What makes your home different from everyone else’s? Are there key things in your home that make it unique, special and a reflection of your personality and history? Show houses may be beautifully furnished, but without personal touches they lack soul. It is the unique spin that each homeowner brings to their space that turns a house into a home.
We have lived in our house for a year now. We have repainted, hung curtains, and put photos on the walls. We completely redid the kitchen adding bead board and painting the cabinets white. We bought a couple of new pieces of furniture, but used many of our favorite antiques. It looked good, but something was still missing.
My house is not and can never truly be my home without my books. Our old home had a custom built library with wall to wall bookshelves, all filled to the brim with my books. It was hands down my favorite room in that house, and the hardest thing I had to leave behind. I could cry when I think about how beautiful those bookshelves were. Our new home is much smaller, and had one built in bookshelf in the living room. We quickly filled those shelves, but it didn’t make a dent in my book stash.
I moved forty milk crates full of books. That is after I gave at least that many books to friends and students. For the past year, most of my books have been sitting in my basement- absorbing basement odors and dampness. I read and write for a living, and as I always tell my carpenter brother who scoffs at all my books- my books are my tools. I was constantly going down the stairs, looking for a particular book and dragging it upstairs. Digging through all of those boxes to find the book I needed was time consuming and irritating.
Until today. Turn on the spot light and cue up the “Alleluia” chorus. I feel like sunlight has finally returned to a dark planet. I have new book shelves in my office! It is better than Christmas, Valentine’s Day and my birthday combined.
You will understand that I am totally a book nerd when I tell you that hauling up those books and arranging them on those shelves was big fun. I love it that my books are arranged together by type and how I use them. I bought some pretty baskets and boxes to stash notebooks, binders and cords. My new shelves are totally functional and if I do say so myself, totally beautiful. I am a happy, happy girl.
Everyone’s home is different. Some people thrive with white walls and a minimalist decor, not one extra knickknack or magazine on a table. I could never live in such a stark environment. I love it when a home reflects its occupants, even if their style is different from my own. I love to see souvenirs from travel, family photos and items handcrafted by an ancestor. My siblings have mounted fish, deer heads and bear rugs in their houses. It isn’t my style, but I respect that it is a reflection of who they are. I understand wanting to be surrounded by things you love.
For me, it is my books. My house was lovely, but not quite right without my books. Wherever I may go and whatever kind of house I live in, give me my books and I am home.
What makes your home uniquely special? I would love to hear about it the comments below.