This post is sponsored by Grafomap

One of the first things I bought as I was going through divorce was a beautiful peacock blue sitting chair for my bedroom. It was love at first sight and I knew I needed to have it. Getting the chair from the store to my house proved to be a bit of an undertaking at the time. I had a tiny hatchback clown car, and the store clerk had to help me take off the chair legs so we could squeeze it in. But I got it in, and felt even more accomplished for managing to buy and transport it home on my own.

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I’d long lived on secondhand everything, and it was rare that new items–let alone a larger purchase like furniture–made it through my front door. Waking up and realizing that I was allowed to make such simple choices like buying a chair for myself was revolutionary for me. It helped me to reclaim my home–my life–for my own. Now I haven’t gone crazy and completely refurnished my house (#goals), but I have continued to add new touches here and there over the past few years in a continued quest to create a room, a home, a life of my own.

Another loved and recent addition is my framed Grafomap print. Grafomap allows you to create a customized framed map of anywhere in the world. Their online interface makes it super easy to preview your artwork in a number of different color styles, and you can zoom in and out and click and drag your map to just the right place. It’s actually really fun to play with their online tool, and it took me longer than I’d like to admit to finalize creating mine. I chose a place in the middle of nowhere, Texas, where I go once or twice a year for a silent retreat. It’s a place that I go to in my mind’s eye to recenter in my day-to-day life, and return to as often as possible. Hanging my Grafomap print in my bedroom helps to bring a piece of that peacefulness to my own personal sanctuary.

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Creating a sense of place for ourselves, no matter how small, I think is an important part of autonomy for the heart and soul. Here’s to continuing the quest to make my house a home for me and my little ones. What special place would you commemorate with a Grafomap? What are some of your other favorite ways to add personal touches to your home?