Guys, please welcome Letisha and her lovely and oh-so-comforting American home to Hello, Scarlett Blog. Letisha’s blog, Blue Eye DIY, is self-described as “where lipstick meets sawdust.” It is there where you can find the most amazing creative projects to beautify your home. I hope that you enjoy touring her home and reading her thoughtful answers as much as I did! I think that her domicile sounds like nothing more than a little slice of heaven.
Home? Boy that a good question! I have moved quite a bit so the idea of “home” has evolved for me. If you would have asked me this question 5 years ago I would have said “anywhere my kids and are.” Now my kids are starting their own lives and making their own homes. So I have had to reevaluate. I think about the moments that I am most happy, when I am most at peace. Those moments are when I have finished a good day of work, I am relaxed with my husband and dogs and eating food I don’t let myself feel guilty about. That is home!
I wish I had a unique perspective to offer, but I really think home is about love and laughter not necessarily the location. My son is leaving for his first “home,” it will be a tent in Nepal as he helps individuals rebuild after the earthquake. I imagine him laughing, crying, sleeping, eating, working, playing music or cards … in his little tent. Meanwhile back here in the states I will hang pictures on my walls, cook meals, watch tv, play cards, complain about slow internet … in my house. Both are filled with love, both are a beautiful home.
When I am designing my own home, I say my style is if Marilyn Monroe married Davey Crockett. By that I mean, I love a bit of femininity and glam blended with rustic and distressed items. I also LOVE to reuse or repurpose any item that I possibly can. I believe everything should be purposeful if it takes a place in our home. Even if its purpose is just to bring us joy!
My favorite item is an antique mirror and brush set my husband gave me for my first birthday with him. I told him a story of watching an old movie where the handsome man marries the town ugly duckling. He told her she was the most beautiful woman in the world to him. For their wedding gift he gave her a mirror so she could see the beauty in herself.
Two things [that I could never live without], first, my memory drawer. I have saved mementos and collectibles over the years from my children and courtship. These items make me laugh and remind me of when my kids thought I was cool!
The second thing is my personal junk yard. I just love my junk! I have an addiction with all things old, dingy and discarded!
When I decided to become and interior designer it was originally because I loved color and making spaces attractive. As I have grown and had more experience in the field I have learned that what I love more than that is making people feel alive, comfortable and finally excited about their homes. In my home I try to keep that same attitude. I love to see my husbands guitar around, doggy’s toys, even the painting in my living room that my husband hates! Because all these things mean that “WE” live here.
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