You know what? I don’t live in a farmhouse. Or a cottage. I live in a traditional style stucco house.
And I like it. Really I do. Actually, I like it a WHOLE lot and I’m incredibly, incredibly grateful for it. But, lately, I’ve noticed that you never really see my kind of house on Instagram or Pinterest or Facebook or…anywhere, really.
And sometimes that makes me feel a bit left out. Just a bit.
You see, I 100% believe that you should decorate your home the way YOU want no matter what. YOU live there and you need to feel comfortable and surrounded by what makes you happy.
But that being said, I think there is something wonderful that happens when you honor the architecture of a home. When you pay attention to its lines, its nuances, its inherent style. It can be almost magical when a flow is created between the outside of a home and the inside. Where you are able to get a feel for what the home will look like on the inside before you ever cross the threshold.
So, what you will find inside my home won’t really come as a surprise.
There are traditional pieces of furniture. Like an antique chest of drawers in the entry and other pieces which will never see a paint brush.
But, if you look closely, you might begin to notice that those traditional lines provide the perfect backdrop for adding in touches of other styles here and there.
A hint of cottage style here. A touch of farmhouse there. And healthy dash of French country for good measure.
Over the weekend my daughter and I went shopping for some summer clothes. While at H&M (seriously LOVE that store!) I came across a truly fabulous skirt.
It was fitted where it needed to be fitted and flowy where it needed to be flowy. And when I tried it on and looked at my reflection in the mirror I couldn’t help but think about how perfect it was.
Because it could be dressed way down or dressed way up.
I could envision it with stiletto heels, a fabulous blouse and the perfect clutch in my hands.
But, then again, I could also see it with a tank top, flip flops and my hair in a ponytail.
And I guess that’s kind of how I want my home to be.
I want it to be like that skirt.
I want to be able to dress it up or dress it down.
I want to know that a bucket filled with lavender will look right at home on the buffet table in the dining room.
Or that simply by putting metal lanterns on the sofa table I’ve added a touch of summer casual to the family room.
Metal lanterns with candles surrounded by seashells of course.
I want the way I decorate my home to rise to the style occasion.
I want to be able to add a trend here or there.
But I also want it to be true to itself.
And mostly, what I want more than anything…
…more than how it’s decorated…
…or whether it’s ‘on trend’…
I want all who walk through the doors of this traditional stucco home to feel warmly welcomed. To know that they can take their shoes off or leave them on.
And that those shoes can be stiletto heels or flip-flops or that they can just pad around the house barefoot with a warning about the possible stray Lego here and there.
What I really want is for them to feel…well…at home.
So, welcome to my home sweet friends. My door is always open!
I’m so thrilled to be joining these amazing ladies as part of our fantastic bHome Summer Open House!
Edith & Evelyn
And we have a totally awesome giveaway for you too!! In thanks for being part of the bHome family already, or to welcome you today, we are giving away a $200 gift certificate to Painted Fox Treasures. PFt has the summer time & any time home decor we all love. It is simple to enter, just download bHome ~ the app for free and leave me a comment with your bHome Username. Winner will be chosen at random on June 20th & notified with a message on bHome.” (Android Users don’t worry! We will offer this again when you can download too!)