Seeing Your Home in A New Light + Lighting on Amazon

Seeing Your Home in A New Light + Lighting on Amazon

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I don’t know what it is. Maybe it’s Spring Fever (too soon?), but recently I’ve been trying to look at my home in a new light.

Now, while I really do have a round up of awesome lighting options for you in this post, the “new light” I’ve been thinking about doesn’t actually involve getting a new lamp. :)

Do you ever feel stuck, like you are unable to make progress with your home? It’s a question I’ve asked here before over the years.

Getting stuck happens to me for variety of reasons. Sometimes it happens when I’ve been in a particularly busy season and haven’t had time for creativity or projects in my home.

Or I get stuck because the creative solutions I’m looking for don’t seem to come readily to my mind.

I might feel limited by finances, or from the resources I would need to make a change. Or I can be completely uninspired to move forward for no apparent reason!

I might get stuck if I am questioning our next steps, like whether or not we’ll stay in this house or could move to another one. Or I’ll start to feel overwhelmed if I look too long at what “other people” are doing or are able to do with their homes.

I’ll get stuck if I start to feel like my home isn’t good enough. Too much comparison or analyzing can paralyze, rather than inspire me.

Seeing Your Home in A New Light + Lighting on Amazon

Often times I will realize that what might feel like “being stuck” is actually a good place to be. Instead of trying to force a change, it just might mean it’s a good season to settle in and appreciate what is right in front of me.

After a time of being still (sometimes avoiding social media!) to focus on enjoying the things I already have, I begin to see my home not in a new light, but a familiar light.

I stop seeing it in light of what everyone else is doing or has. I stop seeing my home in light of what I am not able to do or don’t have, but instead I see it in light of what it is that really matters to me.

Before long creative ideas start flowing and I’m inspired once again to continue making my home the kind of home I love living in. Not as a showplace, but as a sanctuary my family loves to come home to.

Soon I’m running around the house, turning on little lamps and enjoying making our home the most inviting and welcoming place I can.

What are some ways you could see your home in a new light?

Seeing Your Home in A New Light + Lighting on Amazon
Seeing Your Home in A New Light + Lighting on Amazon

Kitchen Redesign Tips

Kitchen Redesign Tips

I get lots of remodeling questions from readers, so today I thought I’d share a few tips for redesigning a kitchen!

1) Take your time!

Be inspired by photos, but don’t get too swept away with significant changes or decisions made on impulse. Sometimes those ideas work out or are easy to change, but even a coat of paint can turn into an unfortunate regret, depending on where and how you use it. 

2) Decide wisely.

Don’t be swayed by advice you find on the internet if it contradicts common sense or makes you worried about a classic choice. Design whims will come and go with fads and seasons, so make sure you do good research and choose elements you can live with. With that said, if you choose wisely you won’t have to be stuck with every design choice for 30 years.

3) Dark kitchens get dirty, too.

Your kitchen will get just as dirty no matter which color of cabinets or counters you choose. Hiding grime may or may not be your style. Don’t assume light is harder to clean than dark or vice versa. Both have their own advantages and challenges, depending on your home and the materials that are used.

4) Choose what you love.

Blend ideas that suit your house with what stirs your heart!

Below are some of my own kitchen remodeling posts:

My kitchen remodeling reveal post is here!

Our galley kitchen remodel sources

Herringbone Tile Flooring

Shiplap Walls Behind Stove & Sink

Carrara Quartz Counters

Where we got the Dutch Doors

Kitchen Remodel: Four Design Tips

How we chose our kitchen appliances

How we mixed and matched our kitchen hardware

Have you redesigned your kitchen recently?

What are some of your favorite tips?