image daydream lily via pinterest.
for years i've kept an inspiration binder devoted to a someday future dream house (why i packed it away, i have no clue. am currently keeping my favorite ideas on pinterest instead). other than that i've mostly ignored all sorts of paint swatches, home decor magazines, and house-ish type tv shows. i've lived with hand-me-downs and did my best with what we had; never really choosing a theme (people really do that.) or color scheme. basically all our homes (although filled with love, books, laughter - my recipe for a happy home) have seen our stuff haphazardly hung and flung everywhere; living in some sort of it's-okay-cause-we're-renting state of being. but now that i'm nearing being a grown-up, (can you believe my 30th birthday is next month!?), it's high time i stop horsing around and get my mojo on with the whole business of house improvement.
letting myself dive in and enjoy it (rather than envy everything i see) is so liberating. like a whole new set of hobbies before my eyes; painting walls (yes.), making curtains (doubtful.), framing pictures (definitely.), re-purposing old to new (possibly.), etc. when you open a door of possibilities the light of enthusiasm filters in. here are a few favorite home inspired websites chock-full of house hearty tips.
+ young house love
+ house tweaking
+ little green notebook
+ design sponge
+ apartment therapy
any others i should know about? please divulge your designer tips, i'm the new kid on the block when it comes to this sort of stuff.