Often when I’m supposed to be doing something more pressing, more legitimate (like work on my second novel!)–I go nutso and do a whole bunch of crazy home decorating projects all at once.
I figure it’s kinda like writing. Ideas lurk around my brain, tugging at me with a color or a turn of a lamp, or of the possibility of a balanced vignette in an otherwise empty, lonely corner, until I simply must do something about it.
This round of decorating was inspired by a jaunt my husband and I took to a local architectural salvage yard. Except for a book store, there may be no greater place on earth to wander and imagine those who used the dilapidated items generations before me . . . to consider the hearts of the folks who passed through the old door we bought or through the threshold topped by the piece of decorative trim we claimed as our own.
Just stuff. I know this.
But stuff made new.
Apply whatever metaphor you see fit to these humble projects. May they inspire you to create. May they speak to your soul about the hope and real stuff redemption is made of.
Hearts scraped clean.
For His glory.
Project #1: The Laundry Room
Dark and dim, the little room had potential with a pretty window overlooking the garden. But light couldn’t get through.
Enter salvage yard item #1: a beautifully trimmed door with a ginormous window. And wow, if it didn’t just happen to have the same dimensions as the builder’s door that was already there!
Project #2: The Master Closet
This closet doesn’t have a door on it because of its precarious position between the commode room and sinks. How annoying, right? I mean, who wants to look at this mess all the time? (Never mind that I’m a horrible housekeeper.)
Enter salvage piece #2: A beautifully worn, carved piece of trim.
I love how the circle patterns repeat with the decor I already had, including the hydrangea (my wedding flower) plate my maid-of-honor found for me for our wedding years ago. I can’t get enough hydrangeas!
Project #3: A wreath
There’s no before-and-after for this project, because it was just a new one inspired by Pinterest–what else? I’m smitten with anything burlap these days, and when I found this roll of teal burlap ribbon at Hobby Lobby, I swooned. (Or was it the instrumental praise music they play in the background there? I may never know . . . )
Anyway, I kinda like how it turned out. And I love the look of teal on dark red!