And today’s the day.
I’ll be the first to admit, the world does not need another design blog, yet here I am. I’ve been contemplating the idea (call it procrastinating if you want) for so long that I’m sure thousands of new blogs have sprouted while I stood on the side waiting for the perfect time to jump. In a nutshell, I was suffering from a major case of analysis paralysis. I could think of 10 (okay 100) reasons why I wasn’t ready to launch, and then something I heard while listening to a podcast on the commute to work one day stuck with me. It was a very simple quote that went something like this: ”You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going ”. And that’s what I’m about to do. I’m a mother to two beautiful girls, wife to an awesome, handsome and very supportive husband and I’m lucky to have an amazing day job. (Yes I know, lots of superlatives here, but bear with me as I’m trying to make my point). I am also a daughter, a friend and an avid lover of all things interior design. Yep, I’m a design geek so today I’m adding home design blogger to my list.
Things to come.
I’m not the type of person who always gets it right the first time. I’m slow, methodical and I want things “just so”. The word control-freak has occasionally been used to describe me. That’s probably one of the things that was holding me back from launching this — the fear of not perfecting it on the first try. However, I’ve decided to let it go and enjoy the ride. After all, I’m a creative person and this is a creative process. Let’s not forget, there is real life happening behind all those beautifully staged home photos and that means I don’t know how often I’ll get to update my content. My family and my day job come first and second, but I’ll do my best to nurture this as often as I can. I’ll share progress on the remodel of our home, some inspiring rooms from a few of my friends, trends, favorites for sources and sometimes just some really cool or lovely photos to get you inspired, because some days that’s all we need and that’s all I got!
What’s in a name?
Okay I have to admit this was another issue that was holding me back. I simply could not decide on a name for the blog, but then I decided to go back to one of the original names on my long, long list. Cottage Number 46 is a nod to our first home’s address. (We are currently living in our second and hopefully “forever” house.) It was a petite 2 bedroom, one bath house. I prefer to call it a cottage becuase really, that’s what it was. It was built in 1942 and I knew I had to have it the second I stepped foot inside. You know that panicky feeling you get when you just love something and it’s the last one? Yep, it was that feeling. The cottage had loads of character — original fir floors, a stone fireplace, tongue and goove paneling, beautiful crown moulding, a white picket fence and many more charming details. The place had lots of character and good bones, but we ended up puting tons of work into it, eventually remodeling (or repairing) pretty much everything. Some of it was out of necessity, like the time the wind blew our entire fence over and some was just becuase I had a vision of what it could be and could not be stopped. The list of repairs and upgrades we wrote up for the potential new buyers was long and I enjoyed almost every second of it. Even though we are not handy in the least, (I’m not a DIYer) I’m totally fascintated by architecture and the way things are built and I’ve gained all kinds of confidence in picking out finishes, paint colors, and discussing plans with contractors and carpenters. Full disclosure, my husband did not enjoy any part of it (Sorry honey) and I do have some professional and educational design experience which probably helped in the long run.
We lived at Cottage 46 for 7 years and eventually decided it was time to move to a larger home, which features more than one bathroom. Anyone who has girls will understand. Our forever home needs lots of updating. Think 80s and not in a cool, retro way. I loved and embraced the cottage style of our last home, but I’m excited to give our new home a personal stamp. My aesthetic is California classic, with a touch of updated East Coast tradition. I love mixing classic, clean lines (sometimes modern) with traditional elements and the occasional antique. I love little details like fixtures, textures and accessories because those little touches are often the ones that bring it all together into the bigger picture.
Thank you for visiting. I hope you will enjoy and hang in there with me while I get the hang of this! (Future posts will be more images and less of me rambling on.)