Thoughts on Slowing Down & Old Fashioned Inspiration

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Every summer things slow down a bit on this blog. It is never planned (though perhaps it should be!), to be honest life just becomes a little crazier than normal.

Crazier you ask? Isn't summer supposed to be more relaxed? No homework, more pool time--In a way it certainly is! But more than ever we recognize our kiddos' need for structure which means part time camps, and me working on freelance projects. Not to mention early morning barks from our goldendoodle! 

Note to self: it is more than okay to slow down in certain areas of life. To leave some unscheduled time on my calendar. To find beauty in a simple summer. And to know that seasons in life are exactly that.

Can you relate?

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My Mom spent the week with us last week. It was such a sweet visit. By way of my Mom, my Grandma (GGMa to the kids) sent me several decorating magazines, and I went through and pulled out inspiration for our bedrooms, living room, and kitchen. I can not think of the last time I had done that! It brought back memories of filling scrapbooks with inspiration. 

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Pinterest is a wonderful resource. But looking through magazines gave me the chance to see some design ideas I might not have otherwise considered. Now we are considering painting our 6 year old daughter's bedroom a robin's egg blue! Before, we had always thought pink. I appreciate that we took the time to study things "the old fashioned way" and spot interesting textures, vibrant colors, and home decor trends.

“There is so little to remember of anyone - an anecdote, a conversation at a table. But every memory is turned over and over again, every word, however chance, written in the heart in the hope that memory will fulfill itself, and become flesh...” -Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

6 creative ideas for high ceilings

High ceilings without treatment can seem bare and stark. So here are six texture rich ideas that will add personality to your space!

Our home, like many of you, has a high ceiling. It was one of the things that attracted us to the space. It was like a blank canvas we could redesign and the high ceilings with windows gave us a lot of ideas. The ceiling is 2 stories tall in the living room and foyer and right now is beige and void of style.

High ceilings without treatment can seem bare and stark. Below are six texture rich ideas that will add personality to your space! 

1. Wood paneled ceiling via House of Turquoise 

This space works beautifully together. I adore the paint color, the mod chandelier, and the choice of texture in furniture. The ceiling is high and the space still feels friendly. 

wood paneled ceiling

2. Add a second floor via Remodelista 

Sound crazy? If you have 2 story ceilings an upper level library would be a gorgeous addition. 

6 creative ideas for high ceilings: add a second floor

3. Shelving and artwork via Camille Styles

High ceilings are the perfect place to highlight large pieces of art. Our living room is sloped like this one, and I love how they installed the shelving.

shelving and artwork with a high ceiling

4. Add a few rustic beams via Ashe + Leandro

Wood adds instant depth in character to a space. These beams ground the space and provide a hint of warmth to a cool room.

rustic beams

5. A brick wall via The Style Files

Installing brick (or faux brick) will age the home in a good way. Brick goes a long way, one wall covered floor to ceiling will exude charm. And consider a creative color!

add a brick wall to high ceilings to warm up the space

6. Install a paneled wall...or two via BHG

Shiplap style paneling is still on trend and would be a relatively easy DIY. This paneling adds texture while keeping the space bright and white.

shiplap style paneling is still on trend and perfect for a high ceiling

Which is your favorite? Always pinning more ideas over on Pinterest