Thrifty and Practical

Crash course in hospitality

If you desire or think you have the gift of hospitality, you will notice and discover some people who are amazing at it. 

The coziest bed ever. Fresh, crisp linens and fluffy pillows.

My mother-in-love (because law just sounds bad) is one of the best hostesses I have ever met. From the moment you walk in the door until the moment you leave, you are fed, cared for, and pampered. And it’s not just any food, it’s the best meal you’ll have eaten in months. It’s not simply that your basic needs are met, it’s all of those things that you need with an extra dose of flair and love. You lack for nothing and her couches, chairs, and beds feel like home (but way better than your own home)!


The entryway when we arrived. Candle, fresh flowers, and a birch branch found fallen in the woods.
She’s a genius at creating an atmosphere of beauty, peace, and relaxation. I think it’s because every corner of the house is its own little vignette. For example, the bathroom downstairs has this little chair with a tiny homemade pillow on the counter. Tiny things are so cute!  

Her bottle collection and button collection are stunning in both size and diversity. 


This is just one grouping of her gorgeous, colorful collection.

A taste of her lush button collection – jars upon jars of beautiful buttons.

Maybe it’s because I’m not a collector or maybe it’s because I don’t have the knack for thrifting that she does, but I’m always impressed with her ability to mix and match styles, play with color, and bring life to fabric, china, and anything else she discovers. 
One of the cutest outdoor spaces complete with lanterns and cosmos.

There are certain individuals whose eye and appreciation for beauty are beyond good. I’m constantly impressed because their home is an ever changing, ever beautiful palette. Some people are so creative in their use of objects, color, and space it astounds me. To those individuals like my mother-in-love, keep it up! The world needs more spaces in which to feel at home and at rest. 
Garden perfection.