Musings of a Cincinnati + Dayton Doula
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I'm one of those people who are really inspired by their surroundings. I love design. I love decor. I look for environments that turn me on, wake me up, motivate me. Like walking into our local hip coffee shop , where I can sit and breath in the hygge.
Our home is one of those places. My home is cozy and warm, like a favorite fuzzy blanket wrapped around your shoulders on a snowy day. My home inspires me to be greater, do greater. And for me, being greater means slowing down. It means cooking from scratch. It means playing with the kids. It means taking afternoon naps.
Hours upon hours were spent thrifting, our kids patiently in tow while we browsed thrift stores hoping to come across the perfect piece. And hours upon hours were spent painting (we've re-painted 4 times) laying flooring, and hand-crafting furniture. And if you've ever tried to do a house project, you know how stressful it can be with having kids around while working. But they're such awesome kids. I hope they're learning so much by watching us and being involved in these types of things.
Everything is re-used or re-purposed... and that's important to me. It's important for us, as a family of six, to reduce our footprints as much as possible.
This is not our forever home. We tried to sell in the summer, and due to forces outside of our control, we had to un-list it. That hurt. I was angry. Disappointed. I cried, a lot. And while I am so thankful we have a roof over our heads at all, I allowed myself to hold space for that. I allowed myself to feel those ungrateful and frustrated feelings. And then I cleared those energies.
And I'm looking forward to the day this house sells, and we move on to our next adventure (which may even be an RV guys!!).
But it is our home for today. And today, I will love it. It's not the most beautiful, expensive home.
It's warmth. It's love. And as a homeschooling family, this is where we spend so much of our time. It's such a gift to have a space that invites us to grow together.
I can't tell you how many people have asked for pictures, so here is our downstairs. They're cell phone pictures but... good enough! And I still need a picture of our great room and will add it when I can.