Here's a three-question summary of The Hidden Art of Homemaking, chapter 5.
What kind of place do you live in?
What kind of place would you like to live in?
How can you make your (current) place more of that (imagined) place, so it's more your place, and more His place?
And here's a bonus question:
Is there a Christian "decorating" ideal? Or an "ideal" Christian decorating style? What do you think the inside of a Christian home should look like?
Does that last question exclude non-Christians from being good interior decorators? No, of course not. But since Edith Schaeffer is talking about reflecting God's artistry, there should be a visible consciousness of God's truth, beauty, and creativity in the homes of "Christ-followers."
Photo from Curtain Queen blog (a blog worth checking out!)
Edith has a whole string of nouns for this: imagination, personality, originality, purpose, charm, usefulness, beauty, interest, restoration, order, caring, wholeness, connection, balance. Abstract as those words are, they do give us a picture of what we could be ourselves, by living in rooms that show interest (vs. dullness), restoration (vs. falling apart or discarding), connection (to God, to the natural world, to our own roots, to each other).
There should be something about our homes that says "Welcome Here."
Not only to guests, but to us.
Maybe it's with words, on a dish towel, on the wall. Or maybe it's a wordless greeting.
Photo from Coffee Tea Books and Me.
Maybe it's a place to sit down.
Photo from The Common Room Blog.
Maybe it's a shelf of good books.
Photo from A Peaceful Day blog.
Maybe it's the art, the music, the flowers, the food (all chapters in the book). Maybe it's everything together. However you create it...
Home Making is the Home You Make.