I love these photos. Look at my house and how my mother decorated with found objects. I adored my "perfectly imperfect" home (see Deborah Needleman's new book) my mother created and feel that it set the tone for my love of my home and vintage pieces today. I think a home should feel lived in and used by the family. A "perfect" home is one that tells your family's story. Some people say they cannot decorate "nicely" with kids but I don't think that is the case. Children should be taught to appreciate and respect the things they live with. It is their home too and the impression they get while living with you will never be forgotten. My mother always used to let us use everything in our house and nothing was off limits. I do the same with my children and hope they are inspired by our home someday to carry on what my mother started.
A few notes on the pictures...The wall behind my couch in the first picture cracks me up. It is actually very "Urban Outfitters" feeling" these days. She was definitely ahead of her time. The first picture was taken when I came home from the hospital. Oh and my mom's skirt and shag hairdo? The best! Don't you just love the "harvest gold" appliances and the wall paper in our kitchen? - The Partridge Family had in their kitchen too! I used to sit in the cabinet in my kitchen and pretend it was my house. The horse I am riding on was found at a yard sale and was another favorite of mine.
Thank you mom for my inspiration. Please share any pics you may have or tell me how you were inspired by your home and I will share them on my blog too!