2.28.2011

For the Love of a House

I try to be somewhat original on this little blog of mine, but sometimes that can be hard. As design blogs become more popular being original can sometimes feel next to impossible. I was feeling slightly uninspired so I picked up my camera and started shooting. Slowly and surely I began feeling inspired again, by own home. Now that's fun and rare. Maybe my simplicity goals are actually working. Here is a glimpse into what makes me happy in my own home...


The color green reminds me of spring. Spending time outside, having picnics, and fresh air.


My 30th birthday party dress stays out. I adore it and it reminds me all my fabulous friends and family. Happy memories. The piano was a gift. Can't wait till the kiddos learn how to play sweet melodies.


My new lamps look extra lovely wearing my jewelry. This nook in the bedroom has changed dozens of times since we moved in and I was never happy with it. Finally, while gaining simplicity and not wanting to buy anything new till I was 100% sure I would love it, I stuck a chair that I had for years there and well, I am smitten with it.


We have been doing so many art projects that I decided to stop putting the brushes away. Ellie then started hanging her art on the wall. I rather like how it looks. I think we will continue to do it until the whole wall is full. Makes me happy.


An old star burst clock that I "borrowed" from my parents against the greige walls makes for a lovely combo. The antlers in the guest/kiddos bath adds a little whimsy. I like whimsy and apparently jumped on board with a few trends over the years. ha.


My garden is starting to grow back. Love seeing the sedum peeking through drinking up the sun. Spring time is on its way.

Can you see a trend? My own home makes me happy. I am so excited. Isn't that the way it should be? Oh, and no it still isn't our forever house, but it is my house and I think she can be pretty.

37 comments:

Full House said...

Love it Paula.

I love that the birthday dress is still hanging out
Love that Ellie's art is hanging around and that you finally decided to leave the brushes out.

Hooray for simplicity and being content.

Anna White said...

just gorgeous sweety..so nice that your inspiration comes from your own home..oh and I would be very happy with your home being a forever house..love it x

monika@stylemadesimple said...

You have such a lovely home, Paula. Beautiful details!! Sometimes we need to step back to be able to appreciate what we already have.

Rene said...

Just wanted to say that I think you are quite original and always an inspiration. I love your chic simple style.

Hana said...

this is just what i needed to be reminded of this morning. your home is beautiful, it would make me happy too. xo

Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

I can so relate, I sometimes just sit, staring at my laptop thinking to myself, 'what can I post?!?!'.

This WAS inspirational and so lovely, seeing more of your home lets us all get to know you more personally and I think that is wonderful.

Love the idea of keeping your stunning party dress out, much more appealing than the bikini I have up to remind me of what is to come, LOL! xo

abode love said...

I love your home... all of the details are what makes it so special. Love the new lamps... the fact that they are shade-less is spectacularly awesome! I also love your second image with your green-ish glass jars... simply fabulous!

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Staley Mc said...

Love your birthday dress! And the pictures above the piano are such a homey touch!

Bridget said...

i love it all- and mrs meyers is my favorite.

sarah, flourish design + style said...

You could blog about your house every day, I so enjoy seeing it.. it is so beautiful Paula! x

Ashley said...

Lovely images, Paula. I think what you've demonstrated in your home is that we don't need to overthink our spaces. Home can just be a place where we are surrounded by our favorite people and favorite things.

Stephanie Sabbe said...

love this post, so sweet and so true.

lizziefitz said...

This post oozes with sweet contentment .Good for you,great message . Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

Oh so beautiful! I love when people share the little corners of their home that make them happy. I know what you mean about it being hard to be original, but I think you do a pretty good job at it already.

la la Lovely said...

Pretty. Love the new lamp and the artwork. Love being inspired by nooks and little bits of people's lived in homes!
xo

Katie said...

Thanks for this fun glimpse into your home! Focusing on and giving thanks for what we have has got to be the key to lasting happiness. But it's quite hard to learn and put into practice in this culture we live in. I'm currently reading Ann Voskamps One Thousand Gifts and enjoying every minute of it.

ps. Yay for spring! We have rain here today and it smells of springtime!

Jana said...

The green jars call my name, and the piano scene...I feel like a piano surrounded by familiar objects and pictures is something that kids will remember fondly all their life.

Thank you for sharing your home!

Char said...

i love the lamp and the green jars

birdsofafeatherdesign.com said...

LOVE that your dress is still out...such a great dress too! Why don't you pack that lamp on up and ship it to Wilmington (don't even bother taking the jewelry off!)... Beautiful home, great style! -Ann

Nuha said...

I'm getting excited at the first signs of green too :) I'm hoping this warm weather is here for good!

annie said...

You are always inspiring...very pretty birthday dress! Love all the original paintings by Ellie...we used to have a wall in our kitchen that I started hanging artwork on as my son brought it home in kindergarten. He called it his wall of work. Broke my heart when I had to take it down when we were moving, so now a few are framed in our laundry room.

A Perfect Gray said...

lovely, paula. thanks for inspiring us. I want to be original, too, but feel that I often fall short. I'm going to do better!

great post. donna

Lavender and Lilies said...

love this post. What a great way to get inspired!

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Paula- Love these little snippets of your house. Just lovely!

I'm touched by your daughter's artwork on the wall. And the tape to "hang" it. My kids have started using thumbtacks to hang their art on their bedroom walls and I am not stopping them.

Loretta

Savor Home said...

It's so hard to be original with so many great blogs out there. Me and Marianne at Haven & Home did almost the exact same post last week! Lovely post here. Very organic. Hope you had a great day.

The Hoppers said...

The new lamps are fabulous!!!!

Natasha said...

Your home is lovely Paula! Full of sweet touches, and how beautiful is your 30th party dress! And look at your garden springing out, I can't wait until the snow melts away over here!
Natasha xo

Truly Smitten said...

seriously gorgeous home! And that dress....whoa!! Love it!!

Tenn Hens said...

Your house seems so inviting & warm. Plus I adore your new wing lamps. So darn cool!

Jennie Bee said...

That is a great dress! Slowly but surely I am working on my house..

Marianne (Style For Living) said...

I love that you did this, Paula! I've been feeling very uninspired too. I hope it turns around for me soon!

stephanie said...

I adore the nook in your bedroom and large frames above the piano! Gorgeous decorating!

Caroline said...

I love the very first picture! The subtle colors, the light. It's gorgeous. I also like that you display your paperbacks. So few people do -- what a shame! These poor, well-loved books need love too!

Jennifer said...

Boy do I know the feeling! I think it's time to do a little of this in my own house ...

Sarah said...

Your dress is party perfection. I am loving your angel wing lamps. I have to say I kinda like them with no shade. I can see how you'd be inspired by your house... so pretty.

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

yay! love it all!

Splendid Willow said...

Oh Paula - come one! The reason we come here over and over again (and loving it) is because you offer so much inspiration and so much loveliness. And it is all unique (not the same old, same old) and so YOU!

ALL your vignettes are stunning and they are all ready for magazine close-ups. (More than I can say about my own home...).

Warm hugs to you,

Mon