as we're all making ourselves at home in our new space, the timing for my pin it forward post couldn't be more perfect! pin it forward comes from victoria over at sfgirlbybay and is a great way of connecting hundreds of bloggers! she teamed up with my favorite new web tool, pinterest, to bring this times theme of 'what home means to me'. how perfect! if someone asked me what going home to roost was about, i think i'd pretty much sum it up by saying, 'it's about what home means to me'. melissa passed the torch to me in her post yesterday and i'm pinning it forward to sam over at good measure for tomorrow! so without further adieu, this is what my home (and appropriately, blog) means to me!
the biggest thing that home means to me, is living in the mountains. if fact, that's exactly why i went home to roost. i was tired of living in a big city while i went to school, and new it was seriously time for me to go home to roost. so i journeyed back to my favorite place on earth, the smoky mountains. yes, it's a small town and i have to drive an hour to get to target (3 hours to get to trader joes) but how could i give up all this beauty? all these pics were taken from around my area, and i couldn't live without seeing the beauty that surrounds me. the mountains, lakes and all the wildlife gives me inspiration and spirit (as long as i'm viewing the bears from behind the safety of my car windows!).
the second thing that makes my home is cozy comfy places to curl up to nap, read, blog, or sip tea. i'm a serious lover of all things comfortable, and for a place to feel like home, it's got to be cozy, soft and warm.
something i've learned (rather recently) is that there is nothing that makes my home feel more home-y than having fresh flowers around. there's something about bringing the beauty from the outside in. if i'm stressed, tired or having brain farts and writing blocks- all i have to do is go pick some flowers and arrange them in a vase to start feeling rejuvenated!
my home wouldn't be home if i didn't have a healthy mix of old and new. i love putting some found item from a thrift store beside a brand new ikea lamp. i love the dimension created by mixing textures and eras, and have an interesting nostalgia for a time i never lived in! bringing old items in and around helps my home have a story, and how fun it is to think about what different items have seen or been through!
finally, what is a home without a little bit of homesteading? i'll always remember the first tomato i ate from my garden, and the first egg i found laid by my hens (i ran around the yard screaming, while i held it up in the air). eating from the land (or from a front porch potted basil plant) brings home a little closer to the heart. i like to think that even if the whole world stopped around me, david and i could still go on at our tiny home, eating eggs and picking apples.
so there you have it! that's what home means to me. what does it mean to you? you can view all my pinboards (with more photo details) on pinterest. you can also find out more about the pin it forward project here.