Eight years ago my hubs and I lived in these industrial modern lofts in downtown Petaluma, which was a smaller and much more quaint downtown compared to Houston where I was from.
We lived across from a movie theater which was our form of entertainment. Not because we went to see a lot of movies, but because I was a full time student and we had no money, so we would people watch. We were actually beyond rent poor and lived on only $30 a week for groceries which was nearly impossible in California, but so worth it to be young and living in those lofts. We would open up our huge arched doors and listen to all the people walking up and down the streets. We would watch the couples going into the theater and guess how long they had been dating. We could smell the food from the delicious restaurant downstairs and dream of dipping a piece of bread into white truffle oil and balsamic which they were known for. We could even hear jazz played over the weekends during brunch and listen each night to a homeless man who played his trumpet for extra change. It was overall a magical time for us in our lives together.
When it came to decorating I daydreamed of a loft that resembled this...
|Source unknown via Pinterest|
However, my budget was far from creating that. I quickly discovered the awesomeness of HGTV and I learned how to DIY painted canvases, use coupons at Michaels, and how to recover chairs I purchased from the Goodwill for $5. Our loft ended up looking more like this:
|Our real loft...not the best pictures but it gives you an idea.|
I think back on those days often especially since we live only 25 minutes from Petaluma now. It was such a simpler time when I didn't have an entire matching set of dishes and I had to decorate around my hubby's huge surround sound speakers which were copper colored (oh yes, I was a design saint to have let that happen). It's when I take the time to appreciate those moments and to look at past photos of where we have lived, that helps me to be thankful for my evolution of my own taste and design style. I'm also very grateful to have a partner throughout this style journey who is there to watch projects fail, succeed, and sometimes die on the chopping block before they were ever even finished.
**So I am challenging you to throwback this Thursday "design style". Remember where you started, the first room you decorated, the budget you had....how has it changed, how have you changed, have you changed as a couple?
See you lovelies tomorrow! Don't forget to enter the giveaway from yesterday.