Welcome, let me introduce myself & tell you a bit about my journey.
Perfectly Painted Designs has been my business for some time now but the blog came to life after we finished remodeling Casa De Norte and started on The Urban Farmhouse…
Creating a Blog is Scary!
Many bloggers write posts 3-4 times a week, curate beautiful social media feeds, partner with companies, and built lifestyle brands all while managing jobs and/or families…I’ll be honest with you, I’m not that amazing. Being the chatty introvert (what an oxymoron huh?) I am, I still lack the energy to even think about trying to keep that type of schedule.
Never the less I wanted to blog as a creative out and to share things I’m passionate about. There was a lot of self-doubt during the months leading up to launch…
How is it be possible to live up to the amazing blogs of those I look up to?
Will anyone even find my blog?
If they do will they be interested in what I have to say?
And of course..what the heck is a widget & SEO?!
Self-doubt can be crippling and I know I’m not alone, but I also know that part of life is accepting the challenge to rise up and do it anyways. So here I am…typos, spelling errors, and all.
I may never have the perfect Instagram feed or stop being long-winded, but if you’re reading this it your here and wanted to know more which makes me happier than you can know! So, I hope you’ll be patient with me through this process and the changes that are inevitable with any growth.
Life is messy, complicated, and rarely goes as planned…why should a blog be any different?
My Creative Journey
When I was young my mom and I lived on campus in Chicago while she completed her masters in art history. A few months after my 7th birthday she submitted one of my hand made children’s books (made from paper grocery bags, home-made pressed paper, & twine binding) into the running for the Chicago youth talent award, and I won!
It was the children’s version of winning the lottery. Most of my childhood was spent at galleries openings, in art studios or the slide room while my mom taught undergrads. So winning an award like that was the most exciting things that had ever happened to me. It started a life long obsession with creative expression…
Art comes in many forms, but it always serves a great purpose: it inspires, connects, and moves us in inexplicable ways. Art opens up conversation, brightens a space, changes our mood.
Finding My Niche
After college, I signed my first apartment lease, and the first thing I did (despite the lease) was paint stripes in my living room using a gloss/flat combo. Then I started using colors and decorative finishes to define smaller areas like the non-existent entryway.
It amazed me how paint or a unique finish could feel like artwork while also making a very plain apartment feel like home…this was long before the days of Pinterest so they only way I could tell if something worked was to try it!
About 6 years ago I moved into the Mr.’s 1970s ranch house (aka The Urban Farmhouse)
This was the first time I was completely free to do whatever I wanted without thinking about losing a deposit. He has never protestested, letting me do what I want, knowing that it was important to me…and its one of the many things I love about him! To give you an idea of just how amazing he is…
When I moved in it took less than 24 hours for me to start turning his home life upside down. He had been living as a bachelor for many years and my design addled brain went into overdrive. It was if I was seeing the house for the first time and things I’d barely noticed while we dated become unbearable now that I was calling this place my home.
A sun-faded green sheet nailed (yes nailed) across the living room picture windows. The entire house (base board to ceiling) was painted a shade of white that had long ago turned yellow, and 2 mismatched sofas (one of them being sectional, of course) were pushed into the farthest corners of the room with the TV mounted over the stone fireplace. The 10 foot distance from the sofas to the TV was filled with a full-size drum set and weight bench!
The dining room housed a full-size pool table and dart board, but no sheets were nailed to the walls so that room didn’t bother me too much!
The kitchen was dated but the major eyesore was the flatted beer box nailed to the ceiling to cover a hole left by the previous owner removing the range hood.
I wish I had pictures but this was long before the idea of blogging…
Moving the drum set & weight bench out of the living room was our first argument as a couple (you can guess who won). Little did I know at the time, when you chose to remodel a house with your significant other there will be many, many arguments. Most often they will be about the stupidest things like the choice of trim…or why a weight bench belongs in the living room.
The Urban Farmhouse Today
It’s been 6 years since then and a lot has changed. All of the above mentioned eyesores are gone and we have created a space we both love to call home. However, it is a fixer-upper with a lot of work left but that’s slowly changing and I’m so excited to make it into our dream house together!
Since we do a majority of the work ourselves it’s one very long project with a lot of bumps (like remodeling another house) along the way but the slow progress has it’s advantages.
Trends I once loved have come and gone and along with them went plans we had. We have also changed as individuals and a couple over the past 6 years. Our style and vision for a home has become more clear. We’ve also learned what things are non-negotiable and to let go of. Learning to work together as a couple while remodeling Casa De Norte was an valuable lesson that will make the remainder of our house remodel a lot smoother.
Casa De Norte
In 2015 we took on a full remodel of a vacation rental property (Casa De Norte). The most amazing part of that adventure was having a blank canvas to create whatever I wanted (within reason and budget). The thought of a blog hadn’t crossed my mind so I don’t have as many pictures or full tutorials for you as I’d like but I’ll share as much of it as I can! If you’d like to see an album of the before & after’s you can check that out here.