Thursday, August 26, 2010
I am a creative person at heart. When I was young, I did a lot of drawing and painting…and was quite good at it. I took some art classes in high school, but my priorities had shifted at that point to having fun with my friends and chasing boys. After graduating high school, I dabbled with college, not able to decide what I wanted to do with myself when I grew up. I ended up pursuing graphic design and photography for some time at the local community college. Today, I have a degree in a completely different field…Human Resources Management…and no longer do much doodling or painting. These days my creativity has morphed into occasionally making gifts, completing some decorating projects for my baby’s nursery, and refinishing some of the “treasures” I find at the local thrift store.
For all of this creative energy that I have, one would think that the walls of my home would be filled with every type of artwork imaginable. Surprisingly enough, our walls are actually pretty bare. I am not completely sure why, but I think it is because I have a difficult time determining what I want to put up or how I want to arrange items on the wall and in the room. Or maybe it’s because I keep thinking that I can make, draw and paint my own home furnishings. However, after a lot of consideration and not much decision making, I still don’t have many things to hang on the walls.
Despite all of the indecision I have faced in the past, I truly believe that I have found a theme for my home. I am losing the fear of putting items up on the walls and not liking them. I am no longer looking for that perfect sign or picture to put up in “that spot”. If I find an item that I like, then I get it and worry about finding a place to put it later. It is rare that I can’t find somewhere in the house to put everything I bring home.
An inexpensive way to decorate walls is to use the tools that you already have. Because of my interest in photography, I have taken many digital photos with my camera and archived on my computer. Quite a few of them are of barns, a theme which I want to incorporate into my home. I am going to sort through them and have some of my favorite photos printed by an inexpensive online service. Once I find suitable frames for the printed pictures that match my décor, I can frame and hang them throughout the house. I might even mix them with other artwork and Country Barn by Dotty Chase. This is a perfect start to a country theme that can be carried throughout my entire home.