Friday, May 7, 2010

Special Touches

Richella at Imparting Grace is having a party to celebrate the special touches we homemakers strive to give our houses to make them our homes. I thought I'd chime in and share with you all some of the small details that make this house our beloved home.

1 - No matter what goes on in the rest of our house, with our two boys and our two cats, our bedroom is our refuge. My husband is home today after a week out of town on business, so I did an entire bedroom redo and tried to make it welcoming, cozy, and relaxing.

2 - Make sure the natives know how much they matter. My oldest's favorite color in the world is blue, so when I chose this lantern and the candle inside, I went with his choice instead of a more, uh, complementary color for our bathroom. I figure he's in there plenty and is always looking and fiddling with the lantern, why not make him happy?

3 - We try to retain a sense of whimsy - there are many gorgeous and elegant options for this vase, but this sparkly butterfly was unexpectedly perfect for this spot.

4 - We treasure our boys and love to take (and display) the photos we take of them. Every room in our house - except the bathroom where we have nature prints - has photos of our family. We wouldn't have it any other way :D

5 - I was born and raised in Peru, and although 2/3 of my life have been spent in the US, I like to remember my homeland. We can't wait to take our boys there!

6 - Trying my best to have a pretty set table, whether we have company or not. It's tough because we don't have a craft area so we use the dining room table by default but as much as I can, I like to put things back in a nice way.

7 - Remember who "we" are. We're kind of weird and really geeky. We used Sting, Frodo's sword from Lord of the Rings, as our cake cutter because we didn't want a plain old cutting knife. We're crafty, we like to make a lot of our own stuff instead of buying. We've put Sting up really high on the wall away from little hands but we like to be reminded of our own weirdness :D

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  1. Stopping by from the party! I love your pictures! And your bedroom is gorgeous, it's nice to have a cozy place to escape!

  2. These are wonderful touches! Thank you so much for writing this post--you've captured the very essence of what I was hoping for!

    Our houses need to be our HOMES, I think--places that are warm and welcoming. It's great if they can be beautiful, but even more important is that they be reflective of what's in our hearts. You've done a great job of that. I love the way you chose a blue candle because that's your son's favorite color. That's an awesome idea! And I really like the way you've made your master bedroom a sanctuary. Good for you!! Speaking as someone who's been married a long time, I'll tell you that you're very wise to do that.

    Thank you so much for joining the party. I hope you enjoy reading some of the other posts and get some inspiration--you've certainly shared inspiration with the rest of us!

  3. How warm and welcoming! Great job on the redesign. I just adore your paint color and special touches. The butterfly is beautiful!

    *Smiles* ~Melissa :)

  4. I love that you used your son's favorite color to let him know that you noticed. That IS a special touch. :) Thanks for the visit today!

  5. LOVE your bedroom: How you have the pictures displayed, incorporated favorite colors, and included your heritage. A very personal refuge for your family! Lezlee