I recently heard someone say that “decorating their home was the most selfish thing they’d ever done”.
If that’s the case then I’m inclined to believe that this brand of selfishness aught to be practiced by more people.
Decorating your house? Let your inner child be spoiled (for a bit) because, after all, if your not decorating to please yourself (and those immediately occupying the home) then you’ve missed the point completely.
Who else would you be decorating for, if not for yourself? Certainly not your nosy neighbor whose taste you don’t share but whose tongue you might fear. Definitely not your In-laws; for while their visits can be stress producing the last thing you want is to be reminded of them at every turn in your newly decorating home. Work friends? No. The chair of the PTA? Not a chance.
The point of decorating your home is to capture a small bit of who you are as an individual and spread that throughout your home as evidence that you not only live there…but that you’re worthy celebrating.
The most successfully decorated homes I’ve been to are those that perfectly reflect the thoughts, ideas and passions of their owner.
Take this image from the cover of the May 1980 edition of Architectural Digest. It’s the home of designer Bruce Gregga and it captures, in one vignette, the precise, creative and exuberant personality of it’s owner. Each item takes on a sculptural quality as displayed against a stark, contemporary background and items are loosely grouped to avoid the feeling of a museum. Items relate to each other almost casually, which seems to further reflect the owner, the climate (relaxed Southern California) and a general way of life to be found within the home’s four walls.
Look around your home and see what looks and feels like you. My suggestion today is that anything that rings ‘false’ (not like you or your family) really has no place in your home. Not if you’re decorating to please the most important person in your house; you!