You know; the feeling that a home has a story and some history.
How does one get that look? Here are 7 tips to help you achieve the look in your home. Grab your coffee!
Family relics are heavy-hitters for adding a sense of who you, and who your people are. These things, when out on display, give visible evidence of your heritage. They can also spark conversations. "Where'd you get that?" "Is this handmade?"
Family Bibles, the family silver, quilts, grandpa's hat, the trunk your grandparents used when they immigrated...etc., etc. You get the idea.
Don't be afraid to add touches of whimsy and humor to your home. They show that you can laugh and don't take yourself too seriously.
I, of course, take this to another level........
You may be tempted to hide or toss some gifts. Don't do it! These pieces can help make your home unique. Only you know the story behind it. Everyone else just sees the unusual item that adds an eclectic pop to an otherwise fairly predictable theme in your home.
NOT a plastic alligator back scratcher! Something that will rekindle a vacation or travel memory - even if only for you and your family. Especially if it only means something to you and your family! Put it out on a coffee table where it begs to be asked about.
It doesn't have to cost money. A framed menu, a snapshot, or a large seashell (but don't go to jail for said souvenir),
We've all got non-pretty things that we have to use, store, or keep. Put your mess in pretty containers! I'm a bit fanatical about this but won't expound because I already wrote an entire blog post on the subject. http://www.fadedvelvetshop.com/blog/pretty-organized
This serves another purpose as well. All that clutter would otherwise catch a person's eye and distract them from the beautiful things that you actually want people to see.
Old things give a sense of history to any home....the older the better! Some people prefer their antiques to be pristine. I prefer my antiques to look tattered and torn, further adding to my home's sense of having been there forever. With untold stories throughout.
The temptation is great, but don't do it. Remember the goal is for your home to reflect YOU and YOUR family. Not your neighbors, not your friends, and certainly not magazine or home decorating books (though they are fun to get ideas from).
1. Takes time
Beautiful, unique items (treasures) are usually found one item at a time. Collections aren't garnered overnight, and frankly very few people can afford to buy everything they want whenever they see it.
2. Constantly changes
Your story isn't finished yet, you will to pick up items as you continue to travel, shop, receive gifts and live!
3. Does not look like anyone else's home
THAT'S the whole point.
4. Takes confidence to "pull off"
Since your home doesn't look cookie-cutter, not everyone will love your home. That's ok, because it's YOUR home! If you walk in the door at the end of the day and your home makes you smile and feel welcome, that's all that matters.