I’m so glad that my post on Monday resonated with so many of you! It is something so near and dear to my heart, and what I wish I could tell women everywhere. Our homes truly have the difference to not only impact our lives, but those around us. It’s funny because I can see this conversation playing out in my head with my husband – he calls me from work one day asking how my day is going, asks what I’m up to and I reply with “I’m browsing HomeGoods right now, looking for the perfect home decor accent for our living room, because it nourishes your soul when you come home.” SILENCE is all I would hear on the other end, and then probably a chuckle, because he would be thinking I’ve lost my mind in how I can justify a trip to HomeGoods or Target, or you name it 🙂 Right?! I’m not saying men don’t get it, but to a certain degree I think it’s something we are called to do. Part of the nurturing and nesting phase we were designed with. Which is why this sweet little farmhouse table nestled in between our two chairs in the living room is more than just a cute table to me.
Not only does it happen to be the perfect size little table, it serves a great purpose. You see if you are sitting in the chair on the right than you don’t have a place to put your drink down on- or at least you didn’t before this cute little table was placed here. But now there is a resting spot. I’ve created a conversation spot just by adding a small little table. A spot for a girlfriend and I to sit and catch up over coffee. A spot for my kids to climb up and sit ever-so-close to me, like when they were little and the 3 of us would curl into one chair together, which is something they still think they can do and somehow fit! It’s a spot at the end of the day for my husband and I to sit and chat about the day. So you see it isn’t just about adding a new table, it’s creating a space, an environment that prompts conversation and connecting with one another. A small piece in the grand scheme of the design in our living room. This is how a sweet little farmhouse table goes from just adding another table, to allowing the items in our home to serve us, and make the space more inviting. I’ve even seen our house make an impact on my children’s friends, when they come over for play dates. You know the atmosphere in your home has to make a difference when little 5 and 6 year olds are complimenting you, and are touched just by being in your home. It wasn’t something they heard their mom’s say in passing, it was something they felt. It impacted them so strongly to speak up, and I love the children are so blunt with the truth. I’m not talking about have a perfectly tidy, clean home, even though cleaning your space can be the best refresher. You see there’s a balance, because if it was about my home being clean, they wouldn’t feel comfortable to make themselves at home. To curl up on our couch, throw pillows and all, and grab a cozy blanket. There is something truly restful about being comfortable in a home and allowing it to refresh you as well. For me it goes so much deeper than attaining that “magazine perfect” look. It’s how it makes you feel. And when it impacts the lives of others who don’t even live there, you gain a sense of accomplishment. I have done my job, in making our home inviting and welcoming to all, even the smallest of guests.
You can find this sweet little table in our curated collection at Painted Fox. You can catch more of our living room most recently in our Spring Home Tour, HERE. If you haven’t had a chance to read Monday’s post yet, about why I think home decor is so important, and how our homes can truly serve us, than I encourage you to click HERE.
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