by christina britt lewis
photography by angela statzer
you know we love to use what you already have,
but sometimes what you already have just doesn't feel like you anymore.
i'm finding this in my own home.
a magazine is coming to shoot our happy little home, our notsobig back yard, and our teen cave. A MAGAZINE! i was freaking out a little. so i did what everybody should do...
i hired the redesign company
to help me love what i already have and also to let go of the things that don't feel like me.
angela and kelly came over and walked through my house with me like i was a real client. i wondered if they would have trouble telling me the truth, but they didn't. hehehe... it was AWESOME! our master bedroom needed the most help. i was trying to build a room around these 2 flowery chairs that i got for next to nothing at world market.
i love those chairs.
those chairs got us into apartment therapy!
but they don't feel like me.
i am not so...flowery.
so after helping me see all the ways the room could come together with the chairs and me not being psyched about it, they recommended i pass on the chairs to somebody who will love them more and start over. peace and freedom flooded my soul. suddenly i saw i could have the navy and white and gold bedroom i wanted for less than i imagined. there may have been some happy dancing at this point.
just like when we helped this beautiful couple see that passing on their inherited bedroom furniture would flood their souls with peace and freedom too...
then this other thing happened...
i was feeling like my stuff wasn't good enough for A MAGAZINE!
and i really needed some new stuff (our bedrooms all look like we just moved in. it's sad.)
i felt like i should buy fancy, trade only, designerly things like you usually see in magazines.
AND THEN my phone buzzed and i answered without looking, which i NEVER do!
and instead of hearing tim's sexy voice like i was expecting, i heard this sweet southern drawl.
she went on and on about how she was searching for this fancy, trade only, designerly fabric.
she knew it would be about $100 per yard. she finally found it,
the linens in lily's room.
she wanted to buy that fabric from me,
as i told her...
that fancy, trade only, designerly, $100 per yard, custom made looking, bedding that you love...
was $39.99 at homegoods.
high end look at a low end price is what i do best, sister.
i realized i was saying words i needed to hear.
and i wondered if the others could hear her or if she was my own personal angel.
how many other holy moments have i missed because i was so caught up in my own drama?
God still speaks, people.
sometimes in a sweet southern drawl.
i'm telling you people,
if you feel like your stuff isn't good enough
and you just don't know what to do to make your house feel like the home you hope for.
angela and kelly are design therapy.
after an hour or so with them, peace and freedom will flood your soul.
this i know.
christina for all