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Cheeky Mama: Making our house a home

Being a mama, we want to make our house a home.  

We want to first make it safe for the little dumplings. Then, obviously, it has to be functional. After that, we can go ahead and make it our own.

Decorating our home is exciting. However, it can be daunting on top of all the mama responsibilities. We built almost 10 years ago, and I have yet to decorate every room of the house. Granted, we choose to use our money to travel rather than decorate.

My house isn’t bare bones. Although it would be if it wasn’t for Bobby’s aunt. She remodeled her home, so we got her hand-me-downs, which we have appreciated. Having the moola to furnish the whole house would have been outrageous. Plus, we wouldn’t have been able to travel the world like we dreamed of.

For several reasons, I have been thinking about sprucing up mi casa. Since kids cost a lot, we have decided not to travel overseas until Hannah Jo graduates high school. So this will give us a wee bit more cash.

I have been motivated by family, too. Hannah Jo’s auntie, Elsie, moved back to Illinois and has done an impeccable job of remodeling her home. Her style is beachy and airy. Also, Auntie Kelly just purchased a house. Her spotless home is very appropriate for DeKalb County. She did a rustic/barn theme. All of this has made me think about jazzing up a couple of rooms.

Paint was first on my list. My mama brain was boggled trying to choose a paint color – especially after talking with the paint mixer at the hardware store. She was explaining all the trends out there. Apparently, gray is a very popular paint color, which I think would fit in well with my eclectic taste.

You see, I have themes for the rooms. Traveling has led me to an aboriginal/tribal decor in the guest bedroom. The oceans, lakes and nature have been brought into the bathrooms, while my taste in paintings and iron sconces have made my downstairs quite artsy-craftsy.

The office and dining room are what I want to color. Our love of sports has taken over the office, and the formal dining room is full of 1980s white. So I think gray would flow nicely.

Now that Hannah Jo won’t knock stuff over, I can display my Roman statues. And recently, I bought a beautiful giraffe along with a black leather chair with a matching mammoth-size mirror with a leather frame. Just awesome!

Freshening up my home has given me a newfound respect for it. Working hard has allowed us to purchase a house and grow as a family.

This home also is pretty significant to me, because it is the longest I’ve ever lived in one place. I have finally found a place to call my own. It’s a place where we can entertain our friends and family. It has brought not only me but my family comfort and joy. Decorations are just the surface of a house. We all know a home is made of love!

• Becca Hirst is a proud DeKalb resident who writes about her life as a working mother. She hopes to bring more enjoyment to and less shaming and judging of herself and other mothers. Reach her at

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