How to you want your home to make you feel?
Should it inspire you creatively?
Do you want it to help you relax and recharge so you can face the world again the next day?
Should it embrace you with memories of family or travels, or both?
Do you want it to be impressive? It’s okay if you want that. To love your place and be happy at home, you have to be honest with yourself about what you want it to be like.
What I want most from my home is a sense of peace. I get more than enough stress from the outside world. When I come home, I want to shut the door on all that and be soothed.
I prefer when there is a place for everything and everything has a place. I do not like tripping over things or hunting for something I need.
Home has to make day to day living a breeze and a joy. And joy to me is being able to quickly put my hands on a tool or moving through the space with ease.
The great tiny townhouse update is as much about function as it is style.
Not only do I want it to be visually appealing and clean, it has to be easy to tidy and sanitize.
I’ve come to the conclusion that life is far too short to spend it dusting a house full of knickknacks. I’d rather spend my down time hanging out with my husband, cuddling with the kittens, plotting fierce novels and knitting/crocheting with gorgeous fibers.
Scrubbing, polishing and cleaning can be therapeutic, but only in small doses.
While I don’t love cleaning, I do love the option of changing up the look in our home on a regular basis. I don’t want to feel stuck in a rut because something feels too daunting or too wasteful to change.
For the record, painting our two story living room is seriously daunting to us and spending a few hundred bucks on a new rug every six months is wasteful to us.
That’s why I prefer a fairly neutral backdrop in terms of color and style. Peace is knowing I can move things around, bring in new art, and change throw pillows and curtains at will.trust yourself most
The top part of this post was written weeks ago and has been in the wings waiting for art (I have a lot of posts like that). Then this week, life kind of caught me by surprise. I thought I was dealing with a problem fairly well, but it morphed and sucker punched me unexpectedly.
Home for me has to be a refuge to process those kinds of life-slaps. Home has to comfort me.
When it comes to your own home, you are the best designer. You know how you want to live. You know what you need from your home. Trust your feelings and start your design there.