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syncope
Allison...I can only restate all the commenters above and tell you what a wonderful, inspiring and right to the heart of the matter article you've written. Most of us have stories we can tell on one or the other side of how we or our children grew up. But the prevailing consensus is we all recognize the truth in your article and how houses and possessions do not a home make.

Siouxxie...as for Allison's article "[flying] in the face of 'houzz' decorating themes", I would disagree. To me, Houzz is a site for inspiration and enjoyment. Allison's article certain succeeds in that respect. She has certainly not negated the design aspects of having a home but has helped to inspire (as noted by many commenters above) to enjoy their homes as they are while continuing to add whatever makes their homes special to them. She has also sparked comments such as yours ("our house lives the way we do") to add to the affirmation of enjoying your life in the moment regardless of what "things" surround you. I believe that is what Houzz is all about.
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Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction
What a beautiful and bitter sweet story. Thank you for sharing and reminding us that every day is a gift and the people that make up our lives, friends, family and neighbors, are what matter most.
   
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Lisa McLeod
Love this post. I have been fretting over a new to me, older home that is not where I want it, yet. Thanks for the r minder to enjoy it as is, right now, with all the people we care about.
   

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