It seems to me that if you are really someone who loves to decorate that your own home is the first blank canvas you'd choose. Through several moves, apartments, the college and grad school lifestyles and now in my home, I've honed my decorating skills. Given that I paint, sew, build, organize, cook, bake, and do my own landscaping, I have always found the problems and challenges with any space quite invigorating. It forces one to think differently and if you can't find furniture or decor off the shelf to work in the space, you create your own! And if you do it well these become trends. I have been often imitated by friends and family and I find that very flattering.
The photos in this blog are of my own home--I've sewn all my own curtains and pillows and all the artwork and decor is handmade by me. I love color and texture and glass jars, books and old suitcases and ribbons and buttons-- you'll see all of that reflected in the pictures.
Now, the only problem I have is that my brilliant decorating skills aren't really seen by the rest of the world so I'm not certain how far reaching my brilliance is! I entertain but not everyone I have to my home really gets that it's brilliant :) I say brilliance with a wink--I'm not really that vain!
I get the magazines--I understand what's cool and why it is so. I've actually opened a magazine to find something similiar to what I created 5 years earlier. They say true artists aren't really appreciated in their own time--I take comfort in this :)
Decorating for me isn't about status, keeping up with any trends (me trendy? HA) or trying to impress anyone. For me, a beautiful home is about bringing order and calm, inspiring myself in my next great adventure, about being a happy and well adjusted person, and making a place that people want to come to and sit a spell. Beauty is all around us--God invented the concept with sunsets and flowers and the rushing waters--nature is God's canvas. I feel my home is my canvas and that I am called to create beautiful things and spaces as a testament to His creativity.
But why take time to write about it? Because you have a beautiful idea of your own and I want to coax it out of you--let me be your cheerleader as you try a new color scheme, rearrange the furniture or declutter that spare room--one box, pile, color choice or fabric swatch at a time. Surround yourself with beauty and you'll both feel beautiful and be more productive and optimistic. In this crazy, scary and tumultuous time, we need to surround ourselves with beautiful things and beautiful people. My next blog post is about how to do this on a budget!
Have a creative day!