my blessed life : embracing beauty in imperfection

Hey guys! Wrapping up our little guest blogger series this week is someone most of you probably know and love. And if not… meet Myra!

When Myra doesn’t have her hands full with this adorable little man, She’s cranking out projects at both of these sites: My Blessed Life, or The Casabella Project. 

I had the pleasure of meeting Myra this last February, and we were instant friends. she’s a fellow Alabamian like yours truly, and a delightfully incurable DIYer.

On her sites, you can see great tutorials like these…


Revamped finds like these…


And clever, money saving knock-offs like this:


Be sure to check out more of her sites, and even more fabulous projects, here.

Today, Myra is sharing a bit of her philosophy with all of us lucky peeps, and I think its oh so brilliant. It’s something I enjoy reminding myself of, every day. So, without further ado, Take it away, Myra!

Hey y’all! I’m so excited to be here at The Handmade Home! Ashley and Jamin are my heroes, so I’m beyond honored that Ashley asked me to chat it up with y’all today.

I’m Myra and I’m married to my childhood sweetheart who I’ve known now for twenty years {gasp, I know!} and we have a precious two year old little man who brings us joy every single day. We are chronic movers who have moved five times in five years of marriage. I guess we like change and I completely eat up the opportunities to start fresh and decorate a new house. The truth is that we’ve had “house nightmares,” so we are happily renting at our new {termite and mold free} casa.

My self-proclaimed psychological status is recovering perfectionist. In a former life, I worked as an interior designer in the high-end furniture industry where everything was “just so.” Then I became a mom and everything changed. I resigned from my fancy shmancy position to stay home with my brand new babe. When spit up and snot became my accessories, I wasn’t sure where I belonged in my drastically changed imperfect world.

But then I figured it out. My passion is finding beauty in imperfection. Today, I want to encourage you to find beauty too.

Embrace Imperfect Furniture and Accessories

Ashley and I share a love for all things vintage. Actually, she probably doesn’t even know this, but Ashley influenced me greatly as I tried to figure out where I belonged. Thrifting and antiquing with her and a bunch of other home blogger friends in Nashville changed my life’s course and altered my design style – thus helping me keep my sanity.

I’ve embraced imperfection on a Picker Sister’s level where I’ll hit the brakes when I see an old rusty barn…just to enjoy it’s aged beauty. Vintage fans, aqua and blue Pyrex, chippy wood chairs, Ball jars, barn wood and old scales make my heart skip a beat. Looking for the most unlikely of items to repurpose into something beautiful is an incredibly fun hobby, turned job. Now I just share all my crazy ideas on my blog to inspire you!

Embrace Imperfect Stores

This was probably one of the most difficult changes for me. Finding imperfect accessories requires that I embrace imperfect stores, antique shops, thrift shops, yard sales and estates sales…not known to be the cleanest locations on the planet.

I’m deathly afraid of spiders and various bugs in general…like, I will hop up on a chair and squeal at the tiniest spider on the floor. Have you seen what brown recluses do to people? I don’t relish rotting flesh, so that’s why I squeal…maybe it will scare them away. Ha! Moving on…

Searching for fabulous imperfect pieces is a fear-of-bugs-defying adventure. Plain and simple. Moving cobwebs out of the way, blowing dust off of treasures and having people look at you like you’re a nut job just comes with the territory. Embrace it!

Embrace A Beautifully Imperfect Home

When you embrace imperfect furniture and accessories and imperfect stores, one thing will definitely happen – you will embrace your beautifully imperfect home. Reality isn’t a magazine cover or perfectly styled photo shoot. Sure, those are nice, but they are not real life where mail piles up, dishes aren’t always done and toys are strewn about on the floor.

Decorating with pieces from the past adds depth, character and a fabulous, worn beauty to your home that you won’t achieve with brand new items. Vintage items have quickly transformed our newest house into a “lived here for years” home. It’s truly magical! And since most things aren’t perfect {I do hold my breath around the sofa and chairs that cost us a pretty penny.}, I can relax and embrace the beautiful imperfection in my home with it’s messes and crooked floors.

I’m a happier, less-high-strung person, better mom and less nagging wife. My family is appreciative. And my heart is full.

Embrace imperfection with me today!


I would love for you to join me over at My Blessed Life where I share thrifty home decor, diy projects, crafts, recipes and more to inspire you to creatively thrive in your home.

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10 Responses to my blessed life : embracing beauty in imperfection

  1. jami nato says:

    love your style…so cute!

  2. Debbie says:

    You took the words right out of my mouth. I can live with imperfection and love it. It gets tiring trying to be perfect! Love your blogs and your style!

  3. Love Myra & her vintage finds and fun house moves & cute family. You go girl!! xoxo

  4. I loved this post! I’m sure it will only get worse after having kids but sometimes I look around after a big DIY project and my apartment is a complete disaster and I think am I the only one who is this messy?! Sometimes its hard to accept that this is just a part of the process! Thank you for some inspiration and I’m excited to check out My Blessed Life and The Casabella Project!

  5. Thank you so much Bethany! Your comment made me remember yesterday when I finished a project at what a HUGE disaster my craft room/study was. I think my MIL almost passed out when she saw it. Ha!

  6. Nancy says:

    Enjoy reading! As a designer, I am trying to find my niche too and live a “normal life”! Glad to see not everyone is “high end”!

  7. Jennifer says:

    I gave up perfection a long time ago…it’s not worth it! There is absolutely beauty in imperfection; show’s what a well lived life you live. :)