With all the refreshing the new year brings us, I can’t help but take a look around my home with a refreshed perspective. Wanting to start off the new year with a freshly cleaned space, and decluttered surfaces, I can’t help but analyze over our homes decor, and reflect on the story it tells. Looking over every piece of furniture and knick knack, I ask myself the question ” Does my home tell our story?”, and the answer is YES!
As I look around our home, at all the pieces of decor that make up our spaces, I can’t help but smile in contentment, knowing the way our home is decorated truly reflects the people that live inside it.
No, I didn’t always know exactly what my style was when it came to decorating, there were plenty of trial and errors along the way to help me hone in on my true style. The one thing I kept coming back to was a question I would ask myself “DO I LOVE IT?”, when it would come to adding a new piece or item to my decor.
When I started my blog, I came up with the tagline “Helping others to Love the space they Live in”, and it came from years of helping friends and family members decorate their homes to be a space they truly loved to be in. I would often ask them the same questions “DO YOU LOVE IT?” when they would be debating on which knick knack, or throw pillow to buy, and if it wasn’t a resounding yes, I would tell them to hold out and wait for something they really loved.
I think part of really loving a piece of decor is how it resonates with you personally. And here is how our homes start to tell our story.
I love slip covered furniture! Always have, even before I could afford it. The soft, relaxed look of the slip covers resonated with me as a soft landing place. A spot you could sit down, and truly relax in. Their physical look resembled how I wanted to feel emotionally when abiding in that space.
I’ve always loved the look of blown up family pictures on the wall. I remember one time I was studying a pottery barn decorating book, yes – I spent my early married days disecting Pottery Barn books from cover to cover, and I was analyzing what I loved about the space they were showing, I couldn’t help but notice most of their rooms had framed pictures of people throughout. I loved it so much, it was one of the first things I did to help our home tell our story.
I loved the idea of creating gallery walls that reflected some of our favorite family moments. I couldn’t wait until we started having babies, so I could fill my walls with photos of my children. It’s the one thing my kids have loved most about the way I decorate our home. Every time they go up and down the stairs they get to see photos of themselves growing up throughout the years.
It’s one thing to fill your home with decor, but when you fill your home with pieces that tell your story, you decor starts to feel meaningful. And I can’t help but think that’s how every home should feel.
Your home should be full of all the things you love, because you are the one that has to live in it. Our home tells our story in so many ways, from the gallery walls of family photos, to treasures collected from trips to the beach, to family heirlooms passed down from generation to generation. I think the thing I love most about our home, is it feels like us.
So how about you. Does your home tell your story? Do you have a favorite piece? Or maybe you are reading this and realizing your home doesn’t accurately reflect the people who live inside it.
One way to start is by looking around your home at the decor you have and asking yourself this question – “DO YOU LOVE IT?”. If the answer is no, start by clearing our the things in your home you absolutely don’t love, and write down a few things you’d like to add to your home so it feels more like you.