Monday, March 31, 2008

The Center of Our Home

I love this picture. I hung it on this wall shortly after we moved into our home. Ironically, because of our vaulted ceilings this wall forms the shape of an arrow pointing heavenward. This is the first wall that you see when you walk into our home, therefore it makes a statement about our family to everyone who enters our home. I know that some designers would cringe because they believe that the main areas of your home should be less personal but I disagree. I think that your home should reflect the people that live there from the moment that anyone walks in your door. If you're trying to sell your home it's recommended that you put away family photos and other personal things so that the buyers can visualize your home as their's, so doesn't it make sense that if you're going to LIVE in your home it should be a visual presentation of who you are?

For years this picture hung all alone but it didn't have the visual presence I desired. It looked like a small picture on a big wall, so I hung the iron piece above which helped. Then after making my tin mantle/shelf I had an idea of what to do with the tin that was left. I made these four squares. I painted and distressed them to blend into the wall so that it would draw your eye to the picture and give it importance without distracting from it. I must confess that when it comes to design I can be obsessive. When I cut these squares the pattern on one didn't match the others, but I recalled reading that the Amish purposely make one square in their quilts that doesn't match. It's a visual reminder that only God makes things perfect.
I thought that was a great reminder for me too.


~B~ said...

It truly is a reminder that only our almighty can make things with no flaws. I agree it should reflect you from the moment you step out of the car. I say even on the porch. =)

kim said...

I have the same picture on one of the first walls you see in my home as well. I love all of your great interior designs tips and tricks, and it makes me happy that our Savior has a place in our home and becomes our most important decor.

Kelley said...

I love this post, "The Center of Our Home," and the explanation of the Amish idea of one
"imperfection." While I have so many of those (ahem, imperfections), the Center of our home looks past mine, loving me unconditionally. May the Chief Cornerstone be the foundation of my own home. Evie sang in the '70s and '80s: "Everthing that I do, may it glorify You, my Savior and my God."

ACHanson said...

Hello, I enjoy your blog so much. I too have a love for decorating, and thrift shopping. I must say I am a begginer though, I am just starting out on blogging. Quick question, how do I make labels on my page? I added the gadget but I don't know how to post labels on my page. Sorry to ask you, it's kind of dumb. Thank you.

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