Loving Where I Live and Practicing What I Preach


I wrote a series towards the end of last year titled “31 Days of Loving Where You Live”. Now it’s time for me to again practice what I preach. This is the home I thought I would be living in until the end of time (the picture was taken about 7 years ago) but things have changed and I will be leaving this home in a couple weeks and moving to another state. It’s not what I planned, but it’s what needs to happen at this time. While I’m trying to get my mind wrapped around leaving my home I’m also trying to change my mind and heart to embrace our new home.

plate wall in master bedroom

I’m already thinking about simple and inexpensive things I can add to my new home to give it personality. Since we will be renting for a few years I won’t be able to do anything permanent to the walls so a plate wall would be a great alternative and a great way to fill up space.

Emilees Bedroom 038

Gallery walls are another great way to add interest and color to a room without painting or structurally changing the walls.

Spray Painted Furniture 030

I will be painting a lot more furniture in my new home. It’s an easy way to add color and personality without changing anything permanently in the home.


Moving is the perfect time to change things up. Having a new home gives you the go ahead to experiment with your accessories and furnishing. I’m excited to try my things in new spaces.

master bed 4

The kids rooms are going to be a fun area to experiment in. The bedrooms in the new home seem to be smaller so I will need to find a way to include their furniture without making it look crowded. The same goes for the master bedroom.


Even though I will be leaving the home I planned on staying in and moving to a temporary home I still plan on celebrating where I live. My family will all be together again, we will be making memories and I will be creating new ways to make my home beautiful. I plan on loving where I live and enjoying every minute of it with my family. What are you doing to enjoy where you live?

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  • Amy @ The Happy Scraps August 9, 2013, 6:54 pm

    Loving where you live is a great reminder that I needed. Thanks! I’m sad that you are moving, I’ll miss seeing you at get togethers. I hope since you will still have family up here that maybe I’ll still get to see you occasionally. 🙂 Good luck with your move!
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  • Steph @ Crafting in the Rain August 9, 2013, 7:03 pm

    Such good reminders, and you’ll no doubt have a beautiful home in your new place as well!!

  • M August 9, 2013, 8:32 pm

    I started my blog to help embrace apartment life. I don’t have many entries on the subject, yet, but I’m working on it!
    M recently posted..Avon Cosmic Collection {+Tutorial}

  • Jolene August 9, 2013, 11:48 pm

    Thank you for the reminder!

  • Kathy August 10, 2013, 3:05 pm

    I know the feeling. We bought a fixer upper in South Florida 13 years ago. After getting it almost perfect, life happened and we were both laid off when the housing bubble busted. Now we have relocated to Northern CA with our 2 teens. It was hard. We are renting and I always try to find ways to make it feel like my home, but it is hard when you can’t paint or do any major redos. Hang in there. As long as we have our family, we can adjust to anything.

  • Renae Toseff September 9, 2013, 8:46 am

    I am sorry you have to move and downsizing I am assuming? God placed me in a mobil home 19 years ago that was such a blessing at the time, with 2 small children and not much money it seemed just what we needed, However, 19 years has pasted and I am still here. I love my home, but needing more room would have been wonderful, especially a basement for teenagers to have space to roam. My daughter reminds occasionally that maybe our family would not have been so close if we had more space NOT to see each other. I can only laugh and tell her how wonderfully wise she is. I believe God places us exactly where he needs us and he will bless you wherever you are. God Bless you with the house of your dreams in the future.

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