Intentional Decorating

For most people, decorating consists of arranging things that are pleasing to the eye in a fashion that suits their goal or purpose for a room. For the believer, the topic of home decor takes on a whole new perspective. Not the “put Christian posters with flowers and Bible verses” attitude, but, for me, the reevaluation of the purpose of decor. Home management consists of many things. A Christian woman must “look to the ways of her household” with attentiveness and joy that can only be found in an abiding relationship with Christ. From that relationship should flow outpourings of God’s goodness into my work. What better way to show what my family values and to remind us of what matters when we need it most than the very walls and spaces in which we live? In our little apartment I’ve tried to do a few things like this.

1) Above our table hangs a map (by sticky tack, may I add). I admit, I got this idea from Noel Piper’s book ‘Treasuring God in our Traditions” (wonderful book, by the way). It’s not only a great conversation starter for guests and for family during mealtimes, but it is also a way for us to look at and pray for the salvation of those from other countries. It keeps us globally minded. Sometime I would like to start focusing on a country a week and learning more about it so that we can better pray for it, but that hasn’t happened yet. Maybe a while after baby’s born. 🙂

2) Above my stove hangs a framed poem written by a friend for Jacob and my wedding. The title of the poem is “Paradise Regained” and it’s everything I need to read when preparing supper or moaning about the mountain of dishes that seems unclimbable. A very meaningful gift has turned itself into a very meaningful decoration.

3) Keeping family central. Now, this seems a little “duh,” but hear me out. Entering a home that doesn’t seem to fit the family’s needs or personality is just plain awkward feeling. God gifts each family with things that make them who they are. For example, our living room is filled with books. On tables, shelves, and displayed in other various places. My husband and I both adore reading and our marriage brought together our libraries as well as our lives. For him and I, a house void of books would not be a home. Books represent what we wish to know, to be, and to teach future generations.

I’d love to hear any ideas you all have about decorating with purpose. I’m just starting out at this, so I can use all the advice I can get!