Saturday, March 24, 2012

Series: How I Decorate Without Debt

I am starting a series today on how I decorate without debt. I’ve never done a series before, but that’s the only way I can think to both show you everything going on in my living room and also share with you the process (informal as it is) that I go through in completing a room.

The first thing I want to share with you in this series is my philosophy of decorating. I believe that every woman out there, no matter what age, race, or economic place in life they are, wants to have a beautiful home. That’s the way God made us. If that is true, and I believe it is, then that means that decorating does not mean that a house is decorated when a set of rules like this year’s color or that brand of pillow is found in your home.

Decorating, to me, is whatever you do with your home to create the atmosphere that you want your family and friends to experience. This can be achieved with or without spending a lot of money. It’s also different from family to family. Some families value peace and calm, while others want a fun-filled experience. Some women want warm, rich rooms and others want bright and simple. Trends come and go, but the feelings evoked from a loving home when a woman puts her hands and mind to work on her home never do.

I’m sort of a math person—not because I’m great at it but because I just happen to like it. So, to the annoyance of some, I like to make up statistics. So this is my quirky, not-so-scientific decorating math:

Taking that into consideration, things like decluttering your home, learning to clean a toilet, and rearranging your furniture, come before picking the greatest pillow in priority. That also means that those who are struggling to pay for diapers can still do a lot right now to improve their homes. Whether you're scraping the bottom of the pot of porridge or you're able to easily afford a professional decorator to redo your entire home--You, beautiful woman, are not selfish for wanting this!

Decorating is not just for the wealthy. Although, a little money does make it go a little quicker.

So, I learn by teaching (I always have), but I also learn by reading and listening to others. I want to know your opinion! What is your decorating philosophy? What do you believe is the most important thing in decorating a space/room? And how have you done things while going through those tight years to improve the beauty of your home? Please feel free to post a link to your own blog in your comment so that people will have access to as many resources as possible.

Next in series: The Wait

I am linking to these fabulous blogs:
Get Outta My Head Please
Ask Anna
DIY Home Sweet Home
The Southern Institute
Between Naps On The Porch
Under the Table and Dreaming
Coastal Charm
Cowgirl Up
A Bowl Full of Lemons
Home Stories A2Z
House of Grace
Organize and Decorate Everything

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