Well-Being + Wind Chimes on the Porch

Well-Being + Wind Chimes on the Porch

I love to listen to the gentle sounds around our home. I especially enjoy the sound of laughter, but when the house is otherwise quiet I love to hear the birds chirping outside my windows, wind blowing through the trees, the rustling of the palm leaves near my porch, soothing soft music in the background, the gentle bubbling of my oil diffuser, the sound of new capiz shell wind chimes outside my window and the familiar chimes in the tree at the far side of the yard.

Well-Being + Wind Chimes on the Porch

I try to slow down and listen carefully for those peaceful sounds as often as I can. A house that speaks to all of my senses feels like home. How a home sounds is an easy element to overlook, I think!

Recently I ordered this set of three capiz shell wind chimes (similar here, here, and here). As I unwrapped them from the shipping box, I wasn’t expecting that they would make such an impact on how our home felt!

The day we hung them on some nails and hooks on the side porch, it was so windy! Oh, but was it ever magical to hear the soft gentle tinkling sound of the shells blowing in the breeze right outside my kitchen!

You can watch a short video of my wind chimes above (or click here!).

Well-Being + Wind Chimes on the Porch

As my husband stood back to admire the wind chimes he said, “OK, that’s it! we can never move!” I laughed that the addition of these humble wind chimes on a hook would prompt him to feel so attached to our home.

Obviously we could take those wind chimes with us should we ever decide to move! But as soon as he said it, I knew just what he felt.

Each time we add a new meaningful decorative element or we have an experience that speaks to our heart and soul here, we feel a little more connected to this space as our home.

It’s the little things, isn’t it?

Well-Being + Wind Chimes on the Porch

Often I find that a deeper connection to home and family comes through the gift of our senses in some way. It takes time, but each positive experience our senses take in seems to embed a little bit more joy into our life and surroundings.

My new book Dwelling is filled with so many practical ideas and inspiration to experience a greater sense of well-being, peace and joy in your home, body and soul.

Well-Being + Wind Chimes on the Porch
Quote from my new book, Dwelling
Well-Being + Wind Chimes on the Porch

Well-Being + Wind Chimes on the Porch

Similar wind chimes here, here, and here.

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Spring in Our Outdoor Oasis (Our Side Patio Refresh)

Outdoor Cushion and Rug Care (Patio FAQ)

Where We Got Our Dutch Doors and FAQ

Dwelling: The Heart of the Home Maker

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My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

I‘ve always been torn between which house I love more. I have to admit, as much as I love decorating my fall and winter home, I’ve been especially enjoying working on our summer house lately.

Ahh…I can’t fool you. I only have one house. But I would love to have ALL THE HOUSES to decorate (can you imagine how fun that would be? or is that just me?).

I’ve discovered that this house comes to life this time of year, so why not have fun with summer style? I don’t have a real “summer house” but “love the home you have” is what I always say (yes, that’s the name of my first book LOL).

Top Photo Source: Annie Selke

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

Recently two of my favorite designers when it comes to summer home style, Annie Selke (Dash & Albert) and Mark Sikes, collaborated on a brand new collection. When they reached out to ask if I’d like to share some of my favorite pieces with you, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. This is my kind of fun.

I have been wanting to add a new rug to my dining room for quite awhile. The seagrass rug I had in this room has been great, but I have really been wanting to punch up the color and pattern in this space.

Now that we’ve lived here for nearly four years I’m feeling more and more like I know this house and the style that feels right to me here.

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

One of Mark’s rug designs (Big Sur) was perfect for what I had in mind. I think it looks and feels even better in this room than I had imagined! I’m in love with it already.

Not only is the classic pattern one of my favorite styles (reminds me a bit of the fabric I’ve brought with me to use in several of my homes over the past 25 years!) but I think it’s going to hold up really well, too.

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

This is my guest room. You’ve seen this little room quite a bit, but it’s always evolving!

You might remember that I also designed two rugs for Annie Selke/Dash & Albert! Well, I recently brought one of my rug designs (Inspired Stripe) into the guest room. I thought it might be fun to push the envelope a little to bring even more pattern in this room for the summer.

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

I loved my rug in here and I have to say, I love it even more paired up with Mark’s wonderful floral reversible quilt and shams (Pasadena). The plaid sheets and matching Euro shams are amazing, too (Julian Cobalt).

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

Now our tiny guest room is all ready for summer. And the bed is made up for my parents, who will be here in a week for LUKE’S HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION!

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

I can’t believe our little baby boy (who is now taller than everyone in our family) is finished with high school. I don’t think I’ve fully let this all sink in yet (although I will admit to bursting into tears a time or two.) He was in kindergarten when I started this blog! That’s just unreal to me.

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

I’ll share more on this time of transition in our life soon as well as more rooms in my ever evolving summer house. So stay tuned for all the summer happenings around our house. :)

Related resources:

Mark Sikes wrote a lovely book called Beautiful, it’s one of my favorite design books!

Shop the brand new Annie Selke / Mark Sikes collection here!

Shop more sources from this room here.

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