Meaningful Beauty

I talk a lot about surrounding yourself with meaningful beauty.  And  that can come in many forms, drawings from your children, old diaries from your grandparents, the mounted deer head that your uncle shot.  Anything that brings about happy memories is a good example of meaningful beauty.

from Nesting Place Partner, Red Letter Words

Last week, I got the most meaningful, beautiful thing that I’ve ever had in my home.

First I want to tell you why it means so much to me.  As many of you know, my husband and I have moved like 684 times.  Actually, we’ve moved 13 times.  We’ve been married 15 years.  That’s a lot of moving.  Some of them haven’t been happy moves.  And moving often can conjure up feelings of lack of security, instability and plain old tiredness.  I mourned selling our last house.

But, over time, I’ve seen more of the positive side of moving many times.  I’ve had lots of experience in lots of different homes in lots of different economic times in our marriage.  And that is exactly what has created the perfect storm for the Nesting Place the blog to happen. {Have I ever told you how writing this blog is therapeutic and a dream come true for me? It’s pretty much my dream job.} I’ve learned so much from all the homes we’ve lived in. And now, I’m actually thankful and grateful for the experience.

And that is why when I opened up the package from Red Letter Words and saw the big canvas with all of our past street names listed on it, the tears came.  These letters tell a story.  And I’m so happy they are represented in our current home.  My husband asked me if seeing all those names made me sad.  They don’t, they make me feel purposeful, I want to embrace our beautifully imperfect life.

My encouragement to you today is to be intenional about surrounding yourself with PERSONAL meaningful beauty. Maybe there’s a phrase, a verse, a quote, a lyric, an experince, a date, a place, an inside joke, a thought that motivates, creates a gracious attitude, centers you or simply makes you smile, display that in your home.

You could write it on a chalkboard, use lipstick on a mirror or, if you really want to commit, have a custom canvas made.  Red Letter Words offers an abundance of premade and custom gallery wrapped canvases and mounted prints that would look great in any home.  Trust me, you will love and adore it.

Over the next few weeks, Dee, the owner of Red Letter Words will be featuring room idea boards created by various design bloggers to show you how easy it is to incorporate her works into any home. I’d love for you to stop by her blog today and see the dream idea room that I created around 4 of my favorite canvases she has in her shop.   Here’s a sneak peek:

A Giveaway!

And lastly, you knew it was coming, one lucky commenter will win their own premade 12 x 12 gallery wrapped canvas of their choice from Red Letter Words.  Leave a comment to enter to win {open to US residents only}.

Besides family photos, what’s the most meaningful thing in your home?

PS, last week someone inspired me to put my bird and sticks on my mantle and I thought I added them to my tumblr and now I can’t find you–email me so I can link!

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway. I just added a drawing by my god-daughter to my art gallery.

  2. I love the idea of addresses of former homes put together on a plaque. I am busy thinking of how to do this now…whether my childhood homes or our married homes…

    • What if your homes were on 58th street and 112th street? They don’t sound nearly as romantic as the ones on your word board–but I love the idea!

  3. We moved 13 times in 16 years so I understand. I also know what it is like to leave a house you love. I try to remember that the house is only a shell. A home is the mix of family, love, and memories and those go with us no matter where we are at the time. I love the way you incorporated the addresses into meaningful art for your home.

  4. Crystal Boecker says:

    I love the idea of displaying the names of places one has lived. We have moved all over the world, so this will be fun! I also think that we leave behind people as well as places, so am toying with the idea of also writing down the names of the people who have most influenced me, loved me and encouraged me along the way.

  5. We moved 8 times in the first 13 years we were married, so I totally get it! We have been in our current rental for almost 6 years and if I had known we would be here so long I would have painted all these yucky colors on the walls long ago. I’m thinking of painting now, even though we may move in a year because I’m getting pretty sick of greyish/brown and jungle green walls! Thanks for all the inspiration. I would get a sign like yours made with our past street names, but some of the places I’ve lived I really would not want to remember daily (like very cheap icky apartments!) plus they didn’t have lovely sounding names like all of yours! Thanks for the inspiration! I’m off to figure out some new colors for this place so I can enjoy it while we are still here.

  6. My best friend gave me a Red Letter Words canvas for Christmas. I love it and it reminds me daily of her and of course, the truth that it speaks to me as I read it. Love the ideal of addresses but maybe people who have influenced me would be special too.

  7. My husband loves to cook (lucky me) so I always like to change the name of our street into a restaurant name; San Juan Bistro or The 17th Grill & Pub. We currently live on Georgia and I am calling our house the Georgiaville Grill!

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