The art of making a house a home sometimes requires that things be custom made for a space. I recently picked up an old wooden cabinet that had been converted into a play stove for kids. It was still in pretty good shape but definitely needed a little TLC. Josh took off all the old hardware, gave it a good sand, painted it, and added new door handles to match our little girl's room. Finally Josh rummaged through his pile of miscellaneous junk to find the perfect oven temperature knob. Along with that, Josh also made a grocery cart. Can you see it parked next to the newly renovated stove? I think a matching fridge is in the works for Christmas. Shhh, don't tell.
Here are the before and after pictures...
To make a room stand out as being unique, and truly belonging to you, you need to find a way to customize it with things that are truly one-of-a-kind; those things can be made by your or by others. This is the secret behind the art of making a house a home. In my daughter's room for example, items have been made by 16 different crafters and artists...
Print by Artist Charley Harper
Fairy furniture by Utah Artist Debbie Schraman
Custom made changing table by Great Grandpa Korte who specializes in woodwork
Hand-knit blankets, custom made by Great Grandma Korte and Grandma Kathy
Handmade one-of-a-kind quilt, custom made by nine of my dearest Utah friends
Custom made bed-skirt, curtains, one-of-a-kind machine appliqued quilt, and baby mobile all made by me.
All these items, perfectly mixed together like a good recipe, make Monet's room a genuine masterpiece. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but it's also warm to the heart because the items have been made by real people. As Monet get's older, I'm sure the collection in her room will grow. Like a fine wine, a house becomes a home over time.