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I originally posted this on SAS Interiors “Creating a Meaningful Home” series that she is running this summer.  You can check out what over 27+ other bloggers had to say about creating a meaningful home as well.  I am loving this series and it really made me think about why I decorate the way I do.  This whole concept is something I am very passionate about.  I want my home to be more than a pretty place.  I want it to be a haven for my family, an open door for friends and a place of warmth and love for all who enter.  Here are some of the principles that I think about when I decorate.

1.  Decorate your Values

I want my home to be surrounded by the values I hold, and to remind myself when I a tempted to forget them.

The first thing I do when I wake up is enter my bathroom to get ready for the day.  My DIY Jewelry cabinet with a bible verse on it greets me.  While it was made to be functional and house all of my jewelry I knew it would be a way to inject my value system into my décor.

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During the patriotic holidays I love bringing out this little piece I created to remind me of the amazing privilege I have to live in a free land.  Again, it is a value I hold in my heart and a way I choose to remind myself of that.

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2.  Decorate your History

My husband and I have been married 15 years in August.  It is so fun to reminisce of the places we have been, the crazy things we’ve done and the love we’ve shared over the years.

In my master bedroom I have created this $9 mini gallery wall of some of the fun moments in our lives together.  It is a small reminder of our history together and my kids love to see mommy and daddy younger.

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In 15 years together you live a lot of life, and in our case, move a lot.  I created this subway art with all of our addresses out of an old sign I found curbside.  It is one of my favorite art pieces in my home and perfect for our master bedroom walls.

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3.  Decorate your Goals

One of my goals for 2013 was to instill creativity into my kiddos.  I have put a bunch of things into place to make that happen.  When designing my dream craft studio I made sure to think about this goal when decorating.  So I built a large craft table that not only works for my job but also doubles as a space where we have dedicated family craft time.  On the other side of the table stores all my kids craft supplies.  Unlike my last studio, my kids are free to come into this space whenever they want to create.

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Also to keep this goal as a constant reminder I have a collage picture hanging up in my studio of some of the creative adventures with my kiddos.  It helps remind me to stay focused on this goal.

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4.  Think about Others

I have been in circles where women talk about how they hate having other kids over because of the mess it creates and the things that are bound to break.  While I know that happens almost all the time I also believe that I can’t take any of this stuff with me when I die. I think opening the doors of our home to people other than family is so important.  My husband and I have worked hard to have our home be the place in the neighborhood where the kiddos want to come. Whether that is offering the kids a snack or letting them jump on our trampoline our house is always a constant place of chaos with kids coming in and out of our doors all day long.  While that oftentimes creates extra work for our family, the investment into the lives of others is important to us.  I want people to know that they are always welcome in my house which is probably why my guest room is the prettiest room in my home.

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Click here to see stenciled, upholstered headboard, painted striped curtains, board & batten wall and coral lamp makeover.

I just opened up my home to throw a bird & branches baby shower for my friend.  It was the first time my studio had gotten used and it was such a blessing to me to share my home with others in that way.

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If I have any piece of encouragement for you when it comes to decorating I would say to make sure it is meaningful to you and those that live in it.  And then I would encourage you to share that meaning with others.

I would love to hear how you create a meaningful home.

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14 Comments

  1. You have some really super ideas Beckie! I love the verse that greets you every morning–something more of us should remember. I also like the subway art with the addresses of where you have lived. With kids we have moved every 2 1/2 years and are now celebrating our 3 plus years in one home (4 plus in the same city). We hope to stay put but realize God has plans that we are not aware of–which is what led us here from our dream home and 64 acres in VA. He knows best and we couldn’t be more pleased with where we “landed”. I use photos of my girls to create our home. I also do alot of the sewing for our home and we have done alot of DIY’ing. Putting our heart and soul into the house to make it OUR home is what makes it meaningful to us. And the girls see what mom and dad did together to make it special for the four of us 🙂

  2. Thanks for validating my response to your lovely post–I can tend to get off track!!! Your response made me smile–big 🙂

  3. Love these ideas! I actually wrote a post for another blog where I wrote about decorating around your family values, which included my family gallery wall and our family photo frame made with fence boards and and an old window. It’s important our kids see us reinforcing what we say!

    Hope to meet you at Haven, Beckie1

  4. I love this post Beckie, and try to create an home with the future in mind. I want our kids to grow up in a home that they felt safe, and loved in. For their friends to be welcome, and the focus to be having fun and not making it “perfect”. If something gets broken or stained it’s not the end of the world, I can probably fix it. Thank you for such great words of wisdom and inspiration today 🙂

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

  5. Hey Beckie, i’m just discovering your blog via pinterest. I am 100% on board with having scripture up where i can see it as I’m in the trenches with my precious but crazy 5 children ages 6 and under. I am wanting to do a scripture wall in my family room–i am unfortunately not crafty and cant make/paint well…so I was wondering if you have any recommendations of a place/website that i could have scripture typed out in all sizes and colors and then i can just peel and stick them the wall. thanks so much!

  6. Yes! Check out Say It On the Wall. Laura has created designs for me in the past and actually sells vinyl for some of my projects. You can see what she has or even create your own. Hope this helps, and I am so glad you found my site. 🙂

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