After getting two “BIG” home improvement projects completed – the exterior of my house painted and the hardwood floor refinished, I have been reminded that as nice as it is to have these big projects done, home is more about the little details.
It is the “little things” I use every day or add my own style to around my house. These are the things that truly makes my house my home sweet home.
You have heard the term’s – “Elevate the Everyday” or “Making the Ordinary Extraordinary”. Where living a beautiful life is all about using and enjoying our precious items on a daily basis or making something useful in a creative way.
In a nutshell, it is not waiting for special occasions to use the fine china or items we deem too precious for regular use. Like eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the fine china kind of living.
I enjoy “elevating the everyday”, but I also enjoy what I call the “Little Things”.
What are “The Little Things” In a Home
Learning to enjoy the “little things” around our home is kind of the same idea as “elevating the everyday”, but is more about not overlooking what you use on a daily basis and not taking these items for granted.
The “littles” around my house that go unnoticed by most give me great pleasure every time I see them when I open a drawer or pass by them on the way through the house.
Some of these “littles” are out for everyone to see like the pink candle on my sofa table that I bought many years ago and still enjoy putting out every summer.
Or my iPad that sits out on my kitchen counter that allows me to make new recipes without the need of a pile of cookbooks.
Some “littles” may be hidden – like the way I like to add decorative paper to line the most frequently used drawers in my house.
Or the way I like to use small square or rectangular baskets to organize drawers.
Some “littles” may be functional and needed so I can easily open the drapes on my sliding glass doors.
Look Around Your House: Little details around our homes that make a difference can be anywhere…
… like having the ceiling fan pulls be the same throughout the house.
Some “littles” may be personalized, like the old school address book that I customized. I covered it with fabric, water-based polyurethane and a tourist map of Annapolis, Maryland where Ed and I were married.
“Littles” can be the way you do something and don’t think twice about it. Like the way my mom taught me to fold a set of sheets together that not only helps to organize my linen closet, but also makes it easy to grab the “sheet set” together when I prepare to make a bed.
Some “littles” can come from outside and only last a short time, but add cheery color to a room with little to no effort on my part.
Each one of these items are “little” in the big scheme of living in a home, but they all add up to make life better, simply by delighting the eye or offering function and ease of use.
In our passion and quest for new, better and best in our every day existence, remember that when making a house a home, there is more to it than a color palette or even a style of decor, but how living in the space makes you feel.
Part of the creative process of decorating a home is letting the details around us bring us joy every single day.
Take a stroll around your home and find these telling “little” details you have added that you may not think twice about, but that make your house truly… your home sweet home.