Home Sweet Home
This print, along with all the others over at The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy, is perky and so, so sweet. I love the typography and the colors and patterns are terrific - so cheerful. I remember when I was little going to yard sales and flea markets with my mother, I always saw Home Sweet Home signs and I never really understood what the expression meant. I guess you have to grow up to really know what it is, or perhaps first have it to understand the concept of what a home sweet home feels like.
Some people grow up and do not have such a sweet home. There is chaos, fighting, illness and many other things that can stand in the way of feeling safe, at peace and happy at home. I think that is one of the best things about being an adult and moving out of the house for the first time. As a young person, you have the chance to create your own Home Sweet Home no matter what your past was like. You can remove the stress and chaos and start anew. You can make decisions that are good ones, so as to safeguard your new found freedom and peace. If you are able to continue this for many years, and you meet someone, fall in love and continue having a relatively peaceful home life then I think you have accomplished a lot in your life. I remember when I was little, I lived next door to a couple who were always fighting. You could here them several houses away! And when I went to visit their daughter, I was surprised at how uncomfortable, even as a little girl, I always felt visiting her. They weren't screaming when I visited, but this energy and negativity hung in the air like a very bad smell. And it felt thick and suffocating. I always asked her if we could play in the yard instead of inside of the house, I did not like how their home felt.
I've always been extremely sensitive to my surroundings, my environment. I can pick up on "vibes" and I'm usually quite accurate. I guess I'm the house whisperer. :) And that's one of the many reasons why I started on this road to decorating and writing about decorating and design finds -- I really want others to be more aware of their surroundings and in the importance of having a space that really mirrors their lifestyle and personality. And above all things material, a kind of peace and security that one can only feel at home -- this is the ultimate goal I think all should have above decorating or some cool new teapot. Loving your family and repairing any holes, working out the problems, and getting back to being happy in your Home Sweet Home. Though we're all a highly visual bunch, the best things in life cannot be seen... they are felt. :)
(image: the wheatfield)