I am so thrilled to be here with all of you today! I was honored Jenna asked me to join her series, it is one that I could totally relate with, and close to my heart. If you haven’t popped by my corner of the blog sphere yet, I’m Bre and I blog over at Rooms FOR Rent! Sharing my passion for interior decor, and most importantly inspiring others to Love the space they Live in!
Long before I blogged, or even knew about blogs, creating a meaningful home was always on the forefront of my mind. As a child I dreamed about being an interior decorator, but it wasn’t until I had my very own place, as a young, newly married bride, that I was able to really put into practice putting thought behind the items I decorated with. It was so much more than just filling a room with pretty things. I wanted our home to be inviting and welcoming, not only to guests, but to my husband as well. Establishing a retreat from the rest of the world that was personable to just us. Once we had kids, and I was home full time, it was time to shake off the dust of that dormant dream of being an interior decorator.
Our home is layered with items of great meaning to us. I love covering our walls with family photos, it’s like a warm hug with happy memories of the family we’ve started. Our kids love to see pictures of themselves as chubby babies, and wobbly toddlers, and pictures of our wedding. To them it’s like looking through a photo album everyday around the house.
As newlyweds starting off we had very little furniture of our own. We inherited furniture pieces from our families that have become staples for us, and remind us of where we’ve come from. The cedar chest you see in the photo above, has played many roles in each place we’ve lived. Last year I sanded it down and re-stained it to give it new life, my husbands grandfather made it back in the 50’s, and my husband has fond memories of it as a boy, and always wished that one day he could be the rightful owner. When we see it, we think fondly of his grandfather and his fine craftsmanship.
Another hand-me-down that adds meaning for us, is this dresser I use as a buffet in our dining room. It was a hand me down from my mother, her first furniture set when she married my dad, and I used in my bedroom as a teenager. It was the first DIY the hubby and I did together 10 years ago, and recently, last year, I sanded it down again and re-stained it, but it’s one of my most asked about pieces, and whenever I look at it, I think of my mom, and when she first acquired the dresser decorating her new home as a young bride.
I want our home to tell a story, Our story. While I love finding great buys at HomeGoods and Marshalls, my favorite things to decorate with are those that have a story. It’s a heritage that I get to pass onto my children. Repurposing items and giving them new life, shows that we care for the things around us, and take pride in where we came from. You can never go wrong when you decorate with items you truly love, and mean something to you. It’s the personal touches that create meaning in our lives, and touch those around us.
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Thank you Bre for sharing your beautiful thoughts on how you’ve created a home that tells Your Story!
I love these words that Bre shared, “Our home is layered with items of great meaning to us. I love covering our walls with family photos, it’s like a warm hug with happy memories of the family we’ve started.” and “To them it’s like looking through a photo album everyday around the house.” Absolutely!
Every project Bre creates is “her”. Bre’s style of relaxed with a farmhouse flair is spot on in what the rooms of her home evoke. One of my favorite parts of Bre’s home is her gray chalkboard wall in the kitchen. In this post, Bre shares a great tutorial on how to make chalkboard wall paint in any color.
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