From a practical stand point, I am getting older with fewer kids at home, so I no longer "need" the biggest space available. For example, when I power clean, I sweat and am JUST as sore as if I've tortured myself at the gym for hours. So the idea of less to clean, less maintenance and less money sounds great to me! It also leaves more time to enjoy the things in life that are most valuable to us.
As a society that is moving towards virtual everything, I feel that we're actually longing for physical closeness again. I find myself craving more eye to eye conversations over coffee or wine, potlucks or picnics at the park with close friends and family... Could smaller spaces actually encourage closeness? Let me ponder this over a glass of wine!
To experience two of our favorite things, coffee and wine, check out Stories Coffeehouse in Elkhorn, NE. and Wine Styles located off 74th and Pacific Street in Omaha, NE. They offer great service and a unique atmosphere designed for you to connect with the ones closest to you!
Re-purposing and refurbishing!
As for another trend we love… the huge trend in re-purposing! Could it be because technology is getting so mindbogglingly huge that we as a society crave a touch from the simpler days? Or, could it be that many of us just have the junk gene? Either way, we love it!
A company that embraces this concept and turned their passion into a really cool business is, Reclaimed Enterprises, another great and innovative business here in Omaha, NE. The store is loaded with simply awesome items that will help you turn your old items into vintage-chic collectibles! Be sure to ask for Jason Gilbreth if you stop in, he’ll set you up with the best products for your next re-purposing project.
We enjoy re-purposing because it initiates thought beyond a laptop or phone. We absolutely love the idea of hunting for the perfect piece to create a one of a kind item that becomes a unique master piece. Creating a piece with something that has history gives the piece character, texture, depth and tremendous "feel" both physically and emotionally. These are things that you just cannot get from technology these days!
So, what's old is now new, desirable and VERY valuable. And what’s bigger is not always better. Sometimes it just means more maintenance and in many cases, robs us of our time and resources.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed these thoughts from a baby boomer! Please email us or comment below and share your insights and thoughts on how YOU are reconnecting and re-purposing things in your home. We would love to hear from you and get to know you!
Jim and Candy