But one mistake I made when I was young, was thinking that I had to wait until I had that dream house to live how I wanted. For example, I've always loved the idea of baking and cooking and secretly wanted a retro kitchen to experiment in. Perhaps I watched too many episodes of "I Love Lucy" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" growing up, but I was fascinated with all of Lucy and Laura’s various tools and containers. As I got older and eventually had an apartment of my own with my husband, I went out and bought "temporary" kitchen stuff –not the cool retro items or gadgets I had really wanted. For some reason I thought I needed to wait for that "dream kitchen" to fill it with all my dream things. Plus I thought all those things would be too expensive.
My husband and I like to antique shop, and one of our favorite things to do on the weekends is go out hunting for old treasures. Sometimes we find extra special items and it can be hard because we can't afford to buy them yet (Like an awesome mint condition Eames lounge chair from the 1960's…) but it's fun to go around and dream together. Each time we go I give myself a little budget even if it's only $5 or $10. If I find the perfect item for that price – I buy it! If I don’t, I go home empty handed, and I’ve learned that that is OK. Eventually you will find what you are looking for. In fact, just this weekend I found a set of retro containers with wooden lids to hold my baking supplies. I’ve been searching for something like this for months, and the best part - they were on sale and under my budget for the day!
If you make it your own (and it doesn’t have to be your kitchen) - whether it be with your favorite color towels or retro containers, it is a lot more enjoyable and adds to making your life just that much happier each day, and some days that can make all the difference.
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