Home making is serious business. We are wives, we are mothers we bring home the low fat, low calorie turkey bacon and cook it to perfection in our microwave crisper. Ain’t nobody gonna tell us that Cometing the shower isn’t a sacred act because it is. We have purpose, we have passion, we have 10 episodes of The Middle recorded and no time to watch them.
Our home is our office, our haven, our ministry, our base camp, and anyone entering can tell. But sometimes, something is missing in our home decor.
Does your home reflect the fun, the quirky, the “I did it just because I liked it and it works for me and I don’t care if you think it’s wrong”? Because dressing your home is one of the few places where you can break any rule and do whatever you want. Making your home beautiful for your family is NOT something to stress over.
Do you allow your home to reflect the fun in your life?
You will think my ideas for funning up the house are lame because you are not me. And others might think your fun things are lame, but that’s the beauty of making your home lighthearted and fun, you get to do what is fun to you and your family. So think of that thing you’ve always wanted to do in your home but thought your mother in law would laugh–got it yet? Now, go do that thing.
I put plastic lights in a lantern, my kids think it’s cool
Maybe for your family, it means proudly displaying the huge animal heads that your husband brought home from Africa, right Lysa?
you can buy these birds at Target
Maybe it means painting your chandelier your favorite shade of blue and not caring that you didn’t use HGTV approved and certified chandelier paint. One hour, one entirely too small kid’s paint brush, one fun chandelier. I have no idea if my mother-in-law likes it. If she does, I might change it because that would mean it’s not fun enough.
Maybe it means letting surfboards live in the family room, or framing and displaying to kooky imperfect family photo instead of the stiff posed one.
How does your home to show off your fun side?Leave a Comment
deb @ talk at the table says
I suppose I only used the front of the refrigerator like everyone else for the fun side of decorating. Of course the new one is stainless and clear of anything. I think you are absolutely right, and I need to do this.
I’m letting my kids redo the basement, so it’s a start right. They’re painting furniture, choosing pics to frame, and showing more whimsy than I ever could . I’m trying to be brave. And my MIL would totally approve -it’s me that’s the chicken.
My MIL doesn’t like my curtains. I said to bad they’re mine and in my room. I love the color and that’s all that matters. I need to make time to do more of this. Thanks for the reminder.
The Nester says
I LOVE mother in laws–mine is probably one of the best in the world and she has never said anything about my decorating other than positive things. But, for most people, unless you aspire to have your home look just like hers, it’s probably a compliment that she doesn’t like your curtains! Keep up the good work.
Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home says
Yay for fun! I’m known for my quirky color combos and polka dots. 😉
I’m known for my love of stuffed animals (not the taxidermy kind!) and Build a Bear is one of my favorite places to go so on the back of my couch there is a lot of them, all wearing their finery 🙂
Yes I do! I do what I want to do just because 🙂 I had my kids put their handprints down the hall wall, in brown paint for mother’s day of 2009 just because I thought, you know, their handprints are there anyway, why not make that a “border” down the hall! I stenciled a bible verse on my living room wall. I do things because I want to. I plan to paint a silhouette tree and a few birds on one wall eventually. I don’t care if anyone else likes it. It’s my home 🙂
“kooky imperfect family photo instead of the stiff posed one”
My favorite kind!! Mwah.
Holley Gerth says
Know what would be most fun in my home? YOU! Get on out here, girl! (:
Well, there’s a few of the stuffed deer heads hanging around and fish. There is a wall where we hang odd stuff that we find on our walks. My cabinets are painted with sunflowers. We live in a log house, so to break up all the wood, the kids got a wall to paint however they wanted. One is all red and then red trim all around the room. The other is green with a huge black tree covering 2 walls. My dear mil thought we were crazy. But we have fun!
I think my house is pretty fun, but now you are making me want to make it wacky fun! 🙂 I should ask my boys what they would want to change around here… unless it means painting the ceiling… I draw the line at my arms falling off from the work of it all. Boy would that take the fun out of it!
Kristen@Moms Sharpening Moms says
Here in these parts we have surfboards for dining room tables! 🙂
Nester, I just love love love the way you teach kid friendly decorating that centers on what works for the reader’s own family in the most affordable way. You da bomb diggedy, girl.
And I love the goofy pictures more than stiff ones, too!
Have a beautiful day!
Niki Turner says
Love this. I painted my kitchen/dining room/office five different colors a couple years ago, and I love it. Different sections are difference colors, from pear green to grape purple, to lemon yellow, tropical blue, and a lovely raspberry red.
As for mothers-in-law. Mine is so much fun I’ve spent 20 years trying to become as free as she is decorating!
We have a HUGE photo of a mariachi musician above our fireplace…just because we love him. Guests always ask if he is a relative and although we feel like he is because he has lived with us for 6 years, we have no idea who the guy is!