The Evolution of Rustic Retrievals…..

Rustic = simple, homey, austere, picturesque, pastoral, primitive

Retrieve = reclaim, restore, salvage, rescue, recapture (and of course, my Labrador Retriever, Charlie)

I asked myself……How do we get back to a life of simplicity, where we feel restored and can reclaim, recapture & restoreourselves ? In the chaos that is life, we seem to have lost the ‘self’ in myself. Who am I? What do I need? What do I want? How to I begin to figure this out?

Sometimes we need to look back in order to step forward. We need to reflect on those things that have brought us happiness, contentedness but most importantly, have helped form who we are today. If we can focus on and be aware of those ‘things’, whether they be actions, events, environments etc, we can continue to progress forward with a plan in mind to reclaim our life and restore our sense of self.

I look back to growing up in the country and how it allowed me to holistically, in my mind, body and maison, be content and complete. The activities, the surroundings, the objects, the feelings….we’ve all evolved from different environments, but youneed to really focus on aspects of these environments that allowed you to feel the mostlike yourself…that made you happy, content and whole.

Some of my examples are:

Mind: I could be laying in a pasture of clover with a gentle breeze blowing and absolutely clear my mind of any negativity, worry or chaos.

Body: I was always outdoors growing up, keeping active in very practical and functional ways. I would be lifting bales of hay to feed the horses, hiking for hours on end through the woods, swimming in the pond/lake….the list goes on and on.

Maison: We were always bringing the outdoors in in our decorating….whether it be fresh flowers from the garden, field stone in the fireplace surround, salvaged barn board, pine cones for a centerpiece….we took the beauty that surrounded us naturally outdoors and utilized it to enhance our environment indoors. 

Your examples may be completely different, but I want you to be able to come home to yourself.