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Another step back to get where you need to be

September 30, 2015

Sometimes you have to take a step back.  And that's okay.

Those of y'all on instagram over the weekend saw this post coming.  I spent the better part of Saturday painting white primer all over the navy walls and trim in our dining room.  I tried so hard to make the navy work but it never felt right.  I got carried away with the idea of doing some fun and exciting in our house.  I think I wanted y'all to think I wasn't boring.  I wanted to prove to myself that I wasn't boring.  That yet another room in my house wasn't going to be gray with white trim and a sisal rug.


I know this is a deep post about a room.  It's just paint, for goodness sake.  But it's not just about a color on a wall.  I feel like this room has taught me a lot in the past year and I'm listening to that.  Sometimes I feel like my whole life is a little boring compared to some.  I get up, cook, clean, pack snacks, carpool, hug, kiss, love, teach, snuggle, straighten, vacuum, fold clothes, put away groceries, match up socks, try to think about what I want to be when I grow up, watch netflix, go to sleep, wake up with babes in the night, drink more coffee and do it all again. But you know what, I'm super content with all of that.  Spoiler alert, I'm actually really happy with my "boring" life.  And the thing is, I'm just as happy with my predictable home with light colored walls and floors and baskets full of pillows in every room.  But that doesn't mean I'm not up for taking a risk every now and again even if it doesn't work out.


 I see people on instragram whom I love to follow with whole houses that are white and neutral and cohesive and then I see lively homes that are bursting at the seams with color and pattern mixing and perfectly styled vignettes and everything in between.  You know what they all have in common?  Real people who live there who are proud of their homes.  I hope that's what people think when they see our house.  It's not dazzling or cutting edge or impressive.  But I can assure you when you step foot inside this house I'll be glad you came and I'll try to make you glad you came as well.  I hope that feeling transfers through the computer screen.  It's not about painting or re-painting but loving your life in those walls.


So back to the room.  Walls have been primed.  Bookshelves and door are staying navy.  I'll need to tape off a hard edge once the actual paint goes up.  It's just the right amount of drama without shouting at me.  I feel like this room can breathe again.  I hung some art and pushed the chest back against the wall even though I'm mid-project because I was just so excited and couldn't wait to visualize.  It finally feels like I got it right in here. 

I started this project on Saturday morning on a whim and high on coffee while Mathew was out hunting.  Big surprise when he got home and saw white walls.  He loved it too, of course.

"What color are the walls going to be?" he asked.  "Classic Gray" I replied.  "What were the walls before?" , "Don't ask." 

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32 comments:

  1. I freaking love everything you do! you and I have the exact same taste, so I love watching you do in your house. Love that you stepped back & did what you truely wanted; neutral walls.

    I prob have 50 pictures saved from you blog as inspiration for my own house. I do not think you are boring! Okay, well if others do, I am boring also! Pull up a neutral chair and have a seat next to me! Haha!

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    1. Thank you sweet Melissa. You are always so encouraging! Holla to the neutral nellies!!!!

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  2. Julia I can honestly say your design style has never been boring! I love seeing what creative ideas you bring into a space and how you transform a room. You have such a lovely way of pulling a room together!!! I have painted and repainted rooms so many times over the years that my father in law always likes to joke that I decrease the square footage of the houses we live in! Don't care, my house is my canvas and my greatest job in life ever will be to make it a home for my family. I love that you are HAPPY raising your sweet babies and using your artistic talents to make your home beautiful and joy filled!!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! That is too funny, and yes it is only paint. I would have always wondered what the dark drama would have looked like and now I know and can move on. ha! Yes, happy is a good place to land :)

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  3. It is only paint, good for you trying different things out. I do think the lighter walls will make you happy :)

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  4. I love it already! Honestly, each room in our house has been painted too many times to count and the navy walls are next to go. By the way, I've always loved your style!

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  5. I can so relate! Except I'm on the other end of the spectrum: every room is a color. I look at Pinterest rooms that are white and simple and think "should I do that?" It all looks so clean and put together but then I tell myself that's not who I am. Be who you are! You're not boring, if you were we wouldn't all read and love your blog. :)

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  6. I think we all go through different phases. I love that you're going to do a lighter color!

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  7. stick to your guns mama... good for you for knowing what works for you and what YOU love!!!! big hugs coming to you dear one :)

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  8. This is why I love your blog. I had a similar experience a few weeks ago with a rug purchase- trying to be fun and daring- but quickly realized how much I hated it and it's now being shipped back. I feel like I can never get anything done in my home and I have so many setbacks. But it taught me that I need to stick with what I love- and that is neutral and warmth! Great post.

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    1. Oh I think it looks beautiful...and good for you for knowing what you like...there's nothing wrong with that! I think a lot of moms get caught up in the monotony of everyday life...but that's just our particular season right now...I'm reading Jen Hatmaker's latest book, and this quote reminded me of your post: "To Mama at home with a bunch of littles, you can live a life worthy right now. Your calling is today. God makes you worthy as you desire goodness for your children, meeting needs and nurturing little souls. No future calling is any more important than your current station." That spoke to me, and I hope it speaks to you too! Love your home and your blog! :)

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  9. I love this post. Embrace the monotony, it helps keep the littles balanced, I think. xo

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  10. This has been one of the best posts I've read. I'm currently struggling/ loving my boring, cleaning, changing diapers, hair in a pony tail every day life. I'm also in the midst of making our house into a home. I've tired stepping out of my comfort zone- which just left me in tears and re-painting. I'm classic and simple; I can't get enough of white and blue and I'm realizing that's OK because that's who I am. Thank you Julia :)

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  11. This is what I love about your blog! I totally embrace the quiet life and am going back to basics in my own house. Wondering now what I'll do while my husband is away hunting this week... :)

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  12. Lovely through and through.

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  13. I'm so glad you are keeping the bookshelves navy! I feel like its the punch of boldness you were aiming for but it stays in line with your clean aesthetic. My whole house is the same color of white throughout, so I totally get what you mean-sometimes you want to step outside your comfort zone and go for it. But I have these white walls because they are me-regardless of if I'm feeling daring or not-I always feel at home with them. And who said a "boring" life is a bad thing? I love my routine life- down to the details of unloading the dishwasher :)

    Love following your house updates-your style is just perfect !!

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  14. I think that whatever you're happy with will shine through on your IG feed to everyone who follows you! Your style is anything but boring and I'm always so excited to see snippets of your beautiful home. Love that you're keeping the built-ins navy, though ;)

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  15. Julia...you say boring...I see classic, simple elegance that not everyone can pull off. This kind of post is when I like you best. Blessings to your sweet family.

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  16. Julia, I know it will look great! It's your house and you need to love it. I love the way you left the actual shelves natural wood. Wish I had thought of that in my den. I painted my younger twins room that same navy, but it has white board and batten 2/3 of the wall. I feel like it is a nice balance between the dark and light.

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  17. Julia, there is a reason why I keep joking about "single white female" when you walk into my house! I LOVE your style! I'm starting to feel claustrophobic in my Hale Navy foyer too. It's just not me. There are some days when I think I'm just going to BM White Dove my whole house.

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  18. One of your best post ever! Good choice to be yourself, who you were made to be :)

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  19. Love how you keep it real Julia! I think there is something to be said for having a serene environment when so much of your life is out of your control (i.e.: mom's never truly control their day by definition bc ur whole day is spent doing for others). Love the new dining room even more than before and you my dear are the best! Pretty certain we would be fast friends if we ever ended up in the same town. Xo!!

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  20. I have never found your home to be boring! And there is nothing wrong with being content - in fact it's awesome to be at that place in your life. I love your classic style and always look forward to seeing how you decorate!
    Shelley

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  21. What a nice post. I'm constantly trying to figure out " what I am".... I love French country and neutrals and patina but then I fall in love with Jenny Tamlin and Paige Minear's homes, and I think I need more whimsy and color .... Sigh.... I love it all but it's hard to mesh that all together :) and those of us on social media who don't have a " brand" or aren't deemed a " fashion" or "design" or " lifestyle " blog ; it's really hard to see all the online beauty and not compare and be envious, etc... But I love all the inspiration and it has made me work harder in my home and really love the space I live in...,:) thanks for the good read!

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  22. "Think about what I want to be when I grow up", haha made me laugh! I do the same. And as far as I'm concerned, neutrals and sisal rugs are calming and timeless!
    From,
    a fellow boring mom :)

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  23. Julia - thanks for keeping it real. I've hopped around with my style a lot and totally get it. The room looks great!

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  24. Julia - thanks for keeping it real. I've hopped around with my style a lot and totally get it. The room looks great!

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  25. I love that you spoke what your heart was feeling and telling you, what that room has taught you has taught all of us something too! Xo, Stephanie

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  26. I absolutely loved your navy room but obviously didn't have to live there. I feel for you painting over it! Every room in our house is a dark tan and it is so hard to paint over. I love your serene aesthetic and am sure that the gray works much better with your home. I just painted our front living room Balboa Mist (similar to classic gray), hallway Classic Gray, and dining room Balboa Mist. I think our den will be Hale Navy or Gentleman's Gray but hoping to keep the rest of the house airy like yours! Neutrals are always in style! Sorry for the longest comment ever! I have been waiting to sit down and write this for a week. Too much painting and the in-laws are in only so long to watch the baby + toddler.

    Annie- All Things Big and Small

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  27. I can completely relate. When we were moving into our house and I was picking out paint colors, I realized my den, living room, hallways and master bedroom were all a different shade of taupe. My husband teased me about this asking why I didn't just pick one shade versus various shades of essentially the same color? While I see the subtle differences, he definitely does not! But that's okay. I like my neutral walls because then I can add color in the form of window treatments, throw pillows, a fun rug, etc. Point is, if it makes you happy and you love coming home to it, then that's all that matters :) And personally, I like the light gray versus the navy. It's light and bright and cheerful!

    Taffeta & Tulips

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