Creating a Home to Call Our Own

Nearly ten months have passed since we moved into our first house. Some of our possessions have yet to find a suitable home. Random frames still lay scattered throughout. A great empty space greets us every time we walk through the door, waiting to be filled, still incomplete.

But that’s ok.

We have adopted the principle of “absolutely-nothing-unloved-allowed-here.” This is to be our sanctuary from the world, a place of rest for the weary traveler. It will be a space that evolves along with us as we grow, also. We are building it slowly, introducing things that speak to us, that show us what it means to be home.

I believe strongly that things should not only be functional, but also symbolic and beautiful. They should reflect who we are, should change as we change. I’m in no rush to decorate and fill the empty space and walls. I confess I have a problem with permanence, but I also want to do this with intention–a continual process as we peel away the layers to discover who we are, what we love, what we dream of.

A welcome mat upon which our visitors can shed their burdens, come in, and feel sheltered.
A welcome mat upon which our visitors can dust off the weight of their burdens, come in, and feel sheltered within these walls.
Reflections of the innovative spirit, the impulse to build and create.
Reflections of the innovative spirit, the impulse to build and create. “The best chair in existence.” A call to remember the simple pleasures.
Music and art: reminders that life should not just be productive; it should also be beautiful.

A simple fruit basket: a reminder that even the commonplace can be lovely.
A simple, but elegant fruit basket: an illustration that even the commonplace can be lovely.

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Salt and pepper shakers gifted to us by dear friends, relics of their precious friendship. A wooden napkin holder crafted by Michael. A mini Christmas tree to help us remember that every day is one to cherish loved ones.
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A vintage clock brought home from our date to Coronado, reminding us that time is limited, that these things too will fade, and to treasure every, every moment.
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And always remember: dark, long shadows mean that a brilliant light shines just behind you.