I'd read somewhere the term of the perfectly imperfect home and I think it describes exactly the type of family home I strive for. As I look around I can see our pretty mid century credenza, so shiny and new sitting right next to well loved and slightly dinged up stroller along with her baby dollies - one she's had since birth and one that my mum and I lovingly (and painstakingly ....) made for her second birthday. While they may not be the most obvious pairing they show our family living a full and rich life. Beautiful things, meaningful things, a bit of chaotic mess - they all mix together. Today I want to show you how to have a beautiful home AND have it chocked full with love and meaning.
Do: Surround yourself with things that have meaning
When I was younger I use to watch the Nate Berkus show religiously. He'd always talk about surrounding yourself with things that have meaning and now it's something I live by. Furniture, books, decorative pieces and artwork can help tell the story of your life. We have so many pieces that tell ours. The close up print of my wedding dress and shoes as we were about to leave for the church, the large poster of the deep blue shores at La Jolla on that perfect family day we took Matilda and Lucy to see the seals, the vintage chair that Tilly loves to play trains on that takes me back to the flea markets of LA. These pieces reflect who we are and what we are about.
Don't: Be afraid to make a mess
Being a bit of a control freak means I hate when the girls get messy and dirty. But the other day I decided to throw caution to the wind. Matilda has been dying to help me garden but I always resist as I think it will be too hard with all that dirt, water and other garden gooies. I pushed away my concerns and Matilda and I watered the plants together. She LOVED it and to my surprise she didn't get very dirty. It taught be a great lesson that if I let go some pretty cool memories can be created.
Do: Keep the clutter at bay
An imperfectly perfect house will embrace the chaos and love of life but that doesn't mean it should be a down right mess. Keep the clutter at bay so your eye can focus on the things that mean something to you. I like to use multi-functional pieces of furniture that store Matilda's toys and still look good (West Elm credenza I'm looking at you) I make sure we stick to the "use it and then put it away at the end of the day" rule so the house isn't over strewn with toys when it's time to relax. Plus I always keep my counter tops in the living and dining room free of mess by not letting anything sit on them (aka the paperwork tornado) Pledge Lemon Clean does a great job of revitalizing my credenza and table and it makes the house smell lemony! Delish!
Don't: Follow the rules - Make it work for you!
I hate that idea that your house has to follow a formula - this type of sofa here, that type of dining table there. Your home should be comfortable and a reflection of you and your needs. So do what works best for you. Our living room for example should have a coffee table but it's more important to give the girls some play space so it was bye-bye coffee table. Matilda had a walk in wardrobe she could see directly from her bed. It's convenient but I really wanted her to have a secret hiding place so I decided to put up her tee pee in there. Sure her clothes sit around it but most importantly she's go somewhere to go and read her books, sit with her teddies and escape her sister.
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