If you are in your home right now and you are reading this I want you to look up from the computer and take a good look around your room. A good l-o-n-g look. Come on do it… I’ll wait! What do you see? Now look around your room again and find one thing you love in your room. Do it again and find another something you love and maybe another. Take a minute to enjoy and savor those couple of items you picked out! Feel the pleasure and blessing of having them. So often we look around our rooms and instead of picking out and focusing on what we love… we see what we don’t! Most of us have many things in our home that bring us joy and gratitude and a feeling of love for our homes but for some reason we fuss about what we don’t have or don’t like or what we want to update and do over! Let’s learn a few ways to love the home we live in right now!
I am so so excited today to join five other amazing bloggers and share the best of the best of our archives! I usually do a post called “Throwback Friday” where I take the very best of StoneGable’s archived posts and repost them. These posts are new to my newer readers and I hope enjoyed again by my friends who have been reading StoneGable for awhile! Throwback Friday has now morphed into HOME STYLE SATURDAY. It’s bigger, better and more inspiring!
Make sure to check out the posts by a talented group of bloggers at the end of this post.
So let’s get started loving our homes! Here are 5 easy things we can do right now!
STOP COMPARING YOUR HOME TO OTHERS
I must admit I can get very caught up in “house dissatisfaction”. Especially because I work and live much of my day in the land of home decor and blogging. I sometimes forget to be “inspired ” by the beautiful homes I see and not to get stuck in that horrid pit of comparison!
Believe me, nothing will make us unhappy in your home like the greedy comparison demon! “I wish my home looked like…” or “I wish I had….” or “I hate my home because…” or “My home will NEVER…”
Let’s stop that right now!!! Just STOP IT!!!
If we think like this… and sometimes I do… we need an attitude check! We need to get back to the basic reality that if we have walls and a roof and a front door that is a HUGE BLESSING! HUGE!!!! We need to love love love the thought that we have a home… bought, borrowed or rented. Big, small or in between. Builder’s grade or uber custom made. Cozy or grand. New or old.
A home is a wonderful thing to have!
There in not one single thing that will allow us love the home we have like the simple act of being grateful! Gratitude for our homes can open our eyes up to the joys of homekeeping and puttering and making-a-house-a-home. It lets us see our home for the amazing gift it is… warts and all! It stops the evils of comparison dead in its tracks!
Take a big deep breath… exhale and let go of all comparisons! DON’T LET COMPARISON CREEP BACK INTO YOUR THINKING. Be grateful for the gift of YOUR home!!!!
Now, we can replace comparing with being inspired!
2. BE INSPIRED BY WHAT YOU SEE
Closing the door of comparison opens another door. The door of inspiration! Run, don’t walk, through this door! Let your mind be inspired by the beauty of other homes and designs and decor. See the possibilities and the creativity in other people’s beautiful homes and let that inspire you to make small changes in your own! Inspiration is not envious or greedy or lustful!
Sometimes inspiration can be like drinking our of a fire hose! I know! I can get easily overwhelmed by the beauty and great ideas I find! We must learn to take it all in but be very very selective about what we focus on.
Trying to find one little detail when I’m looking through a magazine or a blog or Pinterest that makes my heart sing and one thing that would be a blessing to my home helps me not to become overwhelmed by what I see. I don’t necessarily have to buy what I see or change what I have but it opens my mind up to “possibilities”. Be thankful for inspiration and beauty wherever you find it!
I had been very inspired by striped accent rugs I’d been seeing for the past year. I saved images of them and started setting aside a little cash while I started looking for a small striped rug for my foyer. I found my-perfect-version-of-a-striped-rug on a fabulous sale from overstocks.com. It may not be everyone’s perfect rug… but it’s mine! The striped rug changed the look and energy of my whole foyer! It was the inspiration that led to this one change!
I’m always inspired by vignettes. A grouping of things that tell a story of sorts. Vignettes are personal and unique to the person creating it. When I see a vignette that makes me sigh I love to make my own version of it with things I have.
It’s that creative process that helps me to love my home! Let color and texture and simple things inspire you!
You might like to read 5 TIPS FOR CREATING AN EASY VIGNETTE.
Inspiration give me the energy and excitement to love StoneGable and to keep it fresh, welcoming and well cared for!
3. KEEP A CLEAN AND TIDY HOME
This is the best way to love your homes! Clean your home! Purging, cleaning and getting your home in order makes us feel better about our homes… and our lives!
My home can have pockets of big messes… especially since I have started blogging. I’m always schlepping things up and down and here and there for a photo shoot! And photo shoots can make my home very messy!
Commit to spending time each day to tidy up and clean your home. Don’t let things unravel and get out of hand. Do a little every day… and do it with a good and grateful attitude.
If your home is more than a little untidy, pick a room and begin there! You will feel so much better and accomplished when your can see progress towards a well kept home.
It takes effort and energy but it will also make living in your home so much easier and comfortable! Make rituals, like cleaning, more enjoyable by visualizing how nice the home you have will look and feel when you are done! Focus on the good things and not the drudgery. It’s all about attitude!
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HOME IN 30 MINUTES A DAY might help you keep a clean and tidy home!
4. SHOP YOUR HOME
Are you aware of all the great things you have in your home? Sometimes we can be blinded to the fabulous things we have been gifted or have bought or have been blessed with! My basement is full of those blessings… and so are my rooms for that matter.
Let’s grab a basket or paper bag… or a forklift…. and take a little shopping trip thought our house with a particular room in mind.
I did this when I made over one of my bedrooms. I found items that had lost their pop and pizzazz and had fizzled in one room but would live again to bring beauty and new life to the bedroom!
The “decor weary lettered chair” that had once been in my family room became a new, welcoming focal point in a guest bedroom! As did the pillow cover that had been forgotten in my pillow drawer. It’s now a big fluffy pillow on that chair!
5. UPSCALE WHAT YOU HAVE
There is certainly a time to update and buy new things for our homes… but why not take a look at what we have first? Can a piece we once loved be upcycled with a coat of paint or a slipcover?
Can we have it reupholstered or reworked to become something entirely new?
For me, this is the creative process that inspires me and makes me love the home I have! Putting sweat equity and time into decor going into my home is very important! I don’t need expensive things that are the best. I do need pieces lovingly worked into treasured items in my home.
Repainting and reupholstering my 18th century mahogany dining room chairs was a huge undertaking! But every time I look at those upscaled chairs I love my home a little more! It was daunting to paint over such fine wood but after the first brushstroke I never looked back. Giving those chairs a new updated look breathed new life into the whole room!
What item do you have in your home that are begging for a second decor chance? Can you stitch up a frayed seam on a duvet? Or restain the surface of a table top or coffee table? Can you paint an old dresser and add some fun new drawer pulls.
Don’t just think big… think small too. Do you have grandmom’s silver? Can you make it a part of your everyday life by putting it in a pretty crock or vintage ironstone pitcher?
There are many, many ways to ignite the spark and love the home you have right now! These 5 ways will be a great start. My wish for you is that you will not just read this post and enjoy it… but read it and do it! Get started TODAY! Do it today and start a love affair with the home you have!
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