On July 24, 2012, we purchased a 1980s fixer-upper in the suburbs of Boston. It needed a lot of help, but we could see the potential. I decided to start a blog chronicling our improvements to share with my family and friends back home in New Hampshire. My husband Mack and I discovered that we had the combined skills (and motivation to gain the skills we didn’t have) to transform our house into our dream home ourselves. My little blog took off, and has grown into the thriving business it is today!
This Philosophy was born from disenchantment with the highly curated social media world we live in. Not so long ago, I found myself with a sinking feeling of “not enough” every time I looked at social media. While I knew in my mind that I was looking at someone else’s highlight reel while sitting in my very normal and real life full of crumbs and toys scattered around, a little voice was still whispering, “If they can do it, so can you. Try harder…”
You know how this story turns out. The idea of having a perfectly curated life is just not realistic for most of us. Nor do most of us actually want the reality that comes with that. Life can be messy sometimes, but there’s a beauty in the mess!
Keeping in mind that I never want you to feel “less than” about what I am putting out into the world, I decided to rework my message and pull back the curtain a bit…
creating a beautiful home
I’m still working on all of the ways that I can encourage and support you on this mission of meaning over perfection. One of those ways has been through my writing, in which I try to tell the real story behind the images I share. Another is through connecting one on one in the Heart of Home community,where you’ll find a place to discuss your home decor, renovating, and organizing dilemmas, seek advice, share photos and stories, and connect with me and others who share your passion for all things home. Translating this mission to every part of what I do (and how this platform serves you) is a work in progress!
When I share beautiful images of my home, know that a lot of work and hours goes into creating that image. It’s beautiful in order to teach, inspire, and encourage, never to raise myself up over others. Often, there’s a “mess” of toys and life clutter just outside of the frame of the photo (you can follow my Instagram stories for the behind the scenes!).
There’s also usually toys and crayons back in that spot less than five minutes after my kids get home from school as they get back to work making memories. I’m sure that someday my house will be a bit neater, and when I look back, whether it was perfectly styled or not won’t be the part that mattered or that we remember.