My home that makes me happy

I wanted to share with you a few things in my home that make me happy. As you know, DH and I have been working on creating a space that gives us peace and happiness and a sense of coming home, when we come home.


Here is the solid-wood table that I painted with high-gloss rose paint, the tropical plant I found to complement it, and the striped chair from IKEA I put together. I have collage items and art books and paints on it right now.


My easel!


New bedsheets and bed pillows—the colorful stripes in particular make me happy.


I wake up to a wall full of plants in our bedroom.


These are the giant plants we potted in jewel-colored pots and placed between the two couches in the living room. Our little jungle.


The 47-inch guilty pleasure welcome-to-surbubia television!


The exercise bike, right next to the library, for easy selection of books to read while cycling. (And no, not that kind of cycling.)


Plants in front of the picture window. We call this our gang.


A pretty place to eat all of the healthy meals DH makes for us.

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  1. chris

     /  March 25, 2013


  2. “working on creating a space that gives us peace and happiness and a sense of coming home, when we come home.”

    I love that. I’ve been doing that around my house as well – not as nicely as you, though! This past weekend we ripped up the (ugly inherited maroon) carpet on the stairs and then pulled up the 5 million staples in the wood. I have such a sense of accomplishment now, looking at those clean and pretty wood stairs. It absolutely helps my mood.

    Thank you for the pictures! There’s so much light and life in your house, and it looks just beautiful!

    • Thank you for the compliments! We are loving it–yes, all that light. It’s so nourshing. Your stairs sound lovely. Funny how much these little things matter.

      I’ve been thinking about these words from Thich Nhat Hanh: “When you have succeeded with yourself and with your beloved, you become a sangha—a community of two people—-and now you can be a refuge for a third person, and then for a fourth, and so on. In this way, the sangha will grow. There is mutual understanding between you and your beloved. When mutual understanding is there and communication is good, then happiness is possible, and the two of you can become a refuge for others…”

      I’ve beent thinking about how we are working on our relationship through counseling, and working on our home, creating a home that is a refuge—not just for us, but for a third, a fourth, someday.

  3. LH

     /  March 25, 2013



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