I’ve been inside beautiful homes, drool-worthy homes, and admired their cleanliness, attention to detail, color schemes, etc. I’ve been in homes which, upon entering, appear to be a cut out of a House and Homes magazine. Where every frame, every piece of furniture, every textile, every book and knick-knack were placed intentionally.
Then I go back to my own home, ( a place I am certainly blessed to have!) and am surrounded by clutter that somehow multiplies faster than rabbits, mismatched second-hand furniture, and basically, absolutely Nothing that would beckon for a page in ANY interior decorating magazine, other than to be shown as a before shot.
But stuff is stuff.
I don’t need pristine furniture that silently beg to be kept away from red wine; I don’t need a dozen matching, brand name frames; I don’t need to subtly coordinate the couch with the rug with the throw pillow with the throw cushions with the curtains.
What I want, is my home to be my home; Our home, to be our home. (That is, my husband and I )
When it comes to things, I like to think of myself as simple. Of course, time to time, I get the bug for something new or updated. I like to switch up the scenery once in awhile. But I’ll be the girl daydreaming in Ikea, rather than pushing a cart full of goodies.
Taking a second look at my home, I see memories, and I see space for memories to be made.
That sunset painting on the wall? Done for us personally, while on our honeymoon in St. Lucia.
Along with these, are many personal photos on the wall, gifts from friends and family, crafty projects and garage sale finds. I hope, as we continue to grow and change, that we can say there are many things in our home that have a story. ( Or at least a sweet memory!) I want our home to reflect who we are as individuals, as a couple, as (hopefully, someday) a family.
However, above ALL these things, I always hope for our home to be welcoming. When it comes to making a home a home, I hope this is our first area of consideration; have I created a safe place in which I can serve and bless others?
What makes your home, home to you?