Are you looking at a kitchen table or an office where a busy mom works? Actually, it is both and then some. It also serves as an artist station for everyone as well as a homeschool table.
If you catch the table at just the right time it will be cleaned off with candles lit. It only lasts about 4 hours at a time before it becomes covered in life again.
That is how the blog came to be Lived In Love. It has more than one meaning actually. But the main story is when I was complaining about mess and clutter one day and was having one of my bi-weekly breakdowns. My husband is getting used to the cycles by now. He just stopped me and said, "calm down, we LIVE HERE." You know, that really made me stop, take a deep breath and realize, he was right. Yes, I said it...he was right! We live here and it looks like people use this space. I suppose I wanted it to look like a staged piece of magnificence. When you accept the fact that this is not normal, you will learn to embrace your lived in look.
Do not get me wrong, there is a difference between disgusting and lived in. I still make sure trash is in the trash can, laundry is in the basket and the dog hair (mini bigfoots) are vacuumed and disposed of. Lived in is when your children color at the table and there is art spread out, some unfinished and some timeless pieces that will make me cry in 10 years. Colored pencils are a daily chore to get back in the container. But instead of seeing it as a mess I see it as an ARTIST lives here. I am one of those artist. If you walk into my home at the moment where the dining table should be you will find furniture I have hoarded to paint in the near future. I love rescuing furniture and giving it new life. The blue chair in the pic above was thrown out with a broken leg and I shoved it in my car, brought it home and made the hubster fix her. I then painted her and found some new fabric and she became my FREEBIRD chair. I love her. She is comfortable and beautiful.
You will see a lot of the transformation of misfit furniture and much more. I treat everything as a tool to be used in art. I just recently discovered a use for used dryer sheets. I cannot wait to show you what it is.
I have several main projects going on because I am easily distracted and my tangents show in my writing and home. One is a huge wall where I placed Every Child is An Artist" by Pablo Picasso. There is NO art on the wall. I always wanted my living room to be like a small gallery. I want it to be unusual and not like a normal living room. I want it to be functional and full of life. The next is the light in my kitchen. Oh, let me count the ways I hate thee. I WILL change it out after living here for 8 years. I am thinking of up-cycling some wine bottles into the most awesome chandelier you have ever seen.
Stay Tuned, but stay happy and excited for life. Love the life you live in!!