The Little Things

The saying goes, "It's the little things that make a house a home." Some of them are that beloved dog, simply brimming over with joy because he just can't believe you've returned for the evening-- even though you go through this same routine every day. Sometimes it's a quiet moment with family, where home becomes the haven from a harsher outer world.

And sometimes, it's just the little details of home, that make life prettier, make tasks easier, and make everything just that much better.

I got to thinking about this as I was doing some overly-optimistic -Pre-Pre-Spring Cleaning, and I caught sight of the pink glassware in the dish drain...

The light was hitting it just right, illuminating its delicate color. And it was strangely pleasing. Just dishes, of course-- and thrifted ones at that. But a little nicety that made the task more enjoyable.

The same went for the Pyrex, now residing prominently in my open cabinets...
What are they but color and glass, and a little bit of pattern? Yet, for me those casserole dishes symbolize everything from comfort food and memories of my mother's marvelous home-cooking, to simplicity and the joy of the finds themselves.

Some little things please, not by what they are, but what they can be. Like the thrifted silver napkin holder that now houses filters for the all-important coffee!...

And some, like the vintage jar opener next to it, bring joy through decades of reliability and ease.

You have vintage containers which do the job today, as well as they ever did, yet add an unexpected burst of color to an otherwise boring refrigerator...

And you have moments of silliness, where a whimsical cherub chotchkie gets plopped into a bowl as a joke, yet it never ceases to make you smile...
Some details have stood the test of time and become a testament to the house's history-- like this original push-button lightswitch. Every fleck of paint, every scratch and smudge attest to its past...
And some details are just made to fit in... to create an illusion of what might have been... Like this vintage-style faucet...

Any draft dodger would do, to keep out winter's chill... But why not have one that adds a little color as well as function?
Or other color that shifts and changes as the light of day passes... from early morning, to noon, to dusk...
And sometimes, what makes the most difference is the very smallest thing. One warm glimmer that reminds you you're home, safe, and done with another busy day...

Thanks for visiting today!

If not, grab that nice warm blanket, a good cup of your favorite hot beverage, and have a good one!

11 comments:

Lee Laurie said...

I love this post! It gave me such a warm homey feeling! I love all of your beautiful things.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

AngelMc said...

Enjoyed this post. I understand about the dishes, I have 5 glass cabinets in my kitchen so that I can look at my dishes. Some are vintage that I just enjoy looking at and some are ones that I use every day. I made a promise that I'm keeping. When we moved into our new house that actually had a dishwasher, I promised I would never ever use paper plates again. I would use my beautiful everyday china. And I have.

Andrea said...

Jenn,
Well said and so right! I love everything that a home stands for, if it's filled with love and peace.
I love those pink dishes in the strainer. And the piece about the dog is so very true at our house.
Wonderful thoughts!

Jenn Thorson said...

Lee- Oh, I'm glad. On cold days like this, we can use all the warm thoughts we can get!

Angel- I need to set-up some more glass cabinets for myself-- I'm envious of your ease at getting to your many wonderful dishes! I've had to move sets of favorites into Tupperware tubs, so hopefully Spring (and some cabinets in my basement) will promise a new level of organization. I love that you use your many dishes!

Andrea- I think the really Big Joys are so few and far between, it's those little ones that keep us going.

Marti said...

Jenn, just discovered your blog, love it! I used to live in Northeastern Ohio, grew up in Alliance, and also lived in Canton. My grandparents lived for many, many years in Beaver Falls. Makes me feel so nostalgic! I have been in New Jersey now for 20-plus years, and have no family in your area now, but would love to go back there again some day.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

You're so right and I'm getting out my fridge dishes this second. They are clear not green but I'm going to use them!

Tracy

Char said...

*sigh* I just love your blog! I also covet your pyrex! How beautiful!
Blessings,
Charmaine

Lili said...

I really like that coffee-filter holder idea. Makes lots of sense!

The closest thing we have is a pressed glass jam holder that we use to store Advil. There's something festive about rattling your fingers through to grab the two you need. Of course, this would be completely unsafe in a house with children in it, but so far the kitties have shown no interest.

Susan said...

I love your pyrex dishes!! I don't remember pyrex being all those beautiful colors.
And you have inspired me to make a nice rosey draft dodger!!

TC said...

I grew up in a house with those push button light switches and now my grandkids are probably moving back into it!!

Melanie said...

Love this post Jenn! Great job as usual.

Home really is all about the little things. I love that picture of the light hitting the pink glass. Gorgeous!

And really, nothing says home like Pyrex. :) I just love opening my cupboard door and taking a coffee filter out of my little white and aqua pyrex bowl, or serving a great casserole in a great pyrex dish.