‘Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.’ Charles M. Schulz.

05 Aug

cleaningLast weekend with the weather as gorgeous as it was and being able to have all the doors and windows open again for a couple of days I found myself grappling with a serious urge to Spring-clean.  I wanted to take down all the heavy curtains and haul up the rugs and beat the winter out of them.  I wanted to scrub all the floors and clean all the windows and get into all the nooks and crannies.  I wanted to pull the heavy doona off the bed and throw on the summer linen.  I was even thinking about repotting some of my plants . . .

Happily, common sense prevailed and I did nothing of the sort. (I went out sketching and then to the movies instead.)  Spring is still (officially) a whole month away and the short burst of warm weather, although fabulous, was not quite enough to fool me into making any rash or impulsive cleaning decisions.  (Just as well.  The weather flipped overnight and the last two days have been non-stop torrential rain and howling winds. I would have been seriously pissed off if I had spent that whole precious weekend ‘de-winterfying’.  As it turned out all I felt was a bit smug—like ‘I knew that was going to happen’ . . . )

thinkingThe sudden bout of Spring Fever may not have lasted long enough to send me into a cleaning frenzy but it did get me thinking about how I was going to redecorate my house this year.  Because I redecorate my house every year.  Not by painting the walls, or resurfacing the floors or retiling the bathroom (I hear landlords can be a wee bit tetchy if you start doing these sorts of things to their properties) but by changing over winter curtains for lightweight floaty ones, rolling up and hiding away rugs, swapping dark cuddly cushions for summer brights—and just a little bit of general ‘titivation’.

piles-of-fabric-clipart-1I have always kept several (as in ‘more than two but fewer than many’) sets of curtains, ‘throws’ and cushion covers (not to mention doona covers, bed linens and towels) in varying colours, styles and patterns (the wannabe ‘minimalist’ in me is now banging her head silently on the wall) so changing over the whole look of my house can usually be done quickly and at minimal cost.  All it takes is an afternoon of delving into cupboards and drawers, dragging out things that I had forgotten were even in there (so much fun) and then swapping things over and moving things about—with possibly only the tiniest little bit of shopping involved.  (You know—just to fill in the gaps to pull a new look together . . . )

If I sound like a person who might like to watch the odd lifestyle or home renovation program on occasion, you’re absolutely right.  I love them.  Everything from the 60-minute-makeovers, all the way up to those shows where they spend weeks and weeks renovating and rebuilding properties.  You can learn a lot from these shows—including a lot of what not to do.  But although I love these programs I also struggle to understand why someone would willingly hand over the keys of their home to someone they barely know and say ‘Go ahead.  Make over my house.’   The actual building or renovation work maybebut the decoration?  That I don’t get.

img059I am a homebody, I admit it.  I like my home.  I like spending time at home and I like having my own things around me.  My things. Things that mean something to me.  The furniture and furnishings that I chose (ever-present dog hair notwithstanding).  The photos of people I know and the places I have been.  The artwork on the walls.  My books and ornaments.  Harry and Frank’s old dog collars hanging on a hook . . .

I am sure somebody with more design flair and an eye (and credit card) for more hi-end furniture and decor might well be able to turn my humble little house into a much flashier abode.  They could also probably (okay, for sure) make me appear much more interesting and exciting than I really am.  But then it wouldn’t be my home would it?  It would not be a true reflection of the person that I am.dogonrug

And when it comes down to it, surely that is what your home should be—a reflection of you, your family, your friends and the things you love.

Who better to decide on its decoration than you yourself?


Posted by on August 5, 2016 in Uncategorized


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9 responses to “‘Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.’ Charles M. Schulz.

  1. stevetalbot51

    August 10, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Your home is very homely Sal, and that’s just the way it should be 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pam Talbot

    August 9, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Don’t change anything about your home (except the seasonal changes you make) ‘cos it’s very “youie” & that’s why I like it!


    • sallyinthehaven

      August 10, 2016 at 7:20 am

      Thanks Pam. We like it too, but we are a little biased . . . 🙂


  3. Jon

    August 9, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Your home is colourful, lovely, interesting and ‘you’!


    • sallyinthehaven

      August 9, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks Jon. 🙂


  4. Vee

    August 5, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    My home is definitely a castle to me as well Sal as I am a homebody as well. Actually our home is still a work in progress and 8 years in the making….. occupancy date is expected Dec 2016 yeah!!!!!
    P.S. I love the drawing it looks like someone loves that special place in the home.


    • sallyinthehaven

      August 6, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Sounds like after 8 years there should be one hellova housewarming brewing . . .


  5. C. C. Cedras

    August 5, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I’m with you on this! Even the dog hair (“both a condiment and a fashion accessory”). I also watch the home improvement/makeover/renovation/decorating programs — and have noticed that the homes all wind up looking alike. Once upon a time, a guest said to me after touring our newly built home, “you should be an interior decorator”. My response was, if every client wanted a home decorated in my style, then maybe that would work. Same thing I see on TV.

    I love looking around my home and seeing memories of my late husband’s travels and mine, the things we both brought into our marriage that show the people we were before, and the things we acquired and lived with and loved together.


    • sallyinthehaven

      August 6, 2016 at 11:15 am

      You’re absolutely right – a lot of the makeover homes do all look the same. All beautiful, all clean and uncluttered – and all a little bit sterile. It’s the things we keep in them that make them special.

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