"It Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful"

"It Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful"

Julia Cho
May 18, 2009

That's the title of a new FREE ebook over at Nesting Place, and it got us thinking a lot. Especially once you have children, wabi sabi- the Japanese art of imperfection- takes on a life of its own. On this lovely Monday can you share with us some ways you've learned to love the home you're in- even if it's not perfect? Here are a few of our own ideas:

You may be dreaming of a home with beautiful wooden floors, but your current rental has wall to wall carpeting. Or, you may be in a pre-war apartment when what you crave is a modern townhouse. But it is possible to be content and even happy in your current space and make it into a home your family will make many happy memories in.

Here are some things to get you going:

• Invite friends/playdates over often. You don't need to wait until your home impresses people to start sharing good times.

• Hang up personal artwork. Maybe you hate the color of the walls of your rental. But you can hang up large artwork, wall hangings of fabric, or black and white photographs of your kids.

• Keep it clean. It may not be pretty, but at least you can keep it clean and smelling fresh. Air it out often by opening the windows and consider cleaning with a scented product like Mrs. Meyers or using an air diffuser or candle.

• Bring something living inside- plants or fresh flowers make any space feel pretty. We just picked up some peonies that have taken our humble living area to new heights.

• Lighting. Use floor lamps and table lamps rather than dreary overhead lamps to warm up the space and make it more inviting.

• Make a mix on your iPod you and your little ones will enjoy, play it loud, and dance.

Find the ebook mentioned above here and tell us how you love the home you're in even if it's not perfect?

Image via Channel 4.

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