House Thoughts: Purpose and Personality

“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

And then.

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

My thrifting considerations:
– does it serve the purpose?
– is it comfortable?
– will it last?
– does it/can it fit my color scheme?
– can it be modified to suit?

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

Blog Posts:
10 Ways to Create a Home with Warmth and Grace
5 ways to Build a Beautiful Home

Beauty Inspiration:
The Nesting Place (The Blog).
Ann Voskamp.
Dayspring Wall Art and Words.


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