I'm putting up paint colors on my wall, because we are planning to paint our "great room" with a "color", since it has been "white" ever since we moved in.
We live in a newer home (built in 2004) that was studs when we bought it.
We got to pick the paint colors, tile, cabinets, and appliances, which was very nice.
The thing about newer homes is that they are very comfortable to live in, but lack the character of older homes that my husband and I love.
The two previous homes I lived in with my husband were very old homes with a lot of character. Older homes are wonderful, but they are a lot of work. In our previous home, built in 1890, we had to replace the septic, get new roofing on many parts of the house, and live with quirky rooms that never heated evenly. :) It had almost 3 acres and that was a lot of yard to keep up with when you have a husband who commutes to NYC for work every day. There just were never enough hours for the house, work, and family time.
When we decided to move from that house, to have a better commute, and to not be a slave to the upkeep of our home, we were drawn to a newer home because, well, the "newness" of it, but also the home we finally chose was in the price range of homes we looked at that "needed work". It was a no-brainer to pick one that didn't need work.
So we've set to work on this home we are now in, trying to add character to a house that doesn't have quirky rooms and charming details.
We added our own.
And have furnished it with mostly flea market finds, since that is essentially the way we like to design: "flea market style" or even "frugal farmhouse."
I love our home. Yes, it takes a ridiculous amount of oil to heat it and give us hot water, which is not my favorite thing about it, but it fits our whole crew well, it's comfortable, and we've made it our place.
I've learned over the years, living in many different homes and living in a part of the country that doesn't feel like "home" to me that you really can and should make the best of where you are. Maybe you don't like your home--it's too small, it's not your "style", it's not "decorated", it's messy, it's in a town you don't like, etc etc,--you really can take what God has given you and He can multiply its use in ways you would never dream of. He loves to do stuff like that.