in here maybe twice a year!
(Eek, sorry for the yellowy picture! This is an older photo when I was still learning my new fancy camera!)
In the spirit of authentic living, I'm really feeling like I want to repurpose this room to something we would actually USE. So, what to do with it....hmmmm.....
It needs to look "presentable" since it slaps you in the face as soon as you enter the front door. I'm thinking maybe it would work better for our family to create a sitting room, a place where we can have conversation away from the family/TV watching room and a place to read.
The room has lots of elements that I love. The walls are painted a bittersweet chocolate color called "Tribal Pottery" from Ralph Lauren. It has crown moulding and 3 windows that let in lots of light.
I love the chandy...
the shell canvases...
and the curtains I made myself...
I have 2 bookcases that could go in the room that are currently in the foyer.
Look at all that "un-authentic" crap! Ha!
I think I'll be starting this after the patio is complete (hopefully by the end of this week! Knock on wood....err.....bamboo!)