2.01.2013

Family Room Overhaul

So this is happening lovers. My family room (posted yest) has been as is for 4 yrs- an eternity for me.  I've loved it long time and need a change. I had the idea to base new decor inspiration on a feeling rather than an aesthetic. Before you go thinking I sound like a weirdie hear me out...

I put my best glossy foot forward in the interwebs, (don't we all?) but, truth is life has been one hell of a ride for 5 yrs. I've struggled to care for 5 boys, run a house amidst major renos, deal with divorce and a law suit against friends I adored, all while isolated in a city where I had few to lean on. The sadness I felt was pervasive. For the longest time I was surviving rather than living.

So that's where we were, and what was lost but I'll change direction because it's really about our life now and what's been gained. I struggle, yes, but I feel gratitude for every test because it's brought me to where I am today. For the first time in years I feel tremendous freedom, overall peace and a joy in my heart that was missing for so long. I'm looking forward to the next chapters in life and am going to start by expressing this in our home, as this seems to be what I do best.

This room needs to say where we are now. I remind myself daily to 'love big' so shouldn't the room in which we spend the most time impart that message? Everything I layer in the space will bare symbolism of happiness, heart, and comfort as we invite more in to our lives. Make sense?
I'm not entirely certain what it will look like. I do, however, know how I want it to feel... like it's Saturday everyday and the room is a canvas that I painted liberally with love.
This amazing art by Zoe Pawlak was what got the whole idea going for me. It just rings true in a time of such happy change. The remaining images strike a chord as well. (all via)
I'm getting started right away. Making a list of what stays and what will go. 
You like? Happy Friday! xo


29 comments:

  1. I adore that room as it is now but I can't wait to see what you do with it! You are so talented, I wish the best of success in making over this room and starting a new chapter of life!

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  2. A bold step into the future and out of the past. Good luck and have fun!! I can't wait to see the reveal :)

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  3. I love this idea! I think as designers, we express ourselves through our work and what better place to do that in our own home. I'm sad to hear the hard time you've gone through but I'm sure it has made you and your boys stronger, I am positive you can only go up from here! Can't wait to see the finished project :)

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  4. Can't wait to see the change! You deserve the whole world. . .don't be afraid to go after it! Make sure you post tons of picture along the way! You are such an inspiration!

    Be Blessed,

    Amy

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  5. this post evoked so many emotions. I love that you are going to create a space that makes you feel happy. a space that reminds you to enjoy the simple things in life that we often forget about, but that can bring us a tremendous amount of happiness. can not wait to see what you do with the space, it's going to be fabulous!

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  6. Wow Erica. I admire your ability to put it all out there. Good for you and I"m so glad for you that you're moving to a happy place in your life. I know what it feels like to live in a place with little support and it makes the tough times even tougher. You're such a strong woman. Happy Friday and I can't wait to see this awesome room.

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  7. I love your room now but hey a new you a new positive future and a new room that symbolises all this is a great idea. I cannot wait to see it. I could be wrong but I feel it may have colour ? Have a lovely weekend

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  8. Hi there- I've never commented before, but have been reading along for quite some time. I just wanted to say that this post made me SO HAPPY FOR YOU.
    I'm sure its tough, but it sounds like you're in a pretty good place. And I can't wait to see how the new design takes shape.
    Have a great weekend!

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  9. Sounds like you're in such a good place Erica, thanks for opening your heart to us! ♥

    I have no doubt that whatever direction you take that room it will not only be fabulous but it will exude the warmth and love that you're putting into it.

    Here's to the blank canvas.
    xoxo~
    Tricia

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  10. I love your room now, but totally understand wanting a change. I'm not even a designer and want to change my house every 5 seconds. That pineapple image is insane. I love love love it!!!!! xo

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  11. Can't wait to see your new room, I did love it already as is but I am sure you will make it even more amazing erica!! Much love to you & your 5 princes!! Angie x

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  12. Looking forward to see the changes you are unfolding!

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  13. Love this post and the direction you are taking your family room! It's nice to gain insight into more personal aspects of your life...I hope you feel encouraged to continue sharing! :)

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  14. Love this! You are such an inspiring and talented lady and this has always been my fav blog! Best of luck, can't wait to see the new space!

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  15. Inspired by your fearlessness...and in love with the happiness of pink...I can't wait to see the butterfly that bursts from this cocoon.
    It's taken me 8 years to make my surroundings match my new normal (and yes, pink has been there for me in all its joyful goodness)
    Hard, exhausting, frightening and quietly magical....this is no easy journey, but quite an adventure....
    cheers to your "fresh start"

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  16. You have been through so much...but I admire your tenacity and always smiling spirit! So glad you can put all the garbage behind and forge ahead. I am loving the direction of your space!

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  17. you are one inspiring girl! isn't it funny how a blog can "connect" people? the images/messages you post always resonate with me...this one especially so. i too, am doing the switcheroo of our living room and can't wait to see your photos along the way. all the best to you + your boys.
    p.s. - i have 3 and cannot imagine how amazing (and crazy!) it is at your house. boys are the best blessings.

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  18. Happy Friday, Erica! Your thoughts and honesty is always inspiring. Looking forward to seeing what you do with that room.

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  19. Wow! Go for it!! How inspiring!! What will your boys make of pink?? claire xxx

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  20. I adore your inspiration here but even more so, I adore your heart. I have LOVED getting to know you more and I LOVE your heart. You are beautiful from the inside out and those boys are sooo blessed to be able to call you mom. You have been a wonderful inspiration :)

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  21. Thank you for this post.

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  22. Very cool inspiration!
    http://invogueoneday.blogspot.com.au/

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  23. Love this, Erica. You are such a beautiful person inside and out and so strong and inspiring. I love the idea of your room reflecting your happiness. It's going to be amazing.

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  24. I wanted to say the biggest heart felt THANK YOU for all of the love here to each and every one of you! xoxoxo

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  25. Change is a wonderful thing. You are a strong person Erica. I've been sort of following your journey for a while now, and am a single mama too, so I can relate on some level!! (although not to 5). I can't wait to see the new room! I'm sure the process will be cleansing and it will turn out amazing!

    xx,
    Julie
    Shelter

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  26. Love this "Everything I layer in the space will bare symbolism of happiness, heart, and comfort as we invite more in to our lives." and we all should want the same.

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  27. I saw your home featured on Kristen's blog and had to come over to say hi. You have no idea how this post resonated with me. Freedom . . . joy . . . love- yes, that's what is important in life and we can all create it for ourselves. Thanks for sharing. Your home (and heart) are beautiful.

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  28. Erica, you are fabulous! Seriously, it's not easy to take adversity and spin it into a positive thing. But you do it! Bravo : ) And I know that wonderful attitude will translate beautifully into your new living space. Can't wait to see it!

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