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Welcome back to my Making Your House a Home series! Writing this series has been a really fulfilling experience for me. Any time I share something like this, it makes me feel a little vulnerable.  I want to thank you for  encouraging me along the way.

So far we have defined home, talked about making sure “mama is happy”, and discussed the value of establishing traditions in the home.  (click on the links to read past posts in this series)

I’m struggling to pull together my thoughts for this weeks topic: Decorating Your Home.  Maybe that’s because I struggle with decorating my own home.

Arrange.  Rearrange. Repeat.

That’s how I’ve been spending my time this week…way into the night wee hours of the morning.

My family is dumbfounded.  When they ask, “Why?”, I say,”I’m going for optimal.”  And therein lies my problem…striving for the perfect design that satisfies my desire for a pretty room with consideration for the way we use our space.

This new living room arrangement involved moving the piano into another area of our home.

Although it would probably be considered too big for the entry , I like it there.

However, I’ve been plagued with thoughts like, “What will friends think when they walk into our home and are greeted by a piano?”  or,  I hear my Mom’s voice saying, “There’s something so warm about a  piano in the living room.  You will lose that feel if you move the piano.”  And my husband’s questions ring the loudest in my ear, “But what if someone wants to play the piano?  They’ll have to sit in the entry to play?”

Well, yeah.

 (cue harp playing daydream-y music)


So the entry now doubles as a piano room.  I let my imagination roam to magazine editors who love the whimsy of a piano in the entry, and ask to do a photo shoot of my unique home.  The magazine feature boasts about how I make my house my own by throwing design rules out the window, and how I’m such an inspiration to others to follow their instincts and really live in their homes.


Okay, so maybe I got a little carried away, but  there is a moral to the story.   I will get to that in a moment.

I want to share something else with you real quick.

While helping a friend who had asked for some decorating advice, she went into her closet and pulled out some beautiful fabric intended for curtains.  The fabric had been sitting in my friend’s closet because she’d been told  by a third party  that the fabric wasn’t the right look.

I was burdened for my friend.

And I know there are so many like her, including me, who need encouragement to trust their instincts.


My husband has said to me repeatedly this week, “You keep rearranging the room over and over and every time it looks really good.”  What I think my husband wants me to understand is the same point that I’m trying to make here today.

Please don’t let the opinions of others, trends, design rules or even perceptions of the  picture perfect home steal your joy in making your house a home.

I wish you all of the comforts of home!

We will continue next Thursday with a guest post from  Traci at Beneath My Heart. (Yea!!)

Then, we will finish out the series on Wednesday, February 29th with an “All Things Home” themed link party.  You can share your traditions, home decor, routines, special memories of home, tips, advice, anything that relates to making your house a home.  I can’t wait to see what you have to share!

Speaking of sharing, this week’s Show & Tell party is still going on.  I’d be honored to have you join in the fun.

Until next time,


I’m sharing this post at:

Country Homemaker Hop @ My Simple Country Living

Crafty, Scrappy, Happy Me @ Crafty, Scrappy Happy

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner