My mantra in decorating our home is to make it personal and to let the pieces reflect our lives – our history, memories and personalities.
Coming from a superstitious Asian upbringing, I took after my family’s belief in Feng Shui. The idea behind Feng Shui is that we are uniquely affected by our surroundings – positively or negatively. I don’t strictly follow all the requirements (coz that would have created a lot of arguments with my husband), but the influence has a conscious impact on my decorating choices. My general rule is to surround my home with things that make us feel happy and inspired. And that applies to everything, including what I put up on the walls of our house.
Our living room wall is decked with a photo collage of family from here and abroad, silly childhood pictures and best travels. Our candid childhood photos elicit giggles and the travel photos are good conversation starters. It’s also a reminder that we need to travel more. Constantly seeing pictures of my family who are miles away is also very comforting – it’s like bringing a little something from home to my now new home. The pictures can also change as the need be but I haven’t done that since I’ve put them up – but that’ll probably happen when the mini me’s and and him’s enter the picture.
The frames were a steal from a local thrift shop (Yes, I am a big fan of thrifting); wasn’t so successful though in finding just one kind hence the assortment. Anyhow, I think it worked quite well. Putting them up on the wall though was a rather big challenge as this was just one of the very, very, very few times that I held a hammer and a nail. That explains why the frames were not aligned and spaced evenly, but heck, it’s part of the charm. And that is personalisation. (-:
I also pride myself in painting most of the artworks in my house. They change from time to time as some are sold, but these are some of my shabby artworks that I will not sell for sentimental reasons. They are everywhere in my house…in our bedroom, dining, hallway and on top of our cupboards. My home is like a personal gallery, paintings come and go. Looking at them now as I write, I realize that it’s been a while since I last picked up a brush. Well in that regard, it did its job in inspiring.
The back of our bathroom door has random postcards that we like. None of them were bought, some were given and some we’ve picked up from everywhere. I figured it’d be nice to be greeted with affirmative statements and optimistic thoughts when you groggily find your way in bathroom in the morning and scrutinise the horrible reflection in the mirror as you brush your teeth.
Du er smuk : You are beautiful. LOL.