What makes a house a home?

Beautiful homes don’t happen overnight. They take time, love, thought, compromise and patience. Anyone can design a room that is pretty – creating a beautiful home is a completely different story.

Think about it. Beautiful homes tell the story of those that live there. They are “collected” rather than decorated. Homes evolve with the people that live there. They should give you a glimpse of the personality of owners. Where have they been? Who lives there? What do they value?

Sure a little part of me will always yearn for schmick and uncluttered surroundings. The feeling rears its head when I’m stepping over the kids toys or dusting my husband’s militaria collectables.

The feeling always subsides and I realise that these are the things that tell our story. That like people, something doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. I’ve come to love the chaos. I’ve even started to become a little bit of a “collector” myself .

I love the beauty of antique fishing floats. I love them even more when the light hits them and you can see the imperfections in the hand-blown glass.

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I love antique silver. When I polish my mind wanders to the story each piece could tell. I like to use all my pieces. No sitting in the cupboard and gathering dust for me. When people come to my home for dinner I want to use my silver and enjoy it. If it breaks so be it! At least it had a great send off. I don’t even care if it looks like it needs a polish!

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I love the patina of antique furniture. The solidness of their construction makes them ideal for family living (a knock from a toy car just adds character).

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I think art work should be picked because you like it – not because it matches your scatter cushions. I have a passion for antique maps and botanicals. Not only are they interesting their colours are soft and subdued.

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Yes – I have a very clear picture of what I want my house to be. The good thing is that frequently I will walk into my bedroom and find that my son has created a charming “vignette” for me on my bedside table.

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And we all know that had the Virgin Mary had access to her own corvette she could have high-tailed it out of that barn to the nearest hospital!

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But mostly all us mums know that we have a large supply of photos just like this one waiting to be shared at our kids’ 21st birthday parties.

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