The Nester has a tagline: It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. Oh how true that is– in so many areas beyond our homes. For me, living in a fixer upper has taught me quickly to love the home I have and embrace the imperfect and unfinished. I think some people (those living in a renovation at least) would agree with me that you kind of even develop a love for it. The projects, the dust, the mess. All of the imperfections.
I will tell you one thing it sure is FREEING beyond belief to let go of the comparison and expectations to have a perfectly put together house. If you have been here for any length of time I hope that you know that my house isn’t prefect. But golly is she beautiful.
I know I show pretty corners of our house a lot. I show a lot of the progress. But there are so many areas that have not even been touched. Most of our rooms have really only gotten a quick tidy up and band aid over them. A quick fix to make it livable if you will.
Today though I want to show you the neglected parts of the house. It seems counter-intuitive on a restoration blog to show you rooms that have had no work. But I beg to differ. I think you need to see those rooms so you can be reminded that I am just like you. We are currently redoing our fireplace and changing out our gallery wall. We were given that TV this past week and have been able to mount it but we still would like to get that thing (not sure what it’s called) that covers the cords. We also want to thrift a dresser to turn into a media console so the cords can be hidden better. It’s a scary amount of cords y’all. But for now, this is our current view. Bricks and all. We also have a random corner in our dining room in which our table saw has recently made a permanent residence as well as some of the bricks from the fireplace. Our farmhouse table that Aaron built has four and a half chairs done so far. All the white(ish) chairs however still do not have their seat cushions screwed on. But we still sit on them. I don’t know what it is about actually finishing a project…..that’s another post for another day.
Remember my half bathroom post from last week? Well here is the other angle of it. Unfinished trim everywhere and some old, very old windows. What about showing you two rooms that haven’t received any kind of loving whatsoever? Exhibit A: Our junk room..I mean our office. This is the very first room once you walk in the front door. No shame friends. Exhibit B: Our mudroom. Still just has the drywall up and no paint. So there you have it. A little glimpse into the real home that we have. We are asked all the time if our house is finished yet and I just laugh. Not even close. But we are building our home one day at a time. With more than just “stuff” I want to add.
My home is more than the things that fill it. It’s more than the décor I style it with. It’s a place of refuge for my family, friends and neighbors. It’s a place with an open door that invites others in regardless of what it looks like inside. I am so passionate about this because I have let go of apologizing for living in an unfinished, often times messy house.
And I wish you could see that you are free from having to apologize too. People want to feel like they connect with you when they come over. How can we do that? Well we remind them through our imperfections that we are people too who also live in a house that gets used and is well loved.
I am not saying to never clean your house. I really enjoy my house being clean. What I am saying is, don’t wait until your home is perfectly clean, “pretty enough” or ready to invite others inside. Instead, extend the invitation in the midst of your mess and watch how much they will not care about some dishes in the sink and dirty floors. And if they do care? Maybe it’s time for some new friends 😉
It’s simple and true: It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
Linking up with Burst of Beautiful.