Happy Sunday!

It’s a beautiful Sunday here… a perfect fall day!  Off to Oktoberfest later 🙂

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Fabulous Finds Friday – Livable Luxury (?)

The newest issue of VERANDA magazine features a piece on “Livable Luxury”.  They showcase a house where each room was created by a different designer, giving them the opportunity to explore what the theme meant to them.  Some of the rooms are perfectly appointed, and really do epitomize the “livable luxury” ideal (like the first two images).  However, there are several that confuse me!

So I want to know your thoughts about the following images…

Which one could you see yourself living in?

Which one hit the nail on the head, and which one completely missed the mark?

Find the full article HERE


Timeless Trait Tuesday – Home as Retreat

I spent the last couple weeks pondering how to make a house inviting and welcoming to guests. And those are very important traits for a home to have, because “no man is an island”, and it is the relationships we have with our families, friends, neighbors and community that are often cultivated within our homes. But, as it always is with guests, they go home eventually. Because they have their place of rest and retreat. So, too, should we have ours.

I think creating our home as a retreat is so important to our modern lives. When we spend so much time being busy outside of the house, we need a place to hang our hat at the end of the day. A place where we can cook a good meal, share it with our family, and spend the evening catching up on conversation and relaxation. We need a home that functions efficiently so that the mundane tasks can be accomplished quickly enough to allow ample time for the things we really want to do. We need a place where we are surrounded by things we love; things that have good memories attached, that make us smile, that make us feel like we have created a special place in which to raise our family and build a life.

I know we can all easily answer that a retreat is someplace we go on vacation to get away and relax, but we need to be able to do that in our own homes! Our home is the one little corner of the world that is all ours, where we have the freedom to do and be and live as we please, a place where we can get away from whatever worldly pressures weigh heavy on our hearts. I know I’m the type of person that values a big comfy couch to sink into, where I can read my books, do the Sunday crossword, and snuggle with the hubby and the puppy. And I know my hubby is the type of person that has to have a big place to work on his many hobbies, and a big bed to snuggle up in at night. A sense of calm and quiet is important sometimes, but sometimes we like to pull the blinds all the way up, throw open the windows and the doors, and feel connected to whatever the weather or the community is up to.

What do you think of when you hear “retreat”?

How have you made your home your own personal retreat?

all images via Pinterest

Must-Read Monday – “The Private House” by Rose Tarlow

I must admit, this is on my to-read list, because I haven’t gotten to it yet!  Rose Tarlow is a huge design force, for both her interiors and her stunning furniture pieces.  Much like last week’s book by Kelly Hoppen, this is a designer’s take on making a house a home.  These are just a taste of the many beautiful images contained within the pages.

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Happy Sunday

We went to Indianapolis this weekend to visit some wonderful friends.  We had beautiful weather for most of it, and we were able to share good meals and conversation.

The church above is an old Methodist church in Greenfield, IN.

Have a beautiful fall day!