My name is Stacy and I blog at Not Just A Housewife. I LOVE this topic and I am so happy to be apart of this series. I strongly believe that having a “meaningful home” is important. I also believe it means different things to different people. To me, it means surrounding myself with things that have memories attached to them. It means taking my time when decorating. It means getting my family involved. And it means listening to my inner voice instead of others opinions.
Decorate with things that have deep personal meaning
I know that they are just items. They are material possessions that I can’t take with me when I die. But when I look at my dad’s medicine cabinet (that was in our barn when I was growing up that held the horse medication) I think of him and all the memories of riding horses, cleaning the barn, and just my life as a child in general.
When I look at the books from my childhood that are displayed in my office I think of my mother reading them to me. When I look at the shell from our family’s Oregon coast trip I think of all the fun things my kids said or did. You get the idea. My house is full of things like this. I am surrounded my good memories.
Take your time
Rome wasn’t built in a day and your house shouldn’t be decorated in one either. I often think about how tempting it could be to just go to the store and buy everything all at once and be “done”. Because after 6 years of living in my house I am FAR from being done. But I also know that if I had done that, my house would look drastically different. Ideas do not come all at once. They happen here and there. The things I would have done on the day we moved in is different that what I am doing now. By giving myself time to think, dream, and plan, I have ideas and then those ideas evolve. The end result is so much better than if I had just bought everything or if I had done the first thing I thought of.
Get your loved ones involved
I realize that I am not the only one that lives here. It would not be fair to surround myself with MY ideas, MY memories, and MY favorite things. I love to have my kids help. I ask my husband for input. My boys help paint, sand, and even pick out accessories for the rooms. My kids chose a lot of the items on our “favorite things” wall shown below.
Not only do they feel involved, but they are more respectful and careful about the things in our home. For example, they helped sand the side table so there is a sense of ownership. They want to take care of it. I also hope that I am teaching them DIY skills that they will use the rest of their life.
YOUR opinion is what matters
We all have different design styles. We all have different ideas of what a home should be and what it should look like. Really it doesn’t matter what your home looks like as long as you love it. The only opinion that matters is your own. I know that when I post pictures of my house on my blog that not everyone that sees it will be in love with it. I know my own style, that has been slowly formed over several years, is unique to me and is not for everyone. But even when I read a negative comment somewhere about something in my home it doesn’t really bother me. When I wake up and see the stenciled ceiling in my bedroom, I smile. When I am on my couch in my sunny family room watching a movie with my kids I feel cozy. When I am cooking in my French country kitchen, I am happy. I love my home. I love the fact that my style is reflected in every nook and cranny but even more importantly I love the memories made in my home. I even love the nicks in my wood floors cause by hot wheel cars, the “art work” that sometimes appear on my walls, and the word indentations on my kitchen table from my kids doing homework. That means my house is lived in. It means my house is used and loved by my family.
And one last thought to end things…
This is a quote from me that I wrote on my blog awhile back “If you wait until you have money to decorate and make your home your own it will never happen. If you wait until you can afford to go buy everything new you are missing the point. It is the old, the new, the made, the hand-me-down, the collected, and the worn out but loved things in your home that make it yours.“
Can you not say that’s one of the truest and most touching quotes you’ve ever heard?! Thank you so much Stacy for sharing the many ways you have surrounded yourself with things that have meaning. I love Stacy’s thought that, “Ideas do not come all at once. They happen here and there.” That is so true. As you grow, so does your home!
Stacy has an amazing style and her blog is always one of my go-to’s for outside-of-the-box creativity! From decorating to gardening to DIY, Not Just A Housewife is filled with tales of a real everyday family. And Stacy has 4 young boys, so right there she is high on a pedestal! One of my all-time favorite projects, which is how I found Stacy, is the stenciled ceiling she created in her Master Bedroom.
Head on over to Not Just A Housewife, and give Stacy a BIG HELLO!
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