I love filling my home with things that have history. I don’t spend a lot of time shopping antique and thrift stores. (Although I wish I had the time and money to browse antique stores.) Most of my treasures come from family members, so I really appreciate the history behind these pieces.
The pocket watches belonged to my step-dad and grandpa. I love holding something in my hand that they held onto for so many years.
This sewing machine was in a corner of my parents’ garage for years, before it found a home in my craft room.
There is nothing more meaningful than holding your great-grandmother’s Bible. There are even handwritten notes inside from church services and Bible studies.
When we were going through my grandma’s old suitcases, we opened one and found her wedding dress and my grandpa’s WWII army uniform. Many years before, she told us she had thrown them away because they were tattered. It was amazing to find them in perfect condition inside a suitcase in her garage.
The flower garden quilt is from my husband’s side of the family. His grandma sent it home with me after a visit to her house. It is very tattered, but I just have the good part of the quilt poking out of the basket. The star quilt was made my great grandmother and the picnic basket belonged to my grandma and grandpa.
This one was made my great grandmother and my great, great grandmother as a wedding gift for my grandparents. The patterned fabric was made from old shirts and dresses. They didn’t have a lot of money and they used the scraps they had available.
I can’t say I purposefully fill my home with antiques. I don’t seek them out, scour thrift shops, or shop ebay for a great deal. I fill my home with these treasures because each piece has a story.
What story does your home tell?
My husband calls it old junk, but I love home decor that has some sort of history. I think he may be coming around a bit. Recently, when we went away for the weekend, I convinced him to wander the antique mall for a few minutes. He actually said that it wasn’t the worst part of the weekend. That’s improvement!
I love treasures that tell a story. Even more special is a treasure that tells part of my own story, and reveals a little bit about where I’m from. I love the look of old books in home decor, but I really love that my old books came from my grandparents.
Here’s my favorite. This is a bible that was on my grandma’s bookshelf. Inside, it says, “For Our Dear Mother. From, Edith and Chester. August, 1927.” Edith and Chester were my grandmother’s parents. So, this bible belonged to Edith or Chester’s mother, my great-great-grandmother. How cool is that… just to know that I’m holding the same bible that my great-great-grandmother held.
If you look around my house, you’ll see that I decorate with lots of old books. To most people, that’s all they are… just old books. To me, they’re part of my history and it’s amazing to hold a little piece of history in my hands.
It’s Spring cleaning time and I’m thinking about rotating my seasonal decor. Quilts are my favorite things to change out. I usually leave a big basket filled with almost all of my quilts in my family room, in case of a chilly night on the deck when we have company over. In addition, I have one or two draped over the back of a chair or hanging off the side of the couch. I rotate those, seasonally, along with my floor pillow covers. This is one of my Winter quilts. There’s really no reason that I call it a Winter quilt. The colors are pretty neutral and the fabrics are not season-specific. For some reason, it just says Winter to me.
This quilt was my first jellyroll project. I fell in love with the colors of this jellyroll, the minute I saw it. I had no idea what I would make, but I just loved this fabric.
Happy Spring decorating… unless you’re not quite ready yet.
So, here it is. The post that started my spiral into cleaning, organizing, and decorating again. Happy reading!
Choosing a favorite blog is like choosing a favorite children’s book author. Each time I take out a new book, in my classroom, I tell my kids that this is truly my favorite author. Usually, I’m met with several eye rolls and kids saying, “You always tell us that this is your favorite author!” It’s true. I have lots of favorites. I cannot pick just one.
Well, I feel the same way about blogs. Each time I come across a new-to-me blog with gorgeous photos, a style that I strive for, or inspirational projects, I decide that this must be my new favorite blog. Although, I must confess, I never really let go of my old favorites. So, today, I’d like to share my favorite home decor… right now. I guess I’m adding them to my list of favorites.
First up, is my most recent addition to the favorites list. Golden Boys and Me is a blog I connected to in many ways. The author, Courtney, is a teacher (once a teacher, always a teacher in my opinion) who now stays home with her family. I love her style and photography. There is a warm and coziness to her home decor, but it’s light and bright at the same time. I tend to struggle with the combination of the two in my own home, so I admire her decorating style.
I think I need to scour Goodwill for a tray like the one below and create a display like this on my ottoman in the living room. Or maybe I’ll just wait until Christmas and see what she comes up with then.
I spotted this photo last week on the Pottery Barn blog.
Love, love, love!
Let me tell you, friends, I have a blank wall above my bed and a white bedspread with very little color in the room. My bedroom is screaming for this look! I know the Pottery Barn quilt was part of the inspiration for this look, and I don’t actually own this particular Pottery Barn quilt, but I may have mentioned a time or two that I’m a quilter. I see a jewel toned, scrappy, star quilt in my future! When I post a similar looking bedroom photo on my blog in the coming months, you’ll know where the inspiration came from!
So, there you have it! These are my favorite Home Decor blogs right now. I eagerly await their posts each day (or every few days) because I know there is inspiration right around the corner! If you have a favorite blog, please leave a comment about it in this post, even if it’s your own! I’d love to hear about it and why it inspires you. I’ll be sharing my favorite sewing and photography blogs later in the week.
(Photos were used with permission from the blog authors.)