I’ve been on this kick lately that everything in life needs to have purpose. I also seem to have a newfound appreciation for the most important things…which are not things. As I grow older, I want to focus on life experiences and time spent with those I love as time seems to be flying by! So, I’ve incorporated that line of thinking right down into how I decorate. If how we dress our body is an outward reflection of how we feel, then how we dress our home is an outward reflection of how we live our lives.
THE COUCH AND RUG
I’ve always wanted a velvet couch and shag rug. Well, with little ones running around spilling, throwing up and peeing on anything at any given moment, this was never a feasible option…until now. My youngest is now six and all three are in school. They all tend to do a pretty good job keeping their body fluids where they belong and absolutely no eating or drinking is allowed on them. To be honest, this room is in the front of our house and hardly anyone but me is ever in it anyways. One of the reasons I love these pieces though isn’t just because they’re oh so pretty and soft (and they are) but because they stand for a long time waiting (over 10 years to be exact) and a reminder of where I’ve been. They’re a reward for every little spit up, pee pee, diarrhea (oh yes) and sippy cup spill I ever cleaned up out of my old couches and rugs. Though they’re new, they’re a sweet reminder of the past.
THE VINTAGE ART WALL
These are special pieces to me. The best part about decorating with purpose is that it’s extremely economical. I only bought 2 pieces on this wall…and for cheap. The ones that mean the most though are the ones you can’t purchase in a store. One of those is a painting that my extremely talented Mother-in-law did that hung in my husband’s home as he grew up, 3 pieces hung in his father’s office before he passed, and yet another in my home as a little girl. One of them is a cross stitch I did of the skyline of a city we lived in that had an amazing impact on our lives. Another is a framed card I received from my Mother-in-law on my 40th birthday that I loved. This thought process bleeds into other areas of our home too. In our kitchen, is a burlap coffee sack from a trip my husband once took to the coffee farms in Costa Rica. My walls aren’t finished either. I hope to grow them as we collect visual snapshots of our lives.
So, a year and a half ago we moved our family 2,000 miles away from anyone we knew for my husband’s career. It was the best decision we ever made. It forced us out of our comfort zone and into new experiences and we met people that will be in our lives forever. However, it became clear it wasn’t going to be a permanent one. You can read a little more about that here. Fast forward to now. My husband selflessly gave up his 20 year career to start a new one that would move us back home. With this new job comes travel to places like London, Dubai, Singapore, Russia and Canada. I don’t love that he has to do it and thankful that it’s only every few months but when he does, he brings me local fashion home. This dress was from his most recent trip to London. These pieces are a reminder that my husband is a loving, selfless man who gives with his whole heart and with pretty good taste I might add!
So how do you dress your space? Does it accurately reflect how you live? The next time you hang something on a wall or put something in a room, ask yourself, “Why?” It just might help you from buying something you don’t need too! I challenge you to look at what you already have. Do you have postcards, scarves or even coffee mugs you can display that have meaning? I’d love to know the creative ways you decorate! Let me know in the comments below!