making house a home

Inspiration for your Walls

Happiest of Mondays to you!! Our weekend was filled with sunshine, walks around town, visits from family, and yummy home-cooked meals! It was a great and restful weekend! We spent a long time cleaning yesterday, and I was reminded of what joy I find in taking care of our little home. I love this journey of creating a home with my husband. As you know, we live in an old Victorian home that has been split into apartments...so while we cannot paint the walls we can hang up anything our hearts desire. So, prints are a great way to bring meaning to any room for little cost and no damage to the apartment, and I just love that. I want our home and the decorations inside to reflect our family. I hope for them to reflect what we believe, what we are passionate about, and what matters most to us. Also, I want our home to be beautiful. This is not so I can brag about it or show it off, but rather so it makes people feel comfortable, at ease, and inspired when they step inside. 

We want people to feel more in love with Jesus when they look around at what is on our walls, and what fills up our home. Ben and I truly hope that even our material possessions reflect the glory of the Lord. Prints are a great way to do this. They are beautiful, inspirational, and most often they are handmade. You all know how I love handmade. So I wanted to round up some of my favorite prints for the home to share with you today. 






Source: Oh My Deer


Source: Lindsay Letters

I love all of these so much and would love to say I have them all in my home right now. Hopefully someday. These are some of my all time favorite artists when it comes to calligraphy, watercolor, and design. They make beautiful things with their talent and share their gifts with other through their artwork, what a beautiful thing. I hope you enjoy these prints, and go and give these artists some love. Some of these prints can even be downloaded for less than $20! What a great deal for a handwritten item! 

Make your walls happy, fill them with pretty papers, artwork, and words. 

Much Love,

Rachel



Inspiration for the kitchen lover

Pretty things make me happy. The kitchen is my favorite room in our house. So kitchens, with pretty things in them, seemed like a wonderful idea for an inspirational post. Here are my recent favorites when it comes to the ideal kitchen. Enjoy! 

classy kitchen
Image Source: Better Home & Garden

Teal + Copper. I may never own copper pots or pans, but there is never a time that I see them that I do not swoon. I love the rustic/cottage vibe they put off, and there are copper pots in Downton Abbey so of course I want them. :) Love the simplicity of this space. It is clean without looking cold, and organized without feeling like you cannot take your shoes off and be a messy cook!

white pitchers
Image Source: The Art of Doing Stuff

I love these pitchers. They are very aesthetically pleasing and just make the whole counter space look clean, which is always a good thing. 


free botanical prints
Image Source: Poppytalk

Botanical prints. I think these are just lovely and guess what? you can print them yourself at home FOR FREE! Follow the image source link and print these little babies, put them in frames above your cabinets or simply tape them to your fridge! 


colorful kitchen china
Image Source: Garimpando Frida

I am a color kind of gal. I love bright, I love bold, I love patterns. So mixing these plates and mugs is right up my alley. Love how illuminating it is to this little white shelf, just makes it all pop. 


cozy kitchen
Image Source: Hooked on Houses

I told Ben when I saw this image the other night, "Honey, this could be our kitchen one day, can't you just see kids running around in a kitchen like this?" I love this kitchen. It is livable. Don't get me wrong, I love all the gorgeous BHG kitchen images out there just like the next girl, but I want my house to be livable, inviting, and comfortable. I want my kids to feel free to mess things up, and guests to feel immediately welcomed and at ease...this kitchen seems to give off that feel. It just seems lived in, which is a great characteristic in my book. 


cottage kitchen
Image Source: Country Living

This one maybe not so much giving off the "lived in, mess me up" vibe, but still gorgeous just the same. I love the chunky woven baskets and the rustic wooden island. 

vintage soup cans
Image Source: Under the Sycamore

How adorable are these? They would be cute year round in any room of the house, but the kitchen just seems like the perfect place for vintage soup cans. 


modern simple kitchen
Image Source: Better Home & Garden

Simplicity is bliss. That is what comes to mind when I see this kitchen. I love the wine crate drawers, and subway tile backsplash. And oh the windows...one day I want a kitchen with gorgeously large windows. (gorgeously large? can I say that...hmm...I am gonna go with yes).

How would you describe your "kitchen style" what makes your heart happy? Check out my previous post "Kitchen Wishlist" for some fun handmade items to add to your kitchen! 

XOXO, 

Rachel