Pin It Forward: What Home Means to Me

Today it’s my turn to share what home means to me, as part of the Pin It Forward blogger mashup.

Home means many things to me but I was able to narrow it down quickly actually. A home is a place that supports the people who live in it so they can live the life of their dreams. A home has places to daydream, create and celebrate with loved ones. It has space for entertaining with farm fresh food and it is organized so that family time is spent doing things instead of finding things.

I dream of a Craftsman home with a big, wide porch for drinking fresh squeezed lemonade, big trees for children to climb and swing, a garage organized for all things boy and a quiet retreat for creative mamas. A welcoming kitchen that is a joy to cook in and a big farmhouse table to feed a crowd. It is the kind of home where people feel comfortable dropping by for a glass of wine in the evening and where my son feels comfortable bringing boatloads of kids home after school for snacks and fun adventures in the backyard. It is the kind of home where parties are planned with glee and thrown with ease because there is enough room, but not too much room so that the house feels overwhelming and cold. There is room for house guests, with carefully made beds and bathrooms with sweet little towels and soaps at the ready. And books, oh there is a place for books; always there is a place for books.

Before I go on endlessly daydreaming here, please click on this preview of images to see my entire pinboard of images that represent what home means to me.:)

Yesterday, Sam from Good Measure shared what home means to her and tomorrow, we’ll see what Brandi of Not Your Average Ordinary shares with us. Isn’t this fun?!

sfgirlbybay - ooh, so pretty! i love this. thanks so much for contributing!! :) v.May 27, 2010 – 7:56 pm

cindy - i love it all. and your words have me sniffling and smiling simultaneouslyMay 27, 2010 – 8:13 pm

KC - I love your Portland craftsman home! One of my dream homes too!May 27, 2010 – 8:43 pm

Brandi - Thanks for the introduction, Jess! Your board is stunning — those pics are some of my favorites! Your home sounds heavenly! Maybe put some lemon trees in the back yard for that fresh lemonade? I adore your blog (I’ll be back for sure).May 27, 2010 – 9:12 pm

Melissa de la Fuente - First of all….this is absolutely beautiful & I couldn’t agree more with every single thing. It sounds like pure heaven….secondly, how have I missed your lovely blog until now? I must have been under a rock! This IS so much fun & I am so glad I found you! Thank you so much for sharing what home means to you. I love it!
MelisMay 28, 2010 – 2:04 pm

Gretchen Niaki - Oh!! I’m in heaven in your dream! And the outside dinner setting is exactly what I’m most thrilled with. Sooo lovely.

The only thing missing is a wonderful round housekeeper, who lives to clean up after wonderful soirees. Is that too much to ask ;) Maybe I’m having issues because I should be cleaning not blogging hehe.May 28, 2010 – 8:32 pm

Art Wall Katie - Everything you said sound wonderful.May 30, 2010 – 5:12 pm

jacqueline - This is such a beautiful post! It made me smile and these photos are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing! Love to you!June 2, 2010 – 1:50 pm

Fringe - Oh my. Your idea of home sounds like a little slice of heaven. The images and the sentiment behind them are just magical. Thank you so much for sharing. It was wonderful to meet you…

xoJune 3, 2010 – 8:45 pm

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