When my friends at Porch.Com asked me to share favorite, sentimental items …things that help me love my home, I didn’t have to look far- almost everything in my home has a story…a memory. All those little not-so-fancy things fall into place to make our house a home.
What do you think of when you hear the word Home?
I’m immediately filled with a sense of well being.
A sense of place.
And those feelings have little to do with how meticulous my rooms are decorated.
When I moved out of my parent’s home decades ago, I lived in a four-room garage apartment that was 50 years old. I furnished the apartment with hand-me-down furniture, I sewed sky-blue curtains for the painted-shut windows, and I slept under a fluffy white bedspread that I bought on clearance. I’m pretty sure there was nothing in that apartment that cost over $25 dollars, but for as long as I was there…I was home.
Because after all, it doesn’t matter how many walls surround you, what matters is how well you live and how genuinely you express yourself inside those walls.
Being genuine and true to what you love when you’re making your house a home is something I learned the hard way. Often times, when I was younger and remodeling or giving a room a makeover, I’d walk into a home store and pick out styled items that were displayed on the shelves. Those cookie cutter things always ended up in my next garage sale. You’ve probably heard the quote:
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”
At some point in my late thirty’s, I made that my litmus test for all-things in my home and it’s served me well.
Although I enjoy seeing the latest trends in color and style, I don’t bring them into my home unless I truly love them.
Over the years I’ve noticed that I have a few constants, a few things I always add to my rooms. Like getting up early and cradling that first cup of coffee, these little things are rituals repeated in all of my spaces. I absolutely must have:
Books…in every room.
It’s true. Each room in our home has a book-presence. I love to read, love the feel of an old leather-bound book in my hands. I inherited my Gramma’s books when she passed away. At her house, she had a room full of bookshelves that were overfilled with her beloved books. It was from Gramma that I learned to love escaping into story. Now, her books are here in my home along with lots of vintage books by my favorite authors, all collected for me by my sweet husband. (who loves nothing more than to hunt for treasures.) Someone once said, “a room without books is like a body without a soul” I know that’s not how everyone feels, but that quote sums it up for me.
Another favorite thing in my home…
My Mom’s Paintings
I incorporate one of my mom’s sketches or paintings into most of my rooms. Mom was an artist and though I’ve always admired her work, when she died suddenly 9 years ago, her paintings became even more of a treasure. Having them with me and seeing a bit of her heart on paper or canvas, makes me feel connected to her. Makes me feel like home.
I also use natural elements and all-things rustic in my spaces.
Mike loves to build things with repurposed wood…
Everything he builds reminds me that his talent for building things is almost as amazing as his talent for building a family…
You’ll also see plants in every shade of green …
And eclectic tree stump tables…
Because bringing the outside in makes me happy…
Rustic wood shelves and repurposed wood tables harmoniously share space with vintage painted furniture playing off one another in an “opposites attract” sort of way.
The things I love work together to help us live every moment full while making good memories with our family and friends in our home.
Oh and one more thing…after all these years since I decorated my first home (that garage apartment), my home today still has hand-me-down furniture, sky blue curtains and truly, I sleep under a fluffy white comforter. Guess some things never change~
What things do you love and incorporate into your home?
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