It doesn’t feel right to share ideas about design and decorating this week when so many people are living through the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey in south Texas.

Rather, I’d like to share the thoughts of Houzz writer, MITCHELL PARKER. He was born and raised in Houston. These are his thoughts on his beloved hometown and the meaning of home in our lives.

All of us can do something, however small, that can make a difference to the lives of the thousands of people affected by this storm.

We pray for their safety and the patience needed for the long recovery and the new normal these brave citizens face.

Seeing the heartbreaking storm images coming out of Houston, my hometown, reminds me how fragile the idea of home is. Most of us forget how incredibly fortunate we are to have a place to call home. It’s a level beyond just shelter and other basic needs. A home harbors a piece of ourselves, our expressions, our identities. The things we choose to put into our homes bring us comfort, remind us of who we are and convey our sense of self to others.

These are the spaces where we watch our children take their first steps, where we laugh and cry and hug our loved ones, where we bond and build the most important relationships in our lives, and where we reflect, rejuvenate and restore ourselves. Home, or the concept of home, is our most sacred possession. Take that away and we can feel lost.


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