Happy Monday, friend!
I’m celebrating 10 years of blogging tomorrow and I can hardly believe that much time has passed since the first time I ever clicked ‘publish’ on a post! I don’t have a photo of my very first blog header (it was a free template that I picked when I was on Blogger.com), but here’s a look back at my second header:
I had so much fun designing that one and, as you can see, I carried the cute little tabs over to my current header:
Someone recently asked me if I ever get bored with sharing online, and if so, “how do I keep the fun in blogging?”. I told her I’ve never felt “bored” with sharing online (there’s too many ways to share to ever feel bored!) and that (I think) the way to keep the fun keep in blogging is to keep the fun in blogging! 😀 Meaning, if you blog about things that feel fun to you, it won’t ever feel like a bore or a chore.
Don’t get me wrong, unkind (and unnecessary) or critical comments (that aren’t constructive) have the ability to temporarily suck the fun out of this “jobby”, but comments (nice or not) can’t be what propels a person to blog. It has to be because sharing pictures and posts feels fun. Almost automatic. Like a natural, creative expression that just bubbles up and out of you and onto the pages of your online place.
The welcome message in my sidebar has always said, “Hi! I’m Layla. I enjoy writing and taking pictures and adding pages to this place whenever inspiration strikes. My blog is my playground and passion pushes my swing!“. I may have written that nearly a decade ago, but it’s still the perfect description of how I love to use this space today. Whether it’s your first visit or your five hundredth, thank you for swinging by! 🙂
And since we’re on the subject of looking back, I thought it might be fun to share a post about how much our current living room has changed in the past 5 years. It’s been a slow transition because a) we were pinching pennies for four years (adoption process), b) I am much less spontaneous when it comes to making design decisions these days (40-something) and c) I have a precious, new priority named Steevenson that will always come before decorating and design projects. 😉
Anywho, here’s our living/dining room space (from the kitchen) back in October of 2012…
That was just two months before we started our adoption adventure…which most folks think took a long time, but when I look back at that photo, I see even more proof that time really does just whizz right on by.
And speaking of our adoption adventure, here’s a photo (featuring my “precious priority”!) from the same vantage point today:
And just in case someone wants to see it, here’s another shot that doesn’t feature the very best thing we’ve added to our home in the past five years:
Here’s a closer look at the fireplace, too:
Which used to look like this until we covered it up with a little wood, brick and limestone:
Here’s a link to our posts about the makeover in case you’re curious: The Lettered Cottage Fireplace
This year, we’re planning to finish the custom cabinetry on the left side of the fireplace (that will be identical to the cabinetry on the right, give us more storage, and hide the TV when it’s not in use) and I can hardly wait to get that project rolling. Like I said, the doors will look identical to the ones on the right (pictured below), but they’ll function differently because they’ll need to open differently so that we can pull the TV out and view it. The TV itself will be mounted to a wall that is very close to the front of the cabinet. It’s a little hard to explain, but I’ll be sure to share a detailed post with photos when we get to that point in the process.
That area around the doors (on the cabinet) is clad in Stikwood. It’s super thin, adhesive-backed, reclaimed wood that we painted to match the rest of the fireplace….which is painted Light French Gray by Sherwin-Williams. I wanted to add that to give the cabinets more character and we’ll do the same thing to the cabinet on the left side when it’s finished. Kevin picked the handles up at Home Depot and I like the way they pop off the light gray.
The fireplace wall has been so much fun to (slowly) transform, but the gallery wall is still my favorite:
I know what you’re thinking. Gallery wall? What gallery wall? 😉
‘Til next time,