Home vs House: Welcome To My Crib!
It's work of art where we live in...
Welcome to my humble abode...
Home is where the heart is. So, welcome to my humble abode where my heart is…please come in.
We all know that a home is a place where someone lives and a house is well, simply one type of place. So, do you have a home or a house?
I have a home and there’s nothing grand to brag about it but my home is the only place in the world where I can simply be quiet in one corner and enjoy some "me-time" or dance like nobody’s watching me or sing like no one is listening; and I do that usually in my kitchen while brewing coffee or tea depending on the mood. :) This home is an expression of myself and of my family—livable, functional, authentic, light hearted and quirky (that is so me) and most of all, this home is a gallery of positive memories; a family-friendly home designed for everyday life.
Instead of family portrait, we have this on the wall. And, I have the biggest hand print! :)
Have you heard of the word downsizing? Well, according to Oxford dictionary, it’s actually an American term, which means, make (something) smaller. Two years ago when our youngest moved to the University residence, my hubby and I decided to sell our house in the city and moved to a smaller place into a small town close by the escarpment.
We still have a 3-bedroom house but as part of downsizing, we sold most of our big furniture and stuff and settled to more realistic things that we actually need and not only put for dust to accumulate. In short, we live with the basics. You know what I mean, those displays that are seldom used and touched in the house. I still keep some oddities but no more random junk.
My hubby is an artist and I can only claim to be one. So, most of our furniture for example is customized and hand crafted with love (by us). It’s pretty cool because first, we save a lot of money from getting those store bought furniture. Second, I like the character it creates when you build stuff your own especially from salvaged or recycled and re-purposed items. All the paintings and art works hanging on the walls are of our own creation.
"Strong people live as people were meant to live: simply, with what they need, learning to minimize the unnecessary things they might want." ~from The Truth About Money by Charlie Ambler
So, let me tour you around and show you my favourite spots in my home, in no particular order.
- The PORCH –As a gateway to the inside of the home, I can only describe it as welcoming, harmonizing and charming. It is designed to integrate the style and feel of the home inside. It’s my very first DIY project when we first moved in this house. The idea is not only to save some money but also to have the satisfaction of seeing the results of what I’ve visualized and of my own creation. I also believed in frugal living. So, even the doormat is a DIY project. Thus, I take it as a compliment when a passer-by turns head to my porch.
Let’s head over to the…
2. The BREAKFAST NOOK – Over looking the backyard where it is bright and sunny and wrapped with windows is where the breakfast nook is. It also serves as the family and friends favourite lounging area. The mini-harvest table is made of mahogany wood and was crafted by my hubby along with the set of bench. Unlike, our formal Queen Anne dining set, the harvest table is more casual and comfortable and so this is where we often sit to enjoy most of the meals (and laughters) not just breakfast.
The eat-in-kitchen is where we share dramas and funny tales of the day.
Fill me with love and laughter and I will protect you.
Not only for VIP's...
3. The GUEST(s) POWDER ROOM – They say, nothing can make guests feel more welcomed than a voguish powder room. Well, although it comes with its traditional ensemble, this powder room is not that traditional yet it’s packed with the biggest punch. It is decorated with unexpected and unusual arts.
It doesn’t really have a theme but a pop of colourful stuff brings instant quirky personality to it. The statement wall is filled with statements, literally statements. And, even the floor conveys a positive vibes for every guest.
When we first moved into this house, we had a very informal open reception with close friends and I thought of asking them to sign on the wall in the guests’ powder room instead of a formal guests book. They thought I was kidding until they saw what I’ve written myself on the wall. Eventually, it turned into a lively scene with a collage of handwritten messages from friends who’d come over for the first time. The opposite wall is lined with a combination of my personal artworks and a masterpiece from my husband. Also on display are some eye-catching frames filled with uplifting messages that enhances the drama of the powder room. You have to see this to appreciate it.
The Statement Wall:Collage of messages from friends~
Would you find it weird if I tell you that this is my breathing room? I’d read and re-read all the messages on the wall and then there’s this feeling of instant comfort and joy. Well, this powder room is quite silly in a way but I think it’s fun.
Usually for some people, the backyard is their hideaway retreat. However, for me, it is this powder room.
I was experimenting on painting the bathroom tile and ended up doing this...
Now to the backyard…
4. The BACKYARD GARDEN – Obviously, this is my favorite summer spot! My little not so secret garden creates an oasis for relaxation and enchanting enough for some afternoon delight when I’m home. I love the Parisian vibes of the red bistro set under the tree. It complements the whole backyard and it’s perfect for my morning coffee or afternoon tea. This is where I enjoy tapping on my laptop to create and catch up on social media under the breezy shade.
Fire pit creates an ambiance
Depending on the weather, I’d sometimes extend my outdoor hour here with a fire pit that creates an ambiance to completely unwind and enjoy the day through the night.
Salvaged & Recycled
Birds chirping in the blistering days of summer at my own backyard~
Adding to the warmth of my garden is the re-purposed fruit basket turned pendant lamp fixtures under the gazebo. They say necessity is the mother of invention. The old gazebo hanging light that we have, had seen better days. So, one day while I was cleaning up, I saw the empty fruit basket and thought, why not. It would house the bulb well and voila! I have an instant hanging light when the moon is not that bright enough to light up my night.
My reading corner...
5. My READING CORNER – My number one favorite spot is the reading alcove. Obviously, this is where I read a book or two. Set in the corner of the living room just next to the fireplace. This cozy corner is my special space for reading and where you’d usually find me alone.
On the wall just above my reading chair hangs one of my favorite pieces, painted by my very own artist in the house, my hubby. It’s called “mother and child”. This acrylic on canvas was his gift to me when we had our first child.
means the functional and appealing elements that we have here in this house. ~
By the fireside~
Arabica linen single seater in white and gray adds an invitingly plush element to my little corner here. Perfect on lazy days!
So, this is my crib!
Welcoming, light hearted and quirky to put people at eased when they come.
Oh and the by the way, I have to tell you that since moving into the (almost) countryside, I have adapted and have been enjoying some very good habits of frugal living. For example:
- I sundry our clothes in the summer time. I not only save electricity by not using the dryer, sun-drying clothes also make them last longer. I’d simply connect the clothesline and then I’d have fun hanging and sniffing the freshly laundered clothes.
- I don’t pay monthly GYM membership anymore. I walk, bike and hike by the trail and explore the woods weather permitting.
- I buy fresh food from the farmer’s market and I get some freebees too before the end of the day. I’d rather support the locals.
- Unlike in the city, I don’t buy bouquet of flowers from the market anymore. Instead, I’d trim what we have in the backyard and put them in the crystal vase for added crisp, colour and freshness in the house.
- I rarely go to Starbucks or other coffee shops to get my coffee. More often, I'd have it at home or take my travel mug with me.
- I avoid eating out except on some occasions and when invited. Otherwise, I cook and take my food along with me at work. That way, I'm certain on what I put in my stomach.
- I don't buy artificial air freshener. To keep the house smelling good specially in the winter time when I cannot open the windows, I'd boil and simmer orange peels with cinnamon sticks and some rosemary leaves. So, save those orange peels.
- I use Irish Spring as deodorizer in the bathroom – simply wrap it in a silk bag from the dollar store and hang it anywhere in the bathroom. Your bathroom will smell fresh every time you open the door. The scent could lasts for weeks and if you think the odor has faded already, you can absolutely re-use it as a regular bar soap.
- I open most of my windows to get some fresh air especially in the spring and summer time until the early part of fall. Unlike in the city, where its is quite polluted, here we get some real fresh air and there’s no noise and vehicle pollution as well but rather sweet singing birds chirping and humming. No need to turn on the air conditioning means saving electricity and money.
- I stay home most of the time when I’m not working. I’ve definitely past that age when good times mean clubbing and partying. It may not sound like a lot of fun for everyone but time spent at home with family (and sometimes friends) is precious. I also enjoy being alone at home-me time and the truth is I’m simply a homebody. Yes, I like it at home!
Side note on Frugal living
Did you know?
Buying local products close to home is good for the environment, since producers/owners (farmers) use less energy for transportation, refrigeration, processing and packaging. So, buy local!
It's a work of art where we live in...
I live a modest life style!
Well, thank you for visiting my purposely imperfect home and for allowing me to reflect on my modest lifestyle. I have what I need. I am surrounded by good loving people. I don't need anything more and I am grateful for all the blessings.
I hope you enjoyed the tour and my frugal living tips.
My ideal home style would be a combination of country and craftsman style house. What is your ideal home style?
Or is it a combination of...
Any of these styles?
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A house by definition is a building for human habitation, especially one that is lived in by a family or small group of people, whereas, a home is where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. Can you tell the difference and do you have a house or a home? Let me hear from you on the comment box below.
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