One of the first people I "met" was Cailin, the lady behind A White Picket Fence. I couldn't get over how nice she was. Right off the bat, Cailin was welcoming, conversational, and cool. And it's really nice to be welcomed into an online community with open arms. Makes a huge difference. I doubt I'll forget it.
Anyway, Cailin suggested a blog challenge and I was gung-ho to participate. So today, we are both posting our "5 Essentials." Cailin is a wizard in the kitchen so she's writing 5 essentials for baking and, per the title, I'm writing 5 essentials for a home with heart.
Now, I'm not a tasteful person. In fact, I am often rather distasteful, just to provoke a bit of a laugh. But I care about my home. And though I'm no expert, I love decorating, crafting, and living in a space that makes me happy.
So with no further ado, here are my 5 essentials for a home with heart:
If you have kids, display their artwork. If you don't, display some of the memorabilia from your own childhood. Here's some art I did when I was six:
I've talked about this before, so I won't go on and on about it. I don't care what you hang, but hang SOMETHING. Bare walls are depressing.
You don't have to be a musician to own an instrument or two. And the instruments don't have to be expensive. A plastic recorder, a bongo drum, a couple of shakers from that trip you took down to Mexico - all those are fine. Regardless, when you have musical objects around your home, people play them. And it's fun. I also suggest other accessories like books, games, records and puzzles. (This stuff can be stylish - think of a really nice chess set... not that I like chess. Boooooring!) Whatever. Just fill your home with stuff that's fun and activity-based and your home will have heart.
To have a home with heart, you need to have snuggle zones. Throw blankets, curtains, pillows, duvets, etc. Pile on the textiles. Homes that are cool and modern and highly designed look amazing in magazines, but they're often like hotel rooms. If you want a home with heart, I think it's important to put comfort (and snuggling) first and style second. (A close second.)
I say this, in honour of Cailin and her 5 essentials, of course, but also because warm baked goods smell amazing. My mom wasn't much of a baker, but nonetheless, the smell of baking is in my hardwiring. It's a smell that says happy. I'm not saying you have to become a master pastry chef or anything, but why not learn to make one thing? Chocolate chip cookies, for example. Need some recipes? Head over to A White Picket Fence. and I bet you'll find some.