Dabney's January Cure: Week 5
(and a Before & After)

January Cure Diaries

I love how all the harder stuff is weighted in the front end of the month, and now we're coasting downhill. It felt great to be in the final stretch and I'm totally thrilled with how much I've gotten done this month. If only I was this motivated to improve my home (and myself) all the time. Hmmm, a monthly Cure perhaps? I can't believe I just said that. I don't know who I am anymore.

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Day 19: Catch Up & Take a Photo.
I'm pretty excited about completing my goal project. We went and bought all the materials last week — foam, fabric and plywood — and completed it this week. It was a little expensive, but for something that will be so visible on a day to day basis, I think it's worth it. For me, it makes the space warmer and less severe, which is the absolute opposite of what I want our home to be. Now we just have to work on keeping the dog and her drool off the cushions.

Day 20: Hang Your Artwork.
This was a squeaker. It just got back from the framer on Sunday, and we hung it yesterday. We brought it to a friend of ours, and she not only gave us a great deal, but did an amazing job. I'm so glad we got this done; I thought for sure I would be giving you an update in July 2014. I'm also no longer scared to walk by it on my way to the bathroom, for fear it will fall off the wall.

Day 21: Speed Clean.
I'm down for anything that has the word "speed" next to the word "clean." Versus "deep."

Day 22: Shop for Get Together Goodies.
Yep, I felt a twinge of guilt for not hosting anything this month, but only a twinge. I can be a hermit crab this time of winter, and I am in full-on shell mode right now. Just know that I am fully enjoying my home, even if I'm not inviting others to do it with me.

Day 23: Celebrate!
Woohoo! I'm off to Los Angeles later this week to visit friends, and I'm going to the Rose Bowl Flea Market for the first time. So so very excited. That will truly feel like my final exams are over, and I have nothing to do but chat, drink wine, and look at pretty things and not buy them.

Thanks everyone for following along and for all your comments. It's always great to hear from you. Vive le Cure!

MORE OF DABNEY'S JANUARY CURE:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

(Images: Dabney Frake)

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When Dabney's not writing around here, she's digging through other people's attics for fun and interesting stuff, or running around with her bloodhound Friday. Originally from the East Coast, she's still shocked to find herself living in Missouri.