October 7, 2010

Soothing Spaces for a Hectic Month

With five trips already lined up, October is shaping up to be busier than I'd thought. Though the traveler in me will never tire of boarding a plane, I crave nothing more than a quiet weekend at home to catch up on my life.
When I'm feeling this way - stretched thin and scheduled to the bone - I find myself reaching more than ever to soothing spaces like these.
I prefer my thrills and excitement to come from the life I lead, not the space I live in. And this home is speaking to me. The dark chocolate browns, glossy blacks, creamy whites, and natural elements throughout make it the perfect calming oasis.
It reminds me what it is I love about the concept of home. For me home is my silence. My privacy. My secret haven. A warm embrace at the end of a long day.

So I'm curious to know, what does home mean to you?

16 comments:

Anna Bibi said...

Home means a lot to me. The story of you travelling a lot right now has reminded me of the time I lived in America. I live in West Africa now. When I came back I new what home meant to me. I loove your blog. And you appear to be very feminine as well. Keep up the nice and elegant work.
Anna Bibi

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

OOOoo. I would have to agree. Peaceful spaces but that are cozy as well. I have always loved this space by Helgerson....co calming.

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

home is def my place i run to when i had a ROUGH LONG day! - nothing beats coming HOME!

PS - having a GIVE-AWAY - think you'll LOVE it!!! ~ 1 of a kind necklaces for grabs!!

*kiss kiss*
Erika @ ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

carrie leber said...

nice! Home usually means comfort and soothing energy, until I saw the album of your house in Chicago just now. I think my home needs sprucing up now.

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Love that kitchen!

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

It's funny how we want to be busy, out in the workd accomplishing things and when it happens, we want to go home and relax! I agree with you, I want home to be relaxing, calm, and warm...a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

Catherine said...

Gorgeous photos. I love the first picture in particular-- creamy clean lines, different heights/sizes of accessories, natural elements like the tree and wood showing through... And just enough color to make you appreciate the contrast while you relax. Beautiful!

Julie Holloway said...

I love my home. It makes me smile to see photos of our children, ruffly drapes, shiny tile like jewelry. I agree with Oprah that "your home should rise up to meet you." For the first time in my life, mine does.

Enjoy your travels...you will have so much fun looking back on these years when you're 85!

Olivia said...

love this so much!!! the colors are the best and those tree brances throughout the house are amazing!

Anna Liesemeyer said...

I completely agree. Your home needs to be your place of solace. These are beautiful examples of tranquil and peaceful living.

Have a wonderful day Crystal:)
Anna

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

peace, family, friends, calm, buzz, love, such a mix of feelings and sensations!!
Beautiful photos Crystal!

Stacey said...

Beautiful pictures. Home is my respite from the chaos of the world, home represents my creativity and who i really am, home means family, safety, and where i entertain close friends.:-). xx

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

I cannot believe how much I have grown to love a dark floor and a white wall. Pure.

diane@onlinefabricstore said...

When traveling I cant wait to return to my haven, my home. For many years now I can honestly say that after visiting a beautiful home or hotel room I can walk into my home and feel it is just as, if not more, beautiful than where I have been. It is a total respite from the world.

Love the window seat in that first photo. I could dream there all day.

Shannon Fricke said...

It's a beautiful space. Lovely post.

Diana M. said...

As I changed quite a few times the place I call home, from town to town or apartment to apartment, I am used to making the space I live in as familiar and comfortable as possible. Even a corner with a photo reminding me of my family and friends can suddenly turn into home :)

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