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When it comes to making progress on a house, it’s not always easy. The dust, the dirt, the mistakes, the clutter… the unfinished-ness of it all can be frustrating, and the bright spots of seeing progress seem temporary in comparison to the project-fueled mess that us DIYers often find ourselves in.

But today, I caught a sweet glimpse of my house that gave me that little spark of contentment—the pride of knowing that someday, this house really will become exactly as I see it in my mind’s eye.


It’s rare, and fleeting, and basically insignificant… just a nice little planted pot that I’ve—shockingly—been able to keep alive for the last couple of months. But there it sat, on my kitchen windowsill… which was beefed up with some molding some time ago… with some white subway tile from the kitchen backsplash underneath… looking out at my blooming azaleas and letting some sun in now that the trees are gone… So it was also pretty awesome. I try to snap a picture whenever it happens because I know that pretty soon, doubt and frustration will set in again, and I’ll only see the 1001 things still left to do. Like cleaning that window now that spring rain has made it dirty again (see? not even through a post).

But that glimpse… that short little peek into the future… is definitely worth it.

Happy Friday, friends. Take a little time this weekend to catch a glimpse of the house you’re working toward, and give yourself a pat on the back (or in my case, a beer) for a job well done.

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  1. Totally agree that the constant mess and dirt can get you down. I go through phases where I sometimes think I can’t take another day of it – the glimpses of what it could be like are sometimes the only thing that can motivate me to keep going.
    Oh, and well done for keeping your plant alive… that’s something I’ve never been able to achieve! ;)

  2. YAY for you! It’s so fun to make a house your home. I’m amazed at all the things you’ve accomplished!

  3. Just found your blog, and I love what you’ve been doing with your place. I have now officially fallen in love with butcher block counters.

    1. Thanks, and so glad you found the site! Happy to have you following along. I love them too! I’ve been meaning to post an update on them… they still look great!

  4. Hi! Found you when Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick put up her new website design today and mentioned you. Just had to comment because I’ve never seen someone mention that phenomenon you talk about when you catch that perfect glimpse. I’ve often noticed that and have tried to describe it to a friend, but I’ve never heard anyone else talk about it in the way you did, which is exactly how I feel, too. I guess it’s like when you see a magazine spread or a photo on the internet that really speaks to you, but instead, it’s your own house, just a little corner of it, (because any more zoomed out, and then you would see all the chaos around it that has yet to be completed (sigh)), seen as if for the first time, and everything is just so, and it pleases you. I know you know what I mean. Thank you for sharing. And what a beautiful view you have to keep you smiling! Cheers from Michigan!