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Creating A Beautiful Home and Garden

When I purchased a home a few years ago, I had no idea what kind of workload I would be faced with. In addition to trying to figure out how to keep the place clean, I was also left with the challenge of tidying up the yard and keeping things trimmed. It was a little overwhelming, but I knew that I could do it with a little hard work and dedication. I started reading a lot of books and blogs about creating gorgeous things for your home and yard, and it was a great creative outlet. This blog is all about exciting, fun ways to make your home and yard even more beautiful.

Creating A Beautiful Home and Garden

How To Properly Connect Your Home To The Past

by Alyssa Perkins

Everyone has a history of some kind, whether your parents told you stories of your great-great-grandparents making the trip to America or you researched your own ancestral background through one of the many online databases and genetic testing sites. To a lot of people, this connection to the past is very important, and they want to share it and let it shape their home so that future generations feel the same way. One way to do that in an elegant and interesting way is through the use of art. Here is why you should consider adding some historical art to certain parts of your home. 

So Many Relevant Pieces

Historical art covers a wide range of timeframes, cultures, and subjects. You can find something that depicts a period or person from virtually any demographic, which makes it perfect for a more personal connection to the past for you. All you need to do is find a few that relate to you and that you find interesting and your home will feel much fuller because of it. For instance, if you know a certain grandparent fought in a particular battle in the civil war, there is most likely some historical art or some prints that reflect that battle. Maybe you are first or second generation and so you want something from your home country or culture—that can be arranged too!

Different Values

Of course, genuine artwork that is hundreds of years old can be prohibitively expensive for many Americans, but that doesn't mean you can't find something within your budget range. Lesser known artists or events command smaller fees, and if the artwork is rather small then that can affect value too. If nothing else, you can find a whole range of prints out there that cost a fraction of the original's price and convey almost the exact same feeling while still having a very polished finish. There is historical artwork out there for you if you look hard enough.

An Investment In Yourself

Keeping historical art around might seem like a bit of a gimmick but it really can help you feel more connected with your past and give you confidence that you are part of a larger picture yourself. Knowing that people in the past faced similar hardships, and often much greater ones, and yet still managed to persevere is encouraging. While it is cool and fun to have art in your home, having artwork that genuinely connects to you and your story can be a great investment in yourself for the foreseeable future.