After my post a couple of weeks ago about being in a creative slump (kind of like writer’s block for a design blogger, I guess), I made myself get out some paint and a canvas while the kids were at school and do something about it. And, then I rearranged some things on our living room wall. Even though I was happy enough with the way it looked before, sometimes different just feels better—even if no one notices but me.
I like that the new art brings some fresh color to our living room. It feels a little more like Spring to me.
I once got an email from someone who pointed out that I’m actually making “home décor” instead of art. Maybe so. But, I’ve always thought of home décor as being one of those mass-produced pieces you can buy at a home accessory chain store. Chances are, I’ll never sell any of my masterpieces—and I’m okay with that. I think art is often less about skill and more about how it makes you feel. And, the great thing about inexpensive/free art is there’s no commitment to live with a piece you feel so-so about for the rest of your life. Change it up without guilt.
Some of my favorite pieces on our walls came from flea markets or thrift stores for a couple of dollars. I don’t know anything about them. I just like them. I think that’s a good rule of thumb for your whole house, actually. Don’t worry about what you think you should have on your walls, or on your sofa, or on your coffee table. . . Just go with what makes you feel happy to be in your home. And, for me, making little changes to a big wall and rearranging a few frames is a good start.
Have you made any little changes lately that have you made you feel happier about your home?