lesson 5: fill your home with things you really love
This blue farmhouse door with colored glass hung in the original family home, so Granny moved it to her kitchen so she could see it every day. One of my favorite pieces of advice she gives on home design is, "Trends come and go, but when you really love something, it becomes more valuable than the trends of your time." What is popular is not nearly as important as what you love. I think it is helpful to edit yourself while eyeing a piece of furniture or holding a pillow or accessory in a store by asking the question, "Do I really love this?" For a home to feel collected and personal, it takes time. Your preferences change, and your lifestyle may change, but through these transitions, you can create a home full of what is important and lovely to you by being honest with yourself. (See Granny's Porch Makover here.)
Thank you, Granny, and grandmothers/mothers everywhere, for all of the great advice, and certainly, your example.