Nov 13, 2015
Even though we have been in our house for 4+ years, the projects and decorating is never really officially done. While most of the rooms have been painted with new trim and blinds, the guest bedroom was just one of those rooms we just never got to... But that changed. We fiiiinally got a fresh coat of paint on the walls and Chris completed all the other little things that needed to be done in the room. And then, then it was time for MY favorite part... Decorating! With just a vintage globe sitting on the dresser, I asked Chris what we should do in the room. He suggested that the globe be our inspiration and I was like, honey, you need not say more. I was off to the races with ideas!
One of amazing things about the room is it has lots of natural light and one large wall with no windows. It was like a canvas beckoning me to use my imagination. So after getting some vintage maps of CT and a hand full of frames, I knew where my next stop just had to be. Last year I was doing one of the things I love doing in my spare time... yes I was antiquing! I went to one of my favorite local antique stores and noticed a box full of old post cards. And when I say old, I mean old. Like over 100 years old. A pile of them where sent to people right around this area which I loved. So there I sat for literally over an hour, reading through the notes and thoughts people wrote to one another all those decades ago. Some were well wishes, some shared happy news, and some where full of words of sadness. But all were so interesting to read and see what each person felt the need to write. In this day and age of technology and social media, I feel like handwriting letters and good 'ol snail mail is becoming more and more a thing of the past. But what a beautiful personal gesture it was to take pen to paper, writing a personal message and dropping it in the mail to someone. Reading through the stacks of postcards felt like I had the opportunity to peer into the life of two people and read what was on their hearts at the time. I didn't know the authors or who the recipients were, but I could feel the sentiment and how special it must have been to find this in my mailbox.
I pulled out a few postcards with handwritten messages that I loved and another handful that had photos of places around CT, like the capitol building and the nearby public library. They were the perfect finish my wall DIY project. Now, with each postcard and map framed and hung, the history displayed on that guest bedroom wall makes me smile. It is full of the words and thoughts of strangers, who remind us of what is really important and what shouldn't be taken for granted... love, family, faith.