Adding Beauty with a Simple Project

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In our old house we had a large brown wall. We painted it Santa Fe Brown because we liked the color and also because we had lots of very creative ideas to make the wall interesting. In the end, it sat blank for over three years. Empty, big brown wall. I never minded too much because Caveman and I are very practical people and, hey, the wall was doing its job by just being there. The truth is that I was worried the wall wouldn’t look right if we did something wrong with it, so we did nothing.

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, when I read The Nesting Place by The Nester. This book was written for “anyone waiting on the next house and who wants to believe that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” Which is me. I loved the book and devoured the design advice, encouragement to take risks in home decor, and serene (but not “perfect”) images. Mostly, I came away realizing that although the Shoebox is wonderfully functionalโ€”like I said, Caveman and I are highly practical peopleโ€”it is sorely lacking in beauty. I want more visual beauty here.

It’s not the Shoebox’s fault. I am no interior decorator and, as the brown wall indicated, would often rather live with plain than take a risk and land with lame.

I made a list of a couple small projects that would help with adding beauty to our home without too much risk or cost. I’m still working on putting together a gallery wall and updating the drab drapes, but tonight I did a small update (like miniscule) and OHMYGOODNESSILOVEITSOMUCH!

I painted a basic oak picture frame and green matting to a light smoky blue and white.


blue picture frame



This project is significant for a couple reasons:

  1. I made a decision and made it happen. Once I realized I wanted to change the frame I went out and bought the supplies and then completed the facelift. Usually I wait a lot longer and then psych myself out by over-thinking the project. And then I just don’t do it.
  2. It’s blue and white. I have always hated most blue and white combos and now all of a sudden I decided blue and white is what our apartment is missing. Which is so weird. There is more proof that my DNA is twisting into an exact copy of my mom’s. Which is awesome because she is an incredible person. They say women always change into their mother, and I’m so grateful that I get to be like my mommy!

The purpose of this post is not so you can pat me on the back and say good job, although totally feel free to do that. Hah. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The point is this: Is there anything that would add a teensy bit more beauty to your home? An item, a new color, a project, removing belongings, a deep clean, anything.

If you’re like me and craving a little more lovely in your abode, here is your encouragement to DO IT. Don’t wait any longer. Don’t over-think it. Don’t worry that you’re doing it wrong. Take a chance and give it a go. I’m sure you won’t regret it. (And if you don’t like it as much as you thought you would, then you learned a valuable piece about yourself.)

The point is this: Is there anything that would add a more beauty to your home? Do it.

Also, you should absolutely read The Nesting Place. That’s not an affiliate plug or anything; I just genuinely enjoyed the book. You might too, if you’re waiting “for the next house.”


What about you? Thoughts on beauty and home and little projects that are fun to complete… comment below! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Valerie
    November 6, 2014

    Here is your back pat

    • Valerie
      November 6, 2014

      It didn’t post my whole comment ๐Ÿ™

      • Evelyn
        November 6, 2014

        Sad! Try again? I’ve heard that complaint from a couple people before…

      • Evelyn
        November 6, 2014

        I want to hear what you have to say! x

  • Jesse May
    November 8, 2014

    I LOVED that book! I read through it so fast, and savored every minute. ๐Ÿ™‚ it convinced me to think of interior painting as MY job, not my husband’s chore. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Evelyn
      November 9, 2014

      I know! I had to slow myself down to contemplate each chapter. ๐Ÿ™‚ And yes… I’m kinda thinking the same thing. If I want something changed, it would probably bless my man for me to ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for commenting Jesse!

  • Debbie
    November 10, 2014

    I love this post! I’m like you…I’d much rather leave a wall blank than take a chance on “doing it wrong.” So I can completely understand your excitement about the picture frame (and it looks really great by the way!). I think not over-thinking it is great advice.

    • Evelyn
      November 10, 2014

      Thanks for commenting Debbie! It’s nice to know I’m not the only one out there with blank walls……. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Hannah
    November 11, 2014

    Love it! Good job!
    Last week it was my turn to have the library copy of “the Nesting Place” and it was fabulous! I hadn’t intended to change things, but somewhere in the middle of reading her book, I mentioned rearranging the living room to my husband. He was totally on board and we now LOVE the new living room arrangement! I’m so glad that the Nester wrote her book and that it has had a positive impact on your life as well!

    • Evelyn
      November 12, 2014

      HI Hannah! Yah LOVED that book. So fun that you were spurred to make a change too. Thanks for commenting!

  • Carrie
    June 1, 2017

    Ha! The Nesting Place is what led me to your blog, in a round about way. I loved that book and am now working on decluttering our small two bedroom apartment and thinking of some ways to add more beauty. But I don’t want to add too much. I like the term “cozy minimalism,” which I discovered on the author’s blog. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog, seeing how another mom of littles is living small.

    • Evelyn
      June 5, 2017

      Hi Carrie! I know, I love the term “cozy minimalist” too… because I love having comfort items around! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lately, plants have been my decor of choice as a way of adding color, warmth and life to needy areas. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for commenting. Glad you’re here!

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