What Makes a House a Home

What Makes a House a Home

Moving is always rough, it takes more out of me than I ever expect. Especially if there’s remodeling involved, too! Our family has moved many times and each time I vow it will be the last. I still think if I was to name my ultimate dream when it comes to a home, it would be to have one I can live in forever.

Over the past three years of living here, we’ve been able to make some improvements which made a HUGE difference in how “at home” we feel here. Considering that it seems to take us 3 years just to figure out how to function in a new place, I’m feeling good about our progress!

I shared many of those home improvement projects yesterday.

While I love being done with quite a few projects, I also love that this house still has so much more potential! There are so many more things we can and would love to do to continue improving this house. The bathrooms, the laundry room, built-ins, adding more character and more exterior and landscaping work …all things on my “to do” list. I am excited to get back outside enjoy our deck and side yard this spring.

What Makes a House a Home

We moved into this house in the city of Seattle the fall of 2015. That was just a little over three years ago. It feels like a lifetime ago, but barely a minute at the same time. Funny how fast…and slow…time passes, isn’t it?

So much has happened and changed in that time, both in our home and our life. This house wasn’t necessarily our dream home, but with the market in Seattle such as it was, we quickly came to realize what mattered most to us in our house hunt was finding a place to bring our family together.

Our son was entering high school and his sisters and our son-in-law already lived here in Seattle, so moving across the water to bring our kids closer together was the dream.

What Makes a House a Home

Ironically, even though this house might not have started out as our dream house, we love so much about it. It’s bright and light. Clean and cozy. Solid and comfortable. Quiet and inviting. The view across to the Puget Sound, mountains and sky is endlessly inspiring. The yard is perfect for our pups. It’s conveniently located and we enjoy the area. We of course are very grateful for the improvements we’ve been able to make. It just feels right to us.

We’ve been living the life we wanted for our family these past three years, so the move we made here is without regret. It hasn’t all been easy. Everything hasn’t been perfect. Some things have been better than we ever dreamed, a few … not as much. But we’re still here! We made it. We’re happy.

I can hardly believe that this June, our son Luke will graduate from high school and this fall he’ll head to college (gratefully, nearby!).

What Makes a House a Home

Just like that, this four year chapter of our family’s life will close and a wonderful new one will begin.

Some things will likely feel the same going forward, but other things will feel…different. That’s just how life is.

Will we live in this house forever? 

We do really love living here and can see ourselves in this house for a very long time. Yet, there’s always the possibility that as we transition to being empty nesters in 2019, we’ll find ourselves on a path that leads to a new home. In fact, I’ve stumbled upon three “dream houses” over the past year that tugged at my heart. :)

But each time I begin to envision a new dream, I return home to the comfort of knowing that in this season and for the foreseeable future, this cozy house full of pups and family is still where we belong.

It feels like home.

Happy New Year from our home to yours, friends! Thank you so much for spending another year here with us. Here’s to more home adventures in 2019!

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

Yesterday I shared a Home Goals worksheet for 2019. It’s always fun to think about what’s ahead! But I think it’s also important to remember how far you’ve come or even to just let yourself feel content with what IS. You know?

I think in blog and Instagram world the tendency is to always be focused on the next thing. That mindset can lead to comparison, or keep you feeling constantly anxious like you need to do more, go faster, have more, or get onto the next project or season in life —even if you really don’t need to go at that crazy pace!

Even if you feel that pressure or the stress of wanting to get things done NOW, remember that creating a home is not a race! Things take time. Goodness, y’all know if you’ve been around my blog long enough that I am not always the speediest when it comes to house projects.

In some seasons you go full speed ahead and get all the things done, but there are plenty of days and months and even years where I just need to just be content with what IS and focus on what I can do.

Sometimes I do big projects, sometimes I manage some smaller updates, and sometimes I just putter around and rearrange what I have.

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

Today in the spirit of finding gratitude (and to remind myself that in spite of how many things are still on my to do list, I have in fact finished a few things, LOL!) I’ll be sharing some of the projects and changes we’ve made around our home in the past few years.

Remember all the trials we had trying to complete our side yard? Some projects take far longer than you think was necessary. Years, even.

So just for fun today, here is a list of links to some of the improvements, updates and changes we’ve made to our home over the past three years.

We finally got our front gate (we’re no longer gateless in Seattle!) but no, you didn’t miss the reveal. It is super cute but there were a couple more mishaps with it (believe it or not ha) so that project is still awaiting its final reveal this spring! FINGERS CROSSED AND KNOCKING ON THE GATE WOOD!

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We transformed our backyard and side yard! See the before and after reveal post!

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We painted our brick exterior white.

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We shared details on how we painted the side yard patio.

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We got a white slipcovered sofa … again!

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements
Rattan Day Bed

We cozied up the house with plantation shutters and bamboo shades.

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We gave our master bedroom a makeover.

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We brought character to our galley kitchen in a remodel!

Kitchen Makeover (Reveal Post with Sources)

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

Our kitchen was photographed for Better Homes and Gardens and featured in The Cottage Journal!

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We replaced our front and side doors with Dutch Doors! Dutch Door FAQ

We update the lighting in many of the rooms of our house, including new barn lights in the entry hall.

Most of the walls in our home have been painted. You can find a full list of our paint colors here.

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We made over our small guest bedroom.

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We made over our fireplace (twice) on a budget!

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We set up a little space for an herb garden.

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

…and planted Lily’s garden!

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We installed shiplap walls in the dining room. Shiplap Walls: What to Use and FAQ

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We made a few changes to our son’s room, here was an update!

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We ripped out carpet and installed new floors in the basement!

Soon we’ll show you the new plantation shutters downstairs, too!

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We added a wall to break up the big basement room and created a separate office!

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

We gave this hallway built-in a simple DIY makeover. (See the before here)

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

I created a Winter Wellness Station in our guest room closet!

A Look Back at Our Home Improvements

Books by The Inspired Room

In addition to my posts on this blog, I chronicle many of my home creating lessons and adventures in my books that I’ve been writing for the past few years! You can find all of my books here.

I’ll be back tomorrow sharing some thoughts about our next steps with this house!

Don’t forget you can fill out your 2019 Home Goals on this worksheet/Instagram story template!

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