Are you a new wife with a new life? Hey, me too! Although this time in our lives is fun, it comes with its unique set of challenges. If you struggle (like I did and still do sometimes) with figuring out your decorating style, this mini-series is for you! It’s my mission to help you thrive in your womanhood the Bible way, and a big part of that is learning how to be a homemaker.
Well, high school and college FLEW by didn’t they? And next thing I knew, I was married and living as the new queen of our single-wide trailer with a hole in the laundry room…er, hallway…floor. I was not working at the time, so I embraced the full-time responsibility of making that trailer a haven for my handsome guy to come home to. And let me tell you…it was SO FUN!
Once our possessions were either stored or unpacked (meaning, removed from their boxes), then came the work…figuring out where to put it all! It was then that I discovered the first thing in a series about my “style.”
Anybody else? I mean, I don’t mind a few things sitting around. But I found that even if the item I set on my shelf was attractive, if it wasn’t serving a purpose, I threw it in the Good-will box. Or the trash. There is something therapeutic about having the freedom to throw stuff away. But generally if I thought someone could use it, I gave it to Goodwill. Generally.
And you know what? After doing a little research (okay, scrolling through Pinterest) I discovered that my dislike for clutter is actually a good thing. Experts say that less is more! And I also found that many of them said if what you use to decorate with also serves a PURPOSE (gasp!) you love your house even more.
So if you’re a new wife with a new life and you’re on a mission to define your style, look around. (My own eyes are glancing furtively around my living room looking for something I can throw…I mean give… away.) Does what you’re decorating with also serve a purpose in your home?
Let me give you a few quick examples. In my living room, an upright piano my husband restored for me stands against the wall. Perfect for decorating! Now think. What do you do in the living room? Well, a lot of things—watch TV, host and entertain guests, eat dinner sometimes, play games, work out, etc.—but mostly you live. That’s why it’s called a living room.
I wanted to use the space on top of my piano to accessorize or compliment what we use our living room for. A bunch of useless knick knacks would not do the trick for our family.
So, I included a clear glass pitcher filled with fluffy faux flowers (say that three times fast, I dare you), in front of large, white cardboard letters that spell HEY. Sometimes in a pinch I have to take the flowers out and use the vase for sweet tea when we have company, but it most of the time it just sits there.
Now you may be thinking…Um. Those sound like useless knick knacks to me.
While I may not use each of those items consistently, they still serve a purpose. Here’s how.
STYLE TIP: Every room in your home should have a touch of something organic in order to give it a natural and warm aura. (I have always wanted to use aura in a sentence! Yay! Okay, mission accomplished, happy dance over.) So, in other words, adding a leafy wreath, a vase of flowers, or even fabric with a floral print can help to give a space that “homey” feel.
I chose to use a clear glass pitcher 1). Because the see-through element helps it not feel as bulky and hence less “cluttered” and 2) because it fits the small farmhouse-vibe I have going on in the rest of our home. (More on continuing a theme throughout your home in another blog post 😉 )
I chose to use the large white “HEY” to shout out a warm welcome to all the guests who enter our home. Plus I have always had a thing for typography. 😉 Another cool thing about these letters is I can move them around our home. They used to be hanging above our door with command strips. If your decorations are versatile AND purposeful, you have yourself a win-win.
The other side of the piano holds a grouping of three: a lamp, a small clock, and a diffuser.
Each of these things has an obvious use, so the task here was simple (or extra fun, depending on how you view a decorating challenge): find useful things that are also aesthetically pleasing to you and those living in your home. I chose a navy blue lamp with a patterned shade from Kohls,
a black retro clock from Ikea,
and light purple diffuser from Doterra.
If I had it to do over again, I would try to find a diffuser that was either white or wood-grained, but this one works for now.
So, there you have it. My first discovery on the journey to defining my decorating:
Cut down on meaningless clutter by making sure your decorations are also purposeful.
All righty, pals, that’s it for now! Stay tuned for the next post in this mini-series on homemaking as a new wife with a new life!