A Storied Home
When stepping into a home, one of the first things I look for is the character it entails. Your home should reflect who you are and the things that mean the most to you. It's a collected display of old and new pieces. These items tell the story of what made you into who you are today and evolve with who you are becoming. This may look like family heirlooms that have been passed down from generation to generation that now stand still for a moment of time with you. Or something as simple as a vase of your favorite flowers picked from your very own garden. Your home should allow you to be completely free in displaying things that bring you joy. Here are a few helpful tips on creating a storied home.
Bookshelves, mantels, and buffets are a great place to showcase memorabilia. Collect the storied pieces you want to display and implement them into a mix of new decor. When styling mix in greenery, different textures, height variations, and overlap pieces to help complete the overall look. Curating a gallery wall filled with art, fabrics, hand written letters or recipes, or family photos is another way to bring interest to from a dull, flat space.
Finding items that are not only timeless but functional is key. When something is used daily it doesn't seem like it's taking up wasted space. The kitchen is a great area to display useful, collected items such as cookbooks and crocks. If we gather around a table at the end of each day, why not use a table that has its own story to tell as well.
Large statement pieces can bring a room together and can be a great conversation starter. Light fixtures and antique furniture are great examples. You can transform the old worn pieces and give them an entire new purpose that exudes character. The factory cart found at a hole in the wall antique shop makes for a one-of-a-kind coffee table.
I hope that this encourages you all to evaluate your home to see if it reflects the story you want to tell. Take your time in this process, rearrange and replace as you evolve. Give yourself the freedom and time to create a home you love.