I've had a very clear idea of what I wanted my "dream home" to look like for some time now. But it's only been in the last few weeks that I really realized why it looked the way it did. Like so many areas of our lives, the past has shaped what I want my future to look like. And my past is full of tradition.
My parents are traditionalists. From the home they live in to the vacations we went on as kids, the way we were raised to the television and books that entertained us…traditional, classic elements abound. Most of our extended family lives in or around Richmond, Virginia so our vacations were spent strolling the grounds and homes of Monticello, Mount Vernon, and Colonial Williamsburg.
Along with the shows any kids in the 90's were watching, we watched a lot of British television with my parents: Agatha Christie mysteries, Keeping up Appearances - very traditional elements and aesthetics. And many of the movies I've watched over and over again have classic homes that I continue to dream about.
Hocus Pocus is a personal favorite. The fact that Xander watched that movie almost every day for a few months this last fall did not get on my nerves one bit. I even made it a point to stop and drool every time they end up at Allison's house while trick or treating - you don't see much of it, but what you do see is incredible.
The Father of the Bride home is certainly a classic, and the idea of making those kind of memories surrounded by such beauty would make anyone want to move in. Who can forget the Home Alone house? Colonial perfection. The 90's decor was intense, but the bones were just beautiful.
So we'll be going very traditional with the exterior. Turns out building a giant box is also one of the cheapest exteriors to construct (see, sometimes I am drawn to budget-friendly options…sometimes.) I love a white house with black shutters, and I was pretty certain about a red door and recently found some information that sealed the deal for me. I'll be back later in the week to share more on that.
Do you find the past influencing your future style? With your home or in other areas of your life too?