It truly is the little things, isn't it?
They add up to create a space and a life that makes us happy.
Nobody really lives in a perfect house. They may portray that on their blog, or on TV, but it's not real life.
Nobody's house is clean all the time. It's just not possible.
Real life is cobwebs, dust, and dog hair.
Real life is cooking meals and washing dishes.
Real life is taking out the garbage and going to the dump.
Real life is dealing with piles of mail and paying the bills.
But there are tiny moments of beauty to be found amidst all the "real life.'
Stop and look around. See what you find.
You may just surprise yourself and find yourself humming while you scrub the stove and wash the dishes.
Because you are so blessed to have a warm, cozy home.
And a tummy full of good food.
And a loved pet who leaves toys and hair on everything.
And a soft pillow to lay your head on at the end of a long day.
This is what inspired me so greatly the other morning I had to grab the camera.
Welcome to the little things in my real life.
The lilacs I cut and brought in from the yard. They sit in a lovely hand made glazed pitcher I bought years ago at a craft sale that I went to with my mom and my girls.
They lasted about a day before wilting and I had to kill the bug that came in on them.
But the scent filled the kitchen and my heart as well.
This is where I stand to wash dishes. I look out at my herb garden on the deck, the side of my garage, and the woods beyond.
The hummingbird visits me regularly while I'm elbow deep in bubbles.
My kitchen door that I use as my main entrance. My house has no foyer, no main entry. No center hall with a table to throw your mail when you come home. No mudroom to strip off your wet coat, or remove your snowy boots.
There's a boot tray by the door that I stub my toe on at least once a week.
And I hung some hooks next to the pantry so my guests have a place to hang their jackets when they come in.
I make do.
But despite the drawbacks, this area makes me smile.
The door is dressed very simply with a scarf I bought at a local festival, and I hung it with a few thumbtacks.
The heart in the center is a metal mesh heart filled with cinnamon scented rose hips. I bought it many years ago at a garden show up north of here.
And in the corner is a prosperity string.
Made of what else but colorful chickens embellished with beads, bells, and sequins.
How could you not smile looking at that every time you close the door?
The dining room melts my heart regularly with all the sun that streams through the windows. It's lovely to have windows on two sides of a room, don't you think?
The plants are so happy in here. As am I.
The room is filled with second hand pieces, well worn and scarred with years of use.
I bet they would have stories to tell.
My living room is an odd shape, long and narrow with a path to the bedrooms and guest bath behind the two light colored chairs.
It's certainly anything but a perfect layout, so I have tried to do the best I can to maximize seating and functionality in this room.
The two leather chairs are used most often, and are the prime seats for watching TV.
The two light colored chairs are rockers that swivel, so folks can swing around to watch TV.
And if we have more people than that in the room, that means we are entertaining, and there's no way we're watching TV so it works out!
I have these nesting tables tucked against the wall to the right of the fireplace. They can be pulled out as needed to function in lieu of a coffee table.
On top of the tables is a little vignette of some treasured items.
The candle holder is new and was a gift from Mom and Dad. They lugged it back from Florida, where Mom found it at an outdoor sale and just knew I would love it. And I do! It's a beautiful glazed pottery, very colorful, and such a happy piece!
The glass dish is something I picked up many moons ago at an antique store. It holds a candle scented with Clementine and Mango. Perfect scents for summer.
The little painting is something my sister brought me back from Prague about 15 years ago.
They all keep company with a lush spider plant, grown from a tiny piece my best friend gave me about 10 years ago.
A happy little vignette, indeed. Full of memories.
The leather chairs are surrounded by books and magazines. What better place to cuddle up with a good book?
The lamp in the center has such a lovely glow in the evenings. That lamp was a purchase from Overstock when I bought my house, and I adore it.
There's nothing like the warm glow of a lamp seen through the windows at dusk.
Although the wood stove insert is certainly not being used on these warm days, my fireplace is something I fell in love with instantly when I toured this house.
The metal candle holder on the left was a gift many years ago from my older sister. And it holds a candle purchased during a 'girls weekend' a number of years back, fond memories of a time spent with my sisters and my mom.
The candelabra on the right sits in an empty champagne bottle. My sweetie brought the champagne back from France eons ago, long before he ever met me, and we drank it a few years back in celebration of a momentous occasion.
Recently I found a small string of LED lights at Home Goods and put them up on the mantel.
The glow from that little string of lights in the evenings is just wonderful.
With or without a fire, this room is warm and cozy.
What do you see when you look around your home that makes you smile?