Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Ordinary Arts We Practice At Home

Emily Dickenson is quoted as saying "Home is the definition of God."  Certainly I find that when I bring harmony to my home, and allow it to reflect my personality, I feel more inspired.  And happier, because I can actually FIND things.  

I suppose it was the phenomenon that occurs on the cusp of a new year, but Dr Fabulous and I found ourselves compulsively nesting over our week long vacation.  Much of our efforts involved cleaning, purging and reorganizing our basement which is unfinished but still serves as a Rec Room slash Playroom for the kids.  This endeavor involved an entire two days of cleaning up dead cricket carcasses, vacuuming, rearranging furniture, sorting and boxing up old toys, throwing a million Barbie shoes away and purchasing a LOT of new shelving for toys.  We re-framed The Big Purge into a charitable moment with the girls who went through their things to donate to less privileged children.  

It still is a hodgepodge of an unfinished basement with random area rugs and mismatched furniture but it is much improved.  

The real fun was accessorizing upstairs.  
Our sunroom has really never reached its full potential until now.

New throw pillows and some accessories from, of all places, Big Lots...  

and a little Target.  

And, viola!   A nice, inexpensive room re-do!  
It helps when it's just a pretty room with a great view to start with.

We even scored a few inexpensive but cute decorations for the kitchen ...  

...  and our long-searched-for polished aluminum coffee table at Home Goods which finally finished the stupid formal living room that never gets used (except for the piano).  

Ahhhh, there's no place like home.  

"The ordinary arts we practice every day at home 
are of more importance to the soul 
than their simplicity might suggest."
~ Thomas Moore

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