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Making Home From the Heart

The other day, I had a chat with a couple of girlfriends about how easy it is to get trapped into the “stuff” mindset. You know the one? Where the little voice in your head tells you, “If I can just have that in my life, I’ll be happy.”

And the “that” could be anything. A fresh new sofa, that rug you’ve been eyeing for months, the perfect kitchen that you’ve dreamed about for 5 years and it still hasn’t happened. The stuff.

It’s so easy to get stuck in that continuous spiral of want. And it hit me that I’ve been really guilty of it for too long.

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Then, I realized when I look around the home that Robert and I have put so much time and money and effort into these past 2-3 years, it isn’t the stuff that I like really at all. Not the kind I bought at the store anyway.

Sprinkled throughout our house are little tokens of our past, who we are, where we came from, and what we treasure more than anything. And while most of the time friends who visit our home walk right past that old dirty suitcase that sits underneath our foyer table, I see it and am reminded of my grandparents and how they took it with them on their honeymoon 60 years ago.

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Down our hallway, we have an old, chipping window hanging up that once was a part of my husband’s childhood house. And on it is a scripture that my brother read during my and Robert’s wedding ceremony.

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In Olivia’s room, it is covered in memories from my and Robert’s own childhoods- a Snuggle bear that was his very first toy as a baby, a verse that’s always been my favorite…

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…my first pair of pointe shoes that still has stage lipstick stain on the ribbons…

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…a rattle that Robert’s father carved for Olivia out of a piece of wood.

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In our entryway, a sign hangs with the same words that are displayed in my own parents’ house and represents our roots.

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Our office shelves hold mementos from Robert’s past with his Marine Corps boots and a pocket Bible he prayed with every day while in the service.

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Our living room bookcase has a birdcage from one of our leftover wedding centerpieces and a sewing machine once belonging to my great-grandmother who sewed countless Easter dresses on it.

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Our living room cabinet displays seashells we picked up on the beach on a family trip last summer.

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And our stairway gallery wall documents our lives together from the very beginning.

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As I get wrapped up in project plans and start going design crazy on rooms around our house, I have to step back and look around to get that perspective again. That a house full of well-decorated rooms isn’t nearly as beautiful as a house that is filled with the love of those who live there.

The best makeovers of all don’t have to cost a cent; they just require a little perspective.

I hope whatever your house looks like right now, friends, if you have dishes piling up and laundry to be done and your home wish list keeps growing that you take the time to stop and look around to find the blessings and the heart in all of it.

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  1. Thank you for a lovely grounding post. I have lived in my house 22 years and it is indeed full of precious reminders of our family life together. When some neighbours came here the first time, they liked our decor a lot but the wife summed it up beautifully saying it was layers of life that have been built up and it will take her a lifetime to make one like this – what a very pleasant thought! It is of course a good thing to want to make our home pretty and to be creative but perspective is everything indeed. This was a lovely post, for me, the best one!

  2. Lauren, this is such a lovely post!!! As an interior decorator myself, my own home is full of little quirky mementos of things I’ve made when I first started out, they make me laugh when I see them compared to what I’ve grown to make now definitely not everyone’s cup of tea when they see them, but as long as it makes me laugh, and my husband loves them, that’s what counts, so whenever I’m decorating for a client, this to me has to be in the design concept to give it that wow factor, so my clients know that this really is their home, their dreams and memories!! thanks for this lovely reminder!!

    1. I 100% agree, Pat! It would be just a house without all of the pieces of love and memories that truly make it a home. I love that you incorporate quirky things. Those make for the best stories when people visit I think. πŸ™‚

    1. My absolute favorites are Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams, but when I’m on a majorly tight budget, I usually gravitate to Valspar and Glidden.

  3. That was a great post that came on the right day. I am having some friends over and new friends tomorrow to my house and was starting to panic because it wasn’t clean enough, etc etc. I read your post and it helped me to relax and realize I have a home that is lived in, not a show place (except for our cherished family pieces). Thank YOU so much!!

    1. You don’t know how happy that makes me, Kristy! I’m so glad that helped shed a new perspective. If it makes you feel better, my house is a total trainwreck 95% of the time, I just don’t photograph it. Toddler toys everywhere, dishes, laundry, shoes thrown all over the place. Just means you’re making memories. πŸ˜‰

  4. Great post Lauren! Your home is full of the unique pieces that truly make it a home and not just a collection of things that you get from a store. That’s what I’ve always loved about your blog, that everything is unique. And isn’t it nice to look around and say “hey, no one else has this because I made that myself!”

    1. You are the absolute sweetest, Mary! I hope you know what a blessing you are to me every time you comment. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  5. What a beautiful home! This post was perfect for me today. As I transition from being a Mommy working full time outside the home to being a full time Mommy in the home, our budget has changed drastically. I love Instagram and blogs but it can definitely give me the desire to constantly change our home and buy more “stuff”. I know I will treasure this time with my kids and the memories will give me much more than the “stuff” can. Thank you for a great reminder.

    1. Oh my goodness I know EXACTLY how you feel, Michele! I was in the exact same spot two years ago, and I know what you mean. It’s a challenge not to give in to that wishful thinking when you’re surfing around Pinterest or watching HGTV. Enjoy your new SAHM life! It’s tough but the most rewarding job in the world. πŸ™‚

  6. I like what Marcia said!! I also like how you’ve incorporated new in with heirlooms and treasures. Beautiful!!

  7. What beautiful decorating! You are so blessed with all you have…..and I’m not talking about your decorations now. Your home inspired me!

  8. Always a great reminder! I love how you’ve incorporated all these personal details into your home – I’m a very sentimental person and it’s so special to be surrounded by things with meaning, not just to fill a space (though I have some of that too ;). Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Jenn! I’m the same way. I have a hard time throwing anything away that has even the slightest little bit of sentimental value. Wouldn’t have it any other way. πŸ™‚

  9. Thanks Lauren! Loved that you shared these dear details with us, surely our home should reflect who we are and who we are, our heritage are in these little touchs that keep our best memories.
    kisses ML

  10. As a kid, Little House on th Pairie was a favorite show. I’m now 53 yrs old and still love this quote, “Home is the nicest word there is” (Laura Ingalls Wilder). You have created a beautiful home that is a reflection of you and your family. Blessings to you!

    1. Aw that’s perfect, Debbie! I have to agree with Laura. I read all of those books when I was growing up and always loved them. Thank you for your sweet words! Blessings to you too. πŸ™‚

  11. That was a great post Lauren and a good reminder for us all. I think it’s easy to get wrapped up in the stuff. The real treasures in my home are the little things like you mentioned. Love your home and look forward to reading your blog every day! Hope you had a wonderful Easter with that precious little one. Thank you!

  12. This is a perfect example of what a Home should be. Not the stuff inside for stuff’s sake, but memories and people and lives lived. Thank you for this uplifting read this morning!

  13. Hi Lauren! What a beautiful post and a life lesson many of us need, myself included. It’s the meaningful items that give your home it’s soul. I think visitors and viewers can sense/feel that. Jane

  14. Beautiful sentiments. Please continue to enjoy the important things in life….the memories, the love of family and friends.

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