FRIDAY MUSINGS: NEW HOUSE 2.0

by Michel Van Devender

Yay for Friday! Happy Weekend everyone!!! With our kids being out of school on Monday for President’s Day, I feel like this week has flown by way too quickly. And speaking of time vanishing, I find it so hard to believe there’s only a little over three months left in this school year. Yikes! How can that be possible?

I’ve spent the last several weeks doing some editing around our house. A rather massive amount actually, and I’m still plugging away. After living in our house for over a year, I started to realize there’s way too much going on, a visual shit show if you will – on shelves, on our mantle, on tables and countertops, on walls, in our lighting and basically every other surface of our home. This seems even more apparent when you have an open floor plan as everything can be viewed as a collective from most vantage points in our living/kitchen/dining area. 

With this recent epiphany, I’m craving the simple and uncluttered, visually and otherwise. I even ordered organizers for our drawers, including for our spices, so I’m definitely taking it to a new level I haven’t before. For the near future, I’ve also contributed to our storage challenges as I’ve pulled almost everything off of shelves, counters and tables and stored in every possible place I can find until I figure out for sure what stays and what goes. Unfortunately, it’s a ton of art and accessories.

In some ways, through the craziness of the past two years -construction, a home sale, the in between of living in multiple Airbnbs and a pandemic with kids home from school, I feel like I’ve been operating in a fog, in survival mode, now slowly making my way out. Looking back, when we moved into our house towards the end of 2020, I was on autopilot trying to find a place for EVERYTHING we already had, focusing on making it ALL fit. Basically, nesting and settling without giving much thought to the layout and setup of our new house. It was all working until I realized it wasn’t. 

Full disclosure, I’m also admittedly a perpetual, relentless, restless redecorator so there’s also that! It’s just who I am, and I’ve learned to embrace that part of myself, my mad scientist self here to mix, remix and repeat! I could certainly psychoanalysis what it means or what it says about me, but that hasn’t gotten me anywhere productive so far. And ultimately, it’s a vital part of my creativity and evolution so I’ll continue to go with it, open to where it takes me. And believe me when I tell you, there are SO many other worse things to be!

So that’s where I am right now, today, this last Friday in February. I’ll be over here for a bit pairing down our collection of stuff and tweaking and reworking some of our interiors. I’m call it Our New Black House 2.0! And if at times, it feels like I’m moving in reverse, I’ll continue to remind myself I probably wouldn’t have arrived at this place without having gone to where I was before, yesterday. Right?

Here’s what has landed on my MOST recent mood board… And from the looks of these images, I may need to work on a new house :)!!!

🖤💙,

 

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