Thursday, February 19, 2009

Making a House a Home

I love blog hopping at home decorating sites. It is so fun to see how creative people are and how they can decorate with things that I never would have guessed could look so great. The Nester did a great series on how to spruce up a room in 10 minutes or less and people linked up their transformations here. Take a look.

I have two things that prevent me from jumping into the decorating frenzy headlong.
1. I am lucky if I can keep my house clean for 24 hours, why in the world would I put up more stuff that I just have to clean?

2. I am still afraid to put holes in the wall. I know it is our house, but even with the stud-finder (haha- I bet all you single ladies had one of those *wink, wink* - I couldn't resist) I have still missed the stud and put the nail in drywall alone. Then I feel like an idiot when I confess my blunder to my perfectionist carpenter husband.

3. My house must be at least 3 times SMALLER than the houses I see on other blogs - who really has enough space to have a craft room, office, exercise room, bathrooms you could sleep in, kitchens with an island, and spots for little tables with cutesy things on them? Certainly not this girl.


But, I LOVE to have a house that is warm and inviting. I really want to cultivate my homemaking side and be more hospitable. I have a wish list that includes all the things that I am seeing across the blogosphere that apparently make a world of difference.

Picture Frames of all Sizes & Spray Paint- So I can frame whatever the heck I feel like and paint them any color I want.
A Mirror or 5 - It makes a room look bigger and ritzy

A Wooden File Cabinet - To hide all my paperwork.

Night Stands-Because we live like senior citizens and read or do sudoku's before bed.

A NICE Slip Cover for our Couch - Hubby is adamantly opposed to any slipcover, but I am convinced if I buy the $100 one, it will fit like a glove.

Lots of people are using glass hurricanes, plates and other things that I am sure my B would destroy so I am holding out for a long while on those.


I admit it would be fun, but sometimes I wonder if by wanting those little touches in my house I am only revealing that I am not content with what I have. How do you balance having a beautiful home while not getting caught up in material wealth? Isn't a true home one that makes you feel welcome regardless of the decor?

3 comments:

  1. I like to do "knock off" ideas. I have a lot of pretty platic vases that look like glass. I dress Pebbles up in a fancy dress, do a photo shoot and hang the diferent poses in black 8x10 frames instead of buying things for the wall. Candles and mirrors are good too! Great post.

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  2. Two books came to mind, and my thoughts about what came from which one is probably quite jumbled...Edith Schaeffer's, Tapestry (i think), and Elizabeth George's, A Woman After God's Own Heart. Both women seem to have a neat perspective of their roles in the lives of their families and people around them. A couple of things I gleaned from one or both of these books were - Many times the woman sets the "tone" of the home (ESP. in our attitudes). Our enjoyment of decorating can be used by God to make our home a more restful, peaceful refuge for our families. It is often a check of motives for me - am I doing it to be "up with the Jones'" or is it to build that peaceful spot for me and the rest of the clan??? I have a copy of the Elizabeth George book you could borrow, but not the Schaeffer one (think my church library does, though, if you want me to check it out :)!

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