Pin It Forward: What Home Means to Me

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Today I am happy to participate in a blogger mashup of over 300 bloggers in a feature called Pin It Forward: What Home Means to Me.  Victoria from Sfgirlbybay and Pinterest, a place to share visual collections of things you love, have so kindly put this together for us, so a big shoutout to them!  Each weekday from May 24 to July 2, ten bloggers will write a post about what home means to them, that’s a lot of blogs to check out and a load of inspiration!  🙂  Now here’s my take…


{using colors and patterns to change the mood of each room}

Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Every single room in my house is painted a different color, ranging from taupe, green, yellow, turquoise, blue, caramel, and grey!  And we are just starting to dabble with different patterns such as stripes, damask and florals.  I love how color and pattern can really change the mood of a room, whether it be cozy, fun, cheeky, vintage, dreamy, modern or serious.

{lounging around and being myself}

Source: 1, 2, 3

If I could wear PJs all day and all night, I would do so like it were my J-O-B!  I love just lounging around in comfy clothes (or as I like to call it, “chilling clothes”) and doing absolutely nothing… or dancing around like nobody’s watching!

{a space filled with homecooked meals, baked goods, thirst quenching refreshments, and pretty china}

Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I strongly believe that no kitchen would be complete without these things, are you with me??

{playing dress up}

Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

One of my favorite parts of my home are the multiple closets + dresser full of clothes, shoes and accessories!  I’m pretty sure you ladies would agree with me here!  Oh yes, I said multiple!  😉

{a space to be creative}

Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

So currently we turned one of the bedrooms into a craft storage room and the dining room is my actual crafting room… but if you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that we’re redoing our basement where the new craft storage + crafting area will all be!  I’m so excited to get it done, which reminds me, I need to do an update on it.  🙂  Right now we’re at… “Honey, do you want to go down and work on the trim?”… “Yes dear!”

{entertaining family and friends}

Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

One of my favorite parts of my house is our covered porch.  Whenever we have friends or family over we invite them back there for BBQ and drinks (well, only when it’s warm).  We actually just cut down one of our trees that was dead and saved a few of the stumps to turn into chairs.  I can just imagine sitting around a fire pit on the stumps, making some s’mores and chatting the night away!

{where my heart is}

Source: 1, 2, 3

And of course, my humble abode would not be complete without my husband, whom I love to pieces!

{an ever-changing journey}

Source: 1

A few years ago I made a shadow box full of pictures of me and my husband that we use to store our keys in.  I included a quote inside that shadow box that gives us a daily reminder that…

“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home”

Well, I hope you enjoyed learning about what home means to me!  And for those of you who are curious, none of these images are of my actual home, they’re inspirations I’ve collected from around the web.  Please check out my Pinterest board where I’ve posted all of the above photos and more!  A huge thanks to Lovely Bud for introducing me and make sure to check out Alternative Eagle‘s post tomorrow!


  1. June 8, 2010 / 1:07 am

    How utterly lovely! Everything you said here made me nod my head and know that I feel the same. The images are so beyond beautiful together! I absolutely love this post! x

  2. June 8, 2010 / 1:12 am

    I wish I could take time to do the walls of our house. We’re living in my husband’s then bachelor pad! The walls are all off-white. I need to add the womanly touch. Nice collection of photos!

  3. June 8, 2010 / 4:25 am

    i love your inspiration collages!!! we have similar tastes/aesthetics when it comes to decorating. your home sounds really cute & colorful! you should post pics sometime ^_^

    i like that you call your pjs/loungewear “chilling clothes”. much cooler name than mine (“bumming clothes” or “bum clothes” because i “bum around in them”). i think i’ll start using that. ;D


  4. June 8, 2010 / 4:34 am

    This is such a stunning post Sandy! The photos are all absolutely gorgeous and it’s great getting to find out more about you!:)

  5. June 8, 2010 / 6:42 am

    Beautiful Sandy! I love all the imagery and it was great for you to let us glimpse ‘home’ through your eyes!

  6. June 8, 2010 / 6:43 am

    If I had half that closet I could die happy 😀


  7. June 8, 2010 / 7:39 am

    Hi Sandy. This is Karen from Alternative Eagle – thanks for pinning it forward to me – please do come over and have a look tomorrow because I’ve written a little about you at the end of my Pin it Forward post that I hope will make you smile.

    This is just lovely – so happy and pretty. I loved your ideas, they are inspiring.

  8. June 8, 2010 / 7:46 am

    your image selection is just beautiful. so interesting to see what home means to you and how you describe it. 🙂

  9. June 8, 2010 / 8:53 am

    Great visuals to go with your words Sandy. I love the journey/home quote.
    Hope you have a great day!

  10. June 8, 2010 / 8:54 am

    Sandy, your post is so gorgeous!!! Love all the images!! And yes, I agree – I would love to work from home and wear pj’s all day :)! So many things we have in common, I swear!!

  11. June 8, 2010 / 9:00 am

    beautiful, inspiring post, sandy! thank you so much for contributing to pin it forward!

  12. June 8, 2010 / 9:12 am

    Oh my!!!! Lovely post! My eyes went crazy! Beautiful pictures! <333

  13. June 8, 2010 / 10:12 am

    Oh wow!! WHAT A POST!! 🙂 I love these mashups of pictures to follow the descriptions…it’s a whole post of loveliness!! 🙂

  14. June 8, 2010 / 10:24 am

    Sandy, your collage’s are fantastic and your writeup just as sweet as I would expect from you. I love those images on Pin it Forward #7. They would have been perfect for my post that you visited. Amazing with all the photos I found, I never stumbled across those…. You are good my dear, very, very good!!!

  15. June 8, 2010 / 10:54 am

    A terrific post Sandy. Really beautiful and touching. Thanks so much – I hope you keep using pinterest, you have some absolute gems of pins! 🙂

  16. June 8, 2010 / 11:02 am

    LOVE LOVE your post lady. You defined home so well and I have to say I adore all of the photos you chose!! Wonderful job my friend!

  17. June 8, 2010 / 11:13 am

    what a LOVELY pin it foward — you gathered such beautiful photos 🙂 i get a real sense of your home and the kind of person
    you are, for sure.

    i am loving pinterest, such a great site!


  18. June 8, 2010 / 11:24 am

    beautiful & inspiration post!! i can hardly wait to see your new creative space!

  19. June 8, 2010 / 11:44 am

    What a beautiful and well said post. You capture home very well with each element. I am glad you said your husband makes it home too, without family, I can’t image home feeling like home!


  20. June 8, 2010 / 11:47 am

    What a sublimely beautiful post lady. There is so much eye candy I don’t even know where to look!

  21. June 8, 2010 / 12:08 pm

    love the photos you chose 🙂 i agree with every single one of these meanings of home.

  22. June 8, 2010 / 12:20 pm

    What a beautiful journey you take us on- thank you*Lovely images and thoughts. xx, Jane

  23. June 8, 2010 / 12:33 pm

    Lovely post! I always enjoy a colorful home, we have a different color in every room as well.

  24. June 8, 2010 / 1:42 pm

    Oh gorgeous ideas and inspirations.
    I think a space to be creative is really important too.

  25. June 8, 2010 / 3:12 pm

    Sandy, I love your post. We do have a lot in common with what we want in our home!

  26. June 8, 2010 / 4:05 pm

    Wow, talk about a beautiful post! And that burger is calling my name.

    Sandy, thanks for stopping by our neck of the www today.

  27. Sonja
    June 8, 2010 / 4:45 pm

    Your eye candy blog brings sunshine to my crazy life everyday! 🙂 Thanks, girl!

  28. June 8, 2010 / 5:43 pm

    aw, Sandy, that’s what I call LOVELY! I loved your post and going immediately to check your pinboard. These images are very touching and you’re one very creative lady! I can’t wait to blog about my pinboard (in like 2 days – eek!). xoxo

  29. June 8, 2010 / 7:08 pm

    What a beautiful post full of lovely thoughts and images! I too have many of the same ideas and wants for my home that you do for yours. Have a lovely day! ♥

  30. tin
    June 8, 2010 / 7:45 pm

    what a l-o-v-e-l-y post sandy!! i can’t wait to come back and visit your renovated place in KC! you know what i esp. loved about this post – the closet part, because it reminds me of shopping at “forever sandy” at martha cook 😉

  31. June 8, 2010 / 8:50 pm

    That last photo is so cute. I like lounging around too. I wish we got more sunshine so I could lounge around outside!

  32. June 9, 2010 / 12:24 am

    What a wonderful post, Sandy! Love all the eye candy, the descriptions, and the quote at the end. Oh, and thanks for the tag! 🙂

  33. June 9, 2010 / 4:46 am

    I love all of your pictures! Having every room in the house a different color is perfect. Right now I have color plans for every room, but my husband’s office. That is his space.
    Saving the tree stump bits of chairs is such a good idea! I hope we will see them soon!

  34. June 9, 2010 / 4:52 am

    One of the best “Pin it forward” posts I’ve seen (and all are gorgeous!).

  35. June 9, 2010 / 5:28 am

    LOVE THIS POST! i agree with everything you listed!!! so fun 🙂

  36. June 9, 2010 / 11:52 am

    These images sure are inspirational and your post rocks! Hope you post photos of your home sometime. Sounds lovely.

  37. June 9, 2010 / 12:19 pm

    p.s. In case you hadn’t heard…Our blog has moved! We would love for you to visit us at our new site:
    Unfortunately, if you followed us with Google Friend Connect you’ll have to re-follow but everything else is the same! Hugs, K

  38. June 9, 2010 / 4:17 pm

    Sandy! This is OUT OF CONTROL gorgeous!!!!! I love everything about this post. It makes me want to create beauty and truly enjoy everyday! xoxox

  39. June 9, 2010 / 6:36 pm

    great pin it forward sandy! i enjoyed all of your inspirations! so much fun!

  40. June 10, 2010 / 9:38 am

    The collection of images you put together are just gorgeous! They really do depict “home!”

  41. June 10, 2010 / 4:05 pm

    Oh Sandy! These images are stunning!! I can imagine how warm and welcoming and so colorful and happy your home is! And I can’t wait…seriously can’t wait…to see you new craft room! Beautiful post, Sandy! 🙂 ps..I would love to lounge in that PPS robe all day {you know how much I love PPS!}

  42. June 10, 2010 / 5:15 pm

    Sandy, we need to meet someday — I think we’d get along SO well. Everything you wrote absolutely described the way I think too…so much so I almost want to move in with you so we can throw parties together. And all the photos you chose are just so inspired.

  43. June 21, 2010 / 1:19 pm

    Sandy I love your post too! It’s been such a fun theme … I especially love your nods to food + dressing up. Serious components to anyone’s place :)!

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