Welcome to my Spring Home Tour Part 2 Curating a Home! It’s Tuesday!!!! I actually was able to get everything together and get this posted on my ‘target’ day! Woot! I hope you all have had a wonderful and blessed week. Today, I’m going to be sharing some spring decor ideas (via photos), as well as thoughts on curating a home. And, if you don’t know what curating a home means, I’m gonna try my hardest to help us understand it a wee bit more!
DEFINITION OF CURATING
The dictionary meaning of the word “curate” (as a verb) is: “select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition, i.e., museum).” In recent years, the interior design and décor community has adopted this word to apply to homes. So, instead of saying, “over the years, this home has been decorated with beautiful and hand-selected décor, textiles and furniture that have been organized and displayed in a specific design that reflects the owner’s personality and lifestyle” (ain’t that a mouthful? Took me 10 minutes to dream THAT one up! 😉 ), designers often now say, “this is a curated home”. Let’s expound on this a bit more…
A REVELATION… of sorts
Last week I shared my thoughts on the struggle I have with comparison. If you haven’t read it, feel free to hop on over here, and take a gander. One of the things the Lord brought to my mind during the time of prayer and ‘thought-processing’ was that I wanted my home to look like the homes of people (aka bloggers) that have been honing their design skills and decorating for years… like, even 25-30 years! Now, that’s not only putting a lot of pressure on myself, but, dare I say, it’s a bit prideful, as well! Let me tell you why…
PRIDE and CURATING A HOME
If you’ve read my ‘About’ page, you’ll know that My Wee Abode is the first home, in over 20 years, that I can call ‘all mine’. What you may not know is that I have only been living in MWA for two years! So, it’s kinda’ silly, and, yes, even prideful, (and could maybe even come-off a tad bit insulting to other bloggers, though I’m sure THEY would never think so), for me to think that I should be at the same point in my two years that they are after 30 years! Does that make sense?
(Little side-step: I really wish I could do something with my media cords, besides Photoshop them out (or forget to, in this case. >.<)
CURATING AND TIME
So, though I may desire to have my little place look as lovely, cozy, and ‘together’ as the many women’s homes that I admire (the list is too long to insert here, friends), just as they have taken years to do this, it will take some time to achieve the same in my home. We all know, the items and collections in a museum are not created over night, and neither are the décor, textiles, and furnishings in a home. Above all else, curating takes time.
It takes time to find the right piece of furniture that you really love. Be sure to take that time! Seriously… a piece of furniture is an investment. Whether you are paying full retail price for a media console or DIYing a dresser-turned-console, you are investing. (Okay, and btw, just say ‘no’ to full retail price… really, just say ‘no’. Hehe!)
A few weeks ago, I purchased a moss-covered bunny to put on my window bench with my big bowl of pastel-colored eggs. When I bought it, I thought, “This will be adorable! I’ve seen so-and-so use these moss covered bunnies and it looks so pretty! This is great!” When I got it home, I set it beside the big white bowl of eggs… and it just did NOT ring any bells. You know what I mean? For three weeks, I would look out of the corner of my eye, stealing glances at that fuzzy green critter… nothing. No matter how I turned it, propped it or placed it… NOTHING.
Then I found the receipt, and noticed that I had paid twice as much as what I thought I had paid, I yelled at that little green monster, “You’re goin’ back, bunny!” Though it looked beautiful in the home that inspired me, it did not work for me. Curating is not about someone else’s décor. It’s about YOUR specific likes and dislikes that reflect your lifestyle and personality. And, again… that takes time. (And, fyi, moss-covered bunnies are totally adorable, and may be invited back to My Wee Abode in the future). 😉
CURATING AND $$$
Sometimes, the items we want to bring into our homes may be a bit more money that we’re used to paying… or we may need to save-up for the item. Being honest here, at times I have gone into debt to pay for décor items that I didn’t *have* to have. It was a mistake. I would encourage all of us to wait and save for the items in our home. Often times, when waiting and saving, the item will be offered at a lower price, or something you love more comes on the scene. Curating often takes money (even just a little)… and saving-up money can take time! (See the common thread here?)
CURATING… AND… TIME
So, back to that prayer time last week. By God’s grace, I was reminded that the many bloggers I admire always say, “Curating takes time.” I’m hoping to make this one of my mantras (I think I kind of achieved that in this post! LOL!) My Wee Abode will change and become more lovely, warm and comforting to me as the months and years go by. And what fun to be able to take the time to create that type of home!
My hope is that together we will learn to create and curate beautiful homes. That we can make mistakes together (it happens, right?), fix them together, and create homes that are a blessing to our friends and families. In what ways do you see yourself curating your home? I would LOVE to hear!
P.S. Hope you enjoyed the Spring Living Room! Let me know if you have any questions!
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