Creating a Home You Love
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fair share of decorating mistakes through the years in my process of learning to love where I live. There have been paint colors that didn’t turn out exactly how I planned. Furniture I regretted purchasing. The country blue and red kitchen with goose wallpaper was a definite favorite in the 80’s, but looking back I wonder what in the world I was thinking!
The Bold and BeYoutiful
Truth be told, there have been hair colors that didn’t turn out exactly how I planned. I remember one time when I was 9 ½ months pregnant (Yes, you read that correctly! Can you relate?) and I wasn’t feeling very pretty. I was having a baby shower and I just wanted a new look. In a weak moment, I cut off all my hair and bleached it. To top it off, my outfit of choice was this beauty-hot pink with giant black polka dots. But you know what? In that moment? It was me! I loved it! I can laugh about it now, but I loved it then.
Common Home Design Roadblocks
What holds you back from decorating your home and making it your own?
- Decision Deficit
I get it! I have been there. With Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Hobby Lobby, magazines, and of course blogs flooding us with ideas on how to decorate and manage our homes, it’s no wonder that we sometimes don’t know where to begin. It’s understandable that we feel pressure to have perfectly decorated, organized, and clean homes all the time.
4 Tips to create a home you love:
I want to tell you something that will hopefully be good news. Be-YOUtiful! What in the world does that mean?
- Don’t be afraid to fill your home with things that YOU love! Don’t be afraid to try new colors, new designs, but always do it because YOU love it not just because it is trendy!
2. Be resourceful. Use what you have wisely. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to decorate your home. You can even shop your own home! How do you do that? Take an item and reinvent a use for it. For example, I have a vintage kitchen scale that I used on my front porch for my fall decorations. I put a pumpkin on the scale and it was so cute in my fall decor!
3. STOP comparing your decorating, your home, your anything with what anyone else has or what you see on social media platforms. Sure, use those ideas to boost your creativity, but do not allow what you see others do to make you feel less about yourself. Love YOUR life! It is a gift from God, it’s yours, and it is beautiful!
4. Utilize resources, tools, professionals, friends, etc., for inspiration/advice on decorating and managing your home and then MAKE those decisions. Take the leap! Enjoy your home and the journey of making it a place of blessing for your family and others and don’t let it cause you stress.
I want to hear your stories, too. You know the story about the china hutch that was your grandmother’s and you refinished it for your dining room. Or the story about the quilt that was made by your aunt and passed down through the family and now drapes over the arm of your rocking chair. As I write this, I have a side table that sits in my living room that I bought for about $50. It was canary yellow when I bought it and did not match anything in my house. With a little creativity and elbow grease, it is now an adorable chalk painted table that I love. Those types of pieces make your home special because they are a part of you. I want to encourage you today to love your home because you are Be-YOUtiful!