Deck Upgrade + Favorite Finds

As many of you know, my husband and I purchased a home about a year and a half ago. Slowly we’ve been upgrading, remodeling, and decorating.

Although kids are going back to school, we still have about a month and a half of the real summer season left. I figured there was no better time than now to get some furniture for our back deck.

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Our deck is actually pretty big, and purchasing fancy deck furniture such as sofas, side tables, and picnic tables isn’t a priority right now. I did however want to add a little something to our huge deck.

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Inspired

inˈspī(ə)rd/  1. of extraordinary quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse.

As I browsed the aisles of IKEA with my mother yesterday I couldn’t help but share with her how I’ve felt very inspired lately. She listens to me talk and I’m so very thankful for her. For me, when life shifts, my creative world seems to shift.

I was astonished to find that the beginning definition of the word, inspired, is nothing short of beautiful. It reads, “of extraordinary quality”…. I’ll type that again, “of extraordinary quality”. That makes me realize that all those things in my life, that I sometimes take advantage of, are extraordinary.

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Watching my niece and nephew, adventuring outdoors with my puppy, spending more time embracing life, and watching the world around me change has been my sources of inspiration. My niece is so creative and my nephew always has the biggest smile on his face. My puppy loves me and my husband unconditionally and embraces all the good things in life. Watching the seasons change, transitioning into a new year, and enjoying all the new and old friendships I have has brought so much healing in my life. All these things have been the source of my inspiration and creativity lately.

inspəˈrāSH(ə)n/ 1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

I am an incredibly creative person. Sometimes I regret that I didn’t do more with the creativity that I’ve been blessed with. I’ve really wanted to change my mindset to that. We’ve been in our house for 10 months and I’m just now taking on the challenge of turning this house into a home… Hopefully a well and creatively designed home. I am the happiest and in my element when I’m inspired to create… I want to experience that happiness more!

I’m currently in the process of designing and redecorating my home office. To be honest my home office has been more of a holding space and storage room that anything else. As my vision is coming to life, I see it transitioning into a place that, one, I can ACTUALLY use when I work from home and, two, is a place where my creativity can really flourish.

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Below are some photo’s that I’ve used as my source of inspiration for my room! I can’t wait to reveal the finished product to you soon. I hope you can enjoy all that I can share right now. Find time in your day and in your life to be inspired. Find joy in the everyday and embrace the special talents that you’ve been blessed with.