Google+ House Revivals: Goals for Our Home in 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Goals for Our Home in 2011

A couple of Days ago Nester, over at Nesting Place asked this question:  Do you have goals for your home?   Of course, going into a huge renovation on our recently purchased beach house, I thought, oh boy, do I!

 Do  you know my husband adores the color blue?  It's never been a favorite of mine, 
so I haven't really used it too much.  Now I'm thinking that was just a bit selfish. 
I want my husband to enjoy being home.  Isn't this blue porch ceiling dreamy?  
Wouldn't you love to take a nap on this porch?

And then I heard that quiet voice.  You know the one -- that annoying little voice that challenges you to go a little deeper?   Suddenly, I wasn't thinking about flooring and colors and textiles.  At least not the way you might think.  I began to think about my husband and my children who will visit and the many friends we hope to host.  And the question became: How can I create a home that welcomes, honors and serves the people who will grace our doorstep? 

The beach house has this wonderful wrap around porch -- 
what if we painted the ceiling of this porch blue like the sky?  So my 
husband could come out here and relax, listening to the 
surf under a peaceful blue canopy?  How is it that I am loving blue?  
Maybe it's just that I needed an attitude adjustment!

The floors on the main level of the house are natural flagstone. Nothing I can do about that -- it would be much too expensive to replace. 

Stone floors are beautiful, but they can be cold, and hard on the feet, 
back, knees, legs, and hips; and on the the little heads of wee visitors 
who may be toddling around! 

Maybe we can warm and soften this space up with huge area rugs with extra thick padding underneath.  Maybe something cheerful and lighthearted, so our visitors can feel a reprieve from the stresses of their everyday lives.

I love that the colors on this plush wool rug mimic the colors 
we find on the shells and sand and amongst the dune grass at the beach.

We want our guests to be comfortable -- so that they will come for return visits.   Have you ever been to visit a friend, and discovered that the guest bed mattress is an old hand me down, with lumps and broken springs?

Now, I am always grateful to anyone who opens their home to my family -- even if all they can offer is the living room floor, and a few less than perfect nights will no doubt build character, but wouldn't it be nice to offer them a space with a light to read by, a little table for their glasses, and some really wonderful bedding?

Who wouldn't want to sink into this mattress after a day of beach combing, 
then wake up to the morning sun reflecting off the surf?

When I was a little girl, my mother would help me prepare the beds for our guests.   She explained the importance of using a really good mattress pad (saves years of wear and tear on your mattress, and is so much more comfy to sleep on, as a good mattress pad "breathes").  She taught me to make a perfect hospital corner, how to pull the top sheet high enough to fold over the edge of the quilt (this, she would say, prevents your lovely quilts from fraying, and keeps them clean).  Of course, the top sheet was always put on "upside-down", so that her guests could  appreciate the pretty patterns when the covers were folded back.  Fresh pillowcases and then a good fluffing of the pillows to finish up, and the bed was ready for our honored guests. I think a goal for my house is that its guests feel just as pampered and welcomed as my mother's guests did all those years ago.

Wouldn't it be lovely to invite your guests and family into a sunny cheerful kitchen while we work?

I know my kitchen isn't much right now, but it has great bones, and great light, and views of the bay to the east and the ocean to the west.

With a nice center island and some stools, I could invite my friends and family into the kitchen for a cup or tea or a glass of wine -- or to lend a hand.

I think this is doable.  I think I can achieve these goals for my home.  I think I can create a home that welcomes, honors and serves the people who will grace our doorstep.  What do you think?

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  1. I love all of your ideas, and I think your new beach house is going to be awesome and wonderfully inviting! I look forward to seeing the pictures as you put it all together.

  2. The rug picture didn't want to load...grrr. Your ideas are awesome! Can't wait to come visit. Do you remember the wool rugs my m-i-l makes? I think something like that somewhere would be inviting. She just finished YellowBoy's this Christmas. He's thrilled with it. She worked lots of yellow shades in there, without making it too light.

  3. Darn - I couldn't see the rug photo - it sounds beautiful.
    I love the idea of a blue porch ceiling - it's an idea with which I've been toying too. Aren't we lucky to have homes in which to dream and plan? !

  4. Wonderful ideas!Hopping over to say Hello and HAPPY Thursday.
    Hugs, Katherine

  5. I like the idea of warming up the space with a run. If you can't change the floor you can always make it a little more cozy with a rug :o)

  6. Those are great goals!! I think making your guests feel comfortable in your house is very important. We have five kids, and four bedrooms, so we can't have a bedroom dedicated to guests, but we plan on buying a quality sofa bed this year for our guest to sleep on when they come over.
    I LOVE blue painted porch ceilings!! We don't have a porch, so no porch ceiling to paint, but we are planning on installing planks to our living room, dining room, and kitchen this year, and I am going to be painting them a light blue. That way I can have the feel of sitting on the porch in the house. :)
    The idea of adding an area rug is a wonderful idea! It will definitely warm the space up a lot!! Your home is going to look great!
    Hope you have a wonderful day.

  7. Awww, your home will be wonderful just because of your gracious and loving attitude towards those who will visit and stay at your place. Luuuuuv the kitchen plan. You will have everyone gathered around that island, it will be the hub of the party. And the blue porch ceiling...totally! We ripped out all the heavy tile out of our house because it was cold, and my feet,knees, back,hips hurt so bad from standing in the kitchen! But flagstone...way too hard! A rug will be perfect!

  8. I love the idea of painting the porch ceiling blue ...i would think it would make the porch that much more comfortable ... and definitely area rugs on the flagstone, i love the idea of many thick & soft textures of rugs playing against the hard cold stone ... this home is going to be wonderful when it is done!

  9. Hi Amanda! Ok, I seriously loved EVERYTHING about this post! If our homes are only for our pleasure than we are completely missing the point of Hospitality and extending ourselves to others. One of the first thoughts I had when we bought our house was, "I can picture my kids and their friends hanging out here" and that was more important to me than the things I wanted to change about it. Thank you so much for providing such great Inspiration to all of us at the party this week! I appreciate you linking up! :-)

  10. So many fun ideas you're pulling from!

  11. Amanda, You have a wonderful beach home and are going to have so much fun renovating it. I think your idea for the are rugs over the flagstone is perfect. I stayed in a house in hawaii with similar floors and it was just gorgeous. They also had some area rugs. I am starting a kitchen re-do of my own next week, and I am so excited. Your ideas are great! Best of luck!

  12. How blessed you are to have a beach home, but I know the real blessing will come when you can share it with others. You'll have so much fun decorating ~ it's hard not to be envious :)

  13. What a wonderful remodeling project you have going on! The wrap around porch is wonderful and would be beautiful painted blue! I look forward to reading more...I am a new follower!

  14. Oh I can hardly wait to see how this comes out!! The porch is fantastic and loving the idea of the blue ceiling~ perfect! Your ideas sound wonderful- thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  15. Wow, to have a beach house--I'd be happy with some clean towels and a comfortable mattress... Have fun! Hugs, Kim

  16. hi amanda!
    i found you via centsational girl as your comment about a beach home intrigued me. i so love the beach and someday hope to live there. the wrap-around porch on your home is wonderful and i encourage you to go ahead with the blue ceiling, it would echo the calm ocean color.
    my mom also taught me the art of making a bed...the words you wrote echoed strong in my memory of those days. and i do believe that one feels pampered and well-loved when those extra details are incorportated into everday living.
    i plan to tour around you blog as i love what i see so far. have a great weekend.

  17. What an awesome project, to be able to fix up your beach cottage! It was 4 below when we woke up here today, so a beach cottage of any kind is sounded very tempting. :-) It sounds like you have some wonderful ideas (who wouldn't want to sit under a sky blue porch ceiling?) and it will be fun to see the progress.

  18. What a wonderful house!! I have serious porch envy going on now... look forward to seeing what you do with it!


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