Then one day it happens. All the things that your were once enamored with are now minor annoyances. Quirky and charming have been replaced with ambivalence. Day after day the feelings of unhappiness grow until you ...cannot possibly live like this ONE MORE DAY! You decide that it may be time to say good-bye. You wonder could I have done something different? How could something that seemed so perfect now seem so wrong? You understand that people and interests change. You think about friends and family and how they have have been committed for so long. You hear from well meaning elders, "This generation is never happy. Always wanting bigger and better. Why can't you stay and make it work?" You just want something... different. So when did it happen? When did you fall out of love...with your house?
HA!! Fooled you! I bet you thought I was talking about a relationship. Well, I suppose in a matter I was. You do have a relationship of sorts with your house. Your home. You put your heart and soul into picking colors, making changes to suit you, and to make it comfortable and inviting. Sometimes it is a forever home. Sometimes it is not. Even though it may be time to say good bye doesn't mean it was all bad. You will take with you memories, photographs and anecdotes to tell during social gatherings. You will take with you things you did wrong and right.
Maybe you don't love your house right now. Maybe you can love it again. Maybe not. Regardless if you are on your first home or your forever home, just make it yours. Don't base your choices on what society dictates. Your house--your HOME--is a reflection of YOU. Let your personality shine through. Whatever you love will show and that's what makes design work. It isn't always about pattern, texture and color. It is about the mood-- the feeling it exudes. Be your house big, small, new or old--may it always be filled with love and coziness.
"A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams." unknown