Saturday began the 8-week journey through the process outlined in the book SoulSpace: Transform Your Home, Transform Your Life. I’m doing this with a group of folks as part of an online book club group facilitated by Amy Putkonen.
Each week we’ll be covering a section of the book, and some of us will be blogging about our process.
And although I’m really excited about this, and love the idea of playing in a group as we each work on creating our own SoulSpaces, I have to say this is a bit of a tender topic for me. I hold very mixed feelings about my home. I hold it with great love just as it has held me in great love for many years, and yet it’s increasingly clear it’s no longer a perfect fit. It’s old and needs a whole lot more loving attention and work than we can afford either emotionally or financially. It feels tender to be in this place where I’m not yet ready to manifest a new home, nor ready to untie myself from this one, nor able to commit to the extensive work this place deserves.
So I’m holding myself gently as I work through this process, knowing lots of stuff is likely to get stirred.
This week the topic is Assessment, and the assignment is to look carefully at every room taking an inventory of what we love, what we don’t, and gently opening to possibilities.
In overview, my home is a hundred years old with odd, quirky, and way-too-small rooms. On the plus side there’s lots of fabulous wood and odd and quirky totally suits me. I have long prescribed to the desire to be surrounded only by treasures, and to a large extent I think my home reflects me – it’s a kind of nice mix of arty and sacred. But heaven knows it could use some major decluttering, some freshening, and a whole lot of loveifying.
Yesterday I took a bunch of pictures around the house. There’s definitely something to be said about a photo offering a perspective your eyes don’t necessarily see. While I was going through them I realized a few things that go in my “I like this” column.
I switch out the knobs on things all the time, because regular knobs can just be plain boring. There are really cool knobs available commercially, but I’ve also done my fair share of constructing them. I’m particularly fond of the ones I made for our bedroom dresser made from vintage Bakelite buttons with cabs of unakite in the center. Another truth about my home is that I consider every knob fair game for hanging things.
I also like switching out light switch plates, and here are a few of my favorites.
I also love these curtain holdbacks. Milky opalescent glass is fabulous isn’t it?
I suspect I’ll be doing an occasional blog about what’s going on as we undertake creating more fully our SoulSpace – it’s a rich topic with many layers. While I hope to make changes in the things that aren’t working and I don’t love, this is also a fun opportunity to share more about the things I do treasure. I always like peeking into other people’s treasures don’t you? In the meantime, I invite you to look with fresh eyes at your space. What is it you love? What is an eyesore or heart burden? What’s your basic home “style” – more bohemian like me, or elegantly classic, or something else entirely? What treasure would you like to do a show and tell about? Do tell – you know I love to hear.