Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011 Home

There's a huge difference between a house and a home, don't you think?

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A home to me is where you feel like you can be 100% yourself. Where you feel loved and supported and safe. A house doesn't necessarily encompass that - it's just a shell. I have always been so blessed to find a home no matter where I live. From Australia, to California, to Texas - I have always found a place I can call home.

While I am not a big "resolutions" gal - I would like to strive to make 2011 a year where I help people feel at home. Be a friend to them, be there when they need me. Make them feel at home. I generally like to consider myself a friendly person - but I want to go beyond being "friendly" to new people. I want to be intuitive to them, and genuinely treat them the way that Christ treats me.

Speaking of home, my lovely Brian bought me a gorgeous Library Card Catalog to house all my ramekins, teacups and kitchen doodads. It fits perfectly with our apartment. What do you think?

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52 comments:

Lillian Chang said...

That's such a wonderful resolution! I totally agree - home is that feeling of 100% comfort and safety, total honesty and purity. It's amazing to find those people in your life that really make you feel that way :)

(And that library card catalog is A-MAZ-ING. :) Absolutely love it!)

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Awwww what a lovely resolution. You are so sweet. =) I feel the same way, some people live in big fancy mansions but it's not a home to them, they just go there to sleep, and then there are those really small houses occupied with lots of love, now that's a home. Happy 2011

Michele said...

Your resolution is simply inspiring and that card catalog is so awesome! Wishing you the best of this year and your success to making everyone you meet feel at home. :)

Sarah said...

A. Totally agree with you, it would be so sad to not have a "home!"

B. Your card catalog rocks! What a great gift!!!

Laura said...

YES! My goal for being 25 (2010) was self related - to feel comfortable with myself. My 26th year (2011) is about feeling at home. And to kick off that goal, my lover bought me a bookcase!

Two peas in a pod or what!?

I love it! Can't wait to see what you do.

Caroline said...

Wow, I cannot even tell you how jealous I am! The card catalog fits perfectly with your decor. What a wonderful gift!

lark + linen said...

omg it's AMAZING. Where did he get such a wonderful gift!?

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I think it's amazing!
And such a beautiful piece of furniture! Great art wall too

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

Gorgeous! good job, Brian!!

Jessica said...

I am in love with your library card catalog! Lovely!

Dancing Branflake said...

I love how you described treating people in a Christlike way. So fitting.

And you're husband is a cutie! I've never seen him before. What a cute couple!

Diana Mieczan said...

I really agree, with you,sweetie a´nd I have to say that your library card catalog is brilliant!! I so need one:) Hugs and kisses

Anna Liesemeyer said...

Its amazing how much a home that reflects you can affect your day to day life! What a great resolution!

Vanessa said...

Such an awesome resolution! But right after I came home from the States after New Years I discovered a massive leak in my ceiling... So my apartment doesn't feel much like home right now. Oh, well.

Amanda said...

Oh, I love it! It looks just perfect.

And I agree about home vs. house - the apartment I live in now is the first one that I've ever tried to make a home. It's also the first place I've lived in longer than a year (as an adult). I love it, and I'm so glad I made the effort.

And I love the thought that anyone could stop by and feel at home, too. Your resolution is great, Dionne.

Glad you're back!

Tamara Nicole said...

I love your library card holder! How stinkin cute:-)

Hope you have a great year hun!!!

Lindsey said...

My family had a library catalog when I was growing up, then it found new homes with other family members. Now my aunt in Arizona has it and I'm dying to get it back. I hope that one day I might get to have it in my home once again.

Melanie's Randomness said...

I have always wanted a library catalog! That is so cool that you finally have one! Use it well! =)

Hey dear I'm running a Suprise Cupcake Giveaway today! If you get a chance pop on over!! =)

Melanie's Randomness

shealennon said...

That's a great goal, and something I REALLY need to work on this year. I'm not a very good decorator, and I always put way more effort into clothes, etc. than home goods. I need to make my house look more like a home though--I must make more of an effort!
And I love the card catolog!

saltcityspice said...

Oh my gosh! So jealous that you have a real live card catalog in your home! Love that idea - seems like the perfect storage solution for little lovelies :)

Kaye Prince said...

I want a library catalogue so so so so so much! I keep trying to think of ways that I could secret one out of the library basement where they keep them not that they're not in use - hey, I figure if I have to stare at them all day one of them should at least come home with me ;)

Dash said...

Your library catalogue is just perfect!! It is so you and really what is better than organised loves?

also i think its really important to have a home that rises with love to meet you at the end of each day.

Dionne, u already are a great friend to everyone and even through ur blog, u spread the love! i really cant imagine a lovelier version of you, but all i can say is bring it on!:)

Tender Branson said...

That card catalog is awesome! It does go well with the place.

Jess said...

Oh WOW! That Card Catelog is AMAZING! Where do you find these things??? (And i LOVE your curtains!)

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Since I have always loved libraries and am old enough to have actually used card catalogues :), I love your gift.

Your sweet spirit will make people feel at home. Lovely resolution.

Fondly,
Glenda

Flourishing Networks said...

I love your library card catalog - where did you find this? I would love one.

k. davis said...

LOVE your catalog! it's beautiful... everyone needs something to hold all their doodads!

Jrsygurl4life said...

OMG!! LOVE LOVe LOVE that library card catalog!!

Silver Strands said...

Yup. I agree. There's no place like a real home.
oxoxo
Denalee

LBB said...

Oh my goodness that's amazing! I love the teacup/kitchen storage idea...and your new year's resolution is even better...that is a great thing to strive for. :)

Mechelle said...

The library catalog looks great! I love how you arranged the pictures behind Brian.

Gloria said...

what a lovely resolution, and one that all of us should adopt! the card catalog is jaw dropping - what an amazing piece to include in your home!

... said...

That is a terrific idea for organization.

Meghan said...

I am not surprised that you have the most incredible apartment! I adore the card catalogue!

a whole lotta love said...

WHERE did he find this? That is so perfect! I love things like this. It truly is something that makes a house a home... a conversation piece... a place to put all your little things of importance to you. That was so awesome of him.

A Whole Lotta Love,
Adrienne

Sarah Mina said...

I absolutely love your card catalog! Such a creative idea that only you would come up with! Your home looks amazing, Dionne!

Notes from Holly St. said...

that's a beautiful resolution :) and what an amazing gift! go hubby!

Natalie said...

One of the best resolutions I've heard, I love it. And how perfect is your home? I love the card catalog!

Candi @ Sweet Designs Boutique said...

I love the library card catalog. Looks Great!

Amanda said...

Being a good host is something that I want to have too! I know that it'll become easier with practice...

That card catalog is completely amazing!

Dionne said...

For all of you who asked. This little beauty was a Craigslist find, can you believe it?!

nicole said...

That card catalog is AMAZING! and seems to be in great condition! What a treasure. xo.

Becka Robinson said...

Oooo I love it! And what a great resolution. To make others feel at home- that's something I'd like to work on too. :)

Lily from Birch + Bird said...

That library card catalog is gorgeous! I'm jealous...in the nicest happy-for-you kind of way :)
Your mindset for the New Year is perfect and something we should all strive for...thanks for sharing!

tt moreno said...

wow Dionne, I am soo jealous of your beautiful present! I couldnt even find a photo of a full size one for my blog much less the real thing.

awesome!!!! and i love the flowers next to it :)

Linnea said...

I love your illustrations and beautiful photographs! Speaking of hominess... your blog is very homey and welcoming :o) So I think you're already doing a great job there! I hope your weekend is wonderful!

Brandi said...

Love, love, love the card catalog! And I completely agree with you about a home -- it's definitely what you create wherever you life. It's the life that happens in it, not just the space.

And I have to tell you, I adore you blog. I don't know why I haven't been reading it regularly (I've been off my game lately) but I'm changing that now!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

oh my! that library card catalog is amazing, amazing , amazing! i love it!

Miss B. said...

Oh my goodness what do I think? I think I want it! WOW, complete perfection. Lucky girl!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Your hubby is adorable but i LOVE the card catalog! Where can i get one?

Looking Glass said...

Oh My! I love, love, love it Dionne! I would so love to find one of these.

~ Clare x

Dandelion and Grey said...

I absolutely am swooning over your library card catalog..just gorgeous!

I think your "resolution" is lovely and I am trying to do the same thing.