26 Aug 2013

Home Is Where The Heart Is

Provence - Vicki Archer


Do you ever have one of those light bulb moments?


When something so obvious, something that every body else has understood aeons before… becomes clear.


As I was preparing our guest room the other day… filling it with flowers… hydrangeas from the garden… at that perfect stage… when the colours are mottled,  sepia-like and turning… I realised that one of my most happy and contented pastimes is when I am home making.


It’s never finished for me… there are always changes that I want to make… embellishments to add… Creating a home and the comfort that comes with it must be in my DNA because by now, at my age, I should be over it… finished with the playing.


That’s why I loved creating Le Petit Bijou so much… and even when the home is not mine… it is still a joy to be involved… Crazy really… considering the time and the headaches involved… but I’m thinking… once a homemaker, always a homemaker.


Every season in France I tell myself I am sitting back… breathing… no more additions… no re-shuffling of furniture and redesigning areas of the garden.


What did I do this summer?… All of those things and more… I couldn’t help myself… I might have an addiction…a good one at that.


I have always been a home body… ever since I was a little girl and the older I get the more I accept that we don’t really change very much… We display so many of the same characteristics in our adulthood as we did as children. I see it in myself and I am aware of it with my own children. I also believe that we follow the patterns of our families… my mother was a homemaker… I am… and now my children are wanting to create their own homes with the same enthusiasm.


Homemaking comes from within… it’s not about what you have or how much of it… it stems from a desire to create ambience, to celebrate the senses, to be surrounded by comfort and to luxuriate in beauty. It’s a generous past time… it means time, effort and giving of your best.



Home is where the heart is… that’s what I’m thinking… Do you feel the same?  xv

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51 Comments

Rena

Home is and was always the most important centre in my life. After moving already 8 times I appreciate it more and more to have a home which reflects my personal style and like you I never stop to redecorate it, in hope it will be better and better. What a joy to put a fresh bunch of flower in a matched vase or just move your sofa in an Homemaker or Stylist? Anyway I do it with passion.

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Vicki

We must have passion… and for me, all things beautiful and for our homes incites me… however big and however small… and more often than not , it is the smallest that gives the greatest pleasure… :)

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Rena

What an embarrassing mistake…Just read your friendly reply and my comment again and noticed …after “sofa” should be a period. I ment …are we homemaker or/and stylist?

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Esther-D. Abad

Bonjour Vicki!

Beautiful reflection.

I think exactly like you and I sometimes wonder as do the other to make static home for years … a side table in the same place … always the same colors, textures … curtains, lights desktop … carpets … and of course the smallest details. Each season the houses asking for changes to screams, light and temperature change are the ones in charge. My head is already thinking about fall colors so that when my children come home one day suddenly see the transformation and once again want never to leave.
Thanks for sharing.
Esther-D.

Pd: Pd. Translation by Google

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Vicki

Knowing that your children don’t want to leave… that is a wonderful feeling… :)

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Anita Rivera

Vicki, I agree. I love to teach French, I am not however, what one may consider a “career-minded woman” – circumstances have forced me out of the home to go out and work and put all my heart and soul into it. Fabulous; I love what I do. I also want to seriously write, so that requires long hours of study and sitting. But like you, if I’m simply wiping down a piece with lavender water, arranging fresh towels in la salle de bain or cooking, I get this TINGLING feeling…it is as you describe.

Home is where my heart is. And you put me on a mission this weekend! YES YOU DID. After viewing your post on Le Petit Bijou, I went out looking for some simple table stands for my bedroom. I wanted to see what I could find to PAINT, but to no avail. But like all things of the heart, in DUE TIME I’ll find what I’m looking for…..maybe even inside my own home.

LOVE! Anita

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Vicki

I’m so happy that you were inspired by our little house… It actually is one of the reasons why I was doing bits and pieces to our own home… I looked at the finished result and thought… I need to get cracking!!
I think this love of home making is within us, Anita…

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Holly

I couldn’t agree more, Vicki! When I’ve been away at university for months, there’s nothing better than returning home to a warm fire, good food & a soft bed. I don’t think I’ll ever grow out of that feeling :)

partyatgatsbys.me x

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Vicki

The bed… now that’s a good conversation topic… there is nothing better than our own bed… :)

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Francoise

I am afraid I suffer from the same addiction! Can’t wait to start again with my new home , back to ” Palmy ” in Sydney in a couple if months, need to ship all my ” Brocante bargains” very soon !!..

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une femme

Vicki, it’s so obvious from the lovely interiors you create that this is your passion and your calling. You are fortunate to have such talent and a great “eye” for not only the details but the overall impression. Your work is always inspiring.

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Vicki

Thank you… The trouble is I am equally ‘called’ towards fashion… so the two are always at the forefront of my thoughts… if it’s not ‘what to wear’… it’s what to style!

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Katherine

My dream is to have a B & B. It’s constantly caring for special spaces, always changing this to keep it fresh and interesting, tending a garden, and creating special breakfast recipes. And even more crazy – this is my early retirement plan within the next 5 years.
I think it would be fun to greet people visiting, learn their stories and make their stay memorable. That – for me, would be rewarding.
Le petit Bijou looks like the tranquil spot I imagine people would love to stay {and maybe not want to leave} – it’s beautiful.

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Vicki

I hope that’s how they feel… it’s how I do…:) I enjoy having guests for all those reasons you mention Katherine… such a great pleasure to entertain well… and most of all, make people feel at home…

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tracey

I completely agree Vicki!!! And, I too have a bit of an obsession with moving things around and changing things {constantly}…my mom has the same problem, so I definitely understand how that goes :)

Your photo is just beautiful!!!

xo

T

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Mary Jo

I think yours is a beautiful passion Vicki and I can relate as I find myself completely wrapped up in the transformation of my home room by room, it’s what I most want to do when my “work” is finished, and sometimes I cheat and work on my home instead :) I was like this as a little girl too, so I think you are right about things not changing so much.

xo Mary Jo

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Vicki

I know what you mean… today I was going to try and be online and catch up on blogging etc… I have pottered about all day… arranging things!

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Anna de Marigny

Vicki, this little bijou is such a perfect little Provencal gem of utter beauty. Thank you for sharing your restoration with us and thanks too, for being such an inspiration, always. And yes, I totally agree with you, you are either a “Nesting” type person who finds the little details that add to the comfort and ambiance so rewarding, or you are not……

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La Contessa

Are you a CANCER MADAME V?I am and I too love the home, always have since being small too!But lately my 25 year old SON has been telling me I need to start over!You see I have too much stuff!As I explained to him its all GOOD stuff so not easy to part with……….but I hope to go room by room and give a deep clean and try to downsize the decor!I said, “TRY”…………….no promises!!!
I had heart surgery almost three years ago and was home for 3 months…….during that time and I was lounging about in my bed most of the day I never once got tired of my surroundings!That thought has always stayed with me.It’s because I surrounded myself with all things that I truly LOVE.Gold gilded mirrors,Italian chests,French make~up table……..dogs and cats and even a chicken or two always had a special spot to lounge.I donot think I am ready to give anything up yet!I will keep you posted!

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Vicki

Don’t part with anything Elizabeth… you will know when you want to! And almost… I am an Aquarian… :)

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Hallie

Ah what a lovely post and so perfectly articulated. I too never stop fussing and thinking about what I can do next. I silk paneled my first floor powder room and painted the mouldings in a shimmery sheer silver/grey but the fabric seems like it needs a little trimming …. so I shall find a way to trim the fabric panels… the same goes on with the other rooms…I want to add an accent wall or repaint the guest room a deep purple…
I love how you phrased this desire to celebrate the senses….yes because we are sensitive to it and take pleasure in the beauty of surroundings. Your blog reinforces this civilized urge!

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Vicki

Thanks Hallie… I am a believer that surrounding ourselves with beauty in all forms is a very important way to live…

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Peggy Braswell

That is exactly why I am an interior designer(also it was my calling)+ nothing makes me happier than moving furniture, washing windows, putting fresh flowers in a vase + whether mine or someone elses. As MS would say “that’s a good thing”. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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lisa thomson

Yes. ‘Home is where the heart is’ and I’ve learned that ten-fold since my divorce. It doesn’t have to be your dream home to feel that way. In fact, it can even be a rental. It’s important to make the space we’re living in ‘our own’ even if it’s only temporary. Yes, Vicki it’s very clear it’s in your DNA and that’s why we keep coming back her for more inspiration.

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Pamela Terry

Of course I identify with this tremendously. We had guests this weekend and I was never happier… arranging flowers, making soup, selecting the perfect music. My home is a great friend.
xoxo

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Pam@over50feeling40

I love the last paragraph of this post because that is how I feel. I really love homemaking. Currently, my daughter’s family is living with us for about a month…their stuff is everywhere…the house is chaos. I have felt so unsettled and not rested…I look forward to getting my house and peace returned to us. Just the thought of order and fresh flowers makes me smile!

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Vicki

Perhaps we crave order more as we get older, Pam… although family chaos is wonderful too… :)

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jeannemckayhartmann

I definitely feel the same. I think homemaking is a creative art – especially the way you do it, Vicki. I spent Friday and Saturday preparing to have guests for dinner Saturday, and was at my happiest. I think it drives my husband a bit crazy, all the preparation and details. But that’s what makes it fun for me. It’s a creative outlet us much as painting or writing, and I love that there are so many others out there who still practice the art of making a home. XO

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Vicki

Yes I think it is like writing and painting… home-making is another form of expression…

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Jan Foreman

Vicki
You provide inspiration and a feeling of kindred-ship. I strongly identify with the joy ‘home making’ can bring. I am absolutely in heaven when I am dreaming up a setting for a particular room or corner – and then the search is on…often the required items are already situated in the home – so then the big move-around is all on! The pleasure of creating makes the heart beat faster and is a balm for the soul.

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Vicki

And sometimes the adrenaline fly!
Yes it does make our hearts beat faster and you are so right Jan… our homes are places of comfort… in all times…

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Debbie

Vicki

I enjoyed reading what you said. As a little girl I watched my mother change the furniture around, buy new cushions for the sofa and new bed linens. She was always fussing. I do exactly the same thing. Right now I’m spring cleaning the house and sorry I started but I know I’ll be glad I did it when it’s all done and the house looks really good.

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Vicki

I know what you mean… the organising part is not quite as much fun as the prettying up! It’s always such a good feeling when it’s done…

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karen in ct

.. I can’t imagine anyone following a blog like yours unless they were into all the things you detailed. I agree with all the comments of your readers. The best part about relocating is getting to recreate all over again. We’ll leave the worst part for another day. That is such a lovely photo on todays edition.

Best … Karen in CT

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Goldie

What a lovely post! My sentiments exactly. You put it in words beautifully. I so appreciate your thoughts, they validate my obsessions of home, beauty and family. Thank you.

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Beth

Dearest Vikki

I have been so inspired and taken in by your blog for a long while but never felt able to comment before. Your post is so familiar, I have a chil down my spine by the thought of the sameness of furniture in the same place for ever!!! My mind is constantly onto reinventing, restyling even the rooms left by my children away at university.

I feel my brain whizzing once I get a concept of an idea!!! I started a blog and love writing, it is not as refined as yours but I keep going.

Regards

Beth x

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jeanne illenye

Absolutely…I’ve always wondered when I see others travelling and active with armloads of friends that there must be something wrong with me to be so content here at home…doting upon every little detail within each interior space, arranging tablesettings, infinitely redesigning my small gardens as each season’s growth modifies my plans, and lingering happily in my modest art studio painting blossoms from my gardens. I’m like the birds outside my windows and in my hanging baskets on our porch who are forever tucking and weaving and editing their little nests….

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Tamara

I so agree! I have just spent the past 4 months at our summer home in Ogunquit, Maine. This is my favorite place in the world . I love having my Three daughters and their friends show up every weekend! It doesn’t even feel like work deciding what to cook for them and making sure they are all comfortable. I love that they can’t wait to leave Boston on Fridays and spend the weekend hanging out and relaxing with their parents and family. It’s such a special time for our family. Especially this summer when at my youngest daughters College graduation celebration, we also toasted to my eldest daughters engagement!(it happened that morning as the kids were doing their 6:00 am jog on the marginal way!) at least I know I have some exciting planning all winter until we head back to Maine again next season!

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