I am so inspired by those who intentionally walk through life. Intentionally taking time off, hustling, eating right, and spending time with family and friends. Sometimes it's easy to just roll through life without really knowing what's happening. I go into auto pilot mode just to survive. Anyone else? So, lately I have been trying to be more intentional in our home.
One area where I am really trying to be intentional is with decorating. There are several reasons why I am doing this. One of them being that I would like to create a space where people can feel at home, immediately. I thought I would share with you my strategy when decorating intentionally.
1. Figure Out Your Intentional Goals
What purpose do you want your home to have? What do you want to happen in the space? Think about one thing that you want to intentionally happen and work everything around that one thing. You can build a list of intentions over time and make changes. We love having people in our home and so I started to think about how we would go about making their stay comfortable within a reasonable budget. One goal I gave myself was to work with the environment I had. Bringing nature into the house seemed logical since there are so many windows and our house is set in the woods. No matter how comfortable you are with being in nature, you will experience it here, even if you never step a foot out the door.
2. Ask Yourself If The Purchase Fits
Any time I make any purchase for the house, I think back to my intentions. If I see something that I like, I weigh my decision on my intention. Ask yourself:
What can I use this for?
Does this contribute to the vibe I want in my space?
Does this fit the style that I am working towards?
Do I really like this? Will I forget about it when I leave the store?
Is this a priority right now?
If your answers fit your intention, then you can feel confident in your purchase. I think it is so fun when a piece is both interesting and functional. Since I want to keep things pretty minimal, it helps to have things with a dual purpose. And, hey, sometimes the only purpose of a piece is to create a mood.
3. Research How Others Intentionally Decorate
You might have a good idea of what you want to do in your home, but it is good to see what other people are doing to intentionally in their spaces, as well. Even if it's completely different from how you live. I've gained a lot from seeing how others do things and then switched it to fit my ideas. Find books in the clearance rack in book stores or places like TJ Maxx where they have random stuff. A lot of people have books where they share their own spaces, as well as others. It's like using Pinterest without having to keep that phone in your face all the time. Here are a few books and magazines I've found:
4. Be Patient + Give Yourself Grace
It's easy to want to hurry up and make things awesome right away. The thing is, nothing really works that way. Sometimes those quick fixes just don't last. Give yourself grace and know that making your space all that you intended it to be takes lots of time. There are days where you think something works, then it doesn't. I've found that building my collection of decor takes time. It helps you to appreciate what you have. Grabbing everything in sight isn't going to satisfy you. Wait. Build. Develop your taste and intention. Refine. Stir things up and move on. Developing an intentional space isn't just about the stuff. It's also about the person inside of you. Your perspective and influence is actually what makes a space sing.
I'd love to know how you have intentionally developed your home space. If you've gone through the steps I've shared, I'd love to hear what you've discovered! Do you have an intention but aren't sure how to make it feasible? I'd love to hash it out with you. Comment below or shoot me an email!