I spotted this image and caption on Pinterest. My first thought was ‘this house has been neglected for way too long” then I saw the view through those windows and my heart ached for this poor house. From the inside looking out this house is just a structure with a great view, from the outside looking towards this house it is most-likely a blight on the otherwise lovely landscape begging someone to give it a life and soul again.
To bring about that transformation from an empty shell of a building to a home the necessity of comforts must be added to the spaces we use. It doesn’t matter which decorating style you feel most comfortable in, it’s the little touches that bring it back to life.
Texture and personality are key no matter what your style. I prefer a minimalist feel with lots of open space and little to no clutter but without texture or live plants my home would be only a house I inhabited.
“Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.”
Robin Hobb, Fool’s Fate
Kitchens used to be the hub of the home. This room served as the gathering place of both family and guests. With the introduction of islands that include seating and open floor plans people are returning to the kitchen to gather.
It doesn’t take a lot of money or months of shopping furniture stores to pull a room together that speaks to you.
A house is just a structure but a home, well a home exists only when people care for them and in return the house shelters the families inside it. A home and its inhabitants have a symbiotic relationship. The house gives shelter and comfort while those inhaibiting within its walls care for the maintenance needs of the house allowing her to age beautifully. Homes refresh, comfort, and make one happy to come ‘home’. We miss our homes when we are gone and breathe a sigh of relief when we return.
I do hope someone has restored the house above. I can picture a simple window seat where the family can look out at that beautiful view and feel comforted in knowing they are home.
If you go anywhere, even paradise, you will miss your home. Malala Yousafzai