Have you guys ever had one of those moments that is so exciting and unexpected that it makes you feel like you’re living in a dream? Something happens that just seems way too good to be true and you can’t believe it happened to YOU. Well I had one of those moments recently, and today I finally get to share it! You guys, our cozy little DIY reading nook was featured in the summer issue of American Farmhouse Style Magazine. LOOK!
Soooo crazy, right?! When the editor of the magazine reached out a few months back and asked if they could use this photo, I jumped at the opportunity. Of course you can! Take all the photos you want nice editor lady! This is actually the second time our home has been in a magazine (you can read about the first time here) and both times now it feels like a dream. I mean, it’s pretty darn surreal to pick up a magazine in the middle of the grocery store and see your home. I was out shopping for groceries this weekend and saw it on newsstands for the first time. I just kept saying over and over, “is this even real life?” I snapped this photo standing in the store–jaw hanging wide open and baby belly looking large and proud.
I realize there are a zillion bloggers that have had their homes featured in magazines, so I’m really nothing special here, but to me this is pretty unbelievable–even if it is only one photo. And of all things, THIS project which was the very first DIY we did when we moved into this 1980’s fixer upper in the summer of 2015. It was my DREAM to create a reading nook in our living room out of that empty, useless closet space. I practically begged my handy father-in-law to help bring my vision to life. And thankfully he agreed. This all happened before LVN even existed, but this particular project was the starting point for so many things. Here’s a progress shot of the nook going into place:
And here’s the finished project:
You can see the full project in this post.
Seeing our little nook in American Farmhouse Style Magazine encourages me to keep dreaming and keep trusting my gut when it comes to my crazy visions for our home. This project symbolizes so much for me and the fact that it’s in this magazine is the icing on the cake. I’m just shaking my head as I type this post because I really can’t believe things like this are happening. The way God has scripted my story with this little 1980’s fixer upper and my beloved blog has been incredible. To say I’m grateful would be a massive understatement.
I want to encourage you today to chase after whatever dreams you have brewing with everything you’ve got. Whatever it is that you want, wherever God is leading you, I say go after it with full steam ahead and don’t let self-doubt slow you down. Sure, it definitely won’t be easy. And you’ll probably spend a lot of late nights feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, but I promise you that hustle pays off. Hard work always wins out. And if you’re doing what you love to do, that’s all that really matters anyway. Believe in yourself enough to go for it. You never know what will happen. One day you might just pick up a magazine and see your living room smack-dab in the middle of it. Then you’ll celebrate with ice cream.
Big, giant hugs from me to you all. I’m so very grateful for your support! xoxo