We have been in the process of renovating our 1902 Alabama home. We have lived here since 2004, and when it came time for a new roof, and a kitchen redo we dug in for the big one. Hired an amazing architect to keep the house true to its heritage. (Original kitchen and bathrooms were outside- so a few changes…) If you go through my Instagram feed you can see some pictures. It’s for the best I wasn’t writing long form during the main part of the process. It was a trial by tears and frustration. I most often felt I was speaking an alien language to a foreign planet that could not understand my words.
When I think about all the beautiful homes in popular home decor magazines, now I can’t help but wonder at the glossy pages and think “What really happened? And does the staging and the lighting and the perfect turn of the coffee table books heal the wound from the night you stood in your dining room in three inches of water while it rained throughout every room in the house because everyone has gone on vacation and they barely secured moth eaten old tarps over your dream home?”.
Or “Have they airbrushed the scars from your hands from when you were dumpster diving for all the wood you had asked them to save but they just kept throwing in because they didn’t care?”. Cigarette butts were saved, week old food wrappers, random roofing materials. But the beautiful painted beadboard we were saving to turn into furniture? Buh bye.
And “Where is the paragraph about finding your inner insane person? You know the one that was apparently lurking behind the 100 year old brick chimney they accidentally knocked down? That’s the one that puts fear in the hearts of grown men.”. Not that that will make them stick to the time line. The two month unanticipated best friends time with the noise and anxiety are just the straight jacket sprinkles on top.
I am the a Terribly Honest Home Renovator.
That would be my article.
People ask me if it was worth it. And I will tell you it is GORGEOUS. and I love it and I’m so happy with my beautiful new space.