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  1. Gladys

    Hi friend ,
    Today we a had a single friend over for dinner, we were running late for make Dominican food (everything from scratch) and the house was, well lest just say not Pinteres worthy. And instead of going crazy and shouting gently to the kids to pick up. I just didn’t and it was a good a very good evening . Thanks for this remainder!

  2. Suse Fish

    Absolutely agree, Nicole. And don’t forget that although to you that may just be a pretty photo of your home in it’s ‘everyday mode’ (and as an interior, I genuinely couldn’t adore it more!), to a whole lot of people that image is an absolute dream, speaking of rooted-ness, comfort and relationship. It’s easy to overlook how blessed we are just in having these simple – but valuable – good things I think. xxx

  3. adriana

    In Dutch, there is a word for this feeling of warmth and coziness and comfort of being together in a space like yours. It’s called gezellig. Your house is very gezellig!! Love it!!

  4. Angela

    We had a sign on our wall in the front room that said, “Welcome to the Simle life!” Unfortunately, we had to take it down as our life had become anything but simple! But it was our GOAL, so after working for a few years to simplify our life, I feel like we are close to hanging our sign back up.

  5. Lisa Sharp

    Nicole I love love love this post. You wrote exactly what I help people with in their homes as a Professional Organizer and Space Clearer. It is not even remotely about being perfect or having the world’s most beautifully organized and decluttered house. It’s about creating a home that represents each of us in the most personal and beautiful way. My house is not perfect, there are coffee cups out, my kids’ beds are never made, there is laundry on the floor. But I adore my house. It looks and feels just like me and my amazing family. I happily invite people in, flaws and all. Truthfully, people are put off by perfection and we all deserve to live in a space that feels like home, not a showroom.

    Thank you for writing this beautiful piece!

  6. Breanne

    I had a new friend over today and this very thought was running through my head as I did a quick tidy up. I love looking around friends’ houses and seeing their pictures and books and decorating styles. I love the glimpses of real life- dishes in the sink, laundry, little toys everywhere.
    And your home really is so welcoming and refreshing. I have been inspired many times to open my door a little more because of you.

  7. Maggie

    It always makes me smile when I walk into someone’s home and there are some dirty dishes and crumbs. A) I’m glad they haven’t scrambled to clean up for me and B) it looks just like mine!

  8. Marie @ The Frog Blog

    There is always some measure of dog and cat fur floating around in our home…I wish I could say that it never stops me from having people over, but that’s not true. I am learning to let go of the idea that my home should be spotless before inviting friends over for dinner – it’s a long process. Thanks for sharing!

  9. kariane

    Truly, our homes are a reflection of who we are, what we value, and how we approach life. Well put!

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