When we set out on our house hunt, I had a vision in my mind of us living out on a few acreages in a cute white house that I would design and decorate in a modern farmhouse style. I feel like anything farmhouse is so idealized right now. But in reality for us, with our jobs (which we are blessed to have) and other reasons which you can read about here, living farther out is just not for us. So staying in our suburban neighborhood meant a different style of house for us. And it bummed me out for a bit, but finding another home style I loved (a brick colonial) I felt excited and satisfied because everything else was right. Sure, our new old home needs updating and long list of "to dos" and it's not a white house (although I think it is a great candidate to be a white painted brick colonial, but not sure our HOA would allow it :) but it's perfect for us. Not only a classic, timeless style, but comfy and cozy and we've already had some great memories here this summer.
I find lately the people I enjoy following most on Instagram and who's blogs I read are those that share pictures of their family and the not so perfect house, but the beautiful life surrounding it. I really enjoy seeing how people create a beautiful home on a budget or a DIY project. Sure I still love looking at the really beautiful homes and getting ideas, but I try to remember that the most people don't have perfect looking homes.
This quote sums it up perfectly. It's not the perfectly style home that makes it beautiful, but the love, joy and memories that fill it.