The beginning of the year can be a great time to not only clean and organize your living space, but make it an enjoyable place to be in. From adding a new piece of art to rearranging the furniture, changing up a room can often give us a new perspective. New York Times bestselling author Melissa Michaels believes our homes should be a comfortable haven with rooms and spaces we enjoy being in. In Simple Decorating,Michaels shares that tapping into your creativity is a creative opportunity to make the most of what you have and love.
Michaels shares her perspective on decorating your home.
“Your style should be ever evolving as you grow and your taste is refined. Your home shold not be a static snapshot of the person you were at one point in time. Each effort you make to improve your surroundings is a valuable one. Make the time to enjoy and fully live in the spaces you create with a sense of gratitude for what you already have.”
Michaels shares 300 no-fuss tips to unleash creative ideas, and mix and match elements for your dream home including:
Signature Style-Boldly design a style that reflects you and your family’s unique personality. Change your style on a budget and try something unexpected.
Memorable Mood-The secret to creating a beautiful space is knowing how to evoke a feeling. Draw inspiration from your favorite places. Set the mood for your senses. Take cues from the season.
Creative Concealments-Direct the eye with focal points. Select décor-friendly storage solutions. Hide distractions with everyday concealers. Embellish your furniture.
Touchable Textures-Create an inviting experience with a variety of touchable materials, accessories, and points of interest. Transform a space with pillows and throws.
Artful Accessories- The most interesting rooms tell fascinating tales. Collect 7 simple décor accessories. Create sentimental art. Decorate with natural elements.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles.” Acts 2:42-43
Host a function. After you spruce up your space, have your friends, family or small group over for a party or meal. It can be a fun way to show off your work. It might even be hosting something for someone that might not have the space at their home like a baby shower, birthday dinner or wedding engagement. It could be just having the small group Bible study over for game night and ice cream. Take time and share what God is doing in your life and even take time to pray with one another.
Give back. God wants us to be good stewards of our resources. Renovating your home doesn’t mean you have to go out and break the bank either. Get a group of friends together and trade décor. It can also be an incentive to go through any items you no longer need or use and give them to someone else that can use them. As you renovate, donate any unwanted items to a local thrift store. It can be a great time to go through your closets and declutter clothing and other items you no longer need. You can also score great home décor items at your local thrift store, many of which support a local ministry or organization. With a little inspiration, you can sometimes create a masterpiece out of a treasure found at a thrift store and save quite a bit of money as compared to if you purchased it brand new.
Set a goal. As you think about renovating a room, pray about the purpose for that room. Maybe you want to have a dining area where family and friends gather to share about what is going on. It could be you want a living room where your children and their friends can gather together. It might be having a space where you can have your quiet time with God. Pray and ask God to direct your plan for that space.
We were given a copy of Simple Decorating by Pure Publicity. All of our thoughts and opinions are our own.
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