I've been thinking lately about what it is that makes a house and a home, and the all-important difference between a house that feels "decorated" and a home that feels curated.
when brandon and i were first married we had absolutely zero furniture between the two of us. We'd found our first apartment together, a two-bedroom in Lake Oswego, Oregon (two bedrooms!!), and the emptiness in there was comical. There's only so long you can sit on pillows and sleep on an air mattress, so we did what you do and found ourselves a furniture outlet and bought ourselves a living room set. Guys, it looked awful. Two years later we were moving to Brooklyn + I happily sold that sofa/love seat combo and those stupid matching lamps. When we moved to Idaho in 2006, I promised myself I'd do it differently. This meant our three-bedroom home was empty for the better part of a year while I slowly collected pieces I loved to fill it with from thrift stores and occasional Ikea trips (three bedrooms!!!), and in the end what I was left with was a slightly mis-matched, but very truly me, little home.
My theory is that if you love it, it'll look great, no matter what it is, and I've never had that fail me yet. My other theory is that too many items from a "big box" store, no matter how perfect they look, are going to leave you with a home that feels flat. You need a few items that are special, items that have a story. Whether it was that you dug it out of a thrift store bin, or made it yourself, or knew that your purchase dollars had gone on to support some really great cause you cared deeply about, I think the difference between a house that is decorated and a home that has been a soulfully, carefully curated, is the spirit that lives inside our belongings. Maybe that sounds all mystical mumbo-jumbo to you, but I really feel the reason I love my home so much + take so much pride in the work I've done to put it together is all of the sweet memories behind the pieces we've brought in.
I've recently been making an effort to purchase only hand-made, fair trade, ethically sourced pieces for my home and wardrobe. I'm not perfect by any means (Forever 21 relapses happen!) but I thought I'd share a few of what's caught my eye for the home these days, in case you were similarly on the hunt. ;)
This post was sponsored by Accompany, a globally curated, ethically edited home + clothing online shop that I'm really, really excited about. All opinions are my own, dudes. Thanks as always for your support.