Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Back To Basics!

{Please welcome Kathysue from Good Life of Design}

Do you ever look at your home and feel like you need to change things? You get out your list of wants, and it seems like it is a mile long! So many of the things on our list aren’t doable right now, and then we start to feel at sorts with the home we live in.

We can get so caught up in what we want that we don’t see what we have right in front of us. When I am starting to feel at sorts with my home, and the projects that need to be done or the furniture that needs to be purchased, I go back to the basics, the simple things.

I get great pleasure out of making my home more comfortable and pretty. I know I am not alone in this desire to nest or play house! After reading the comments on a previous post it was very apparent to me how many of you also like to nest. One reader wrote about putting flowers in her Grandmother’s silver pitcher. She not only had a beautiful container, but she had memories attached to her pitcher of flowers from the yard.

I am sure we all do different things when we nest, but we are all trying to achieve the same goal. We are trying to make our house a home for our family and friends, but it does not have to be a new sofa or a new rug. It can be the simple things.
I discovered in my thirties that is was the simple uncomplicated things in my life that truly made me happy. Guess what it involved? My family, and making my home comfortable and pleasant for them. A simple meal, a clean house and everyone being together. I realized then that it was not big stuff or complicated stuff but simple little pleasures that seemed to make me and my family happy.

When I did the post on “Simple Flowers” I realized that many of you felt the same. I could tell by how you all spoke of bringing in flowers from the yard and putting them in a simple vase. It also made me think about how we go about nesting or playing house as I like to call it.

Sometimes it involves bringing in greenery or a flower from the yard, or filling a bowl with fruit...

Fresh hand towels on the sink...

...and clean sheets that have been sprayed with lavender water.

Spraying down my counters with lavender cleaner and making them shine, or even the fresh scent of citrus will give my kitchen just the right scent.

A special candle with a lovely scent...

...these are only a few of the basic things we can do that virtually cost only a positive attitude and a little bit of effort!

I am sure most of you already do most of the items I have mentioned. I hope you don't mind me reminding myself and YOU about getting back to the basics. How about you? What are some of the basic things that you do when you are nesting?

“Enjoy the Process" of Nesting by doing some of the simple things in life!

{All above images via Pinterest}


Upscale Downhome said...

You are so right. Thank you for the gentle reminder of what's truly important. It's so true that I have a mile long list of projects and I avoid cleaning my house but I love it so much more when its looking its best. A clean kitchen is good for my soul!

Noelle said...

Very nice!!!!! I remind myself of this daily so I don't lose sight of what's really important. Being here another day and being with my family and friends to just enjoy the life God has blessed us with!!

The Vazquez Family said...

Funny how easy it is to get caught up in things that won't make or break the day. Thank you for the reminder to keep it simple and focus on the little things!

Conspicuous Style Design Blog said...

Kathysue knows what is important and is a truly inspirational person!

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