This is Day 27 of our 31 Days of Less and More series. To read all the posts in order, start with Day 1 and check out our overview page to see the topics for the entire month.
“I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.”
There is absolutely nothing in my house that inspires me more than the collections of things I love—whether it be walls full of beautiful, meaningful art, or a stack of old, tattered books. We all have made the mistake of buying stuff for our walls or our homes, just because it seemed in style or was the “right” color. Those things will probably look like clutter in a year or two and end up in a yard sale. But if we fill our homes with things we love—things that are meaningful and useful and beautiful—then we will begin making our homes a reflection of our hearts.
We want to create spaces that inspire us into becoming what we were made to be.
When we rebuilt our house after the fire, I was very intentional about creating a certain environment in my house. It took me a while to collect things that I dearly loved. I was homeschooling our girls at the time (read here about Why I Gave Up Homeschooling) and I wanted our home to inspire learning and thinking and appreciating the beauty all around us. It’s not perfect, but it does teach a lesson all on its own. The gallery wall beckons you to create and paint, the workroom begs you to pick up a book and read.
Our homes are sending a message loud and clear.
Have we been intentional about what that message is? Is it time to rewrite that message with something more in line with our passions and beliefs? I know it can feel overwhelming to begin. I’ve started from scratch before, too. But, it’s so worth the time and effort you will spend in editing your spaces—removing stuff that’s cluttering up your life and adding things that make your house a home.
Your house is not a showroom. It’s a very personal, living space. It’s where you are raising children, cooking meals, making a marriage work, making dreams come true. It’s the most important place you spend your time, second only to your place of worship. Don’t be afraid to make it your own. Don’t worry about decorating rules. Surround yourself with the things you love—things that inspire you to be a better mom, wife, chef, photographer, listener, nurse, lover…………
All of life is art. Embrace it with full abandon.
Here are 10 ways to add beautiful, meaningful art to your home:
1. Make a gallery wall, full of your favorite pieces
2. Print some oversize photos and mount to foam board.
3. Frame meaningful prints.
4. Frame children’s art work. (see the chicken above!)
5. Shop thrift stores for oil paintings.
6. Paint an abstract painting yourself.
7. Tape posters to the wall using duct or washi tape.
8. Group like things together in collections.
9. Take everything out of the room for awhile and let the room breathe.
10. When you put things back into your spaces, edit them so that it only contains things you love.
Challenge Day 22: Take a walk through your home and ask yourself, “What is the unspoken message my home sends?” Consider following in the footsteps of our dear friend, Myquillin, and pick one room to completely clear the surfaces. Take everything off of every horizontal surface and leave it that way for 24 hours and see how that feels. Once you’ve experienced a whole day of clutter free living, take some time to put back only the things you love. Take before and after photos and share on Instagram or Facebook, using the hashtag #31dayslessmore.
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Be sure to check out Ruth’s corresponding post, Less Surface Clutter.
Today in celebration of art, we’re giving away a copy of some great new music by Reeve Coobs – singer, songwriter, and artist. Reeve’s new album What Love is All About officially releases this week and you can win a copy simply by leaving a comment. Giveaway closes at midnight. Here’s a little sampling of her beautiful voice!