If you were to ask Andrea Aaron what constitutes a home, she would likely tell you that a home is meant to be a reflection of whoever lives there. It should show everyone who enters what things its caretaker has done and where they have been, what they like, and what exactly it is that they hold closest to their heart.
This has been Aaron’s philosophy for most of her life, but when she went to downsize to a beautiful mountaintop condo, that very ideal proved to be both a comfort and a challenge.
“I originally began looking for a new place because I wanted something a little smaller, and I also didn’t want to maintain a yard anymore,” explains Aaron. “But transitions – even positive ones – are hard, and I hadn’t given much thought about the emotional letting go that would be necessary in order to sell the home where my kids grew up. It became all about learning how to honor the past while also letting go of it.”
Although curating her new space and letting go of a house full of memories was by no means easy, Aaron, who recently welcomed her first grandchild, is now living in a tailored space all her own where all of her things deeply resonate with her, and family members are still precious visitors with whom to share the stories of yesteryear.