Two friends were on the way home from my house when one said to the other “Susan is a great homemaker.” I was a little taken aback when they told me about this conversation as I have never thought of myself or my house in that light. But as time has passed and I have paid attention to other people’s houses, I think I know what she meant. A house should look and feel like YOU live there. Not a magazine family, not Martha, not your mom. You.
This is the first in a 3 part series about making your house feel like you. Don’t worry, this is not going to be a decorating blog. These are just some thoughts for you to mull over and apply to your own life and home.
My Deep-Seeded Decorating Foundation 1:
You and your family deserve to see something beautiful every day. I don’t mean each other. I mean a painting, a photograph, a piece of art. Life is full of drudgery and obligation that can and will drag you in to the depths of despair if you let it. Having something beautiful or lovely in your midst can help you to remember it’s worth being alive.
My Deep-Seeded Decorating Foundation 2:
You only have to please yourself (and other members of your household that are paying the property taxes). If you don’t like it, DON’T HANG IT UP. If you love it, put it where you can see it every day. If your “other” hates what you love, find a way to compromise. Basements and offices are good places to hang ugly stuff.
My Deep Seeded Decorating Foundation 3:
Ignore the voice in your head that screams “NAIL HOLES, THERE WILL BE NAIL HOLES!” Holes can be filled. Or not. Walls are just walls and their job is to separate rooms, hold up doors and do your bidding, not be pristine when you move out. If you rent, they are going to keep your deposit anyway (trust me) so you may as well enjoy living there.
My Deep Seeded Decorating Foundation 4:
You are not making a lifetime commitment. If you want to hang up something else in 6 months, the decor police are not going to send you a ticket for excessive decorating.
There. Think those over.
Tune in for Part 2 next week!