By Rebecca Lunn
As a busy working professional, having a tranquil home to come back to at the end of the day helps to keep me grounded. Home should be a safe place to let your guard down – a place where it is easy to be yourself and relax. Minimal clutter, calming hues, and the people I love create a tranquil environment in my home.
From an early age, I have had a passion for home décor, interior design, and organizing. After buying our first home three years ago, I have dreamed up many home projects, which my loving husband helps me execute. Design is an energizing passion for me, so I make time for it even amid a busy season at work. While I might not have time to execute that DIY project right away, even 30 minutes in the Home Depot during my lunch break can inspire and energize me for that next project.
Here are few suggestions to keep in mind when creating joyful spaces in your home:
1. Beware of comparisons. In the age of social media, it is all too easy to see what someone else is doing in their home and desire that for yourself. It’s fine to be inspired by the design of others, but sometimes this leads to decisions that are outside your budget or don’t reflect your family. Making your house a home will be stressful if you purchase fixtures or finishes outside your means. I love this line I heard recently: “Don’t buy things you don’t need with money you don’t have to impress people you don’t know.” If you are second-guessing your decisions, it may be because you are trying to please or impress too many people. Design is simplified when you focus on creating a beautiful, functional space for the people who actually live in your home.
2. Embrace your limitations. It’s easy to get discouraged when you are looking through Pinterest for inspiration for your next project. Often the spaces featured are not something that young budgets can handle, or they might be designed for a much larger or more expensive space than you have. Perhaps you are renting and you’re limited in what you can do. Embrace the limitations and think outside the box. Creating a faux backsplash with paint or removable wallpaper can refresh your kitchen without the big dollar signs. A new light fixture can do wonders to brighten a space without the damaging impact to your bank account. Similar to many areas in life, limitations in design can often lead to creative and unique solutions.
3. Focus on the spaces you will spend the most time in. While many focus on the common areas of their home first, spaces like the master bedroom are often neglected. As someone who works outside the home, my bedroom is the place I spend the most time. Who wants to go to sleep every day in a space that doesn’t create joy or calm in their life?! Not me! Focus on the areas you live in the most, first.
4. Have at least one “happy place” in your home. This is a place you can go at the end of a long day at work to decompress and focus on what is important in life. For me, this is the hammock swing on my front porch, where you can often find me reading my Bible or a fun novel after work.
5. Share your imperfections. Taking a line from the blog Nesting Place, “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” A home is always evolving and changing, so don’t wait until it is “perfect” to share it with others. While a home is meant to be a safe haven for your family, it is also meant to be a place of hospitality. Sometimes we feel like our home should be perfect before we have guests, but think about your own experience. When you are the guest, do you feel more comfortable in a pristine home or one where there is evidence of life? Don’t let that unpainted room or half-finished project keep you from enjoying and sharing your home right now!
Rebecca is an accountant specializing in financial and compliance auditing for non-profits. On evenings and weekends you can find her spending time with her family and friends, serving at her church, reading, or dreaming up her next home decorating project.
Featured Image by Ivorymix.