I’ve been working away at making our home more functional and more “us”. For one, I finally bought myself a new computer (hello, macbook pro!) that I’ve been putting off since my last one failed me back in the spring.
The other is with little spaces, or “moments” as says Emily Henderson, that make me smile and make our home reflect us. Sometimes I get so caught up with making our space look as perfect as I can make it (I need more textures! The scale of that piece isn’t quite right! I need to update my lighting! etc.) that I forget it’s also a space to fill us with love and happy memories. I started reading Young House Love’s new book, Loveable Liveable Home, a few weeks ago and they inspired me to do just that. Within only a few pages I was already up and hanging shelves! (If you’re thinking of buying it, I highly recommend it.) Keep reading to find out how I started adding happy memories to our home, without spending a dime.
We had a little shelf leftover from our previous apartment’s bathroom that’s been waiting for a new home, and I thought the little nook on the left side of our couch was just the space to do it.
With all my enthusiasm, I forgot to snap a photo of the shelf before I started styling it! Regardless, here was my thought process as I created it.
To start, I knew I wanted it to have a lighter feeling to it as to not detract from the photos above the couch, the main focus of the room. I corralled my favourite small objects together and landed on a simple pale green/blue, white and wood/yellow colour scheme with a touches of peachy red accents.
I wanted to add that wooden bowl, a wedding gift, and a few of my favourite cards from our wedding (you can never have enough prints from Rifle Paper Co., in my opinion), so I decided to hang it with a simple pin and white ribbon. From there you see a few of my favourite books and my much loved owl from West Elm.
Another piece I knew I wanted to include was something from our board games. Shaun (and I, but especially Shaun) love board games (we even host monthly board game nights for our fellow teacher friends) so I landed on a few pieces from our Banana Grams game (in French to celebrate my other language too!). Scrabble pieces over done? Maybe. Did my husband laugh at me for rummaging through our bag of letters to find these specific ones? Absolutely. Worth it? 100%! It makes me smile every time I look at it. :)
To add some vertical height to the vignette, I found a little glass milk jug and filled it with the date ideas our friends and family had suggested for us on popsicle sticks. I love this idea of my sister-in-law’s, and now I can enjoy them by putting them on display, instead of burying them in storage. It’s an instant reminder of all the people who love us and were there to celebrate with us on our wedding day. Plus, if ever we’re out of date ideas for a Saturday night, we have a jar full within easy reach!
I didn’t want anything too heavy in such a small space, and this little vignette is perfect.
Reading that book also finally motivated me to tackle our salvaged wood shelves from our previous kitchen too.
To give you an idea of where we were at before, here’s a shot after we unstacked our machines, added a shelf with fabric to conceal the plumbing and before I loaded it up with storage baskets.
We hung our shelves to the right of the machines, after searching for a stud in the wall to support the weight of our dishes (it’s lined up with the left brackets).
I tried a few different combos,
But ultimately a simple colour scheme of blues and creams won out.
On the top is one of my favourite wedding gifts: an awesome Le Creuset baking dish.
The blue pottery are from our trip to Mexico, and I of course had to include my French labelled baking jars in there too.
The mugs in front of our meal plan frame were gifts from my wedding shower, and I “framed” a little note from Shaun in a simple glass tea light holder.
Our laundry nook isn’t quite complete yet- I plan on adding some simple art in white frames above the machines soon- but it’s getting there! Between that and our living room, I’m quite pleased with the direction our home is taking!
After this little experiment, I’ll be making a more mindful effort to include happy little memories in our house as I continue making it home. What little sentimental pieces you could add to make it more “you” or more reflective of your family? Take a look! Be creative. No one needs to “approve” of it but you!