Creating Beauty in Our Homes

Learn how creating beauty in our homes is not what you would think

With the glossy magazine photos and Pinterest at our fingertips, it can be so easy to become entrapped in thinking creating beauty in our homes equals spending loads of money.  When I first became a mom, I would often meet up with a few friends and we would wander around stores with our Starbucks in our hands.  This was our little getaway from our babies, and every time we were drawn to the home decor aisles. In the midst of the uncertainty of raising a little one, the beautiful layouts of a picture perfect living room looked like something I needed to have.  As I was chartering the uncontrollable motherhood road, I grasped for something to control which naturally led into my home.

However, over time I have come to see that perfection is overrated.

Instead of creating a perfect home, I want to create a home that is a safe haven. When people enter our home, I want them to feel welcome and comfortable. I want them to be able to relax and enjoy conversation and delicious food. For a long time, I thought that in order to do this, I was going to have to shop only at the nicest of stores. After  some time, I started to see how  using items that are already in our homes (or our yards) can create a lovely and soothing environment.

A few things I have learned are:

Recycle and Reuse- One of my favorite things to do is to save jars now and then that I know I will use for a vase or some type of decoration. A mason jar can be painted and hold some sticks with hearts on them for a little touch of Valentines on the mantle. A salsa jar can be lovely at the entrance table.

Move things around- Sometimes, I will end up moving a frame or a vase from one room to the next. It is like shopping your own house. If the item is seasonal, I keep it in a storage bin that is marked. I have a grapevine wreath that I can easily change around according to the current season or holiday.

Paint is your best friend- From picture frames to lamp bases, I have painted everything I possibly can. My mom gave me a bunch of old picture frames and I was so excited because instantly I saw all the potential gallery walls I could create.

Shop thrift stores with an open mind- That old cake stand at the thrift store may look useless but what if you painted it a beautiful color to sit on your bathroom counter holding items? When I enter a thrift store with an open mind, I am able to see things for what they could be.

Many times, when I talk about decorating my house and being creative, I hear two questions:

When do you find time to make these little projects when you are a busy mama?

  • Have art time with your kids. IT will be messy, but it is so fun to creative together. I will get out the sticker box, crayons, glue sticks, and paper. They will create while I paint a frame or a jar.
  • Start a creative night. Why not mix in community plus creativity? Chances are there are other ladies around you who want to find the time to create.

As moms we can focus on creating beauty in our homes- even in the middle of the chaos

I am not creative, so what do I do?

  • First, I think everyone is creative– just in different ways.  God created us to be creative beings, we just have to stop saying we are not creative and figure out what is it that we are passionate about doing?
  • Second, let go of comparison. Your creativity is different than your friends. You have a different style than your friends. Figure out what it is that you want in your home, and do that.
  • Third, ask a friend for help. The beauty in community is that we are all gifted in different things. You may not know how to nor want to learn how to refinish a dresser, but you may have a friend who loves doing that kind of thing. Hire a friend to help or offer to help her with something if she helps you with this.  I have also found that just inviting a friend who has an eye for things to come shopping with you can help you think outside the box.

Decorating our homes does not have to be something that is impossible or out of our budgets. Have fun with creating beauty in your home, involve the kids, and let go of perfection.

What tips do you have for decorating on a budget? Do you struggle thinking of yourself in a creative way?

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  • Reply D at Be you and thrive

    These are really great ideas Keri! I can’t agree more on the paint change—that makes such a great difference!!!

    May 31, 2017 at 5:08 pm
    • Reply Keri

      Thank you!! Yes, I am all about some paint!

      June 1, 2017 at 5:23 am
  • Reply Brenda @Brenda Loves Sharing

    I like the idea of moving something from one room to another. I’ll have to try that. We have found some great wreaths and other decorations at an awesome price from the thrift store.

    May 31, 2017 at 6:28 pm
    • Reply Keri

      Thrift stores are the best places to find some great home items!

      June 1, 2017 at 5:23 am
  • Reply Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    Moving things around is one of my favorite things to do. Love seeing rooms from a different angle.

    May 31, 2017 at 7:34 pm
    • Reply Keri

      I love that Summer! It is always so fun!

      June 1, 2017 at 5:22 am
  • Reply Robin

    I love your insight that homes can’t be about attaining perfection AND creating a safe haven at the same time. When you think about it in a binary way like that, I think most of us realize pretty quickly that perfection isn’t worth chasing if it’ll remove the comfort and joy from your home that we all want deep down!

    May 31, 2017 at 9:21 pm
    • Reply Keri

      Yes! When you are so stressed over the mess there is no comfort. Love how you worded it- have a great day Robin!

      June 1, 2017 at 5:21 am
  • Reply Audrey

    So many great points! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed about home decor when we compare ours to magazines or even some Pinterest posts. These are all very do-able and I completely agree about making the home a safe haven.

    May 31, 2017 at 10:13 pm
    • Reply Keri

      Thanks Audrey- I love when I visit someone’s home and see their unique style shinning through.

      June 1, 2017 at 5:20 am
  • Reply Jackie

    This is Great! I have been wanting to update my home but am also on a budget I like the idea of painting and moving things around. Thanks for the read !

    May 31, 2017 at 10:58 pm
    • Reply Keri

      Thanks Jackie- it makes things really fun and sometimes I am amazed how transformed a space can look with a few changes

      June 1, 2017 at 5:19 am
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I love shopping at thrift stores for decor. You never what you will find and the bargains are amazing!
    Elizabeth |

    May 31, 2017 at 11:01 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I love shopping at thrift stores for decor. You never what you will find and the bargains are amazing!
    Elizabeth /

    May 31, 2017 at 11:02 pm
    • Reply Keri

      Isn’t it so fun? I always love the treasures that are uncovered there!

      June 1, 2017 at 5:18 am
  • Reply Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy

    I love this! Esp. the part of creating a safe haven, since that’s what I want in my home. 🙂 And yes to reusing! I just re-purposed a Melissa and Doug tray, and now I want to do more. 🙂

    June 1, 2017 at 6:54 am
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