Getting together with friends is one of the most challenging things about long distance moves.
Living five to nine hours away from each other means we stay connected via Facebook, email, and of course, by phone.
But, there’s nothing better than being face-to-face, is there?
Recently I was able to spend some time with a dear long-time friend.
After getting into town, I joined her and her family for breakfast. After a delicious breakfast of baked stuffed raisin bread french toast, we covered three coastal towns and visited some of her favorite thrift shops, enjoyed lunch at a sidewalk cafe, and finished off our day with supper from our favorite orchard’s downtown pie shop.
But, before we had pie for supper (Yes we did!) in downtown Holland, Michigan, my friend was excited to show me a shop she adores, Canterbury Cottage.
Now I need to tell you that home decor stores are our absolute favorite places to browse and shop. You won’t find us shopping for clothes together unless it’s a must. Home decor shops are an entirely different story. We can’t get enough.
When we walked in the door of Canterbury Cottage, my friend said, “You should share this place on your blog.”
What a great idea!
There’s always a camera in my binocular basket turned purse, so I asked if I could snap some photos and you already know the answer.
Service-oriented home decor stores are the best. They are a great place not only for inspiration and ideas, and of course products for our homes, but they are also a great place to get decorating advice.
Most of us are not entirely confident in our home decorating. Often we think we know what we like, but it can be challenging to pull it off. That’s where a good home decor shop comes into the picture. There we find people who can help us take what we see online, on Pinterest, and in magazines, and help us create a look we like for our homes.
As beautiful as the vignettes or rooms are in the store, online, or in magazines, duplicating those spaces will not make us or our homes happier.
Life isn’t about creating picture perfect looks.
Maxing out our credit cards, or draining the checkbook to get a look we think we need will in fact cause us to dislike the very thing we thought would bring us happiness.
The goal of home decor should be to create a warm and comforting sanctuary for ourselves, our family members, and guests.
When we know our goal, it changes everything.
Sure we may still peruse Pinterest and blogs and magazines. I sure do! But our motives are different.
When we concentrate on the people who will be living in our spaces, we can more easily step away from being concerned about how our decor will measure up, and more towards creating spaces that bless.
I know many women love decorating their homes and do it naturally and with a certain ease. Others of us struggle, second-guessing every decision, a hundred times over.
If you have a favorite shop, like Canterbury Cottage, develop a relationship with the staff there. And, take your time dressing your home, creating a new look, or giving rooms seasonal face lifts.
You’ve heard it said, “time is our friend.”
By allowing your spaces to evolve, and by getting to know a shop’s staff, you will be in the home decor sweet spot. And you will then be kept up to date with what’s new, both in product and design. Plus, they will buy with you in mind when they make their buying trips and decisions. Plus you won’t feel so alone in your decision-making.
I was impressed to learn that the owner of Canterbury Cottage designs the amazing wreaths and floral arrangements you see here.
A few well-placed faux arrangements, that are different from the norm, can be a great investment in bringing life to a room or setting the tone for a new season. How much better is it when we get to know the person who creates that bit of loveliness for our homes.
Sometimes we spend so much time out-of-doors in the summer we forget about the comfort of our home. Now might be the time to start to get things updated for that change of season which will be here before we know it.
- Have you found some inspiration here to freshen up one of your rooms?
- Are you loving what you’re seeing?
- I can’t wait to hear what caught your eye?
- What’s the one thing about your home decor that you most enjoy. What scares you?
- This blog travels the world….but, if you live in Holland….let me know that too.
Have you heard?
There’s a new home decorating book that’s in the number one spot on Amazon.
I’ve been reading rave reviews and I can’t wait to put my hands on Myquillyn (The Nester) Smith‘s new book… The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful. It’s pure down-to-earth decorating inspiration.
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Here’s to better than Pinterest home decor!
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