While working on the holiday issue for House of Fifty, I fantasized about my “dream” house and what I really want in it. Then I showed my husband a home that I absolutely adored that will (hopefully!) be featured in the magazine. His reply was “Nice, but how many kids do they have?”. That got me to wondering…. Is my house not the way I want it to be because of the number of kids we have? Or is it because of their age? Or, is it because of what I’ve always thought? Which is because I’m the only one who want certain things and want it to be nice. The house that my husband grew up in is the exact way it was when his parents purchased it over 20 years ago… Just outdated. And every time I go over, I can’t help but wonder if his parents ever cared about having a nice home.
Then I think about my mom and how she never tried to own a home… And how home décor wasn’t a big deal to her either…
From the time we became homeowners a little over 3 years ago, I knew that I wanted a nice home. Freshly painted walls, beautifully decorated rooms, and to have it furnished with pieces that we absolutely loved. I remember when I heard Oprah say that your home should rise up to greet you when you open the door!
What I didn’t realize is that I would be the only one with that vision.
My husband told me that he would love for our home to be nicely decorated, but he does not think that the kids are old enough for us to have what we really want.
I’m having a hard time accepting that. True, we do have very young kids who will break concrete and make dirt look clean, but I do believe that if you want a nice home, you don’t have to wait on it because you have small children. From the beginning, I’ve said that I’m trying to have a nice home that’s not overrun by legos and sippy cups. I’m just now realizing that its possible that I may not achieve that because I’m the only one that want that.
My husband told me this before he left for work: “Our house is like my work car… I’m not going to wash it often and make sure it’s presentable because its just that, my work car…
“Our future home is like our SUV, big, nice, and not ruined by the kids…”
I wanna say that I understand what he meant, but I have a hard time thinking and believing that because people have children, they can’t have nice things…
To me, living nice and having nice things and a nice home is a lifestyle… A lifestyle that I think children can adjust to if that’s what the parents want..
What do you think??? Does children really dictate how nice your home is?
And before I forget, thanks for all of your comments on my haircut! I really do love it