Tricia Booker Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

Colors of Home

Colors of Home

Our home is in turmoil. It’s the storm before the calm as rooms are torn apart, items are waiting in stacks and boxes, new furniture is on hold and we close our eyes when we walk through the rooms, counting down until everything is back in place.

Today we went out to find a rug for the living room; we came home empty-handed. There were so many to choose from that we were overwhelmed: bright colors or muted; wool or synthetic; made in India or the United States; expensive or not?

We have our colors, and we have ideas. We have little experience with decorating, though. I have stacks of books and magazines as references, but they tell me all that is right and in style but not necessarily what’s comfortable. What we choose will become a part of our daily lives for many years, and that makes for more of a challenge.

We have to imagine what the rug will look like after the dog repeatedly rolls on it to scratch her back, what will happen when Cam spills a drink on the sofa and whether or not the coffee table will hold up when he sits on it to play video games.

There’s so much more to designing than matching colors, patterns and fabrics. A house becomes a home when you feel comfortable there and live your life without worrying about the “what ifs.”

We’re planning to go out again tomorrow, and I think this time we’ll take a photo of the dog along instead of the latest designer paint chips.


  1. ….and I remember when Sandy had just re-carpeted the house and YOU had a new bottle of nail polish!!! Do you remember that night? I feared for your safety. 😉 It definitely would have fit your color scheme.

  2. Major changes–even ones you want and get to pick the color scheme for–are so very draining and time consuming. Hang in there. I am sure your home will be beautiful when you are finished. Although it is more about major renovataions, the movie The Money Pit came to mind when reading your blog.

    • That’s funny, Patti! We did the exterior a few years ago, and that was a money pit! This is on a much smaller scale, but it seems harder for some reason. Maybe because there were fewer choices for the siding and trim! I definitely have more of an appreciation for those who have the “touch” on interior design and such. Thanks for your encouragement!

  3. I can’t even imagine where I would start! All I can say is trust your instincts, because even if you maybe don’t get the MOST ideal rug, maybe you can it work anyway. I feel like our design choices sort of work together just due to our personal tastes, even when it’s unintentional. Best of luck! 🙂

  4. Indeed so much goes into picking out things for your home than styles and colors. Functionality and durability and comfort is important when you have pets and kids to consider. Best of luck figuring it all out!

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