Welcome to Taylor…a super smart law school gal who seems to be able to tackle it all – read her post, enter the giveaway and then hop over to her blog, Our Military Home, to read more.
A Decor Grinch’s Guide to Loving Your Home
Hi, my name is Taylor. I’m a recovering law student and the wife of a Navy sailor. I’m honored to guest post for Paige, a friend from my hometown of Chandler, AZ. This is my first guest post, which is pretty exciting.
After I married my Navy husband, Mr. H., I packed all of my worldly possessions into my tiny Hyundai and drove across the country from Arizona to the East Coast to live in an Old, Weird Townhome near a major Army installation. Soon after, I started up my final year of law school and barely had time to think about putting on mascara, a MUST for us pasty gals, much less decorating for the holidays. I remember hearing a friend tell tales of beautiful fall decor and responding, “I’m just not into the whole Holiday decorating thing.” Well, hindsight is always better than foresight. When I look back, I know that I really was into the whole Holiday decorating thing, but was exhausted at the prospect of it and bewildered about where to begin. What’s more, my own mother always put up gorgeous holiday decorations for Christmas in her grand home, and I thought that the only thing worthy of placement in the Old, Weird Townhome was a Charley Brown Christmas tree, which we later found at Walmart for the low price of $20 and promptly set up in our living room (fire hazard be darned).
A year later, I’m sitting here in early October thinking about Holiday decorations again, but my perspective has changed. I’ve decided that any house should be a home. We military folks move from place to place, and many of you, military and non-military alike, have probably lived in a rental home, small home, or other less-than-idealic abode. I finally realized that this fact should not, and must not, stop me from making the Old, Weird Townhome beautiful.
After all, it’s old. It’s weird. But it’s ours.
It’s high time that I stopped waiting for the perfect place in which to celebrate the holidays and take advantage of that with which God has blessed me. That’s when I decided to embrace the Holidays and make these semi-portable DIY Holiday shelves.
P.S., I’m also giving away the black pumpkin frame to a Creative Paige reader. Paige will explain how to enter to win it.
More on point, though, have you ever lived in a crusty old place that floods whenever it rains? Are the ceilings in your current locale also too short to properly hold a Christmas tree? How do you carry on and make your house a home, despite less-than-perfect living conditions?
Isn’t she great?
I think we all need a crappy first Christmas tree story (ours was the floor model from Wal-Mart…$15!).
To enter to win Taylor’s pumpkin frame pictured above, leave a comment below telling me something about a crappy place you’ve lived…your college dorm…first apartment…maybe where you live right now! Tell me about it…I’ll post mine in the comments (but I won’t let myself win…). One entry per person. Giveaway ends Friday, Sept. 30th midnight.