I like beautiful things, which is why I stare at myself in the mirror most of the day, petting my face and murmuring sonnets in my mirror ear.

Along with liking beautiful things comes a need to live with beautiful things and a need to create beautiful spaces in my home. I’m not even talking setting up little areas of treasured tchotchkes- I mean the more subtle things that happen when your house starts to come together with elements that reflect your style.

The simple colors, shades, patterns that happen because of what you fill your house with all come into play here.

white on white

During the 6 years of renting a house and not really wanting to put much into it, I could feel my poor little design sense withering away.

A stronger person would have turned to Apartment Therapy and done up their temporary surroundings in a temporarily beautiful way, and we did to an extent, but we also felt the need – subconsciously- to keep the house temporary feeling so we had something to fight against.

It’s scary after losing a home to let yourself be comfortable in a new house, but we are settling in and rediscovering the excitement of working together to design our space. It’s fun! I love this collaboration between Christian and me because we are both excited about home design, and we have the same taste. Like, exactly the same taste. It’s creepy.

I have started to notice little things around our home that fill my heart with joy and make me feel at home for lack of a better phrase.

When your glamorous dog, your new flooring, and your favorite throw all complement each other beautifully.

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How freaking powerful our surroundings are to our mental well-being, eh? What do you love looking at in your home? What do you see on a daily basis that maybe you consciously notice only sometimes, but consistently feeds your soul?

I’m noticing so much more now when I’m out and about- trying to store away little bits of visual information to recreate at home. My love for Pinterest has been rekindled, and there’s no shortage of amazing home ideas there. I guess we all know that already.

Anyway, I’m adding more to my Home boards on Pinterest if you care to follow along- my 2 favorites are Home: Interior and Home: Elements, which really embodies what I’m trying to explain here- home becomes home when the elements involved perfectly reflect who you are.


What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. Love it! Thank you. My favorite “who am I-what am I doing-why are we here” reminder is a Holstee poster of quotes from Sheryl Strayed’s Dear Sugar. It’s the last thing I see before I go out the door every day, and it’s beautiful.

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