These prints were bought on our last trip to Maui. I knew they would be perfect in our pool bath/changing room.
I bought this watercolor on the street in Paris. I think it was 25 Euros. One of my most favorite things.
This tray was the one special thing we bought on a trip to Florence. It now lives on my husband’s night table.
These astronomical prints are from my grandmother’s house. I pondered them growing up and still do.
I’m lucky to have many special things from her that she has passed down to me over the years.
I also was the recipient of her garden stools. One has developed a real patina and it got even more distressed when we had it outside for a while. It’s twin below, is in perfect shape. Like them both equally as they are.
Old school globes with outdated countries like above one are so cool!
I still adore this typewriter I bought so many years ago for five dollars. It’s from the early 1900s and still works!
Old family photos are so dear to me. This one is of my grandfather, Richard Marek, with his mother and grandmother . I just love their clothes and the inside out umbrella!
We are also the lucky caretakers of many hand-whittled wooden animals that were the creation of my husband’s great-grandfather from Kentucky. We treasure these little things like the cat below.
And it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the turkey. The rustic and almost primitive quality is what I like most about them.
This real cast iron iron was used by my grandmother’s grandma to iron clothes when they were small. As a child I was able to use it to play house and iron dolls clothes. Recently, my grandmother gave me it. It’s the perfect bookend for my cookbook collection in the kitchen. It means so much to me that it was actually used by my great-great grandmother and probably her mother too.
Now notes from my kids are my most treasured. I have boxes full, but I try to leave some out…
There’s something wonderful about books. I love them everywhere possible. Just the thought of spending time rereading each (someday!) makes me happy inside. Sorry, I’ll never be a kindle convert.
My home is made complete with those gifts handcrafted by my kids. Loving all the “rustic,” ceramic pieces my fifth grader is prolifically producing for me now! Just this week the high schooler proudly made me a cutting board so pretty I’m afraid to damage it. He spent weeks picking the wood, designing and making it. It holds a place of pride in my kitchen and will forever..
Now one more thing that really makes this place our nest… cats! How can you not relax with a soft buddy always available for cuddle time?
What things matter to you and make your house your home?
All photos Northerncalstyle.