Yesterday I started writing about things in my life that keep me happy. Ever since I started staying home with my kids it has been crucial for me to get to know myself better and hone in on these little changes to make it all work. These are also things that work for ME. They might not be the best fit for you and your lifestyle. I just want to encourage all of you to get to know these things about yourself. It really has made all the difference in the world to my day-to-day happiness.
One thing I just have noticed that is extremely important to me is putting my personal touch on my home. I used to by all my decorations from big name stores. My house was always cute and everything always matched but it always felt like it was missing something.
I started to notice that I loved being in the areas of my house that were decorated with handmade items, antiques or things that had a story behind them. I also love purchasing products that were made in the U.S.
I still have plenty of manufactured items around the house but I am slowly trying to change that but it has become almost a game for me. I love going to Hobby Lobby, Target or Home Goods to find something I adore. Instead of buying it, I go home and see how I can make it or something inspired by it.
Here are some of my favorite things in my home. All of these things are either antiques, hand painted handmade or a special item from another country.
|I love this bowl given to me by a former student from Ghana. It was hand carved and I love the little details.|
|Hand painted turkish bowl from my favorite Turkish store in Charlottesville that is now closed.|
|I love this bowl for all it's details.|
|Our souvenir from our vacation from Charleston. Hand painted antique ceiling tiles from al old downtown building.|
It is also important for me to live in a place that smells like home. If I am not cooking something that smells heavenly then I am usually burning a candle or I have the windows open to get some fresh air in the house. Who doesn't love all of the above?
I have also learned that I desperately NEED outdoor seating. I have lived both with and without it and it taught me that outdoor areas are a MUST in my life. I am generally happier when I spend time outside and now that I am home all day I find that I do spend at least an hour outside a day. A nice place to sit in the fresh air makes life so much more enjoyable.
I really do think it is the little things that increase my quality of life on a daily basis. What makes your house a home?