The One Thing Your Dream Kitchen Really Needs

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"Everyone needs beauty as well as bread." -John Muir

 I've been striving for perfect. Without even knowing it really, I've been pinning and magazine clipping and decorating in my own little space for so long, that I've begun to form a picture in my mind of what home should look like, and developed a task sheet for myself of all the cleaning and organizing and purchasing required to make it just so. Its easy to get caught up in the pretty picture of home, and forget about the people there.

But the one thing my dream kitchen really needs is my heart.

A heart that longs to serve, to nourish those in my care, and to cultivate life in the most common of everyday spaces. Isn't it a wonder that the homes we inhabit are capable of reflecting the fingerprints of our personalities? The way God made us, all that he placed in you, uniquely and wonderfully, can be expressed in the art of home. The heart of designing a beautiful space is to bring that beauty to rest in the hearts of our families. With a simply cut wildflower, a framed verse or print, a thoughtfully placed shelf or basket, or a comfy chair to perch, every detail placed with heart honors and touches the hearts of our loved ones.  It doesn't have to be complicated, and it doesn't have to be expensive. It just takes a bit of time and imagination.

This month we've started a pin board in partnership with LG Electronics, to inspire you to dream about your own kitchen space, and pin along with us for a chance to win an entire series of LG Kitchen appliances, $25,000 for a renovation and a consultation with designers from HGTV. This contest runs until January 29th, and you can learn about all the details right here. Join us on Pinterest and show us what your own imagination holds! And more importantly, tell us about your heart. We want to hear how your creativity comes to life in ways big and small, and how you'd design a space your family will love. Can't wait to see your pins and have a peek at the beauty God has poured into each of your personalities!

Blessings,

Kristen

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Kristen Kill

Kristen is a Northwest native who grew up surrounded by family, books, alpine peaks and lots of green. She never thought she’d leave. And when she did, she landed in a lot of concrete in a city that shapes the world’s culture. Now she's figuring out a life that she longs to have marked by gratitude and grace, good food and conversation; beauty, art and homeschooling all squeezed into a Manhattan apartment. She writes about living with intention as a wife and mother of four in the midst of a city that makes her heart beat just a little bit faster every time she walks outside at Hope With Feathers. She also relishes in her role as the Editor of The Better Mom and loves sharing snippets of her life on Instagram.