When friends enter a home, they sense
its personality and character,
the family's style of living ---
these elements make a house come alive
with a sense of identity,
a sense of energy,
enthusiasm, and warmth, declaring,
"This is who we are; this is how we live."
Over the years, Papa Pea and I have owned three different places (four if you count the 14 x 16' cabin on his folks' property they gave us as a wedding present and we remodeled and added onto making it a small house). During much of the time in our different locations, we didn't have the wherewithal to make choices regarding construction or decorating that I would have preferred. I've always felt a need to live in surroundings that "fed my soul," and so tried to make our homes comfortable, and to the extent I could, a reflection of my personal tastes.
Today books and videos abound encouraging us all to de-clutter, rid our personal space of all items not useful, superfluous and those which don't bring pleasure to our everyday lives or represent our true selves. Ralph Lauren's words have caused me to take an objective look around my own home. I realize some aspects do represent our/my style of living and personality, some don't.
Now I'm in the process of considering some changes (oh no, more changes!) so that my home environment represents more closely, "This is who we are; this is how we live."
Think about other homes you've been in. Think about your own home. Do you like what you see? Does your home give a true reflection of you and your lifestyle? Do you see any changes you might make? Do you have the desire to make those changes? Do tell!