What Does Home Mean to You Revisited~

9:25 AM
On Saturday, my friend and I went to see the moving Heaven is For Real. A lovely story.  Very thought provoking.

Whenever I watch a movie...about anything...I have a tendency to pay a lot of attention to the houses.  I simply can't help it.  So as each scene played out, I found myself studying the rooms in the house.  From the outside, the house was pretty amazing.  A large white clapboard beauty with a wrap-around porch in the middle of sweeping green fields somewhere in Nebraska.  From the inside, it was actually rather unremarkable.  There was no intentional decoration that I could see.  The furniture was mismatched and random, the cabinetry was out of date.  And yet, it was inviting.

I started to think about that.  And interestingly, it was one of my main takeaways from the movie. (Not to diminish the plot line at all - which was quite remarkable.)  Spending my days as I do, focused on making houses beautiful, I can't help but think about the fixtures, finishes and furniture that all come together to create aesthetic beauty.  And I admit that I love a beautiful home.  

image via Pottery Barn

But there's so much more to making a home beautiful than the things that we fill it with.

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post about this very topic.  What does home mean to you?   And it's something I've been thinking about consistently ever since then.  Especially as I work toward creating a new normal for my little people.  I want them to feel love, peace and contentment when they come through the doors of our home.

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via Simply Seleta

I find myself obsessing over the small (and large) details of decorating.  

"Is it time to replace the buffet in the dining nook?" 
 "I should probably get a new area rug for the living room."  
"I think it's time for a bedding update in the master."  

via Elle Decor

Things like this run through my head all the time.  And  I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing.  It's who I am and what I do.  As long as I keep it in check and realize that the love inside the home is what makes it truly beautiful.

What are your thoughts?



Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I definitely think you can either really feel the love in a home or not the minute you walk in. A home that is inviting and comfortable and where people are truly made to feel welcome and know they are cherished, that to me is what makes a home beautiful.

Cindy said...

So very true. My mind is always running wild with decorating ideas and projects to be done. Last week I broke a bone in my foot which has greatly cramped my style and agenda. Slowly, I am learning to "Sit and savor" the wonderful people and things all around me. It is a process to learn to be still and realize what's really important when you have a mind that is always focused on accomplishing things. It's a new journey for me and I appreciate your input.

Just a Simple Gal - Judy in Huntsville - AL said...

FOr my husband and me - a home is a place where others [anyone! everyone!] can feel welcomed... it's aplace where we USE THINGS and nothing is off limits... it's a place where we don't worry about a spill or a scrub against a wall -- we like to have a nice looking home, but our emphasis is more on the people who come into it... things can be replaced or refreshed...

Revi said...

Yes, I've got some great memories of homes you'd never see in a magazine...because the focus was on the people instead of the stuff. That's one reason I don't buy expensive china and crystal and I like "patina" on things - what's one more scratch? I want a pretty, functional and cozy home, but I want my loved ones to feel comfortable in it. It's always a work in progress.
Nice post, Wendy.

Art and Sand said...

I had dinner at two different homes recently.

At one home, the house was a disaster, nothing matches, the food was thrown together and not very appetizing. Neither the husband or wife had taken any time to make the evening special.

At the second home, EVERYTHING was perfect down to the table settings for 24 people. The hostess had made 5 different types of homemade ice cream and the meal had obviously taken her hours and hours to prepare.

As I read your post I thought about the disparity between the two evenings. I think that some people, including me, are really into the house/meal/decor/garden etc. down to the last detail. And others, just don't care.

As I sat in house #1, I actually was mentally decorating because the charming 1920's Spanish house is a beauty. Oh, it could be amazing.

House #2 is on the ocean, designed and curated by specialists and is on the market for $3.4 million. If I had the money, I would buy it and move in as is.

I am totally into decorating my home and making visitors feel special, but I need to realize that not everyone is. In the long run, we were at the homes to visit with old friends and that was what was important.

candis militere said...

funny that you say that about the homes...the movie was shot in manitoba canada. and I bet while the film makers took every effort to find remarkable homes on the exterior shots they fell short when it came to the interior design. I find this happens a lot, as the set decorators have limited budgets up here and limited time to source out good furniture and all that I takes to make a house a genuine looking lived in home.

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