Our challenge this week for the Make Your Home a Haven series at The Homespun Heart was to add beauty to our homes. This was quite simple as I had just returned from Trader Joe's with two beautiful and inexpensive bouquets of spring flowers.
I had also just put out some of my spring decor:
I got to thinking about what truly makes a home beautiful. My definition of beauty is probably very different from yours.There are so many TV shows, magazines and blogs dedicated to "beautiful homes." Don't get me wrong - I watch them and read them in search of inspiration but I do not let them define what makes my home beautiful. You see, by modern standards, my home is incredibly small for 6 people. I am okay with that. Our furniture is old and quite worn out from the abuse of four children and many pets through the years. I am okay with that. The things I use to decorate with are very inexpensive. I am okay with that. Our house is lived in . . . it is quite used. I am okay with that. So, when thinking about the beauty in our home, I decided carry my camera thoughout the day to capture what I see as beauiful. You may or may not agree, but I am okay with that :)
My children had the day off and they built a fort, played with their dolls and made crafts in the living room. Do not get me wrong - I shudder when they start to pull everything out at once but they had FUN today. They barely argued for several hours and I was able to happily cook and bake for them. That is beauty in my home.
Later in the morning, we went out to play and enjoy the beautiful weather. I found my 3 year old proudly picking flowers . . . in her pink cowboy boots. That is beauty in my home.
The beds were made today. The rest of the room may have been messy but there is something about a made bed that makes things right. (And I am sure some will notice that the bedspread does not coordinate with the wall colors. I am okay with that.) That is beauty in my home.
When someone shows appreciation for something I did for them like making some yummy granola . That is beauty in my home.
Homemade birdfeeeders. That is beauty in my home.
Don't forget to join Heavenly Homemakers every Tuesday for Gratituesday and count your blessings!