Decor has mattered in my life since I was a little girl. I grew up in a historic building in the country that had been passed down through my family, and my mom decorated in a way that made me feel like I was in the countryside in Europe. We didn’t have a ton of money to spend lavishly, but everything we did have was done with thought and good taste, slowly and intentionally. Being raised in that environment taught me to appreciate the beauty and the importance of home.

About 2 weeks ago, I purchased my first home with my fiance. It’s truly a dream come true! Now that I am the one responsible to build a beautiful home, the importance of decor has re-entered my life in full force. I’ve spent hours brainstorming, bouncing ideas off my partner, looking up options online, finding vendors whose products I believe in, and of course, falling into the rabbit hole known as Pinterest. I’ve carefully curated a board for each room of the home, from the entryway (first impressions are so important!) to how I want to strand our (energy efficient LED) white lights in the back porch to create an inviting ambiance.

I start to think a few years ahead for when the home will be filled with kids of my own and I feel honored to pass on the importance of decor to them like my mother did for me. The thought of them dragging crayons down my perfectly-picked-out white kitchen cabinets does honestly make me cringe a bit, but then I laugh and remember that it’s going to take lots of patience and many years to teach them the importance of home and good taste. It truly does make a difference in a person’s character and I know that aesthetics will never be a lost art.