It Sings Because It Has a Song
Our house, built in 1926, could be described as quirky. In my opinion, it’s full of charm and character. We bought the house as an estate. When we took the walk-through, we closed our eyes to the boring beige walls, 70s decor complete with orange ceilings, two-toned kitchen cupboards, and ugly carpeting–even in the kitchen. We had a vision of what the house could look like. While we waited to hear if the sellers accepted our offer, we dreamed about changes we could make.
Fast forward fifteen years later. Some of those dreams are still captured in our heads as our budgets didn’t match what we’d still like to do. While we made immediate changes with blue paint, new window treatments and tearing up carpeting to reveal gorgeous wooden floors, some of the other higher-end projects needed to wait.
One of my least favorite rooms is the kitchen. It lacks counter space, cabinet space, and the dark wood closed in the room. Paint is my best friend. I’ve been spending the last couple of months working on my kitchen by repainting cabinets, walls, trim, and the window. I’ve been reading thrifty decor blogs to do room makeovers on a budget. The blue walls with white trim and green and yellow accents have really brightened my kitchen with it’s updated shabby chic decor. I’m not finished yet, but it’s finally coming together.
Yesterday my very talented friend Kathy
painted a gorgeous mural on my wall. While visiting the thrifty decor blogs, I continued to come across birds sitting on branches used in many ways–baby shower invitations, headboards, greeting cards. Since my kitchen has a few butterfly and bird accents, I wanted a bird on a branch on my wall, but with personality.
captured exactly what I had envisioned.
The quote under the tree limb reads, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” The quote has been attributed to both Lou Holtz and Maya Angelou. In the heart, I “carved” Pat + Lisa 4 ever. We have two sons. DS1 talks a lot and DS2 ignores a lot, so Kathy captured their essence unexpectedly when she made the little birds. Here are some close ups:
Your turn: How do you add personality to your home? What’s your style?