Life is short - good enough is better than nothing

We spent part of yesterday at a wake mourning the passing of a young man who was taken much too soon. A sobering reminder that life is short. Tell the ones you love how you feel, don't put off your dreams for too long, make the most of today - all of those platitudes that sound canned & corny but are too true. So the theme of today's post will be my attempt at not waiting for the perfect thing tomorrow but appreciating all the less than perfect things today.

On Saturday, we found ourselves wandering the garden section of home depot. Our neighbors have been putting us to shame with their pretty container gardens so it was time to do our bit.
Hardly a botanical haven but a little color up the steps makes a nice little accent. I also planted a dying rose bush in a large container (sorry, I didn't take a photo) that I'm unsure will thrive in this shady spot but I'm going to give it a try.
I also finally hung the beautiful pve design drawing in the vestibule. As you can see, the frame isn't quite the right size for the matte but until I have a chance to frame it properly, I'd rather it be on display than hidden away. I almost like the little bits of black peaking out at top and bottom. Almost :)
With that concept in mind, I also hung the scary old woman potrait purchased a few months ago off ebay. Its not the right scale for the space (I really want something larger and more impactful here - any suggestions?) but its better on the all than on the floor. I can always hang something larger later.
I had planned on waiting until rooms were truly "finished" before doing before and after shots but keeping with theme, I'm not waiting any longer. I did order those chiavari chairs a few weeks ago so I had hoped to have a little more to show here. There were supposed to arrive this week. Considering my luck with furniture, I should have expected that they be MIA. But keeping with the theme, I'm did the before/after anyway.
Left side is how this room appeared when we purchased the house more than a year ago and the right side shows how it looked this Sunday.

Hope everyone has had a beautiful weekend - back to the grind.


  1. Thank you for the reminder to live life for today and share your love the same.
    You have done such a wonderful job with your home, the before and afters are so amazing ,you should be proud of what you have done with such a rough space.
    Well done.

  2. Your before & afters look stunning - but I expected nothing less from you :)

  3. Anonymous1:26 PM

    Love the before and afters! Keep up the good work!

  4. oh your house is so pretty!
    it's looking just beautiful.

  5. I will sell you my painting of a lawn gnome for $5.... I think it would look pretty sexy over your dining room table...just kidding.

  6. Thanks everyone for the encouragement. Hopefully I'll be able to sit down in some fine furniture soon enough to enjoy the hard work :)

    Kyle - your lawn gnome painting is pretty awesome.

  7. Your place is looking heavenly. I love that drawing in the vestibule. And I agree that a few flowers go a LONG way. Nice job!
    You have such marvellous taste and I think you are my long lost sister perhaps (because your tastes are right up my alley and you say things that remind me so much of myself!)

    Thanks also for the reminder to celebrate the perfection of the imperfection of today.

    xo Terri

  8. Incredible transformation! Can't wait until the chairs come in!

  9. Your house (and blog) are an inspiration! I hope I can do half as well. (I do appreciate your furniture woes VERY much. :-)

  10. So sorry to hear about your friend. How tragic. Things like that do have a way of waking us up, don't they?

    These before and afters are stunning. Those floors! Wow. I can't even imagine the amount of work that went into those rooms. Bravo.

    Your flowers look so pretty going up the steps, too. -Julia

  11. Absolutely beautiful!

  12. Whoa, I cant get over the before/after shots b/c of the floors! Everything looks so wonderful!

  13. Anonymous5:43 PM

    Life is truly very short. That has been my motto over the past two years. Enjoy life and live today as if it were your last.... Your house looks wonderful, you did a fabulous job.

  14. I just love what you did. It is so beautiful. I'm new to the blogging world and I hope you will visit my site.


  15. Wow, fabulous transition. Your blog header is fabulous too! I'll keep an eye on your blog...way cool!


  16. I love how your floors came to life. The detail is exquisite. Great job. I like the snapshots of before and after.

  17. Whoa on the Before/Afters, what a transformation - I love when you post these.


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