“It takes more than just a house well designed and decorated to have a home. It is the people in it that make a house a home.” ~ Kamilla
Spare time means I get to spend a few hours in my sewing studio on quilt projects….and binge watch HGTV. The ‘before’ and ‘after’ shows are my favorites, but I can’t help but think, “These shows perpetuate discontentment as the shows bombard the viewers with perfect images (the afters) of houses that are styled, staged, and edited for the viewers to drool over.” (Tara Boelleger) I often wonder what it will look like when the owners actually move in their furnishings. What seems perfect is not realistic!
Through the years, I have had the opportunity to make several houses our home. We have even custom-built a few. There is no such thing as a perfect house. I found that shortly after moving into a new house, there was always something I would change if I could do it over again.
There is no need to waste time comparing what you have to what you see on HGTV, Pinterest, Houzz, or in-home décor magazines, but use these sources to inspire you to make changes in your own home.
Ways to LOVE your home…not just live in it:
- Make your bed every morning. There are several benefits, but my favorite is, “Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.” (Admiral William McRaven)
- Declutter items that are not useful or loved.
- Display the things you love. In our home, there are pictures of family, quilts made by my mom and me, many counted cross-stitch pieces I have stitched through the years, and books I have loved.
- Rearrange your furniture and you will get to clean under those heavy pieces. This activity also offers a chance to purge and get rid of clutter. You’ll feel creative as you rearrange and get a new look without having to buy a thing.
- Only use meaningful art. Many times when helping with a decorating project, a piece of art is needed. I spend hours shopping for just the right piece for my client. My goal is not to just fill the space with something the right size or color, but to find a piece of art that is something my client loves.
- Be grateful. The house where you live may not be a perfect house but being grateful for the family that lives there and the things you have is the best way to love your home.
We are all spending more time in our homes these days. You may need ideas to help make your space serve your family better or you may just need to make a few updates to freshen up your home. Making a few changes will lift your spirit and your mood. Give Ava a call to schedule a FaceTime appointment.