A Purpose Filled Home

March 26th, 2012

Most of the time, I’m in charge of my weekend, but not this last one – it was in charge of me.  I had high hopes of spending my Saturday gardening after I spent $60 at a local nursery on new plants and annuals, but the rain kept me from my plans, and I was forced indoors.  In hindsight, it was a good thing, because instead I set the plants aside and concentrated on some much needed interior spring cleaning, and in the midst of that purging and organizing I came to a conclusion about my home.

I think a lot of us seek purpose in our lives, I know I do.  In my later years, I want to look back and hope I made a difference, especially my family’s lives.  It came to me during all that scrubbing and dusting that our homes need purpose just as much as our lives do, and I started to think about all the ways a home can serve a purpose beyond just the shelter of four walls and a roof.  As I cleaned and decluttered, tossing out the unnecessary, polishing and displaying the lovely, I concluded that there are several elements in a purpose filled home.   

A purpose filled home tells a story.  Have you ever walked into a home that’s clearly been decorated by an outsider and it felt a bit… cold?  I have, many times.  Don’t get me wrong, I think interior decorators serve a necessary purpose, the best ones help people pull together a look that suits the resident’s lifestyle and tastes.  However, my favorite homes, the ones of friends and family, the ones I recall from the past and love in the present, aren’t fancy or pretentious, instead they tell a story of those who live within because they’re so personalized, from the pictures on the walls to the books on the bookcase.  I want our home to tell our story too. 

pics and lilacs cg

We all know the famous quote by William Morris, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”  Every season as I clean and purge, I think of those words and ask myself, is this thing Useful?  Beautiful?  Sentimental?  If not, out it goes.  It’s important to love everything in your home and I believe it’s better to live in a sparsely furnished space than to fill it with meaningless objects.   

A purpose filled home is one which reflects the resident’s style, and without apology.  We’re inundated with images from shelter magazines, Pinterest, design blogs, and other publications, it’s easy to fall prey to the notion that your home isn’t up to snuff.  Nonsense I say.  I’ve seen a lot of trends come and go, and I know which ones aren’t for me.  I respect and admire all great design, but at the end of the day I know what I like and I’ll stick with it through all the trends that come and go.

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Spring Craft Party Highlights

March 25th, 2012

Hello all happy Sunday, just popping in to share a few of the highlights from this past week’s Spring Craft Link Party, enjoy the creativity!

Alphabet stamps transform a plain pitcher into a personal memento with this quote pitcher project by Crafty Scrappy Happy.

crafty scrappy happy script vase

 

Wood stain plus painter’s tape led to this original art on plywood over at Welcome to the Mouse House.

tree art mouse house

 

Yarn and rope combine with these clever colored coil containers by Craftberry Bush, a great Anthropologie knock off.   

anthro knockoff yarn vases

 

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Vintage Glasses + Flea Market Finds!

March 23rd, 2012

Hi everyone, thanks so much to all of you who linked up to the Spring Craft Link Party yesterday, I’m enjoying all that creativity you shared! There’s over 300 links to fantastic projects, be sure to check them out!  Today I’d like to give a shout out to one of my favorite stylists Mr. Matthew Mead and thank him for allowing me to be a (small) part of his latest publication Flea Market Finds.

Matthew asked me to contribute to the publication with my most favorite vintage find so I chose to share about my mid century Empoli colored champagne glasses!  Read the whole story of why they’re so important to me on page 7.

favorite finds section

You’ll see a few other favorite bloggers featured too, hey there’s Kim and Marian! Turn the page for even more peeks at favorite finds by other stylists and bloggers too.

My Matt and I snagged those champagne glasses on a visit to a shop in the West Village in NYC called The End of History.  We were so inspired by all the imported colored glass we discovered that we bought ourselves those glasses ten years ago – they’re one of my most favorite things on earth.  I popped into the shop again on my trip to NYC last spring, and it never disappoints.  Take a tour of the shop with Apartment Therapy here.   

Back to Flea Market Finds – I’ve read the entire publication front to back and I think it’s some of Matthew’s very best work.  Article after article of projects to inspire you to create with vintage and flea market finds.  Inside the 150+ pages (no ads!) are new uses for paint, old maps, fabric transfer, milk glass, fern fronds, textile dyes, gilding, the list goes on and I love it all!

flea market finds matthew mead

Flea Market Finds will be available for shipment next week, but you can preorder your own copy here.  As a special treat this weekend, I’m giving away three copies – that’s right I’ll ship it right to you if you win this weekend’s giveaway!  My gift to you!

Eligibility to win one of three copies of Flea Market Finds by Matthew Mead:

1) Leave a comment on this post answering this question:  What’s your next spring project?  Is it planting some seeds, painting a fence, or sprucing your patio?  Share your next spring project to be eligible to win.

Three winners, US and Canada only, chosen at random.  Giveaway ends Sunday March 25th at 8 p.m. PST.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

I’m off to spruce up the porch and add new annuals to my planters, I’m feeling the need to have a little dirt in my fingernails. 

Have a great weekend all!

 

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