Books and me – we are rarely separated. As I do not leave home without my umbrella (because I like to be prepared and you just never know in Melbourne), I rarely leave without a book in my bag. Mostly novels, but occasionally I go through a phase of non fiction books, and currently I am into home decorating / styling books.
A Place Called Home
This week I borrowed A Place Called Home from my local library. I was drawn to it not only because of its gorgeous photos and explanations, but also its title. A Place Called Home is what this blog is all about. So what does a stylist such as Mr Jason Grant* point to in making a house a home?
As well as using items creatively, constructing a place that is calming, comfortable and family / animal friendly (not too precious), he emphasises that, for a place to feel like home, it should be personal. Look at what you love – does your house reflect that?
We don’t have a very large house for a family in the suburbs, and it is smaller than a lot of people want nowadays even for a townhouse, as I’ve been told a lot lately (see ‘What I love and hate about planning). Without debating the merits of small and big homes, our home works pretty well for us at this stage of our lives.
And what we lose in size, I’ve realised, we make up with a house that suits us and personifies us. It includes elements that we love.
Things I love
Of course, I love the people and animals most – but there are many items that I am also very fond of. They make our house ‘ours’ – we’ve put our stamp on it. Here’s a bit of an overview for you.
Stars – I realised they are a motive throughout our home, as decorative items, as means of displaying photos, and as our entry light. I love stars. They speak of something bigger than me, something sparkling, potential – off in the distance (but obtainable still, with their simple structures).
Natural Materials – we have driftwood that we have used as hanging racks (with the hooks made from Puffing Billy track nails), old wooden crates and boxes for books, magazines and textas, pieces of wood just as decorations. As the stars suggest potential and freedom, I think I find these natural materials quite grounding.
Drawings, hand-made objects, hand-me-downs and things I’ve cherished – my children’s artwork, my original, daggy 1980s clock radio, ikea hack and refitting of old furniture, things collected from op shows or hand-me-downs from grandparents. These all form important elements of our house. And, of course, a pile of books to be read.
And I have a collection of postcards, maps, drawings of houses and buildings that I am not yet sure what to do with. I love houses and maps – I think it is the planner within. Hmmm, what to do with them?
While I ponder, I’ve collected a new piece which brings some of these together. A house, made of wood, with a star for a window. So sweet. And I’ve found just the spot for it!
So that’s me, sharing some of my favourite things.
How about you – do you love to make your house a home through the things you collect? What are some of your favourite things?
* I’m not sure why, but he seems to be called ‘Mr’ Jason Grant throughout the book, and on his website. Maybe it’s a branding / stylist thing?