No Ruby Slippers Required

via Lindsey

On our way home from the Allume Conference, I was browsing around the #allume hashtag on instagram and saw this picture from Lindsey.  With this caption:

I thought of this photo the entire way home.  I think it’s so beautiful and homey with its Angry Bird pumpkin and still-blooming-in-the-fall-hydrangea and the nandina that’s about to turn, and the light on that you can see through the storm door and the crack in the sidewalk that adds nothing but pure character.  Such a perfectly inviting picture of home.

Lindsey’s attitude reminded me to check my own thoughts as I walk back into the stacks of books and bills and mismatched socks and what?…missing 31 Day posts?!  She reminded me to choose to see the welcoming parts of my home instead of the parts that sometimes wear me out.

Home.  There really is no place like it.


  1. You can say that again. Having our home taken during the tornado…along with our entire neighborhood…has been a difficult journey. But every day…it’s starting to look like home again. We are almost there…just in time for the holidays. I can’t think of a more perfect family gift than to go home again.

  2. That’s exactly what I’ve been blogging about for my 31 Days…Finding Home! Missed you….and LOVE your posts!

  3. I know the feeling! I should be so thankful for the home that I do have even with all of its imperfections.

    I am blessed to have such a place! And so many people coming and going making it just what it is.

  4. …..sigh….

  5. YUP. This is just the sort of thing I love.

  6. My heart is smiling even as my face blushes…so much here in these words…my feeling in the moment of the snapshot — you gave life to with your words! Thank you!

  7. This post really rings true to me. When I look at it, I see so much of what you did. The funny thing is, I realize my own home is fairly similar, yet I’m always looking at the flaws and my “vision” of how it will look “someday”. Both you and Lindsey offer great perspective for those grass is greener moments.
    Thanks for the reality check.

  8. I love this for the heart of it, and especially because I know & love Lindsey. And she is this way – with her home and with the people in her life, always seeing beauty. This captured so much of that goodness.

  9. So sweet.

  10. I’m so grateful for this reminder today.

  11. Until heaven, my home is the only place I know that says so well, “I love you and am glad you’re here”…messiness and all!

  12. Amen.

  13. A plate hanging in my kitchen includes the verse:

    ‘Mid pleasures and palaces
    Though we may roam
    Be it ever so humble
    There’s no place like home.

    I need to be reminded several times a day!

  14. I love the message in this….thank you for posting. Even though I love to peruse decorating blogs, they can make one think that you must have the dough bowl, the antlers, the grain sack pillows etc etc. Would I ever have a grain sack pillow if I hadn’t seen one on a blog?…nope! Still don’t and am resisting! lol Anyway, I need to be reminded that my home is beautiful regardless and that I know what my own style is.

  15. Love! Thanks for reminding me of how blessed I am. I often find myself focusing on the carpet that needs to be replaced and the mess of normal family life. My goal today is to count my blessings!

  16. Beautifully said, my friend. Beautifully said. Also, this reminds me home is also any place my family is…whether that be in our actual home or on a trip, or with family at their house…

    Thank you for a sweet reminder this morning. God bless you!

  17. You can decorate a house to be beautiful, but it takes something else to make it home…

  18. Well stated. :)

  19. You are so right about this. And I love driving down the street at night and seeing lights on inside of homes. The look seems so homey to me and I often find myself wondering about the people with in.

    • Ooo…totally do that!!

    • I’m so glad to know I’m not the only person who does that! I find myself doing it most in Autumn/Winter, when the warm glow from lit windows gives you a glimpse of the life inside the house. I feel like such a stalker, but it really puts me in the mood to do two things: 1) Drink a lovely cup of eggnog and 2) Hope that somewhere, some stranger is smiling at my lit windows as they drive by.

      *cheers Karen!*

  20. I love this. We tend to see other’s perfection and our own flaws. My sister was so nice when I commented that I had been putting off sanding and repainting the front porch floor. She said don’t worry , adds to the charm, it fits. :) It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful……… Great. rick

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