Today I’m going to let you peek into our weekend at the cabin! Derek and I stayed with my beautiful cousin (and one of Valerie’s beautiful brides) and her husband at their homey cabin on Turtle Lake. Their cabin isn’t big, but Jon and Chelsea are ridiculously welcoming, and their home is adorable and dressed to the nines in the best of rustic, vintage, and colorful details.
Here are some thoughts in making a space feel homey and welcoming.
1. Good light.
Beautiful light can make a space more welcoming, more relaxing, more beautiful, more comfortable, just MORE. :) If you aren’t one of the lucky ones with great big windows that let light pour in, bring in lamps or strings of lights to help brighten your space.
2. Personal favorites.
Make your space reflect you. I love walking into someone’s home and seeing their personality – their hobbies, likes, and loves – reflected in their space. Fill walls with images, paintings, quotes – whatever inspires you and makes you smile! This especially applies to work spaces as you’ll want to create a pleasant space that gets the creative juices flowing!
Dress your space in color. Whether you bring in bold instances of color or small details, decorate your space with beautiful tones. Speaking of, emerald is the Pantone color of the year! Ahhh, I love it!
4. Thrifted or vintage finds.
There are so many fun pieces to help accent your home that you can find out thrifting. Find pieces that make you smile, evoke a memory, reflect your personality, or bring a fun twist to a practical piece. There are so many benefits to finding great vintage pieces! They’re always incredibly unique, and you can usually find a pretty great bargain. ;)
5. Plant life.
You don’t need to have a green thumb to brighten your space with lovely green friends. Most houseplants aren’t overly demanding; stick the pot in front of a window, be sure to give it a drink regularly, and you’ll have a happy plant. :) Really, you can do it!
A word from Chelsea on making a house a home:
“There are many things that inspire our home and the decor in it. I believe first and foremost it is our family, followed closely by my love for repurposing old stuff. Our home is decorated in vintagey, whimsical pieces that go together because we put them together. Several pieces are family heirlooms, including pictures, furniture, and various pieces of decor that have been passed down and some others are from the same era, so they blend together. I think it’s great when people ask you where they came from and there’s a story behind every piece.
We all shared a weekend of lots of good food, laughs, and productive wedding projects! I’m super excited about my new wedding shoes – thank you Nordstrom Rack! and our boutonnieres are going to be fantastic…they’ll be created with itty bitty pinecones! :)