at home with jenny meyerson
Hi, friends! We’ve been enjoying a little twist to the At Home with Becky series lately. We have SO many exciting things in the works right now and I need to keep my attention in all those places while it’s a little extra crazy around here … in the best possible way, of course! So instead of putting our popular At Home series on pause altogether, I’ve invited some friends to share a piece of their home with you. I’m really pleased to be able to shake things up with a little variety, then I’ll be back at it, sharing glimpses from my own home again before you know it!
I am honored that my friend Jenny Meyerson is sharing with us today. She was also a guest for our Good Life series, too, back in February (an excellent read). In her own words … and behind her own camera, I give you Jenny who is sharing her thoughts on creating a home that reflects YOU.
Two years ago, my family of six had the unique opportunity to start over. We were moving into a new neighborhood and rented a house with a pool in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. As I was packing up the eighth box in anticipation of our move, I mentioned to my husband that I didn’t think anything that I had just packed reflected us as a family or as individuals. Not one item held any value or meaning to me at all. I stopped packing and delivered the boxes to Goodwill the following day.
We spent some time talking about what we wanted our home to look and feel like in our new space. It was really exciting! These were the six steps we essentially followed that led to our home truly reflecting our style, personalities, values, and desires, two years later.
Our style can be described as a love of all things industrial, vintage, and mid-century modern. We love white walls with pops of color in furniture and art. We want items that will last, as we have four energetic kids and love to have their friends over. We want our home to feel like a lived-in home, not a museum. We also gravitate to funky, vintage items that have a story to them.
Step 2: Get rid of everything you don’t love.Once we sold and donated nearly 95% of our household goods within a month, we felt liberated. With the opportunity to start over, we wanted to be very wise with our future purchases and agreed that all future purchases would be paid for in cash. We knew that commitment would realistically mean it would take three years to fully furnish our space and currently we are about 80% furnished at 25 months. We moved to our space with one king mattress, an extra refrigerator, two sets of lockers from a vintage market, craft supplies, kitchen items, and too many books.
Step 3: Buy only what you LOVE. Avoid buying items because they are a good deal or on sale.Our family moved into our home in September 2012 and had three new mattresses delivered for the kids’ rooms. As in most rental homes, the walls and carpet are one shade. In our home, the walls are beige and the bedrooms are covered in chocolate brown carpet. It wasn’t an option for us to paint the walls white as we desired. But we knew that we wanted our decor to fit in with future white walls, so we didn’t buy anything just to blend in with the current shades of Arizona brown. In our research into our style, we discovered an opportunity to purchase some furniture at a vintage fair in Roundtop, Texas. I embarked on an adventure to Roundtop in hopes to purchase a kitchen table and a dining room table. I flew to Austin, took a cab to Home Depot, and drove a moving truck 75 miles to Roundtop, Texas. I spent three days looking for items that reflected our family, texted pictures and messages back and forth with Jeff, and then drove 1100 miles back to Phoenix by myself.
Step 4: Be content and patient with the process. Avoid comparisons.It was seven months before our first couch arrived and ten months before we had couches in our family room. The hard Pergo floors in the family room lacked comfort during family night, but we sure appreciate the comfort of the couches now. It is easy after 25 months to have moments where we just want to finish the house. The master bedroom consists of a mattress and craft furniture and one child’s room is still incomplete. We still wish we could paint the walls white, rip out the carpet, and change ceiling fans with blades that were sponge painted gold. And yes, occasionally knowing that we could just finish most of it with the swipe of a credit card is tempting, but we stay the course.
Step 5: Create a sensational home.This is what makes a home personal and a true reflection of you and your family! Sight – yellow couch, pictures of swimming pools and oceans, books, plants, lots of children coming in and out the front door Hear – 80s music, loud cheering with U of A games, popcorn popping, praying, belly laughs, Goonies movie in the background Touch – quilts, child embracing a giraffe blanket, back scratching Smell – Mr. Clean in the kitchen, banana bread in the oven, lemon oil, and a son who bathes in Axe body spray Taste – Jeff’s brussel sprouts, Rocky Road ice cream, raspberries, and chicken caesar salads This is something I include in my monthly Project Life spreads, as I love to see what changes and what stays the same over time. If you think back to your childhood home, what comes to mind? What do you want to see repeated in your current home?
Step 6: Fill it up. Enjoy your home through every stage.Guess what? Your friends don’t care if you have an ugly couch or if you are an amazing chef. Grab a blanket, order a pizza, turn on some Peter Gabriel tunes, and enjoy your friends and family. If you wait for your house to be perfect, you will never have anyone over. Does your home reflect you and your family members? Have you ever started over? I would love to hear what you love about your home.
Jenny, thanks so much for inspiring us with home environment advice. I love your home and the thought that has gone into making it truly a home for your family!
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