It was the start of 2014 when I found and fell in love with HGTV. I was on maternity leave with my firstborn (before deciding that I was not going to go back to work after maternity leave ended) and for the first time in my adult life, I was home during weekdays. Jeremy had taken a month of paternity leave, so he was home from Thanksgiving (when Zara was born) through New Year’s Day. We had a lovely month of family and friends visits, holidays, and time spent with Hayden and Zara as a family of four. Then once January hit, Hayden went home and back to school and Jeremy went back to work. And I was home by myself with Zara, and besides going on leisurely bundled-up walks through the neighborhood, I was waiting for my 6-week check up to be given the clear to start working out again. And it was a cold winter, so Zara and I were indoors a lot.
I had never seen HGTV before (Home & Garden Television) and I quickly got hooked on shows such as Property Brothers, Buying and Selling, Fixer Upper, Love it or List it, Flea Market Flip, Rehab Addict, etc. My creative ideas went into overdrive! I had always had an interest in interior design, DIY projects, and organizational decor, but I had never put the time and effort into doing much about those ideas. All of a sudden, I wanted to explore this unknown passion of mine.
Soon, my idea for “Nextpirations” was born. I slowly started looking at our furniture pieces that were old, or broken, or ugly, or not being used to their full potential – and I wanted to save them. Nextpirations are furniture pieces that are given a second chance at life; all they need are some love and inspiration. So I have a few project pieces that are waiting for my touch. They need to be repaired, sanded, repainted, etc. These pieces will be refinished, refurnished, reimagined, etc. And I will document before and after pictures and the processes as I go!