{New} Home for the Holidays

Moving is always stressful, but I’ve learned firsthand over the last few weeks that moving at Christmastime is its own special brand of nerve racking.  We survived, though!  My boyfriend, JC, and I are now happily moved into our first home together, and we could not be more excited.  There are still countless projects to do, but we can breathe a little easier knowing that we made it past the first new home hurdle – the big move in – and we managed to have a very lovely Christmas amid the unpacked boxes and spackle-covered walls.

Our first Christmas Tree in the new house, complete with milk and cookies for Santa!

Our first Christmas tree in the new house, complete with milk and cookies for Santa!

As this whirlwind of a December comes to an end, I am thinking ahead to all of the amazing projects and goals in store for us in 2014.  Now that we’re all moved in, I can’t wait to start putting our personal touches on the new house to really make it feel like home.  Some of our short-term plans involve overhauling the closets to maximize our storage options, giving the lackluster fireplace a much-needed facelift, and of course, painting, painting, and more painting!  As the budget allows, we’re also hoping to update the lighting and flooring throughout the house, modernize the kitchen, and find new furniture pieces to compliment some of the vintage gems we’ve collected over the past year.

We hung our stockings from the staircase, since the fireplace is currently surrounded by pink walls covered in spackle.  Painting the living room will be one of the first projects to tackle in the new year.

We hung our stockings from the staircase, since the fireplace is currently surrounded by pink walls covered in spackle. Painting the living room will be one of the first projects to tackle in the new year.

In addition to the many home projects, I’m looking forward to pursuing some inspiring personal and professional goals this year.  I’m hoping to have the blog fully up and running soon after the New Year, and I can’t wait to start sharing my experiences, articles, and photographs with you.

How about you?  Have you set any special goals for the New Year?  What projects are you most excited to tackle in 2014?  Leave a comment – I’d love to hear from you!

Happy Holidays and warmest wishes for the New Year,

Megan

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Welcome to Starting Out in Style!

Tell me if this sounds familiar.  You love feeling inspired and often find yourself in awe of the seemingly endless stream of style and creativity to be found in your favorite blogs and magazines…and then, of course, there’s Pinterest.  The enjoyment you get from sifting through image after beautiful image of dream homes and wardrobes borders on the addictive {and, let’s be honest, you’re fine with that}.  The only problem?  With no shortage of inspiration, you find yourself feeling frustrated, because so many of the ideas and products you love seem out of reach.  Whether you have a limited budget, an overflowing schedule, or simply a lack of expertise, it seems like there’s always something keeping you from turning your ideas into reality.

If you can relate, then you’re probably a lot like me.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved finding new ways to express creativity through arts and crafts, decorating, fashion, music – you name it, I’ve probably tried it.  Some endeavors were more successful than others {a certain mosaic tile fiasco comes to mind}, but the hunt for artistic inspiration has remained a constant source of enjoyment for me, with one notable caveat.  Too often, I found myself feeling discouraged; between work, school, and family obligations, there never seemed to be enough time in the day or money in the bank to bring the ideas I loved to fruition…which brings us to the present.

I created Starting Out in Style as a challenge to myself to create the life I wanted with the budget and resources I had.  The goal: to prove that an “ordinary” person like me can lead an extraordinary life of style, inspiration, and creativity.

Starting Out in Style is a work in progress.  I invite you to join me as I share my experiences decorating my first home, tackling DIY projects, and seeking out fresh and exciting ways to inject more style into everyday life.  Please check back in as I add more content, and don’t hesitate to leave comments or contact me at megan@startingoutinstyle.com with questions or feedback.

Last and most of all, welcome and thank you for visiting Starting Out in Style.

Wish me luck!

Megan Good