Welcome to Wide Open Wednesday! This – and every – Wednesday, I will write about something that is interesting to me outside the kitchen. I may share an article, a quote, a question, an experience, a highlight, a low moment or whatever else inspires me to put fingers-to-keyboard. It’s pretty much wide open.
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Seriously, why is home decorating so hard for me?
I mean, I think I’ve got a decent esthetic sense. I am somewhat crafty. I’ve handmade some attractive cards over the years.
I can dress myself cutely most days. But somehow when it comes to putting together lamps and blinds and rugs, I’m befuddled. I just can’t pull it off.
When I was in high school, I would occasionally ask my dad for his opinion on some part of my outfit. Did this jacket look OK?
He would always say he didn’t know.
“How can you not know?” I would ask, frustrated.
“There’s no way I can pinpoint whether your earrings match your outfit or your shoes are right,” he would reply. “I just have a vague sense that someone looks nice or not. That’s the best I can do.”
That’s how I feel about home decorating. I can admire a friend’s home and can see that something looks uber-adorable in a magazine but I can’t figure out how to translate that into making my particular living room stylish, comfortable, original and on-trend.
One common piece of home decorating advice is to decorate with things you love. “Just find things you love and put them together.”
Can I decorate with chocolate and photos of Tour? I love those things.
One thing that I love that I may reasonably be able to decorate with is artwork made by my family and friends. Every picture and photograph we have in the house was created by someone in our families.
There’s a great photo of snowy Colorado taken by Matt’s brother, Dave, during a visit. We have watercolors painted by my grandfather and Matt’s dad. Matt’s mother quilted us a wall hanging that incorporated handwritten messages from everyone who attended our wedding. I’ve got a darling framed trio of animals sketched by my nephew when he was seven. I’m admire them l each time I look at them.
There’s something very cool about having things created by people you love. Basic images are infused with emotion, making them extra beautiful.
Now, if I could just find someone to make me a lamp, that would be perfect.
In the mean time, I wanted to share a few pictures that my sister Lauren took during our trip last weekend that seem special to me because they remind me of our time together. I’m thinking I might frame a few of these.