But even back then, I dreamed of a "someday" home that would be our very own. We even inquired about a potential fixer-upper that was located a short distance away on Division Street. But the timing just wasn't right.
I began a folder of ideas with photos from magazines. I still have this particular photo that I would look at and dream of our future home.
Please forgive the quality of this photo. It is about 18 years old. Even though the decor might be a little dated, I still like the basic bones of this room. It still says something to me.
Then in 2002, after 14 years at the ministry, we moved to a nearby city to pastor a church. It was time to purchase our very first home. We had a wonderful real estate agent who found a home for us on the first day. (Thank you, Chad!) As soon as I walked inside, I thought to myself, "This is the kind of house I would like to live in." I didn't know if it was even possible or affordable. But somehow, God worked it out.
We moved into that brand new home in April. How I loved that house! I constantly felt like I was playing a magical game of "Let's Pretend". I couldn't believe we were living there with an actual garage, sidewalks, an upstairs AND a basement, a patio (oh my gosh!), new appliances, new everything! I hosted a big Thanksgiving our first November in that home and many more holidays after that. We lived there for five years. I can honestly say that I lovingly cared for that home. I knew God had provided it and I never forgot that.
There was yet to be another house in our future, but that story is for another post.
In the meantime, here are a few other photos I've kept forever in my file. Nowadays with the internet and Pinterest, I don't rip pictures out of magazines as often as I used to. I still look at some of these from time to time. Sometimes you may not know what you like. But if you start a file either from magazine photos or a virtual one on Pinterest, you will start to see a theme. It can give you a better understanding of what you like in a home. I do that for holiday ideas, also.
For instance, these are two photos I've "pinned" recently. I really like the animal print and touches of black in both photos. But I'm still trying to convince my husband about the animal print. He hasn't been talked into, I mean, he hasn't seen my point of view yet. lol Just a few touches, Dave, nothing drastic.
This one, too, shows how the animal print rug works well with a more traditional room.
Here are a few more photos that I've had for a long time.
|Pottery Barn and BHG|
I love the top left photo, not only because of its Christmas theme, but because of all the light coming into the room from the beautiful windows. The two photos on the right (top and bottom) are appealing to me because of the size of the furniture and the fabrics.
And what's not to like about this picture? A green runner, candles, colorful branches, and lots of pumpkins...pretty easy.
I hope that helps a little when it comes to making your own home special. I still have a lot to learn, but it's been fun seeing ideas and then implementing them here in my house.
No matter where you find yourself living right now, whether an apartment, mobile home, rental house or wherever, you can make it beautiful and special. There are many good ideas out there that don't require a lot of money as much as a little ingenuity.
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