I get asked to help people decorate a lot, which is humbling, because I am flying by the seat of my pants. I don't really follow any rules, and I do what I like and makes me happy...and what makes Marcus happy too, but he doesn't really care.
Hence the pink dining room.
So I thought I would share how I decorate. I am breaking this up into several posts, because I have had lots of conversation hearts this morning and I can't sit still for long!
Disclaimer: My opinions are not professional ones.
One of the most important things to me is for our home to represent our family.
I don't want it to look like a matchy furniture set in a showroom. And I don't want it to be untouchable, fancy, or like everyone elses home.
I hope that if you walked into our home you would get a sense of who we are and what is important to us.
In this picture you see a Bible verse.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you declares The Lord, Plans to prosper and not harm you, plans for hope and a future.
I always say that I am so glad to know that God has a plan, because I do not!
I also have my great grandmother's china displayed. It's over 100 years old. It's worth it to me to have it out, risking the possibility of breaking it. Thankfully, all of it has stayed in tact..even with a 2 year old.
And we use it occasionally too. I would use it more, but I have to wash it by hand. And I am a big fan of the dishwasher!
I would be so sad if something got broken, but it's not life or death. And it's important that things don't matter too much! They are just things.
We got these angel wings for our 12th anniversary.
They represent our baby that was due that month.
That was one of the saddest times of our life, but God is faithful, and we like to remember that.
And we have the promise of meeting that baby in heaven one day.
Sadly, I was due to have a baby this March 1st too. We need to get something to represent him or her also. Even though they are not here, they are apart of our family, and I don't want to forget them.
It makes me SO beyond thankful for Katie Belle.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
OK, Way to bring a room down Dina! Let's move on!
I have the kitchen table we used when I grew up.
Of course I painted it, because it was that 80's oak color.
That brings me to another point. Don't be afraid to paint antiques! If you think it will look better a different color, then paint it!
I also have my old high chair (painted) and my grandmother's flour sifter that the plant is sitting in. And Katie's cute hand print on a jar. All sentimental.
We have a little corner that represents our dogs.
They are Marcus's BFFs. My friend, Jennifer, painted those cute pictures.
Katie and Blue:
I risked our lives on the side of the highway to get that picture!
This picture shows our dog corner and then some family pictures on the right.
I have a wedding picture of my grandparents, parents and us.
And also, my parent's wedding cake topper.
Above the picture of my parents is a little nativity that I leave out all year long. Jesus is for the whole year, not just Christmas.
Here are some other crosses.
And I framed an article that was in The Dallas Morning News, about our last house.
This picture shows my husbands recliner :(
I don't really want that to represent me, but it represents the one I love, so that's ok. It's just practical for us. I don't want to even know what my couch would look like, if we didn't have that recliner.
So sometimes things have to be practical, and that's ok. You have to LIVE in your house, it's not a showroom.
But you can also see my giant cross painted by my friend, Ryane!
Our house is pretty kid friendly too.
This trunk holds crayons, markers and paper for Katie to get creative whenever hear heart desires.
And her kitchen is in my kitchen, so we can cook at the same time.
I don't want my house to look like a big toy room, but I want it to be a fun place for Katie to grow up!
So hopefully you hear my house is saying, "Hey, we love Jesus, make yourself comfortable, look how much we love our family and the things from the past. We have a 2 year old that we adore. Oh and did you notice we love color too?!"
What do you want your house to say?