Hello Beneath My Heart readers!!
It’s Bre here, from Rooms FOR Rent blog.
I was so thrilled when Traci asked me to share my home tour with all of you, and even more thrilled when she asked me to join her, here at Beneath My Heart, as a regular contributor.
Sometimes I think in Blog world it’s hard to really get know some one you haven’t actually met in person. You miss seeing their personality come alive when you talk with them face to face. So even though I will never meet all of you face to face, today I wanted to share a little bit more about myself with all of you! Whatever your ideas are on the type of blogger I am, and the type of “clean” house you think I have, or who I am as a person, allow me to peal back the curtain, and take a deeper look.
Our kids are 5 + 3, and it was during my season as a “new” mom that I realized anyone can have a nice space, it’s not just for those who have no kids, or empty nesters. But more importantly it’s creating a welcoming, inviting space for your family + friends, where they can relax, and be loved on, and build memories.
While I like to have a clean house, it’s not always realistic for me, and I would rather my kids remember a home they could grow up in, not one they weren’t allowed to touch anything in. We bought our white slipcovered Ektorp couch from IKEA 8 years ago, and while everyone including my mother told me I was nuts to have a white couch, especially once the kids came, I bought it anyway!
One of the things I love about having a white couch with kids, is I can bleach it! I know most of you might be gasping with the thought of little fingerprints, or crumbs, or better yet stains! The slip covers make it so easy to take off and throw in the wash at any point, and let me tell you we have had our fair share of spills. At one point I thought the chocolate milk was there for good. Nothing a little baking soda soak couldn’t fix. After each wash, it’s like getting a brand new couch again, and who doesn’t love that?!
I can always remember having a passion for decorating, from constantly moving my room around as a kid, to creating gallery walls, and vignettes on my walls and dresser as a teen. At one point I had to share a room with one of my sisters, and she would get so mad at how often I changed our room around. My mom had to make a rule that I could only move my stuff, I couldn’t touch hers. Well that put a big cramp on my style, but just pushed my creativity further! My poor sister :)
Today I enjoy creating warm, welcoming spaces for clients, as well as in my own home. When people ask me what my style is, there is always a long pause with a question mark look on my face? Because the truth is I don’t feel I completely fit in one category, which is some what refreshing. I would love to give a solid answer, but not being limited to one certain style gives me flexibility to stretch my creative wings.
I avoid saying “Country” because I don’t decorate with roosters or the color red (which I like the look of very much). I don’t say “Contemporary” because I like to work with a bit too much vintage to fit in there. And I don’t say “Beachy” because while I love starfish, they only come out briefly in the summer, and that’s about it. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but if Pottery Barn and Country Living had a baby, you would find me! My passion is for people to “Love the Space they Live in”. That’s going to look a little bit different for everyone, but ultimately my goal for my clients is that when they enter their space, I want them to feel relaxed, refreshed, and inspired. Home.