It's almost three years ago that I started Happy Interior Blog. And it all started because of my love and passion for interiors but more than that because of my love for personal homes with a soul and character. Homes that mirror the owner's personality. Homes that grow over time. With its dwellers. Even though I have not moved from my apartment ever since I started blogging, it has grown over time, it has changed, shaped and has gotten more mature, more reflective, it has become a tad more serene. And what is even more important - it is far from reaching a point of perfection. Just like myself. That's why I want to encourage you to love your home, to grow it and to be comfortable and content with the home you are shaping yourself.
Home has a peculiar meaning to me. As a kid belonging to the so-called second generation of foreigners living in Austria, I grew up being at home in Austria with my parents, but everyone kept telling me that our real home was back there what then was Yugoslavia. I grew up in a feeling of not belonging here nor there. Or belonging here and there. I've developed a feeling of being at home wherever I found myself at any point in my life - be it in Austria, Greece, Germany or France.
Growing a home takes time. Like growing anything in life: partnerships, kids, or simply plants. It requires time and attention. And lots of reflection. This applies to homes too. Let your home flow and go with your life. Bring things in, take things out. Just like in your mundane life. Stick to things, cherish them and don't part with them. Again, just like in your everyday life. Make your home not only a safe haven, but also a reason to be happy. Let it make you smile, let it make you unwind, ponder, and feel at ease. After all, it's your home, it's you. It's where you belong. Wherever that may be.
Happy weekend, friends!
Photography by Igor Josifovic