The Poetry of a Home

What is it that makes a house a home(besides the people and pets who live there)? It’s the poetry- pieces from stories of a family’s life - pictures, travel souvenirs, religious relics, antiques, and personal touches - including the types of candles we like to burn. You know - stuff. We can live without it all. But we’d miss it. After all, it’s what makes a home feel homey.

Maya Angelou said, “Home is a refuge not only from the world, but a refuge from my worries, my troubles, my concerns. I like beautiful things around me. I like to be beautiful because it delights my eyes and my soul is lifted up.” Our home tells the story of who we are. It holds what we love - people and things alike. We all know which of those matters most, so no one’s advocating things over people here. But there’s no denying we are fans of bringing things into our home that give glimpses of where we came from and what’s important to us. By doing so the “stuff” in our home augments the family values and history for the people living there as well. So make sure it’s good stuff!

Below are some images we found (again, on pinterest mostly) that show just what we mean about the poetry of a home.

Curated cabinets…

Curated cabinets…

Edited collections…

Edited collections…

Gallery Walls heavy on photographs…

Gallery Walls heavy on photographs…

Another gallery wall…

Another gallery wall…

Shelves with carefully chosen collections and memorabilia.

Shelves with carefully chosen collections and memorabilia.

Fishbowls even! (featuring my Vinny here)

Fishbowls even! (featuring my Vinny here)

Books!

Books!

More books - with the bindings showing! None of that books turned backwards business so you only see white pages, not the titles. Not being able to see the bindings looks a little concocted in our opinion and reeks of “trying too hard” design. Nate Berkus (shown here) gets it.

More books - with the bindings showing! None of that books turned backwards business so you only see white pages, not the titles. Not being able to see the bindings looks a little concocted in our opinion and reeks of “trying too hard” design. Nate Berkus (shown here) gets it.

Art - lots of art.

Art - lots of art.

Finally, the scent of a home is poetry in itself.

Finally, the scent of a home is poetry in itself.

Lisa McHugh