Making Our Homes Our Sanctuaries: Kids' Art~

As I have been sharing ways to make our homes our sanctuaries, I have talked numerous times about my belief that our homes should be meaningful.  One of the most personal and meaningful additions to any home is the art that is chosen to adorn its walls.

Fostering creativity in my children is incredibly important to me.  
And honoring their creativity is just as important.   So when I am choosing art for my home, I always make it a point to find a way to display my children's artwork.

In my previous home, I made a formal gallery wall featuring a few of my favorite pieces.

Currently, I'm displaying some of the kids' favorite pieces of their work on the bulletin board in the kitchen.

Making a place to display your family's artistic endeavors within the walls of your home is a wonderful way to cultivate creativity, to show your family you are proud of them, and to help in the creation of your home-sanctuary.

I'd love to know how you incorporate your family's art into your decor.  Feel free to share in the comments.




Making Our Homes Our Sanctuaries: De-cluttering~

Hello Lovelies!

During my last post on making our homes our sanctuaries, I promised that I would be back with practical ideas for creating the feeling of relaxation and sanctuary within our homes.  So today I'm going to talk about one of the best ways to accomplish this...de-cluttering.

Take a moment and think about places you have been that have given you feelings of serenity and peace.  I bet the places that come to mind are all places that are clean and organized.  Clutter free spaces help to keep anxiety at bay.

A place for everything and everything in its place. 

I find it difficult to relax if there are messes or clutter around me.  I admit that this is not the case for everybody, but the majority of people feel calmer in clean, organized spaces.

So let's talk about de-cluttering.  

There are endless articles and posts on organizing and de-cluttering.  So rather than give step by step plans for "how" to do it.  I want to share two quotes that I personally use as guiding principles for what to keep and what to get rid of.

Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
- William Morris

Be a ruthless editor of what you allow into your home.  Ask  yourselves, " What does this object mean to me?"
-Nate Berkus

Using the criteria that things should be useful, beautiful or meaningful as reasons to keep them allows for memorabilia, collections, and other possessions (that might otherwise be considered clutter) to remain.

For example, my youngest son loves rocks.  LOVES them!  He has a very large collection of  rocks that he thinks are amazing.  If I were just getting rid of clutter, I'd likely throw them out.  But since he thinks they are beautiful and since they are important to him, they stay.  And the fact that his beloved rock collection is housed in his bedroom, helps to make his bedroom a place that he loves to be - a sanctuary.
A few of my son's favorite rocks

See how that works?

We rid our homes of clutter by getting rid of things that aren't important, aren't attractive, or have no meaning.  In exchange, we hold on to things that have meaning to us, that we think are beautiful, or that we use.  Our homes become places where all of the things we love and find important are kept...which makes our homes even more special to us.

Interesting how that works.  Am I right?

I LOVE books...most of these are decorating books...they make me happy!

So my challenge to you this week is to start de-cluttering using your own personal criteria...feel free to use my criteria if you want!  I bet you'll love the results!



Making Our Homes Our Sanctuaries: Gratitude~

After my last post about making our homes our sanctuaries, I got to thinking even further, and before I begin posting about the practical ways we can make our homes into places of refuge from the outside world, I wanted to talk about one more way that our attitudes toward our homes can help to create a feeling of sanctuary.

We can have...

It's so easy in today's social media culture, to compare ourselves to others.
We are surrounded on a daily basis with beautiful images on Instagram, on Pinterest, on Facebook.
And even though logically we know that no one's home is picture perfect all the time, it can be difficult to remember that when we are looking at photo after photo of gorgeousness.

Read more after the break...


Making Our Homes Our Sanctuaries~

I talk a lot about my belief that our homes should be sanctuaries.  I profess my belief that they should be places where we feel safe and protected and at ease from the worries and stress of life.
I have shared numerous times my feelings about how our homes should be places that make us feel happy, welcome and content.

That's all well and good.  But how do we apply those ideas?  What is a practical approach to making our homes into sanctuaries, safe havens and places of contentment?

That's what I want to talk about today.

Read more after the break...