When I was a teen I always said if I had a home with 20 rooms I would decorate them all differently! There are so many different styles that I'm drawn too. Over the years I've had to try to refine my taste a bit. So now I'm somewhere between a traditionalist,country,minimalist (if that makes any sense?).I also really like the shabby chic and flea market look. I enjoy getting subscriptions to a couple of mags a year. Although I hate ads! My favorite is Country Living. Something about all the colors in there gives me peace, joy and a sense of lost feminity.
So over the past couple of years Ive been tearing pages out of these mags of favorite things, ideas and colors. One of the reasons I've done this is that I have a hard time mixing and matching patterns and colors. I really don't care for "matchy" furniture (which we ended up with because of price((but it can be recovered easily when the time comes, I think)). Paint and fabrics throw me for a loop sometimes. Also being on a tight budget doesn't help. I tend to be less daring and afraid of mistakes. If it's not right I still have to live with it. Or change something else which throws the budget off. A vicious cycle!
So now here I sit waiting to see were the Lord will lead us. My house is in "up to date selling mode" and really not me anymore (I've packed up some of the homeiness and our personality). We've started thrifting and I keep finding and passing things up that would be wonderful but not for now. So my prayer is that the Lord will work in me and show me way to change this home or the next for the stage of life we are in. That I will not over spend or buy anything unesscesary. That He will give me ideas of how to reuse and reinvent what I already have. That I will expand on the talents that He has given me to make our home a true place of peace, happiness, and a refuge from the outside. But above all that I will grow to His satisfaction in patience during this time!