They Don’t Know Me, But They’re Why I’m Here

Ok, so some how I miscalculated and managed to miss posting this on the actually anniversary (oops), but September 6th marked the one year anniversary for this little blog. Wow, one year. It’s hard to believe. Looking back over the past year got me thinking. Why did we start this blog? What inspired us to take on writing about our home?
 
The idea started after reading the blog Young House Love. If you haven’t checked them out, you should. They are inspiring, creative, real, and fun. John and Sherry, with their daughter, Clara, and Chihuahua, Burger, started their blog in 2007 to document progress on their first home. Over time, it has turned into a full time gig for both of them. 

But that’s not what inspired me. Ricky sent me this post, featured on Lifehacker. I read the post and enjoyed it, but didn’t think much more about it. At the time, I had no idea what a blog was or how it worked. Then, a few months later, I stumbled across the email again and began reading John and Sherry’s blog more consistently. I eventually read EVERY. SINGLE. POST. I was hooked. I was constantly telling Ricky about their projects and ideas. He reads it too but didn’t read through the archives like I did. He’d share what they were currently working on I’d share there previous projects.  Taking about John and Sherry become part of the norm for us. (We are secretly BFF’s, they just don’t know it!) Their first two homes were older, ranch-style home (just like ours) that were in need of some love (just like ours) and over time it sparked the idea that I too could write a blog to document the progress of our home!
 
Another bloger that has greatly inspired me is The Nester (AKA Nesting Place). Her tag line, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful”, has helped me not to stress over perfection. Well, I haven’t gotten COMPLETELY stress-free yet, but I’m working on it. But isn’t that life changing!? She has inspired me to not stress about the little things, to make our home work for us, and to let it be loved and lived in. Check her out, she will inspire!
 
And even though this is just a little online diary for us (that anyone can read), the idea and the inspiration came from these awesome bloggers. And if you happen to see this: Thanks guys! Maybe one day we’ll meet in person (fingers crossed).
 
I don’t know what the future will hold for Tastefully Furr-nished, but we’re enjoying writing it. I don’t expect it to become a full time gig. It’s just a place to document as we make this house our home and for you to follow along as we do. Thanks everyone for reading and here’s to many more years to come. Happy 1st anniversary Tastefully Furr-nished!
 
Check out our Blogs We Love tab for these and other inspiring bloggers.

That helps

I mentioned that I don’t feel like our house feels like ours yet. But as I was walking around the house the other day I noticed something that has made it seem less like we’re living in someone else’s house.

A few months ago, we had a yard sale with my sister and brother-in-law. As we gathered things we no longer wanted/needed, I decided to take down the last of the curtains that the previous owner had left and sell them. I didn’t like them, I knew we wouldn’t be keeping them, and we could live with no window treatments in those couple rooms for a while until we find what we like.
 
Sunroom before

Sunroom Before

Sunroom after
 
Sunroom no curtains

We did leave the curtains on the sliding glass doors for privacy, but eventually they will come down and be changed also.

Second Bedroom before
 
2nd Bedroom Before
Second bedroom after

2nd Bedroom no curtains
 
Even though the windows are bare (for now), I think it has helped the rooms feel more like a clean slate. Now we can find what we love and transform them to reflect our style!
So that might be something to remember when you move into a new place: try removing anything (within reason) that doesn’t reflect your style and start with a clean slate. I might help things feel more fresh and inspirational!