Friday, January 14, 2011


As I shared earlier, I have some redecorating to do this Spring.  My roommate moves out (sniff, sniff) in late February.  This leaves me two open bedrooms.  I live in a small house - 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom.  It is a 1950s brick ranch.  A long, long time ago I said to myself, "I love brick ranches. If I ever have a house, that's what I would want."  I didn't share that with anyone.

Several years later, my house came on the market and a friend said, "You should look at this house, it looks like you."  She was right. It was exactly what I always wanted in my mind.  The Lord remembered and the way He eased that house into my life could have only been from Him. I'm still shocked to think I have owned a home for close to 6 years.

I didn't do too much to it when I moved in. I wanted to sit in it. Frankly, I was scared to death to do anything. I was afraid I'd mess something up. I also was afraid I wouldn't have enough money to fix big things one day if I spent a cent on decorating.  Finally, last Fall, I realized that I was living in someone else's house. It didn't look like me. It didn't feel like me.  I had hand me down furniture and wall colors from the previous owner. The time had come.  It took about 3 months but I redecorated the living room, dining room and kitchen.  The kitchen still needs a backsplash but the rest is done. I have LOVED it.  LOVED IT!

Now, my roommate is moving out.  I have two more rooms to claim and make my own.  I'm scared, again.  Scared of spending the money. Scared of making a mistake.  Scared of living alone.  Still, I am moving forward. My goal is to buy all second hand furniture and to use my network on this one. 

Here's my broad idea.  I am scouting pictures but I have thoughts in my mind. I'll share more as I go along here.  One room is going to be a guest bedroom with twin beds. I see lush, sinkable beds on either side of a dresser loaded with guest amenities...lush towels, water jars with glasses, flowers, magazines, and of course delectable snacks. I want my guests to read and snack in bed. I want my place to be a get away. Come, rest, and be refreshed when you leave.  Hopefully luggage racks will fit at the foot of the beds. 

I bought gorgeous mid-century twin headboards from a woman on Craigslist. CHEAP!  I love Craigslist.  I will buy the mattresses new because used mattresses gross me out.  I may make the bedding on my handy dandy sewing machine. We'll see.  I want delicious, meltable beds.  Oh yes, you can crank down the air to snuggle in at my house.  I'm on budget billing ; )

The other room will be a study/craft room.  I will share more about that later.  It is coming into focus in my mind and I love it. It's my retreat.  It's the place where I can study, read, write, and be creative.  It's the room I have always wanted!  More to come!

Sorry there aren't more pictures here...I have too much work to catch up on after 4 snow days!  Love to all.  If you have any cute links. I'm open to inspiration.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

You Can Breath a Sigh of Relief

Simply Single Serving will go on as I am remaining single.  C'est la vie.  For now, I will focus on the Lord, working out, decorating soon to be vacant rooms of my house (don't worry, I'll share pictures), and enjoying those friends who God has most graciously blessed me with.

I do love a good decorating project.  I will be creating a guest room with two double beds and a craft/study/work room.

I don't have a lot to spend on these projects but have learned how to create something out of nothing from the world's thriftiest and coolest bloggers, so I should be fine!