Have you ever had the chance to tour an old farm house like this one? To hear someone tell of what life was like in the early 1800’s and see how the home reflected the life style of those living there?
I was interested in the small details I saw in each room. And it made me think of the small details in my own home today, of what is similar to a home that existed 200 years ago.
There were children’s playthings in one room. Evidence that a family once inhabited the place. You’ll find children’s playthings in my home, too, in a container that is brought out when children arrive.
I love getting to pick up toys again. Never thought I’d say that 30 years ago.
There were dishes on the table, waiting to be filled.
We eat out a lot, so you won’t always find dishes at my table. But when I cook I do like to set out the dishes and make a special setting for a meal.
Handmade furnishings are everywhere in this old mansion, items that to me are works of art. I don’t know if the creator of this bed spread would have considered this art, but the details and craftsmanship certainly make it so in my mind.
In my home there are hand made bed covers, too. And art hanging on the walls, meaningful objects that say “this is where we live.”
A child’s hat laying on the bed. It tells a story to me of a young one coming in the house after chores or after play. There is something welcoming about having that place to put your hat.
Near my back door is such a place. Hang your coat here and leave your hat. Come in and have tea.
Little touches that add color and softness. A bit of fragrance. A handmade item.
This is the good kind of clutter that softens and gives a place a feeling of home. We have that in the form of books laying everywhere, an occasional stuffed animal, real violets growing in pots, and cat toys on the floor.
And there is the light that streams through the windows, the light of the candles when the night falls. Always the light that overcomes the darkness.
When we look for a new home, I always look at how the light is, how it comes in, how it fills the rooms.