Homemade Vanilla House

And just like that, we take memories off the walls, safely pack them, and hope for a new home to hang them in. Moving has always been bittersweet for me. As someone who enjoys setting up a new home there is an element of excitement in anticipation of my new canvas, yet there are always a few pangs of worry as I pack up everything I have worked to establish. I am very much a planner, so when the details surrounding this move seemed to be drastically last minute and unknown, I wrestled with trust vs plan, adventure vs. panic. Stress has a way of revealing the cracks in your marriage, like fear reveals the cracks in your faith. My moments of panic told me my gaze needed to be realigned.

Searching for a home was nothing shy of an emotional rollercoaster. We went from thinking we had a 3 bedroom home, to no home at all, to possibly a two bedroom townhome, to inheriting a 4 bedroom 2 bath house in less than 24 hours. I still don’t understand how we went from number 3 on a waitlist to a home larger than we expected in a day’s time. As my husband told me this exciting news and I stared back in puzzled, disbelief I recalled an old scripture.

“Do not be troubled. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”
– John 14:2

Okay, I know this scripture is speaking of Heaven, but in that moment, it was just the affirmation I needed. This journey we were about to embark on was not a mystery to the Lord. In fact, He had already gone before us, picked out a home, and planned each and every point of connection. The Lord doesn’t work off a waitlist! As if finding a home wasn’t gift enough, why not make it a corner lot house and add an extra room just to affirm that ‘old scripture’ is STILL RELEVANT.

There is an element of security in the midst of an unknown season when seeking the One who does know.

I am calling this our ‘Homemade Vanilla House.’ Much like vanilla ice cream, these white walls and plain cabinets are a good base to really show off some Dusti Treasures! This standard military home is a carbon copy of those next door, which is quite a change from our previous 1940’s Bungalow located only a couple blocks from the Historic Homes District.

While we can make some minor modifications in this house, for the most part, we gotta work with what we have. This means I will need to sprinkle some history and charm throughout. For those of you who live in an apartment or rental home with parameters on what can/can’t be done, I hope to share some easy, budget-friendly, and creative home styling ideas to inspire your space! The challenge is to take a cookie cutter home and make it feel like it was designed intentionally, with you in mind!

Welcome to our new home!

“He planned all the details, down to the color of your front door,” Momma said.

The first thing I noticed about this home is how much light pours through the windows. With at least one large window in every room, sunlight spills through the blinds, filling up the empty space with warmth.

Above are the spaces I plan to tackle. If you want to see this home transformed into one with character and charm, including DIY projects and, of course, Buddy cameos, make sure to click ‘FOLLOW’ to ensure you don’t miss a post!

Take the boring and DREAM about what it could be!

4 thoughts on “Homemade Vanilla House

  1. Nancy Zirbas says:

    I can’t wait to watch your home unfold. I have no doubt you will make it cozy and inviting. Buddy looks just like my Piper!!! Love you Dusti!!

    • admin says:

      Thank you! I am ready to get started : ) Buddy loves getting his picture taken-even if I don’t ask him to get in the shot he usually WANTS to be. I bet Piper is equally as photogenic.

      Thank you for following!

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