Mica’s Home Made Lovely
Hi ! My name is Mica from Frolicking Freckles formally known as The Child’s Paper where I share my life, my family and my dreams. I am smitten that Heather asked me to share my humble home with you all…So here we go… As a kid I grew up moving a lot. I never really had the taste of a long term home. It has truly been a longing of mine for some time now as I am getting older. Though we have moved so much, I have also learned a lot about being content and making do with what and where God places us in any given season. Four 1/2 years ago I thought we had finally settled in our “FOREVER” home where we would raise our children. God had a different plan though, and it took quite a while to open my eyes and appreciate that His plan is not my own and that this is for our good. It was four 1/2 years ago that my husband quit his long time job to take a leap of faith for a call to ministry. We gave up our house, our car, our personal belongings were sold and given away to peruse this call as a future Pastor. That would allow him to go to Seminary full time. So we packed up and left our home behind in Washington where we have become “Starving Students” living in a rental home.
It is hard to make the home of your dreams when you rent a place that really isn’t your own, where you can’t paint the walls or alter anything. But…My calling as a wife and mother is to create a happy, loving home despite all circumstances and trust in the Lord, that He is in control and will provide no matter where we live…Ultimately our home is in Him and that gives us comfort. Despite the tiny kitchen with dated oak cabinets, gaudy tiled counter tops, gold fixtures, dark appliances, brown carpet and small spaces, I have tried to create a vibrant, fun home filled with happy colors and quirky pieces here and there. Almost everything we own is old, hand me downs, thrifted, flea marketed, Craig’s listed, garage saled or handmade. And we love it. Now on to the tour…
In the main living/dining room area I have a sweet antique hutch our friends gave us. I recently gave it a nice coat of sunny yellow to brighten up the room, This is where I home school my daughter. The hutch holds some quilts, a Granny Afghan, some pottery, whimsy and vintage children’s books. On top is a darling blue vintage sewing machine I scored at a garage sale for a few bucks. Another thrifted globe and another chalkboard I made.
On to our family room where much of our time is spent. I must say I do love the light that comes into this room during the day. All the colors make it even happier. This house was made with a couple strange coves where I just simply placed things like a child’s chair, a globe, some flowers and a couple pictures. The mantle changes often. I found the funky old window at a flea market, the color was perfect. I made a colorful scrappy bunting added an old camera which belonged to my dear Mr. Darling, a letter “G” I found at the .99 cent store, and a tiny doll I found at a garage sale for .25 cents…
works well. I hung a vintage table cloth over another cove in the wall…behind it holds a cabinet I keep our home school books in. I have a thing for red. It has alway’s been my favorite color. I think it gives a room a great pop of color when you have white walls. All my furniture in this room has been thrift bought except the white couch…a recent find on Craig’s List. I bribed my Sister to come down and buy it for me in return I would clean her house. A pretty great bargain, I think. She went for it. Thanks Sis. One of my favorite pieces in this room is the re-purposed old thrifted brass lamp and shade, I painting it yellow and covered the old shade with a vintage table cloth and trims I had on hand. On each side of my couch I have old school desks for side tables. And I love my Granny Afghan found on a thrift hunt for a few dollars.
Now we go upstairs to my daughters room. A happy place where she spends much of her time listening to music, reading books and typing stories on her vintage typewriter she recently received for her birthday from her Gramma. All her furniture is from thrift shops and garage sales…re-painted and given new life. She also loves old things, vintage stuff, owls, elephants, fashion and lot’s of color…Perfect for a tween girl to grow up in.