Home is in the Heart of the Beholder

via Historical Concepts

It’s been well over a decade since we moved out of our tiny English cottage in the Eastmoreland neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. How time flies! The house was in my dream neighborhood, full of charming old homes on tree lined streets. We had one of the smaller houses, but I so loved everything about living there. My sister still lives nearby, so I get to visit it from time to time.

I have such sweet memories of that little house and the lovely life we had there. Everything wasn’t perfect, of course, but so many good things happened in this house, too. It was the home we brought our son home to. I watched his cousin (five weeks older than he is) during the day for my sister for years, so we were snug as a bugs in that little house with four kids.

At the time my parents lived just a few blocks from us, I loved walking to my mom’s house, pushing a double stroller with my girls on their bikes just in front of us. Our girls had lemonade stands and we had neighborhood block parties on the street every summer.

Our little cottage
The photo above is of the actual house I’m talking about in this post!
The small bedroom featured above isn’t mine, but it was a good stand in. Isn’t it cute?

We put our girls in the “master bedroom” (the biggest of the three bedrooms) to share and we had a small bedroom on the main floor. It was so small we had to put our bed diagonally and we had to make a closet for my husband out of the hall linen cabinet. It drove us crazy sometimes to be in such a cramped space, but I really loved that room. It was cozy and romantic, just like the house.

We had three other small old houses in the Portland area over the years that I loved, too. I miss them all very much (if only I could have them back again, but I’m starting to feel those familiar warm fuzzies in my heart we make this small house our home, too.

Shop for your bedroom in the scrolling images, below!

Have you ever had an extra cozy house that you loved? Tell us a few favorite house memories in the comments!

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovelies.

Love the Home You Have

Art from my New York Times Bestselling book Love the Home You Have
(download free art quotes via that link, too!)
If you haven’t read the book, treat yourself to a copy for Valentine’s Day! I hope it will encourage you.

Inspired By: A Lovely Life

Phoebe Howard Design – Coastal Living – Tria Giovan Photography

Did you wake up today and think, “wow, I can’t wait to leap out of bed, it’s going to be such a lovely day!”? I hope you did, but I know Mondays don’t always feel like the most inspiring way to start out a week. But in honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I want to be inspired to live a life of more loveliness. So that is what we’ll focus on this week.

Atlanta Homes

Speaking of loveliness, thank you for all of the thoughtful responses on my mint green and pink bathroom. I was blown away by the comments here and everywhere on social media, y’all had lots and lots of wonderful ideas! I love you guys!

I sure appreciated that many of you thought so creatively about how I might be able to reflect my own style and even while incorporating and improving upon what was already there. While my ultimate dream would probably be to start over with a simple bathroom like the one above, I’m considering the likelihood that keeping what I have and working with it in some way might be the most affordable and best option for this season of our life.

I do think it could be a cute bathroom, with a few minor adjustments :). It’s been fun reading through each and every one of the suggestions, there were so many great ideas to think about. I definitely have some research to do, and be sure and keep on sending the ideas my way!

House Beautiful

I hope you have a great Monday, friend!


P.S. Last month I shared a “Happy Healthy Winter Home” series on my Pure & Lovely Instagram (if you missed it, check out my health story here). Many of you enjoyed the series and we had fun putting it together, so I decided that since I’m in the mood for loveliness, we’d create a brand new Pure & Lovely Instagram series this week called “A Lovely Life.”

Be sure to follow along to find simple ways to elevate your mood, delight your senses, enhance beauty and create a lovely ambience for your home. We’ll focus on tips for incorporating essential oils into everyday routines to rejuvenate hearts, minds, bodies, souls and surroundings. Whether you’re new to oils or not, I hope it will inspire and even answer some questions you may have!

If you don’t have Instagram you can see my posts on your computer through this link (click each image to read the comments), or follow along with the posts on Facebook. Watch for a special limited deal for new members, too. :) Hope to see you on Instagram this week, and of course, come back here tomorrow!

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