Here we are, just about to start a new year, and true to form, I am thinking about new stuff. Stuff-stuff, I mean, like
house-stuff: new paint, new drapes, new furniture. I only recently realized that this is a pattern for me, at this time of year I start focusing on my house in a way I don’t during the rest of the year. I don’t know whether it’s the difference in the light from outside, or whether I just have a little more time, but I do know that I get itchy to change textures, freshen colors, spiff things up. It all feels sort of like a big puzzle, or building with blocks, when I think about it. If I move one piece from a room, where else can I make it fit? Or if I paint something this color, how is that going to affect everything around it? I love the possibilities, but I do get frustrated by it too. My poor little brain doesn’t handle all those moving parts very well.
Yesterday was a really lovely low-key day at my house. All three of us were just hanging out, loosely together, but not doing anything intense. What that really means is that though we might have been in the same room, we weren’t necessarily talking, but we were all on our devices, and would occasionally ask, “Hey, did you read…?” or “…did you hear…?” Easy. Wonderful.
I spent a huge chunk of the day on Pinterest and on lots of home-goods sites. I have Pottery Barn taste (which isn’t nearly as rich as Restoration Hardware), but a Target budget. Some will call it frugal, but I’ll tell you that I’m just plain cheap. If I can make something myself, I will. And if I can’t make it myself, I might just make fun of it so I don’t feel bad about not being able to have it. Just kidding. Usually.
I found the pillows below at Anthropologie. That little bulldog is awfully cute, but I would never shell out nearly a hundred dollars for him. If I really wanted that pillow, I would probably figure out a way to imitate the style (but not copy). As is, I probably won’t be tossing any dog pillows onto my couch…I have enough trouble keeping the real ones off.
These pillows Restoration Hardware pillows are gorgeous, but again, I just can’t swing the price. If you have the extra $100 to spend, by all means, go for it. I’ll probably dig out a skein of extra-fat wool and see if I can approximate that texture.
There is one other part of the “new” stuff equation that I haven’t done yet. I need to visit my favorite thrift and junk shops. I go pretty often, but I have a new list of things to look for. I probably won’t find exactly what’s on my list, but it’s really more about inspiration than about stuff, right? I just want to think on it all. Maybe I’ll make myself a mood board for all of the projects I want to do because there are definite themes bubbling up. It isn’t feasible to just throw out everything, but sometimes it seems that is the best solution.
All this talk and thought about what I’d like to be doing may well get slightly derailed by what I have to do. Our hot water heater is on borrowed time, so that has to be the first purchase. We are switching from a tank to a Rinnai tankless heater. I can’t wait to get it here. I had similar tanks in the houses I lived in in Germany, and am thrilled to be able to find one here. They are so much more efficient than tanks, and while they cost a bit more, that is offset by a lovely little tax credit equal to the difference in price.
When we go to Lowes to get the water heater, though, you can be sure I’ll stop off to pick up a pile of paint chips. And since Lowes is across the street from one of the flea markets in town, I’ll probably have to stop there. My eyes need to see some new things. Yes, I know, leave it to me to be thinking of visual comfort when there are real issues to discuss, important things, like water heaters and what kind of pie to eat for breakfast.
How are you spending your Tuesday?