Decorating your own home can be very overwhelming at times, and it’s tempting to feel discouraged when a space isn’t coming together as quickly as you’d like. I hope today’s post encourages you, because today I’m sharing all about humble beginnings when decorating your home and why it’s okay.
Recently a follower reached out to me on Instagram and shared her frustrations and road blocks she is experiencing while trying to decorate her home. I instantly related with her because I have been there so many times.
Today I want to share with you what my home looked like when we first moved in. We have come such a long way, and I hope these before photos will encourage and remind you that it’s okay to have humble beginnings when you first begin decorating your home.
Humble Beginnings When Decorating Your Home and Why It’s Okay – You will not spend money on decor that you aren’t even sure about
When we first moved into this house, I thought I knew what my style was. Obviously it has changed tremendously since 2012! I loved blues, teals and turquoise and had a lot of color throughout my home. There is nothing wrong with color, at the time blues and yellows were very trendy on Pinterest and I think I was just trying to recreate what I saw other bloggers doing.
I also had a lot of hand me down furniture that really didn’t necessarily go together. We didn’t have a lot starting out and it forced me to be creative with what I had which is something I am so thankful for. Because of that old furniture, I figured out what I loved and what I really didn’t like at all.
Humble Beginnings When Decorating Your Home and Why It’s Okay – You take a lot into consideration before making large purchases in your home
I can still remember when we finally had enough money to purchase our own couch. This would be the first large piece of furniture that wasn’t a hand me down and it was a huge deal for us. Since this was such a large purchase, I didn’t just pick out the first thing that I thought looked good. I studied and studied the styles I liked and we took our time at the furniture store. We didn’t even purchase one that day, I wanted to sleep on my decision because it was so serious to me!
If we had more money at the beginning and I could purchase whatever I wanted, I can’t imagine how many items I would have purchased that I wouldn’t even still be using. It would have been such a waste!
Humble Beginnings When Decorating Your Home and Why It’s Okay – It forces creativity
When you are starting out with humble beginnings, it forces you to learn things that you never thought in a million years you would learn how to do.
As you know, Mike and I do all of our own work on our home. DIY furniture, tile work, paint, plumbing, you name it, we have tried to tackle it. When we moved in, I had no idea how our tight budget would force us to learn all of these things, and for that I am so thankful. If I wanted a certain look in my home, we had to learn how to do it ourselves.
Learning and DIY takes a lot of motivation, and there is also a fear of failure. But it is so satisfying and empowering to look at a room, garden, or piece of furniture that we tackled ourselves and accomplished on our own, and it just continues to motivate us when I dream up another idea!
I could go on and on in this area and give you so many examples of all the different projects we have done in our home. I am so thankful for my husband’s willingness to learn. From our built-ins in our living room, to our hidden dishwasher, he has really gone above and beyond to help bring our dreams to life in our home.
Humble Beginnings When Decorating Your Home and Why It’s Okay – You see potential in items you normally wouldn’t have considered
Like I mentioned above, if I had a lot of money when we first started, I would have just purchased so many items in our home that would have been such a waste today. Having humble beginnings forced me to find the potential in thrift stores, side of the road items, hand me downs and Facebook marketplace finds.
There are so many places to find budget friendly decor for your home! Once you determine to see the potential in a piece, it not only saves you money, but it opens up your eyes to so many options!
Humble Beginnings When Decorating Your Home and Why It’s Okay – “The Rich Man Pays, The Poor Man Prays”
I grew up in a pastors home and this was a phrase I heard all the time from my dad growing up. We didn’t have the means to do so many things, but over and over again God would provide for us in miraculous ways and this phrase really became so real to me.
When my husband and I started off with humble means I kept falling back on this phrase and once again in my adult life God has provided so much in our home. He really does care about us, even in the smallest ways and His goodness is so real to me.
I really hope this post encouraged you today! And let me just say, I in no way feel as though I have arrived and know everything in the world of design. I am still learning each and every day! All of these principles I was forced to learn starting on humble beginnings have truly helped me and have forever changed my perspective for the better and I hope they help you too!