Just know that I’m laughing as I write this.
I really, really tried.
I tried to be fun and crazy and full of color and mix pink with orange and add giant polka dot rugs and patterned walls.
But it never really seemed to work at the Gatehouse. I made it into my office space for the blog and set up my computer and desk and fancy calendars from the Target dollar spot and went to work. And it was okay and fine and the polka dot rug made me smile one day out of the week.
But in the end?
My heart will always belong to farmhouse.
So let’s take a little look back at the beauty salon turned gatehouse turned office.
Here’s the before before.
Where it all started.
And here it is at the height of my color days.
I painted the mid-century sideboard I got at an auction SW Dragon Fruit and added chevron chairs and brightly colored pillows.
And covered the walls in patterned wrapping paper.
Here’s evolution #2.
I painted the walls with chalkboard paint and added more black and white and made some arrows and pink monograms on the cornice boards.
But that pink? Just between us it made me squint.
It’s full of calm and farmhouse and sunshine and neutrals.
I added a sign just in case anyone wondered about the new style.
Simple and more simple.
It’s what my heart was craving.
And brought these chairs over from the main house in the meantime.
And I cleaned everything out and purged and donated and let all the extra stuff live a fine life in someone else’s house.
It’s so calm now.
Simple and clean and collected.
I feel like I can breath and concentrate and work and can’t wait to come home.
Even this thistle my sister made for me from book pages can shine.
It’s all by itself with a lamp and pallet wood table made by my brother.
A little farmhouse art installation.
Don’t get me wrong.
I love color. I like pink and orange and blue and polka dots and stripes and checks.
But it’s a little overwhelming to live with them and work with them everyday.
It’s going to be a fun year.
I can’t even wait to show you all the stuff I’ve been working on.
I have three room make-over projects in the works and a bunch of fun projects I’m creating.
But for today?
I’m relaxing with a glass of sweet tea, a little sunshine and a whole lot of farmhouse.