Monday, May 31, 2010

Guest Post from design dna: Hearth and Home

Allow me to introduce today’s guest blogger Colleen from designing dna. Colleen has pursued her dreams of interior design and writing. She has a great imagination and makes you dream while reading her blog.  It is a real pleasure having her here today.  

 Hi everyone! I’m delighted to be your guest today!

Recently, I was poking around on the internet and one thing led to another…

(You know how that is.)

before I knew it, I was sitting happily in the kitchen of Delishhh! A new friendship was born and here I am, stopping by to gab about hearth and home.

Basically, I have a simple philosophy:

I believe that at our core–in the depths of our souls, we have a need to be surrounded by beauty.

We were born with it. It’s in our DNA.

This fundamental desire for beauty may manifest itself in a variety of ways such as a love for food,

personal beauty, external surroundings, music, a deep love of nature, order, beauty in literature, art, relationships, hearth and home…

For me, it’s always been about hearth and home,

but it wasn’t always easy to to live with.

When I was newly married and beginning my family, it was the era of,

“You’ve come a long way baby.”

Suddenly, it seemed, women had choices in life and many went to find themselves in a career.

But contemporary culture can be fickle, confusing issues and making a mess of most things. As an entire generation of women went to work outside of the home, somehow along the way, choosing to stay at home, to excel in the art of homemaking, became a less than admirable thing to do–a default for those who weren’t educated or smart enough to “have it all.”

Today the art of keeping a home is celebrated, as it should be.

Thank goodness, what was once old, is new again!

Not only has the importance of homemaking been rediscovered–hospitality and creative home keeping is an honored art–something to aspire to–a ministry, even.

OK, If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m a romantic when it comes to the home, and the heart of the home, which is the kitchen.

If you were lucky enough to have a mom who cooked,

you’ll know what I mean, when I say that

kitchens are

a bit of heaven on earth;

the place where the fragrance of meals being prepared, mingles with the fellowship of loved ones at the table–where both bodies and souls are nourished and nurtured.

Sharing a meal isn’t just about food, after all. That’s our time and place to regroup and share what the day held for us…

and laugh and cry, and argue and pray.

And somehow, usually, by the time dessert is served, everything’s been hashed out and it’s alright.

That’s the power of what you are doing at home.

Welcome back.

You’ve come a long way baby.

Thanks Colleen for such a lovely post. If you haven’t already, hop over to visit Colleen at designing dna!

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11 Responses to “Guest Post from design dna: Hearth and Home”

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    Lisa — May 31, 2010 @ 6:12 am

    Gorgeous pictures! I am TOTALLY In love with that second picture, with all the pastel dishware. I totally agree. More than any other room in my house, my kitchen is the gathering place. We cook as a family, eat as a family and can sit for hours in the kitchen. Just as my mothers cooking and baking made great memories for me, my kitchen with make great memories for my kids.
    Great post.
    Lisa

    • Delishhh replied: — May 31st, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

      Lisa, I know aren’t those pictures fablous? I totally agree with you that is why i enjoyed this post so much, the kitchen is just a such a ‘special’ place. And the funny thing is when you have guests over, everyone always hangs out in the kitchen too. Nice to see you again Lisa.

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    raggygirlvintage — May 31, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    Seems to me you’re the smart one Colleen, thanks for the lovely idea photos, little ideas to take away in each one!
    Tracey

    • Delishhh replied: — May 31st, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

      RaggyGirlVintage, thanks for stopping by, isn’t this a great post. I totally agree!

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    Housewife Bliss — June 1, 2010 @ 2:11 am

    Lovely post Colleen, and so nice to discover Delishhh at the same time.

    • Delishhh replied: — June 1st, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

      Housewife Bliff – I agree the post was great. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon.

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    Colleen — June 1, 2010 @ 4:37 pm

    I’ve nabbed my daughter’s comp so I could pop by and thank you, Ewa, for the sweet invitation to be your guest here at Delishhh! It’s such a fun and educational place to hang out.
    I head for home on Friday, so will be back to my routine soon! XXX C

    • Delishhh replied: — June 1st, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

      Colleen, the post was great! I loved it! Thanks so much again and safe travels!

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    Alina — June 3, 2010 @ 6:18 am

    Beautiful pictures, I especially like #3 – such a spacious, airy, elegant and cozy kitchen/dining-room!

    • Delishhh replied: — June 7th, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

      Alina, I agree with you! I love that picture.

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    The Line Condo Singapore — July 23, 2015 @ 5:04 pm

    Great job Colleen. I would love to have this kind of kitchen design. But unfortunately, I am currently residing on a studio type apartment. But I am still hoping that maybe someday, I will be able to design my kitchen just like this. Thanks for sharing!

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