My “Southern” Central, IL Home


Our travel inspired space. Pay no attention to the unfinished floor! ๐Ÿ™‚

The South is so peaceful. The first thing I thought when we bought our home is, it feels like the South! Maybe it was the gentle breeze that blew by me while I was sitting on the porch after a long hot summer’s day. Maybe it was the far off song of a wind chime that somehow took me to another place… I gazed across the road and, for a split second, a Live Oak stood before me.

The night had a calmness to it, a stillness. Not an easy stillness, one that makes you want to look, but not want to look. The moon was slowly being overtaken by the storm coming in, that far off wind chime still singing. I closed my eyes for a second and I was in the bayou.

I was home!! My Southern home! That happens to be in the middle of Illinois!? I’m not sure how that came to be, but it is what it is.

So, in (unknowingly at the time) keeping with Southern tradition, we filled our home with various shades of blue-green.

My daughter was reading the other day and came upon the legend of Haint Blue. It is said that in the South, Haint Blue is used to ward off evil spirits. Many home owners painted their porch ceilings Haint Blue because it resembled water thus would deter spirits from entering the home.


Not our home.

So, as I said, we unknowingly put this color all over our home. How is that? Did we find it or did it find us? I don’t need to question, I know the answer. Because our home is a true Southern lady, that’s why! In the middle of Illinois!! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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