Oh how I love this topic! Inspired Rooms! I named my business and blog “The Inspired Room” for a reason! Actually, several reasons. I’m not a decorator at heart. Yes, I am technically a “decorator” and yes it is something I love! But I don’t usually decorate to decorate, if you catch what I am trying to say. There is a distinction in my mind between simply decorating a room and being inspired to create a beautiful home.
I read the definition of Inspiration yesterday on Cre8tiva’s new blog and thought it was worth sharing:
Definition from Bartleby.com, The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
1. a. Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.
b. The condition of being so stimulated.
2. An agency, such as a person or work of art, that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention.
3. Something, such as a sudden creative act or idea, that is inspired.
4. The quality of inspiring or exalting.
5. Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind.
I love all of those definitions!
As you may know, my motto begins this way: “When life inspires your home…” (see sidebar for complete quote). While I appreciate beautiful things, beauty alone is not the main consideration I have in deciding what to put into a home. From my perspective having a house full of beautiful things without significance, meaning or at least a story behind them is having a house void of its soul. Beautiful, yes! Shallow, absolutely. Having an “inspired room” rather than a “decorated room” feels altogether more romantic, intriguing and thought-provoking!
One of the ways I encourage having an “inspired room” rather than simply a “decorated room” is by using items in your home that have significance or memories attached to them. Objects that can become portals to your memories and tug at your heart strings! While I know many people want to wipe the slate clean and decorate from scratch (in a different style from their parents or to erase a less than happy past), I still encourage people to consider ways to incorporate things of meaning into a new décor. Perhaps decorate with things you actually use in day to day living! Books are a great example of that, assuming you read them or look at them now and then!
Your everyday life will be greatly enriched if you have a sense of connection to what is in your home. It is far better to go slowly with your decor than it is to rush through it with wild abandon in an effort to complete it. Inspired rooms require patience. Inspired rooms require layers that you cannot create at whim. Life must inspire your home and life doesn’t happen in one day. Inspired rooms are never “finished.”
Now, just to clarify, I think it is entirely possible to go overboard on the “inspiration” and forget the importance of beauty and appropriateness! I personally like to interpret my inspiration with something beautiful or at least decent looking! It is possible to take something rather ordinary that has a beautiful story or memory behind it and turn it in to a something lovely! It is the overall feeling of a room you are going for rather than each item standing out as a masterpiece. Balance is really a key factor here. Too much of anything can be nauseating.
You want a room that says “You are home and LIFE is BEAUTIFUL here.” Inspired rooms are subtle but magical. Inspired rooms are not only for rich people or style snobs, but for everyone who wants to love being in their home. Inspired rooms are for people who want to live authentically. I think LIVING is the exciting part, that is the key! Inspired living should be the focus. The home is just where our life spills over into visible form. The more you focus on living an “inspired life,” the more beautiful and wonderful your home will become. It won’t be able to help itself, beauty will radiate from within!
Ok, I’m going to move on to ask for READER PARTICIPATION on a specific dilemma! Yep, most of the time I let you slip in and out with nary a peep if you feel like it. But now and again I like playing my PARTICIPATION REQUIRED game. Ah, yes, it has been awhile since we played that game! Today I hope some of you will have some ideas to share with two of the sweetest bloggers out there.
Blogger Jenn of The Bowerbird’s Nest emailed me a photo of her sweet teenage daughter Jacqui’s baby shoes and said she wanted to use those in some way in her home. But how? Jenn and Jacqui have great taste. They are a mother and daughter from Australia who delight us with tales from their daily life and are wonderful examples of women who understand “inspired living.”
So, how do we incorporate these adorable baby shoes into their home? These shoes are meaningful to Jenn and they bring her such happy memories when she sees them. I immediately thought of a shadowbox (The Container Store sells one) but thought maybe some of you super creative gals would have some other suggestions for her to showcase these sweet reminders of days gone by.
If you don’t have an idea for the shoes, you are not off the hook! Tell me ways YOU create Inspired Rooms in your home! Here are a couple of my favorite ideas: I bring home drawings and paintings from vacations for my walls, I frame poems and quotes, I display books I love and family antiques.
Now it’s your turn to share!
Related topic: How to Create An Authentic Home
Top Photo: Better Homes & Gardens online
Middle Photo: Architectural Digest: Something’s Gotta Give set
Bottom Photo: Copyright The Bowerbird’s Nest, used by permission