“If we show up with hands filled with perfection, then why would we need to think at all? What would life ever require of us? There would be no need for creativity. A technician has missing pieces and can’t continue the job. An artist knows that the mess-ups and the limits are where the fun begins.”
Emily P. Freeman, Million Little Ways, A: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live.
So last month all my extra thinking was centered around decorating my house. Ok. Well. Not all of it. But there was a bit directed there. I brainstormed and made lists. And remembered little pieces of advice from who knows where.
And I’m finally starting to make my house more pretty and functional. (Last week I thrifted dining room chairs. Two of them. And picture frames. And then I made more holes in the wall. Progress!)
The biggest things I’m considering as I make these choices about are purpose and personality. I want to change each area to better serve our purposes and reflect/fit with our unique personalities.
Purpose(The “why” in decorating):
As I’m deciding what to bring into our home and what to change I want to think about the overall purpose of our house and the purpose of each space.
Overall Purpose statement:
Simply put: The purpose of our home is to provide a space to relax and connect with family and friends in an environment that encourages us to think and dream.
A little elaboration: I especially want to be intentional about honoring God in our home. I want it to be beautiful in a way that allows us to pursue Him more thoughtfully and freely.
I would like the space to be a gift for the people who use it, if even only slightly.
“A day’s work is your chance to do art, to create a gift, to do something that matters. ”
– Seth Godin, Linchpin
Personality(The “what” in decorating):
I am a word person, so, where some people might sketch it out or look at Pinterest until their eyes water, I did my writerly usual and brainstormed some lists.
~~Adjectives I’d use to describe my ideal space~~
peaceful, happy, inspiring, relaxing, comfortable, functional, you g, kid-friendly, energy-giving, inviting, purposeful.
~~Adjectives I wouldn’t use~~
cluttered, perfect, boring, normal, time-consuming, obsessive, draining.
Colors That make me happy: blue, coral, cerulian, cobalt, dark wood. (Existing colors: tan/brown/dark green, light wood, dark wood.)
And yes there will be words on the walls. I want words of: hope, grace, the bible, love, mercy, truth, and inspiring quotes reflecting a love for God and family, or place value on learning, patience, purpose, wisdom, diligence, and time.
Thrifting (my “how” in decorating):
Thrifting is my friend. Especially since I want to have the option to mess up and the freedom to try out my ideas. It’s funner and cheaper. Though I tiny bit harder with little babies.
“One way to become creative is to discipline yourself to have bad ideas. The worse the better. Do it a lot and magically you’ll discover that some good ones slip through.”
– Seth Godin, Linchpin
Resources(The “who” of decorating (because I’m sure I read it somewhere)):
Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life By Crystal Paine
The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith