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When I asked Paula Mallis, the owner of this gorgeous home, what makes her house a home she shared with me that she has been opening her home for the past three years to her community for women’s circles and gatherings, and that of all things, she feels that these gatherings have blessed her home and family. To give you a little back story, Paula is a mother, doula, yoga teacher and meditation guide living in Venice, CA with her husband Todd, her daughter Madeleine and their furry friends Buddy and Willow. On Paula’s site she explains the women’s circle gatherings mentioned as such… “As we gather we will be honoring the transition a woman goes through on her journey from pregnancy into motherhood. We will honor this sacred rite of passage by sharing our experience, wisdom and birth story. Our time together will be held in a safe, non judgmental and loving space. This evening will provide an opportunity to deepen our understanding of our stories and apply a loving reframe to the places within us where we might hold judgment towards ourselves and others. In maintaining this heartfelt and loving space, we will connect and support one another as we travel our own unique journey into motherhood.”

I don't know anyone who wouldn't be drawn to Paula’s beautiful space by looking at these photos, but it was after I learned about how she has made her home a safe space for mothers that truly it hit me how inspiring her space is. Her husband took the home they purchased down to the studs, designed and built the home you see here, and now this is a space where her daughter explores imaginary play time, where Paula and her husband cook meals together, where they gather as a family and where women honor their journey from pregnancy to motherhood. Talk about dreamy hospitality! When it comes to decor, Paula is a huge fan of Merchant Modern, 1st Dibs, General Store and Tortoise General Store, plus her and her husband have inherited a furniture collection from her husband’s family that is especially special to them.

Household Shop Updates

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We've added a few new items to the shop and wanted to take this chance to let you know and say thank you to those of you who have made a purchase and supported us! It's been so fun to see our household goods in your homes and I'm continually amazed at how incredible our customers are. With the holidays around the corner we'd love to hear what you'd like to see in the shop. Feel free to shoot an e-mail to shop@householdmag.com or comment below! And don't forget to share your photos by using the #householdshop tag. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

Photography by Amy Frances

Inspiring Spaces

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Could this space have more gorgeous natural light? I think not! Lauren Neff, her husband and their 19 month old daughter call this inspiring space home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They purchased their house almost two and a half years ago and have made countless improvements since making their investment. They painted each and every room, installed new hardwood floors, completely renovated the kitchen and bathrooms and the work continued.  Lauren and her family are big fans of just hanging at home and listening to music, it's in these moments that there's no where else they'd rather be. They’ve purchased mid-century inspired furniture from West Elm, CB2, Amazon, Ikea and Overstock, and like every mama I know, Lauren enjoys a good trip to Target for all the decorative accessories. 

When I see beautiful spaces like this I find myself daydreaming about the idea of buying a place like Lauren and her husband did at the start of their years as a family of three, but since we’re in NYC that’s a far fetched dream. It’s easy to get caught up in what you don’t have sometimes, but if I’m really being honest I’m not ready to give up our city life for a bigger country home - no matter how much I think we might benefit from doors to separate our space into actual rooms. When it comes down to it, regardless of location, size, or decor the answer is always the same when I ask people what makes your house a home. It’s the people. For Lauren it’s “The people, plants and items we’ve collected on our travels.” And when you look at it this way our homes provide so much more than pretty photos to share on blogs like this one. Our homes are where we create memories and contribute to the stories our kids will tell when they’re building their own families. It’s where we gather and find peace and comfort from the outside world. 

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Photography and space by Lauren Neff. Visit her Instagram and photography site for more.