I love looking at pictures of beautiful homes in magazines and catalogs. I love scrolling through photos of picture perfect rooms that are decorated down to the last detail. Don’t all of us? It’s inspiring to look at gorgeous living spaces. Like this one for example:
But here’s the thing. I wouldn’t actually want my house to look exactly like them. You wouldn’t either.
Don’t freak out on me. Let me explain.
Catalog and magazine houses are staged for beauty, not for creating family memories.
They are filled with things that cost a lot of money, but they aren’t filled with things that are really valuable.
Instead of family photos on the wall, there is just expensive art work.
There are no crayoned love notes on the fridge, just immaculate stainless steel.
The bookcases aren’t filled with well loved and treasured books, they are filled with pristine books that have probably never even been opened.
The antiques are bought at stores, not lovingly handed down from one generation to the next.
To actually love your home, you need to fill it with things that YOU love, not just what catalogs are trying to sell you. If you love a current decorating trend, then embrace it. If you don’t, then for heaven’s sake don’t use it!
No matter what the location, size, or style of our home is, we can love it. One thing that blogging has taught me is that we can decorate our homes beautifully–even on a shoestring budget!
Here are a few home decor items in my home that make me smile every time I look at them. Not because I bought them from a high end store, but because they have meaning to me. They are valuable because of the way they make me feel!
I have this picture hanging in my craft room:
My youngest son drew it when he was about 4 years old. At the time, we were trying to adopt. We had been waiting for two years, and I was feeling discouraged. When he gave the picture to me, I noticed that it had seven people in it. He explained that the little one on the bottom left was his baby sister. In his childlike faith, he didn’t doubt that we would find her. It gave me hope and helped me get through many stormy days. I will always treasure it.
Like most families, I have a gallery wall of family photos. Some of them have current pictures, but this one has my boys when they were younger: I love looking at those cute chubby cheeks and remembering those days. And yes, I promise that I have photos of our cute Rachel up, just not in this particular area.
We are very blessed to have a friend who is an amazing artist. He used my youngest son as a model for this painting: I can’t even tell you how much I love it! It makes my living room on of my favorite spots in the house.
In my old kitchen, I had an old wooden spoon hanging in a frame. That beat up wooden spoon belonged to my grandmother. I wanted to keep the spoon, but the old frame didn’t work with my new decor, so I changed things up a bit. Here it is now:
I wonder how it got that burn mark on it, and I wish I could ask her. She died when I was a baby, but everyone tells me that she loved to cook just like I do. I’m glad I have a little piece of her history hanging right on my kitchen wall. It makes me happy to think that I inherited my love of cooking from her. 🙂
When it comes right down to it, the only way we can love the way our home looks is by filling it with things that we love.
So remember, just because something costs a lot of money doesn’t mean it’s valuable!
I’d love to hear what you love in your home. (Besides the people of course, I know they are THE most important!)
What is your most treasured piece of furniture or home decor and why?