Boxes are packed, my home is in complete disarray, and nothing is where it should be! As I look at this empty shell of a house, I realize something important. The house is just a house, but the pieces of art, photos, furniture and decor is what makes it a home for those who live in it.
I also realize, I'm NEVER moving again.
3 Myths about Decor & Design
1. It's just materialistic
I've thought this before. Why does this all matter? Is it wrong to want a beautiful house??
Jen Hatmaker says it best in her newest book Of Mess and Moxie, "There is nothing more meaningful, life-giving, or lovely than home. It is not shallow or empty or frivolous to creat a beautiful space to live in. It's not silly, not vainglorious, not a waste of time and energy...we spend the majority of our hours in hour homes with our people. Creating beauty and nurture under your roof with colors that soothe, art that inspires, furniture that invites, and textures that thrill is a wonderful use of your small space on the planet."
Especially in our day of busy busy busy chaos, our home is meant to be a shelter, a retreat for those who walk through our doors. Let us make a difference with the homes we create.
2. It's expensive
I remember when I first became a stay at home mom, and I would sit at home dreaming of all the projects, and all the things I wanted to do. However, with a non-existant decorating budget all these things were hard. That was at the beginning of the DIY era, and I soon realized there were so many things I could do with a little creativity and imagination.
I had trouble creating a source list for our home posts I just did because so much of our home is thrifted, yard-saled, DIYed, picked from the trash (no shame), or hand-me-down.
Bonus, when you save money in some of these areas, there are other places you can spend it or save up for something that will really be worth it.
3. I'm not good at this decorating thing
I get it, some people naturally are just a little more visionary than others. But you can figure this out too. Start small in just one space, even a little corner. Fill it with the things you LOVE, arrange and re-arrange until you get it right.
Also, think about how you feel in your favorite places. Maybe it's a friends house that just feels inspiring, or a favorite coffee shop that is cozy, or your grandma's kitchen full of memories. Next time you are in a place you love, stop and look around - notice paint colors, accessories, accents and see if it will help you define the style you want in your home.
So why does all this matter? God has given us a little place on earth, it's our job to make it beautiful. Whatever your definition of beautiful is (and yes, it WILL be different than your neighbors) strive to create it in each and every room. Start making a cozy, welcoming place for you, your friends and family to feel at rest.
We're all on this journey together. May this be a place of inspiration and encouragement for you online.
Until next time,