Instead, I'm going to avoid the present a wee bit longer and consider this past year and the year to come.
2015 was the year we bought our house. That was scary. Edward and I checked this place out on a total whim. We saw the teensy rooms, the ugly bathrooms, the questionable kitchen choices, but we also saw the charming details, the large-for-the-city yard, and the rad neighborhood. And that was that. We went back to our apartment that day and started talking about the house as though it was already ours.
We tackled two major projects right away. The first was to paint (almost) every room in the house. After years of beige apartment living, I was craving color. It's definitely scary putting that first stroke of dark paint up on the wall, but our dark dining room and library are my favorite rooms in the house. The second project was to remove the layers of laminate and linoleum on the first floor and bring back the original hardwood floors. At least, that's what we sincerely hoped we were doing. There was no way to know what condition the wood would be in until we pulled up the flooring on top. I stressed for days imagining giant holes in the middle of the dining room. Happily, the floor was better than I had hoped. We needed to replace a few planks here and there, but overall it was in great shape. The planks are different sizes, and there are char marks from a fire that happened about a hundred years ago. Literally. (This house is old.) And I just love it.
2015 was also the year I started a blog. (Hello!) I've always been addicted to design blogs, but when I started reading them with our home in mind, I didn't find what I was looking for. There was no shortage of inspiration, but I frankly felt like a lot of what was out there wasn't for me. I wanted affordable design that wouldn't take up all of my time and energy, and I wanted color and drama. And since I wasn't finding it, I decided to create it. Then two funny things happened. The first was that I fell in love with this little hobby. Seriously. It's often hard work, and I struggle with improving my photography, my writing, and the quality of the content constantly. But it's been a blast (for me, at least, though I've frequently bored Edward to tears with talks of post ideas and photography equipment). It's been fun from day one when no one but my mom read, but it's especially fun as you all stop by and share your thoughts. The second surprise was that, in starting my own blog, I suddenly found the blogs I'd been looking for. There are some fearless and fierce bloggers out there, and I just love reading what they have to say and connecting with them. If you haven't found blogs that speak to your personal style, look harder. And maybe start your own. Lesson learned.
I'm excited to continue sharing my home and other nonsense on this blog in 2016. I'm looking forward to more collaborations, more projects, more cocktails, and finding more movers and shakers that inspire me and that I believe will inspire you. I'm grateful to you all for reading, and I hope you'll come back again.
Bring it, 2016.