Come follow my journey! I have no official art training and no real connections to get me into the art world. I am 36 years young and my dream is to become an artist, not just someone who makes art in their basement, but someone who successfully sells their art, and I will not give up on that dream! I would love to break into the world of mixed media art and maybe even have galley shows someday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

We might have found a new house!

We have been looking for a house to buy for quite a while now, almost a year actually. We have made offers on four different houses and something always seems to happen to the deal and turn it sour. Our most recent offer is a short sale and I don't know much about them. I don't know whether they are mostly successful or mostly not. I don't know whether to plan to own it and get excited and start planning, or whether to detach, remain distant and steel myself against the deal going bad. I am sure there must be a happy medium, but I can never seem to find it.

This has started me thinking, however; whether we finally get this most recent property or not, I need to start planning a decorating scheme for whenever we do finally get to move into our first home.

I want our house to look neat and tidy (which I admittedly am not). I want our house to look homey yet modern and stylish. Scott would like the decor to lean more toward the barren look rather than the cluttered, overfilled, can never find anything mess we live in now. I guess I can't really blame him. My problem is this: I am on an extremely tight budget and by extremely tight I mean non-existent. I would like to be able to fix things up to create my decor and to furnish my home with flea market treasures, like so many of the people I admire on Blogspot, on deviant art and in my favorite magazines. I want my home to <i>exude</i> charm! The trouble is, when I make things, they tend to look like a child made them and not in that charming cute funny childlike way. In the bad way. Why oh why can't art school and workshops and seminars be free!!!

That house we are trying to buy is humble; there really isn't room for all that much furniture. I want it to have a definite style and too reflect who we are but not be too themey. Any ideas?

Let's just do a little dreaming....

I suppose my dream kitchen would look like this…

Or maybe this…

I know for sure I want it to be warm and cozy not sterile. I like the old world style…
Or the traditional designs like this…

I have a starting point I think..this poster:

 I have the poster, I need the frame.
I know I want our bedroom to be somewhat shabby chic, somewhat romantic, I definitely want a chandelier and lots of candles…
But I have to please Scott too, although he did give me free reign over the decorating over the entire house except for his office.
I wish he would make it look something like this…

Yeah right!

And all on a scarce budget!!!
Look out all you decorators and HGTV here I come!


  1. Hi Shannon,
    Oh WOW, I agree--I LOVE these rooms!!! They're gorgeous!!! Thank you SO much for visiting my seminars--I hope that they are really helpful. When bloggers are new, it's always a little scary. So, I try to explain things as best I can--and I guess that's why people have really seen their followers just leap up in numbers! I am ecstatic, to say the least....I think we're all here to inspire each other.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a beautiful holiday season!!!

  2. Hi Shannon,
    Oh gosh, I just realized that you were at my magazine blog...If you get a chance, hop over to
    I have pics up of the house for Christmas...We completely renovated a house we bought after Hurricane Katrina and it had no walls or floors when we bought it! Can you believe it?

  3. Hi Shannon,
    Thanks so much for coming to visit! I was going to tell you that I have a neighbor who painted her whole house inside in that pretty yellow/gold you have pictured here...It looks so amazing and cheerful...It is an awesome color to work with. I wish I had done that! But mine is in taupes and burgundy and rust, which all goes together great...Still, I love that goldish yellow...I think it so awesome that she has one color that works well throughout the whole house. And here's the funny part...The only reason it's that way is that she bought the paint for the painters and had to leave town, so that's why she didn't have time to buy more colors. Well, it sure looks great! xo Cin

  4. Hi Shannon ... Thanks for stopping by my blog ... so sweet of you ... nice to meet you ... Hope you have a wonderful New Year too ...

  5. Hi Shannon~ love all your inspiration photos...the blogs are full of so many great ideas and Pinterest is a great source, too! How fun to plan for a new home! Thanks so much for stopping by and following...I am a new follower, too!