Thursday, October 20, 2011

31 Days: Letting Go of Beige

I've already told you that prior to moving in I fancied this rental house my secret-hideaway vacation condo. I'm finding that it lives up to the hype, at least in some regards. It's quiet here (no home phone!) and it's small. And foreign. We feel tucked in and inspired to pick up a book.

I also believed that I would willingly embrace the fleetingness of this house. I would resist the urge to make it "me". I wouldn't care one bit that no one thought my digs were swoony. I would rise above it all. I'd prove to myself that I could.

Then we moved in, and my very first day I waged battle against The Beige. It's all beige, all the time, people. (And when it's not beige, it's swiney pink.)

I can do many things, it seems. I can wash dishes every night in the slow-draining sink. I can vacuum the kitchen and the mud room yet dust mop the bedrooms. I can step around puddles from leaky pipes.

I cannot bear the beige.

I was on an all-out hunt for color. Any thing. Any color. It didn't have to match. Functionality wasn't a requirement. I just. needed. some dadgummed orange. And blue. Etc.

So, the table is one of those six-footers from Sam's Club, but she's wearing her Thursday finest.

There's nothing pin-worthy happening up in this hood. You won't be impressed when you stop by and you don't have to pretend to be - it won't hurt my feelings.

As for me, I'm still busy learning. Today's lesson? When life hands you a beige rental, just sprinkle on a little confetti. You'll be fine.

*For the rest of the Letting Go series, click here.


  1. I may need to apply this to my current abode, especially seeing as how we're going on year five here.

    Perfect picture of Rubes.


  2. Well at least it is temporary! I have MIA for awhile dealing with my mom's illness and death, so will have to go catch up on you! Good girl sprinkling in color! Traci

  3. amen! a little confetti does the trick! our last apartment was cream and brown. gag. thank jesus for my fiestaware, linens and a sense of humor;)

    loving you, praying, too. xo

  4. Now you have me REALLY curious. I mean where's that white table? Did it stay with the house??? Sprinkle confetti on top LOVE it!

  5. I don't know "Small Town Joy" or what her abode situations are, but I could have written the same comment... only year six. I need some confetti! :)

  6. Soo funny!

    I like what you've done!

    And..good LAWD, Miss Ruby is gorgeous!

    Looks like the new pad agrees with her!


  7. Eh, I hate beige. It's the color of weakness.

  8. Every day you inspire me.
    Even on beige days.

  9. love the confetti lesson. Isn't everything better with confetti ?!

  10. my house fits right in with this beige-ness. too bad i can't blame it on the "it's just a rental" thing. ; )

  11. I feel for you...I wouldn't want to live in a beige world either. Keep the confetti coming on!


  12. So happy you worked it all out.Lovin the confetti~Cheers Kim

  13. I've just sat here hanging out with you tonight, getting caught up in all that your family is up to these days. I am in a heap of puddled tears, not because I'm sad for you but because the love of Jesus, and the way He orchestrates lives and hearts is just so beautiful that it sometimes catches me off guard and I realize that I've forgotten that it's only. ever. about. Him. Thank you for bearing your heart here, for showing us the colors of faith, even the beige parts, and for taking us along on your journey of obedient surrender.

    Much love your way tonight, friend. <3

  14. Yay for confetti!

  15. Seriously... would you like me to send you some actual confetti? I would be happy to :)

  16. Kind of like our lives. When we get a beige kind of life we have put on a smile and and try our best to break up the dreary.


  17. I love it--sprinkle on some confetti! That's seriously some great advice for today!

  18. Yo go girl...linens, embroidery hoop art...whatever it takes to make it your own!

    Too many of us fall into the same trap that "Small Town Joy" and "Amanda @ Wandering" have life in a "temporary" state without the benefit of beauty!

    Beauty and rental property are not mutually exclusive! :) You can live in temporary digs and make them your own! Sounds like you're well on your way!!!


  19. pretty much everything you're writing, i'm like "yep, that's me" "yep, that's me" new townhouse is so NEW! it's so opposite of my old "old" house. i feel like i've lost ALL decorating mojo. nothing. nada. not inspired at all. blech. :(

  20. I'm with you, girl. Sprinkle away! A little splash of color goes a long way.
    I had to go back one more time to smile at that cute picture of Miss Ruby. Adorable.

  21. Such an adorable picture of Ruby!