I think it’s easy to be intentional when making choices about the big things you bring into your home. The big commitment items like sofas and china hutches and statement pieces. I don’t think it’s quite as easy to be intentional about the little things. Things that are utilitarian and inexpensive.
But, if you’re going to buy something, anything, even something little, relatively cheap, and utilitarian, why not buy something you love? Imagine your home filled just with things you love.
Well, that’s the goal, anyway.
I’ll be the first to say that I don’t love all of my kitchen utensils, but I’m working towards it. I feel very neutral about my can opener and pizza cutter, but I love my wooden spoons.
I look for ones of different shapes, sizes and tone of wood, so they each have their own personality and I can justify having way more than necessary. (There is an ongoing struggle within me between the less-is-more-Marian and the collector-Marian. We can see who is winning in this case. And when it comes to ironstone.)
My favorites are the ones that are old and worn; discolored from years of use. I’m trying to use my new ones a lot, so they can earn their patina a little quicker.
Would you believe I bought the spoon on the left about 12 years ago, just because it was stamped with the word “France”. It’s not just a wooden spoon, but a French one. It’s faded now, but you can see it clearer on the new one.
I bought this pretty wood-burned spoon & spatula set at the Holiday Expo I spoke at in November…
…and received a few more for Christmas to add to the family. I also love the dark walnut ones that were sent to me as a gift from a reader.
…and even when I’m not using them, I enjoy them.
What little things do you enjoy in your home?