Self Improvement through Home Improvement

“We shape our buildings and our buildings shape us.” Winston Churchill

We talk a lot these days about wanting our homes to reflect our personalities. For instance, if you like to travel, perhaps you put artifacts from your travels on your coffee table. But have you ever thought on a deeper level about how your home in return can shape and define you?

I was watching The Today Show and they were featuring Charleston, South Carolina. Their story mentioned the idea that the stately beautiful homes and buildings in that area have shaped them and defined them as people–gracious and refined.

Remember in “Gone with the Wind,” when Rhett Butler turns and faces Scarlett O’Hara and says, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn…”? While that is the part everyone remembers, read the rest of the quote: “I’m going back to Charleston where there is still a little grace and civility left in the world.”

That is so great. It really speaks to why it is so important to our well-being and success in life to create lovely homes that are authentic representations of ourselves–not just flashing wealth or material things, but showing our character and our values. While we are creating a beautiful place to live, we are also shaping ourselves into the very person we want to be in our fullest potential. We take the seed of what we are and what we want to become and by nurturing it in our surroundings it actually comes to be.

What do you think? Do you think by working on your home you can actually shape your life? Something to think about!

Happy Feet = Authentic Style

Remember the movie Happy Feet ? Those of you with kids probably saw it, for the rest of you, it is a kind of weird but kind of cute movie about penguins finding their inner song–their “Heart Song”. One poor little guy just couldn’t find his heart song, no matter how hard he tried. But while he couldn’t sing, he could dance. His little penguin flippers could jig like no one else. He was unique!

Finding an authentic style for your home is kind of like discovering your own Heart Song. While everyone else is following the crowd and filling their homes with meaningless objects, following the trends, ‘what’s hot and what’s not’ in home decor, you are searching for what makes YOUR HEART really sing.

Find what works for you, what YOU really love, what makes SENSE for you, what fits with things you already have and love, and build a home around it. Incorporate some trends if you like them. A few trendy items in a home full of authentic, personal style can work to bring in a little contemporary flavor without marking your home ten years from now as being redone in 2007.

The goal with authentic design is to have a home built on a lifetime of refined taste, rich memories and meaningful beauty, everything that makes you unique and interesting–not an afternoon in a trendy designer showroom.