1.30.2013

home is the most important place in the world


i thought the former tagline of ikea was totally fitting for this blog post. home is the most important place in the world. home can be anywhere. it can be where you can feel completely at ease. at peace. where you can relax. where your loved ones are. 

for me, home is two places. one home is my little family's home in illinois. it's the house that my husband and i bought and it had everything i wanted in my dream home. it's the home that we brought our son home to. it's the house that we have put so much of our blood, sweat, tears, weekends, painting skills, decorating skills and outdoor skills into. my second home is where i grew up in indiana. (my mom and stepdad still live in the home i grew up in, so to go back to indiana really is "going home.") that's the home where i can go and get away.
i recently received a really great book for my birthday....nate berkus' "the things that matter." i love nate berkus, his style, his demeanor and was so amped about getting this new book. i was three pages into the start and was hooked. he tells a beautiful story of his childhood, what shaped his love of design (i especially love his story about moving to paris, and in order to survive there, he sold all of his classic ralph lauren clothing and lived on plain pasta. that's commitment.) anyway, the book is a gorgeous collection of features showcasing all important items that people have in their homes that mean something to them. these are things that are more than things. they have a meaning behind them...they were inherited or were purchased on exotic trips or have a meaning behind them. let's just say i was practically in tears reading the book because not only do i feel that a house needs to have these kinds of things to bring it to life, but it's a core hope i had as i started re-nest studio...to be able to make pieces for others' homes that mean something to them. it's what i strive for in every piece i design.

so, mr. nate berkus inspired me to go on a mission. a mission around my house to really think about the things that we have that tell our story. the things that matter in our home. yes, we have a lot of stuff (that tends to happen when you 1. live in a bigger place, and 2. have a child), but what's the stuff that makes our place our home? let me take you on a little tour....

1. our gallery wall. yes, i've posted about this before. lots. but this is one of my favorite spots in our home. not only because i used to pour through the pottery barn catalog and insist that one day "i'll have one of those gallery walls" but because i look at it and there are all sorts of stories behind the pictures we have up there. noah's six-month photo shoot. our first family photoshoot. my pregnancy photos (with noah). a picture i happened to take of my sister on hilton head island in 2006 which made me feel like i had some sort of photography skills. the special dates wall art (that i made for mr. re-nest for our eight-year wedding anniversary). it didn't come together all at once. it grew organically as more photos were taken but i just think it's a beautiful representation of where are as a family.

i'm pretty sure i've officially run out of wall space here


in case you're wondering, an updated version will be made after the arrival of little mr. re-nest #2
2. glass vase filled with seashells from hawaii. we've been fortunate enough to get to hawaii twice in our lives....once for our honeymoon, and once for my sister-in-law and brother-in-law's wedding. each time, mr. re-nest and i did a little shell excursion and brought back some of our unique favorites. all from one of our favorite places.

our shells. the crazy looking this behind it is a metal tree we picked up at the crate & barrel outlet
3. eames molded plywood chair. this was a total splurge. but what's meaningful about it is this: mr. re-nest loves mid-century modern furniture. it took me a while to come around, but for the longest time mr. re-nest would scour craigs list for eames pieces....just for a chance to get a reproduction. father's day 2010 came around and i wanted to get him a piece (a real one) since he has such an appreciation for the design and aesthetic. a favor was called in, and for father's day, mr. re-nest got his real eames. 

otherwise known as "daddy's chair"
4. multiple ceramic owls. again, i'm pretty sure i've mentioned my love of owls...all thanks to my mimi who loved them. so i have started to gather them. having these around the house gives me a sense that she is with me, and i feel like i'm carrying on a tradition that would make her happy.



5. slipper chair from my grandparents' house. i grew up with memories of sitting in these chairs in my grandparents' house. they were low to the ground, and overall, seemed, well, kid-sized. when it was time for my mimi to move on from her home, these were given to my sister and me. what i love so much about the chair is that when i sit in it, it still feels like it did when i was a girl. 

my little chair is in desperate need of a re-covering
there are countless other things in our home that make it our haven, but these are just a few. what do you have in your home that makes it your home? 

here's to home being the most important place in your world,
ashley
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