“We lose ourselves in the things we love. We find ourselves there too.” – Kristin Martz
Sometimes I’m struck by the silliness of this blog – or even decorating in general.
I sat down to write a post about balance vs symmetry and tips for creating pretty little vignettes here and there. And then I paused.
I come here and talk about fluffing pillows, and white paint, and things to display on your coffee table. Most days, when I should be working at my 9 to 5, I get lost in imagining new ways to display my favorite treasures or dreaming about the rooms we have yet to tackle. I’ve always been a daydreamer.
And every once in a while, I’ll feel a little silly about it.
With all that is going on around us, should we really care about candlesticks, and cotton stems, and stacking old books, and coordinating pillows for every season? It seems a little superficial…
But maybe it isn’t.
Sure, there are some that like to decorate their houses purely for the sake of showing off or having a “finished” home – but I think that most of us find joy in all the nesting rituals for more personal reasons.
I delight in seeing textures come together and finding new ways to display favorite things and creating cozy atmospheres. I imagine it’s the same creative force that pushes a painter to paint or a writer to write. I love that I can start rearranging things and swapping pillows and lighting candles, and completely lose track of time. It’s my stress reliever. It’s my creative outlet. It’s my happy place.
But even more than the creative aspect, I enjoy creating a comforting, relaxing and personal home for myself, my husband, and even sweet Alice. 🙂
The more effort I put into a room, the less likely I am to let clutter take over (that clutter has a mind of its own and can turn on you in an instant if you’re not careful 😉 ). And without the chaos of clutter, we breathe easier here. We are quicker to relax here. We’re happier taking a few extra moments over dinner or having that second cup of coffee together on Sunday mornings here. When everything is working together to create a pretty and cohesive space, a peaceful calm exists here.
So as it turns out, fluffing those pillows and dressing that coffee table goes so much more beyond just creating a pretty space to look at. It helps create a cozy retreat after a stressful day. Or a warm welcome home after time away. Or a quiet respite from all the noise going on “outside”. It’s not silly or wasted time at all.
It’s time spent turning a house into a home. 🙂