I was talking with a friend about a compulsion she was having to decorate her home. She was expressing to me the fact that she thought she was being silly because she was struggling financially, and she felt that her home was probably the last place she should be spending money. And yet, she felt overwhelmingly drawn to decorate the space and to make it a true reflection of who she is.
This is a feeling that I know well, and I told her that her desire was not at all frivolous. I believe that our homes are more than just spaces to live. They are our safe places. They are our escapes from a world that can sometimes be too much. They are our lifeboats in the stormy seas that can sometimes be our lives. They are truly a haven where we can regroup, gather as a family, create a stronghold for our children, our spouses, and ourselves. And the desire to make these places beautiful and comfortable is a natural extension of their function as the one place that is totally unique to us in this world.
I believe the desire to create a beautiful home is innate. It is intrinsically tied to the nurturer in each of us. And for many of us, it is a means of self-expression. Last year I wrote a post where I talked about my obsessive need to redecorate and "my own desire for a beautiful home. And how that may be interpreted as materialism or discontent. But it isn't. It's my form of art." I shared a personal experience where I learned first hand of the therapeutic nature of creating a beautiful home.
Everything was put into sharp perspective for me when my husband was in a near fatal car accident [in the summer of 2010]. My job (which was a 6 year contract) also came to end at the same time. Here we were, in a precarious situation…with no income…living off what little retirement we had. There was absolutely no way in the world that I could go out and spend money on my home.And the combination of all those thoughts is my not-so-concise explanation of my decorating philosophy - that it is innate, that it is a way to nurture ourselves and our families, and that it is a form of self-expression. Now how does that translate to this blog?
And yet, I am a designer in my heart. It is my passion. It is my art. I felt an intense need, perhaps even moreso because of the tenuous nature of our situation, to create a home that was beautiful, comforting and nourishing to my soul. A place where my children were at home. The fact that I didn’t have any money to do that with was not a deterrent, it was a challenge. And so I set about arranging, and rearranging what we had. I learned that I didn’t have to purchase anything…good deal or not… to decorate a home. And I made a lovely home. And some people [may have thought that I was] spending money I didn’t have on decorating my home... And although I shouldn’t have needed to justify things, or explain that I hadn’t spent money on what I had done…I did justify it, I felt the need to vindicate myself... sometimes those of us with decorating in our blood are deemed to be materialistic and superficial. I don’t believe that is the case. It certainly wasn’t my intention during that time. It isn’t my intention now.
Well, my dear readers, since I finally took the time to dilineate my thoughts on decorating, I decided that I should make this blog an expression of how I feel. Because although I believe all these things about creating beautiful homes, I also realize that most of us do not have endless supplies of money to create the visions we may have for our spaces.
And so I decided that I was going to dedicate this blog to helping my readers find economical ways to make their homes beautiful. I'm calling this blogging philosophy LUXE FOR LESS. Because I do not believe that we need to spend a lot of money to create a beautiful home. And more than that, I believe that it is completely possible to create high end looks on low end budgets.
Here at The Shabby Nest I will dedicate myself to sharing how to achieve beautiful spaces realistically both in money and skill. I will share great decor deals...and tell you when it is okay to splurge a little (because, let's face it...it's not always possible to do everything on the cheap). I will continue to share DIYs and empower you to tackle all sorts of home decor projects to create spaces that are both beautiful and functional.
I hope to create an even stronger sense of community here and I hope that you will all continue to join me here at The Shabby Nest as we learn to make our houses our homes and explore my new LUXE FOR LESS philosophy.