As an Interior Design Consultant creating a beautiful home for my family is pretty high on my list of loves!
I love to create comfortable cozy rooms- decorated spaces for my husband and I to relax, or watch TV or hang with our boys…I love to create vignettes and make our rooms flow with interest and trends blended with classic pieces.
In the end the purpose is always to create a home with meaning where my family members most want to be!
For me a meaningful home is having a home that nurtures, provides my family with emotional security and is a place to connect with ourselves, our extended family and friends!
A meaningful home is filled with things that matter deeply to us and tells our story. It’s a home surrounded by things we love, things we collect, things that our children have made.
Our home celebrates our heritage and family’s past. We were fortunate enough to inherit this gorgeous Mahogany dining room set from my husband’s family. We’ve had so much fun entertaining friends and family at this table! (You can see more of my dining room here).
Our home is filled with memories of our travels and each time my husband is deployed he returns with something locally made for our home:
Our foyer with a handmade carpet from Afghanistan and masks from Djibouti, Africa:
A close-up of the sea green vase and DIY Photo Art I have in my foyer:
I created a spa-like feel in our Main Floor Bathroom with a white shower curtain, white candles and botanical art:
Here’s our Back Entryway – a white framed mirror is the focal point of our entryway and adds a sense of height to the antique school desk. A rush basket works as extra storage. I tied on a metal number 4, as in Setting for FOUR, (this is actually a house number!) to the basket with twine. :
I love the layout and fireplace in our Family Room:
The pillars flanking the Dining room add a nice architectural detail to the room and separates it from the foyer and living room open concept areas:
Vacation mementos from a fun trip to Belize – a picture of our boys bodysurfing on the beach and a shell we found while scuba diving:
I also love to add meaning to our home by filling it with our children’s accomplishments and creativity!
I framed a piece of art that my youngest son drew for me a few years ago. It’s a picture of our family all holding hands! I love all of the Love arrows interconnecting us! Check out how I turned this piece of art into a Turn Children’s Art into Tea Towels DIY.
Adding ‘our story’ to our home is deeply meaningful to our family. And a large part of ‘our story’ is that we are a proud military family; our home celebrates my husband’s military career, service to country and all of the personal sacrifices he has made.
I like to add his military memorabilia to our home in subtle ways. My husband’s pewter mug adorns our fireplace mantel. Traditionally, when posted and as a way to say goodbye, each member of my husband’s regiment is presented with a pewter mug monogrammed with his regiment’s insignia on it. Here I filled it with boxwood clippings from our yard. I love the play of the silvery pewter against the green foliage!
I also believe that an easy way to bring meaning to our home is to bring the beauty of nature indoors, add plants and fresh flowers!
On our sofa table I placed this gorgeous white orchid in a silver ice bucket. I also added these easy handmade DIY Love Votive Candles for a soft glow at night!
But to be honest… for me, the most significant way to create a meaningful home is to have all of my family physically together..…it really is as simple as that.
With my husband often away on military training exercises or deployed overseas and now with my oldest son away at military college and boot camp, to have all four of us together in our home is truly, a real treasure.
After all, family is the true meaning of home!
** You can check out more of my home at my full home tour here!! **
To give your home beauty and meaning, display your collections, your inherited pieces, your travel mementoes and children’s art!
What has meaning to you? How do you bring meaning into your home? I’d love to hear!!!
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Written by Heather at Setting for Four
Setting for Four is a home design, décor and lifestyle blog. Focus is on home renovations, crafts, DIYs, tutorials, recipes, as well as family friendly design and decorating ideas that won’t break the bank or sacrifice style.
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