Cultivating Beauty in Your Home

by Marci on January 18, 2013 in Creativity, Home Culture, Home Decor, Homemaking, Hospitality, Uncategorized

Ladies, I invite you to come sit with me a bit.  I’d fix you a cup of tea but for these moments together I am unfortunately going to have to ask you to fix your own and come visit with me in my home.  We’re going to chat about having a heart for our homes, about bringing a little bit of heaven into our homes and living intentionally.

Being a keeper of your home is an important role the Lord has called you to.  He has given us the responsibility to cultivate a sense of order, peace and beauty within these four walls.    We need to be mindful that we are to create a God glorifying environment in our homes and serve our families with eternity in mind.

I love my home.  The feel, comfort, smells and especially the people in my home.  Cultivating a beautiful home takes a lifetime and is worth every moment we take to pour the love of God into our families and the lives of others.  Let me give you a little glimpse into some of the ways I have learned what it means to have a welcoming home.

Our Hearts

Before I even begin sharing ways we can bring beauty and blessing into the everyday lives of our families I want to address our hearts.

What is the attitude of your heart in your home to your own family?  Do you take delight and joy in serving them? Do they look forward to coming home knowing it is a place that they are loved, welcomed and appreciated?  Are they greeted with smiles, hugs and a “I’m so glad you’re home”?

It is pretty hypocritical to greet outsiders with more graciousness than our own families.  Before our homes can be a place of beauty we have to allow the joy of the Lord to permeate our hearts and minds.  The first step of cultivating beauty in your home is to start in your own heart.  Pray that you would be filled with God’s love, peace and joy.  We can’t be a blessing to others until we are aware and thankful for God’s blessing to us.

The Importance of Order

It is hard to find comfort and peace amid chaos and disorder.  Our homes are all going to look different and some of us may be more organized and orderly than others but we all need to have some sense of order in our lives.  Our God is a God of order and being made in His image we function better in an orderly environment.  I know when my home is in chaos because of circumstances or trials I can’t wait to get back a sense of order.

Having order takes work.  We have to clean, set some goals, develop schedules that work for us and really just roll up our sleeves and get busy.  We can make up dozens of excuses why we are living in a cluttered mess but it really comes down to dealing with it.  Make a plan and take steps to work at having a daily schedule.  Getting organized doesn’t have to happen all at once.  I can attest that I am constantly reorgainzing and changing my systems as I go through various seasons of life.  My all adult home is going to look and function different than a home with lots of small children.

Having an orderly home makes life easier.  It is welcoming to come home to and it’s easier to cultivate beauty in an environment that is already tidy.  It frees up our time for more important matters like relationships with our own family and reaching out in hospitality to others.  You are less likely to open your home to others if you are living in chaos.

Pray and ask the Lord for help in this area if you are struggling with order in your home.  Seek out help from a friend or older woman who has a home life that you would like to glean from.  Remember you can’t organize clutter and my favorite quote from Elisabeth Elliot to remind myself when things get overwhelming and the to do list seems to build is just, “Do the Next Thing“.

A Joyful Heart

Is your home a fun place to be?  It’s hard to cultivate a beautiful home amidst crabby, grumpy people.  Moms, we have such power over the attitudes in our homes.  Is the joy of the Lord present in your home?  Is the atmosphere a relaxing, pleasant place to be?  Laugh, have fun, enjoy every moment the Lord has blessed you with this beautiful family of yours.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22 

Cultivating Beauty Everyday

This is just a list to get you thinking of creative ways you can bless your home with a touch of beauty that lets your family know you care about the little details.  We have the gift to make things lovely in our homes.  I love celebrating the fact that God made me a woman and I can enjoy my femininity by bringing a little beauty and love into my family’s life everyday.

We are not all out of the same mold and our ideas of beauty and how we express it will look differently to each of us.  The list below is to just get your creative juices flowing on ways to bless your home.  Pray and take the time to seek out fun ways to add that extra special touch of warmth and caring to your home.

– Take the time to tidy your entryway and enter as a guest to see what they see when they first walk in your door.

-Fresh flowers are a favorite, either from your own garden or even an inexpensive bouquet of daisies from the grocery store.  Get creative with containers and spread that bouquet all over the house in various rooms.

– Scented candles are always burning at our home and lighting inexpensive tea lights at meals adds a special touch to the table.

– Music playing through the house.  Classical and instrumental hymns are a favorite.

-Decorate with family photos

-Decorate your walls with scripture.

-Set a pretty but simple table for dinner.  Involve your children in helping set the table.  Invest in some pretty tablecloths and inexpensive cloth napkins.  Let the kids have fun making place cards – a favorite way to display them is here and learn some simple napkin folding designs.  Our favorite addition to the table has been a big lazy susan that we can fit pretty much everything we need for the meal on and it makes it within everyone’s reach.

-A little spray bottle filled with distilled water and your favorite essential oil is a treat to spray on your pillows and sheets before bed, use as “perfume” or take when travelling to freshen the hotel room.

-We always travel with candles and music for the hotel room and take along our favorite coffee mugs.

– Get on the floor and play with those little ones.  Take some time to get into their world and enjoy every minute.

– Cinnamon and sugar mixed in a shaker container is such a favorite special treat on toast.

– Add a pinch of cinnamon to your coffee grounds basket before brewing.  Smooths the flavor and it smells wonderful.

– Every home needs a peppermill.

– Take the time to make your bedroom a special retreat for you and your husband.  Remove the television and declutter, tidy and clean.  Add some candles, music and fresh flowers.

-Prepare for your husband’s arrival home from work.  Freshen up, tidy the house and tidy the kids 🙂

-Always greet family members when they come home with a hug and a kiss.  Do the same before you leave them.

– Keep all your quiet time materials in a special bag or basket so it is always handy for those moments with the Lord.

– Eat as many meals a day as you can as a family.  Work hard at it to do breakfast, lunch and dinner together if possible with your schedules.

– Wake up with your husband and see him off for work.  If you pack him a lunch always send a note.

– Pack notes and little surprises in your husband’s suitcase if he travels.

-Pack notes and little surprises in your childrens bags if they are on a trip or outing without you.

-Write scripture on your mirrors with a dry erase marker.  Also a fun way to leave notes for family members.

-The family dinner table is a great way to teach manners, conversation and social skills.

-Laughter is such good medicine.  Enjoy each other and tell jokes, have fun, share funny stories and play games together.

-Write notes to family members.  Examples are things you love about them, write out a prayer to them, share all the reasons you are thankful for them.

– Enjoy family traditions and create new ones.

-Serve tea from a teapot.

– Wear an apron when you are working in the kitchen or cleaning house.

-Bake chocolate chip cookies and leave them on cookie racks on the counter for your family to come home to.

-Learn about the constellations and have a star gazing night.

– Picnic and eat outside as much as you can in cooperating weather.  Too cold for an outdoor picnic……have an indoor one by the fireplace.

-Send a love letter to your husband or children through the mail.

-Keep various types of cards, blank notes and stamps on hand to send out a note of encouragement to a friend.

-Buy travel mugs and learn to make favorite coffee drinks at home to take with you as you run errands.

-Frame your child’s artwork to display.

-Take the time to Romance Your Husband.

“We are homemaking –literally “making a home”.  We are working to create a lifestyle that says “welcome” to ourselves and everyone around us.”

~Emilie Barnes

What are some ways you add a touch of beauty to your home? 

Marci

Marci is a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ, helpmeet to her sweetheart Doug for over 26 years, mother, mother-in-law, caregiver and grandmother. She is here by God’s grace and overwhelmed by His kindness in redeeming her as His daughter. Loving her husband, children and granddaughter, reading, home keeping, cooking, feeding lots of people and making lists are some of her favorite pastimes. You can find her at Thankful Homemaker where she shares about her walk with the Lord, her passion for biblical womanhood and living all of life for the glory of God.

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Mrs. Sarah Coller January 18, 2013

Thank you so much for this article, Marci! It was encouraging, convicting, and over all a great blessing!

Have a lovely weekend!
Mrs. Sarah Coller

susan January 18, 2013

Such great points and suggestions. Particularly love this line, and it so true! “It is pretty hypocritical to greet outsiders with more graciousness than our own families.” I find myself guilty of that more often than not, I need to keep my attitude in check. It can become overwhelming at times, but that is still not an excuse to treat those I love dearly in a poor way.

I travel and especially enjoyed your tips to bring candles along (I do that) but the coffee mug idea was fabulous – I am a big coffee drinker, so will be certainly making that happen!

I also have gotten in the habit of wearing an apron and my husband loves it!! 🙂

Marci January 19, 2013

Susan,
Thank you for sharing. I think we all struggle with that one at times – it was convicting to me too! I’ll think of you everytime I wear my apron now :).
By His Grace,
Marci 🙂

Betty-Jo January 18, 2013

Love this post and thank you for the ideas 🙂

Luba January 18, 2013

Thank you for the beautiful post. 🙂

Joy January 18, 2013

Beautiful ideas, Marci! Thanks for sharing with us!

Frieda's Farmhouse January 20, 2013

What great ideas! Thanks so much for the encouragement tonight….. Hope your night is simply wonderful~

Natasha January 22, 2013

Thank you! What great ideas and encouragement!
🙂

Rachelle January 31, 2013

Thank you so much for this article! I loved it. So many great ideas for making the home a more comfortable and welcoming place. 🙂

Rachel February 13, 2013

Cultivating beauty … that is a really cool way to put it! I must remember that 🙂

But, yes, it’s *so* sad how nowadays most women don’t know the (somewhat lost) art of hospitality, the cultivating of beauty in their homes. And it also makes it harder for those with busy schedules! However, of course, that shouldn’t be an excuse.

Thank you for the ideas, too! 😀 I will surely use them ::grin::

Blessings & Grace in Him,
Rachel

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Gina @ Real Life Titus Two September 26, 2013

Yes! I love this! Creating a home and family unit that glorifies God, and represents Him well doesn’t just happen! We are in the ministry as moms! This is inspiring!

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