Friday, September 26, 2014

A Well Curated Home

It can be a daunting task to FILL up your home especially when you move into a new home that's larger than what you are used to living in.  I want things to look put together and done, but not at the expense of just filling my house with junk or buying everything on the shelves at Target.  
My goal is to put things in my home that have sentimental connections, evoke memories, were collected a little at a time on fun trips or have a great story behind finding the perfect item.  I love decorating with pictures and am working on updating our frames with our favorite travel pictures and memories.
Of course there are those unavoidable things you just go out and buy - a high chair, rugs, appliances, techy items, bedding, toys, some things from IKEA to help organize your home, tchotchke (sidenote: I definitely had to google "chatsky" to see how to spell it and I was shocked to see the true spelling...) at TJ Maxx and others.  There's nothing wrong with picking things up from time to time, but my goal is to have lots of things in my home that make me smile and make me think of fun memories.  There are also times when you really try to buy NEW items - a mattress, a crib, rugs, lighting, paint and bathroom shower curtains/rugs.  I don't have any special memories of those things and it makes me happy to know that they are new and germ free - haha.

 Let me tell you about a few things that I have in my home 
and the memories associated with them.

 A brand new rug and a dinging room with our first table and chairs, 
a sofa table from IKEA that Kevin got me and assembled for me for my birthday one year
Bookshelves my parents bought us for our first apartment
Shelves filled with favorite books and photo albums
two cats we adopted from Utah :)

 A new rug
A quilt that my parents picked up at an auction long ago
A coffee table that my husband adores.  It was his first piece of real furniture back from college and he can't bear to part with it.  I don't share the same love for it, but we compromise on our sentimental items :)  I hope to paint it one day in the very near future.

 A chalkboard that was part of my baby shower decor when I was pregnant with Olive.  I've since erased the message and use it to greet guests in our dining room.

 Patio table and chairs from our first place.  They've lived in UT>AR>MS and have been on all of our patio.  The chairs fold up and are comfy.  
A bird house that my dad made us as a house warming gift.

A bar cart that was our first furniture purchase in MS.  It's vintage, solid wood and I had fun shopping at a neighborhood sale for it.  I got a great deal and have a fun story to tell about it.  I'm also hoping to paint it and use it for many years to come.

 Decorating your home can be so much fun.  
Take your time
& fill it with things you LOVE!

I'm currently hunting for the following things:
NEW: the perfect kitchen rug, great fabric for curtains and curtain rods

THRIFTED: art, mirror, fun pieces for gallery walls, 
outdoor furniture for our patio and a little bench

Where do you find things for your home??


  1. I love having items with a story. I've been to some homes where it seems that EVERYTHING would have a story to tell..but I'm trying to find the balance between our family style and mixing in unique items that have heart.

  2. I love this post - and your heart for making your home a special place - so much! I love things in my home that my mom and I bought together when I was setting up my first apartment, things we received as wedding gifts from special friends who have gone on to Heaven, and things I inherited or received from my grandparents. Special things really make a difference in our homes!


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