- A large, comfortable second hand sectional that sat a lot of our family and friends
- The corner section to curl up in
- Letting the dogs up to snuggle because it’s worn and dirty anyways so who cares
- A rug that provided softness underfoot and warmed up the room and quieted the echoes of an old house
- The frayed and chewed edges that I secretly kind of liked
- Kendall’s grandmother’s chair that everyone called the throne and had to try out at least once when visiting
- Enough dirt to make a few good men constantly under the old, shedding rug no matter how often you cleaned under it, (which let’s face wasn’t often since it didn’t make much difference)
- The smell from said rug
- Lamps that are too short
- A million pillows because Chloe chewed the sofa cushions
- A dysfunctional, crowded room
- The TV on the mantel
- An electric cord running across the room for said TV
- Naked lamp bulbs (which we still have)
- A dingy, discolored couch
- The way we feel when we’re in here
We don’t have to ignore the bad and ugly to appreciate the good and the beautiful. They’re often intertwined. It’s what and where we choose to focus on that matters.
Appreciating the good and the beautiful also doesn’t mean we have to settle for the bad and the ugly. We can dream and plan and work and save towards change. We all know Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Acquiring pieces for and redecorating our living room has been a slow process over the last few months with still more to go, (yellow walls, I’m looking at you) but right now it’s the progress that matters and feels good. Can’t wait to share more with you soon!