It goes without saying that we live in a world that no matter what you do someone is going to have a negative opinion about it. I’d be lying if I said when the negativity is directed my way it doesn’t affect me a little. I’m also old enough that it doesn’t bother me for too long either. In fact it seems like I’m driven to always turn the negative into a positive.
I’ve been blogging about interior design for a long time. I feel lucky that design is my passion and that the actual design community is pretty incredible. The women and men are kind, uplifting and generous in sharing their talents with others. But as with anything there are always those people waiting in the wings to point out the negative.
Brooke from Nesting with Grace is a favorite blogger of mine. She and I share a very similar outlook on design. I believe her motto is doing it better than before. I so agree with this! Honestly I enjoy the journey of making my house better than the actual finished project. I’m always looking for a way to make our house work better and look prettier than it was before.
Last week Brooke shared a post about her girlfriend’s pantry makeover and someone commented something about it being a lot of work and a waste of time. The comment made me frustrated and honestly a little sad.
Design matters. Your home tells your story. Your home should be the place you feel safe and comfortable. The time you put into it will always make you happy. The changes you make to your house don’t have to cost thousands or even hundreds. I find joy in the flowers I pick on the side of the road that I put on my dining room table.
(My dining room table. Flowers from our backyard. A plain white cake sprinkled with berries. The small touches are always appreciated by my family and our guest.)
Look outside of the box when decorating your house. As much as we’re told there are rules there are no rules. It’s your house & you can do anything you want to do. Why not display your favorite pottery collection in your purple closet, especially if it makes you smile every time you walk into your space?
For me organization probably makes me happier than most people. When I can’t find what I’m looking for it drives me nuts. I don’t like wasting my time. My thoughts are why not spend a few hours making your spice drawer organized and looking pretty. It beats spending an extra few minutes every time you cook looking for the spice you need as you stare at a bunch of mismatched containers that have no rhyme or reason.
I like these spice jars. I also don’t put stickers on my spice jars. I like to use a chalkboard pen and just write what the spice is. The stickers always end up getting messed up so this is just easier and simpler.
One of my favorite places to make my space feel more personal is my home office. In my section of our shared office I have lots of trinkets that are special to me. Plants, crystals, oil diffuser, rocks and photos of my family. Being surrounded by items I love and that are pretty makes it a little easier to get through whatever work I’m putting off.
(The office I share with my husband)
The linen closet is also a great place to do something outside the box or something you’ve been hesitant to do in an actual room. Afraid of the commitment of wallpaper? Try it out in your closet. I promise you it will make you smile. I also guarantee that when a guest opens it they will smile and or laugh. I notice it’s always the little things that I do in my house that my guest talk about the most. Organizing your closets also helps you not over buy, helps you keep track of what you have and what you might need. That pretty closet will save you time and money.
Do you have a lot of jewelry? Why not organize them in a pretty collection of tea cups in your drawer? I keep all mine in my top drawer in acrylic organizers and my pieces are always easy to find and makes getting ready quick in the morning. You can also display your pieces on top of your dresser so not only are they jewelry but decoration for your room.
(My jewelry is stored in the top drawer of my dresser. If you look closely the drawer is also lined in pretty black and white wrapping paper.)
To me one of my favorite places to decorate is my laundry rooms. I’ve lived in a lot of house and many of my laundry rooms were in an unfinished basement. It is not fun doing a crappy task in an ugly room. Laundry will never be fun but I feel like I’m winning at life when I finish that crappy task in an organized and pretty space.
Here’s a link to my favorite purchase for my laundry room!!
My takeaway is don’t let people crap on your joy. Don’t be that person who views someone’s extra effort as stupid and a waste of time. Think before you speak. What you put out in the universe comes back to you. Look for the good and always seek the joy! xo
Oh & if you have the opportunity to put a chandler in your pantry DO IT!
(Shot straight from my cellphone at 11:00 p.m. 2 minutes before publishing this post. #sorrynotsorry)
(I love water hyacinth wicker storage baskets for storage in the pantry)