If I think back to my childhood, I'm certain that I have always been a lover of eclectic homes. The kind with various floor materials, various colors of paint, various decades represented through intriguing artifacts, and stories that I wanted to hear. Deep down, when not contrived, all homes are eclectic in their own regard. Homes resonate who we are as human beings; our unique freckles, our unique piles of books, the freckles accumulate over the years, as do the books.
The eclectic home is the one in which we use Great Grandma's pitcher to serve the homemade lemonade.
An eclectic home is not something one really has to try at, because they're naturally conceived. Cultivating an eclectic home begins with a mindset as opposed to first achieving your hopeful forever home. It's not about overthinking the effort that wallpapering takes, but rather knowing that the wallpaper matters in your daughter's room because she loves it, and when she comes home from college years later, the faded horses will remind her of those cherished moments shared in her sweet room.
An eclectic home allows space for experimentation, concrete and chrome may be your kitchen vision, and with a home that doesn't have to be "on trend" or "this specific style" you can give your idea a chance. Because regardless, your handmade recipe box that will always sit on the counter, the one that your son made for you in his third grade classroom, will look good, no matter what.
Eclectic homes inspire, and they especially inspire those who live in them. I am constantly inspired by the artifacts we've collected and accumulated. I can't wait to hang our framed Aspen leaf art from last fall (as soon as the temperatures begin to drop).
When you allow your home to fill with meaningful treasures your budget will allow for installing central air or a new water heater, or even a purposeful browse at Living Water Aeration, for that pond you've been wanting to install.
You simply need less, and simply rearrange more. Eventually the attic and the basement become a treasure of items that you can pass along to your grandchildren.
The eclectic home gives you a place to truly call home, and a place that allows you to worry less about the housing market. After thirty years it won't matter anyways, as most homes will have increased in value by the time the mortgage is paid off.
Be eclectic, collect, and purchase less. Your children will have more room to be true to who they are in a home that is true to your family, and your own history.
*This is a collaborative post.