We here in the northeast are experiencing the winter that won’t end.
It feels like it hasn’t stopped snowing since Halloween. It feels like we’ve been trapped inside, staring at the same walls day after day, week after week, for half a year. In a Facebook group I’m a member in, someone from Alaska commented last week that winter here has lasts for too long. Alaska, people. Let that sink in for a minute.
We’re trying to stay busy. We’ve walked and been outside as often as we can, but sick kids and exposure to freezing temps aren’t always the best combo. We planted seeds for veggie plants a few weeks ago. The boys have a hockey net in the basement and can use that space to run off some extra energy. T-ball season has started and we’re beginning to see a day or so a week that is suitable to be outside. Regardless, we’re all tired of being inside. One day last week, upon returning from our errands, the boys filed out of my car and made a beeline for the driveway where big, fat snowflakes were beautifully, gracefully, tauntingly falling from the sky. The three of them ran around in circles, arms spread wide, catching the flakes on their tongues. It was heartwarming and beautiful, and I was so fulfilled to watch them, and yet…I’ll be just as fulfilled when I can sit in the grass and watch them roll up and down the driveway on their bikes, draw pictures on the concrete with sidewalk chalk, build castles and mountains in the sand, and push weeds from my flower beds in their big trucks while I soak up sun and heat.
But that’s just me.
In the meantime, I’ve stayed motivated by changing and reorganizing basically every room in our house in the last month. I sometimes feel more energized when I rearrange things to change the flow and the way the light hits different aspects of a space. That, in turn, gives me an idea of what accessory items are working for us and what we could maybe replace.
In our living room, for instance, I played around with a completely different layout that seems to work really well for us. What I noticed, though, is that we needed a new, larger area rug to tie the space together. The rule of thumb for a rug is that it should touch all the pieces of furniture in the space to make it feel cohesive . The rug we had isn’t big enough to do that; far too much of the floor was bare, which is not only an aesthetic problem, but a traction problem for our 12-year-old golden retriever. She’s having a hard time getting up from the slippery floors after she’s been lying down. So last weekend, we trooped into town, the five of us, for a family trip to Dick’s. And I played the “Oh, but I’m the only girl, and can’t we please, please, PLEASE go to a fun store for me to look for house stuff?” card. And we left with a rug.
I travel with the paint swatches we used on every wall in our house. This way, when I’m out and about, I always have the colors on hand to compare. So, I pulled the swatches out of my purse in the middle of the store to check, and my three super manly boys and my one super manly man each grabbed a spot of the rug and trooped it to the checkout for me.
Another thing that I’ll be addressing in the living room is the blank wall above the sofa. I’m currently searching for some artwork to frame and hang to make that more of a focal point. My problem is deciding on what I want. Because your space should tell your story, I don’t want something to just “put” there; I want it to be personal, have significance, and to tell a story about our family. I have family portraits on the wall going up the stairs, so I’d like to do something artistic or inspiring in the living room. My top ideas right now are to frame some photos of our town or from our travels and have them made into canvases, or blown up for large matted frames. Because the sofa and curtains are neutral colors, I’d like to bring out the colors of the rug with the art…and then possibly repeat those same colors with some new throw pillows on the sofa and love seat.
I’d love to hear from you; does anyone else get suffocated by their surroundings when the weather keeps you confined in the same spaces? How do you deal with it? Are you painting? Tackling a renovation project? Replacing furniture or accessories? Leave me a comment!