My name is Kristen Van Loon and I just bought a house. It’s an overwhelming, clean slate with white walls and carpet as neutral as Switzerland. That’s not to say there’s no charm (I wouldn’t have signed my life away on a 30(!!!)-year-mortgage if it was a windowless block of wood paneling,) but there’s just no oomf. You know, *Oomf!* That sparkling lightness you feel when you walk into a space, but you just can’t put your finger on the thing that makes it so great? The flow, the colors, the light, the functionality- that is *Oomf!* This is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!*
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “another bored housewife decorating her home with her husbands money while the kids are at school.” No no no, my friend. You see, I work full time at a job that pays me… well, as much as a 26-year-old is worth to a company. I have a toddler and a boyfriend who does what he can, but at the end of the day he is still a football watching, poker playing, throw-your-clothes-on-the-floor-right-next-to-the-hamper kind of guy. I have some experience, no time, no formal training and no money, but I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired.
You can follow my journey for a multitude of reasons. You may
- be looking for cheap alternatives to expensive ideas.
- wonder how the hell I plan to pull this off.
- need suggestions on fun (and durable) rooms that work every day.
- have the desire to look inside a stranger’s house (it’s O.K., we all have it.)
- have a sick sense of humor (because I will post my failures.)
I won’t ever suggest things that aren’t safe. Even though I am a newbie, I am only marginally incompetent. If resources (boyfriend, father, Google) tell me not to do it, I sure won’t try. But if I try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear about that as well. A house is always a work-in-progress. There isn’t a lot of money to go around these days (have you noticed that too?) so it’s a “project-by-project as I can afford it” type of plan. Old stuff will be refurbished, others may be Red Tag clearance.
There is no plan and it is going to be a bumpy ride.