My artist Granny, Martha Jane, inspired me to see the beauty in everything from an oversized ball of twine to a rusty old horseshoe. We picked through many a yard sale together throughout the mountains of southwest Virginia & east Tennessee. It seemed like everything in her home had a story behind it.
I wanted the things in my home to have great stories as well. I love flea markets & yard sales—the thrill of the hunt on a Saturday morning is the best! Taking those finds and combining them with the meaningful items my Granny left me (such as the huge ball of twine, her art magazines and dish towels) makes for a beautiful collection of conversation pieces. Top that off with pieces the kids made over the years and our home truly feels like a life-size, one-of-a-kind curated scrapbook.
The trick lies in mixing those feel-good pieces with the rest of your decor. I don’t have any special training on this subject (well, I was obsessed with drawing “house plans” as a kid, and I previously owned/operated a furniture store, but that’s about it). I just have an eye for what I love and a passion for working it into my home. Preserving memories is my specialty. Being super sentimental and a mild hoarder doesn’t hurt when trying to accomplish this.
I also love to entertain and am always looking for cool items for my table. No matter what state my home is in (and with 4 kids, it’s in some states, believe me), I never pass up an opportunity to open it up to share along with food, drinks and laughter. People don’t expect your home to be perfect. They just want to spend time with you and will love the memories made there. Break out the good china and use it with the people you love!
So here are my ideas and tips for a home (and life) that’s lived in and loved in, with down-home charm that won’t break the bank. Decorating rules are out the window! Use the things you love, things that mean something to you. That’s the key to enjoying your home and life.
By the way—about the name of my blog (people ask all the time!)…
I’ve always loved confetti—it can get a little messy but it adds sparkle to everything! Life with four kids is a lot like confetti. Shiny little pieces of a wonderful but sometimes messy life deserve to be chronicled.