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Time to get cozy!

I love this season.

I get excited for jeans and scarves and sweaters and football and chili.

However, I also get a little spazzy.  Because to enjoy those things, I MUST clean out all the closets, organize everything, buy new clothes and possibly new furniture.  I tend to rearrange, clean, and rip out hundreds of pictures from magazines of what I want my cozy home to look like. It always happens this time of year.

I did do one awesome thing in my house this summer.  I made myself an office.  Here it is:

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I already had everything I needed, I just had to put them together and paint the room pink. Actually there are two new things in the picture.  One, the chair from TJMaxx and two, the new Apple computer from heaven.  Seriously, miracles happen when you turn it on.

I’ve decided the rest of my house looks like crap and must be changed immediately.  I’m starting with this.

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I don’t even know what to say.

I hate it.

But I need the storage and my room is the size of Texas so we need some heft in there.  You know what I mean? I need big pieces to balance out the cavernous space.  However, I have another armoire in there too so now it’s just like an armoire store except I don’t think anyone would buy them.

Those of you who know me can tell what’s coming next.  I’m painting it.  Damn straight.

If my husband is reading this right now, he is in a full body sweat and steam is coming out of his ears.

Remember the pink office?  Well, I kinda sorta started that with a lot of enthusiasm and then I lost steam.  I started listening to music and looking for ideas for the next project when the walls were half painted and the ceiling had pink splats on it.  So, being the kind, loving, generous and very handy husband he is…he finished it for me.  There was only a little huffing and puffing.

I promise not to get tired halfway through on this project.  I will commit to finishing.  Unless I start thinking about the family room.  We really need some new furniture in there…

On another note, I’m linking up to my friend’s blog today.  Susan is my Holy Yoga Sister and roommate from our instructor retreat.  I love her.  Also, I think her whole farm lifestyle is really cool and I’m encouraging her to build a barn for us to have yoga parties/retreats in.  Of course, we will need to hang chandeliers and paint it and have lots of cozy stuff in there.  I’ll start gathering ideas on Pinterest.  Oh wait, I’ve already done that.

Her link party has to do with music which of course I love!!  She is asking us to share music that is feeding our souls right now.  What is totally amazing but not really very surprising, is that the song she shared is by the same person who sings the song I’m sharing!  LOVE HIM! This is my favorite song that I play in Holy Yoga.  I also like to listen to it when I want to be totally inspired.

Listen here, enjoy, and check out Susan’s blog!   http://www.avintagefarmwife.blogspot.com

©2013 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big YES™ All Rights Reserved

My Dream House

I’m all over the map today.

My daughter is home sick so I’m rearranging furniture and hanging things.  By the end of the day, the dining room will be an office and the family room will be filled with lots of new things hanging on the walls.  I have no rhyme or reason and I don’t measure.  I EYEBALL.  There is nothing that irritates my husband more.

My husband is the guy that has a level which he actually uses as he measures and pencils in and makes precise lines and angles.  I don’t have the time or patience for that.  I eyeball, hammer, hang.  Repeat.  Oh and if I’m a little off, I take out, eyeball, hammer, hang.  My walls are atrocious.  Holes everywhere.  So I cover the holes with more pictures and artwork.  Some may call this damaging the walls.  I call it ARTSY.

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(See, they are a little wobbly and I’m not done but…I ran out of matching frames! what to do? Put one up that doesn’t match? Search Target on line and try to order one? Take down a row?  Hmmm…)

Back to being ARTSY…

I’ve taught my kids this language too.  We don’t say messy, we say COZY.  When we change our mind midstream and start moving things around, we call that INSPIRATION.  When we decide to paint something pink or put a chandelier in the laundry room, that is called STYLE.  We can spend hours standing in the middle of a room thinking and just imagining… that is not a waste of time, that is mommy on the verge of a really good idea that may or may not come to fruition.  But that is okay because we are CREATIVE.

I wonder, do other people want their dining room to be an office?  Why do I love “offices” so much?  My dream house is this…

1.Office for official stuff like school papers and the calender.  This room is superorganized.  I go to the Container Store and go hog wild!  There are cubbies everywhere with stuff like paper clips and post it notes in coordinating colors.  Also, lots of folders and pencils that match with lots of Sharpies.

2. Craft room for glue guns, glitter, paint and wrapping paper.  This room is sparkly.  I spend a lot of time at The Paper Source buying crafty things for this room.  I am glad I already have the heated up thingy that dries glitter on your home made cards…Whew!  at least I don’t have to worry about getting that. This is me in that room…

Glitter!

3. The photo album room.  There is a comfy chair in here because when the photos come out, the memories do too and I can spend hours just looking and remembering and being grateful.  This is the grateful room.  The “count your blessings” craft room.  This room also has tissues for the tears when I read all the letters from my dad and all the cards I’ve received and a memory book my friends made me on my 40th birthday.  This room also has a phone, just in case I need to call an old friend.  It’s a rotary phone with a long cord so I can lay on the floor and twirl it as we talk for hours.  There is no call waiting…just a busy signal.  There’s a window in this room too…with a tree outside.  You can open this window and smell fresh cut grass and remember.  Or you can spend time up here on snow days.  I think this room has a built in daybed too right by the window for dreaming.  Yes, this room is the dream room.

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4. Computer room where it is peaceful and serene and I can look at Pinterest in peace for hours.  This room has a door with a lock.

5. Cozy library with walls of books and a fireplace and comfy chairs with yummy fluffy blankets because…

I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie Digital Art by Mom2Maddie99

6. A bathroom – just because it’s a necessity.  But since we need one, we are going to make it pretty.

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7. A bedroom which also has a desk for writing old fashioned letters as if I’m in a movie like “Legends of the Fall” and I’m writing to Brad Pitt.  I can also use this “desk” for brushing my lovely long hair while staring longingly into the mirror thinking about Brad Pitt.

8. A yoga studio.  Yes, a yoga studio. Enough space for me to teach a class or at least have a few friends come over and chit chat while we lay on our mats.  This room will smell good – like lavender and peppermint.  We will have essential oils and a singing bowl and it will be warm in there.  Music will pipe through the speakers – soothing, yoga music that makes you feel like you are in India, not in a suburban house that is full of “offices”.

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8. A kitchen – but mine is special because it’s just pretty.  There is a big round, beautiful table that’s perfect for visiting with friends.  There is a big, crystally chandelier.  It’s warm and smells good and makes you want to linger.  There is a couch in there too.  And books.  Not cookbooks, just books.  It’s all about eating but not cooking.  There is a refrigerator but no stove or oven.  Everything magically appears on the table ready to eat.  I need this because I’m so busy being CREATIVE that I don’t have time to cook. However, there is a coffee pot and a cookie jar and they are always full.

We're in love with these Coffee and Cookie Brownies.

So this is my dream house.  Now you know.  Today I will be trying to bring at least one little aspect of that dream to fruition.

I better get some more coffee and my hammer…

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