How to Have a Peace-filled Home on a Budget

Peace-filled Home on a Budget

 

Peace-filled Home on a Budget

We’ve all been there before.

That special friend’s house where, upon walking in, you feel peace filling every nook and cranny. It’s a home full of love and you know that no matter how busy life is you’re glad you took the time to stop by and be welcomed in.

Sweet friend, you can have that too.

No matter you’re budget, home size or personal style (or lack thereof, haha!) you can have a peace-filled home and I’m going to share with you the three ways I’ve discovered for accomplishing that goal.

First, and most difficulty, to have a peace-filled home you must have a peace-filled heart. A relaxing color scheme and decluttered living space will not matter if your heart is discontent and full of fear or anger. I promise, your home will feel that way too.

“But we can’t always be happy and contended, Frannie! Life happens and sometimes it just stinks!”

I know, I’ve been there. But I believe that it is possible to be at rest even when life is crazy, frustrating and downright draining. How? By choosing to rejoice in the Lord and trusting that He is able to work all things for good. When we choose to be grateful for the little things and trust in our Lord Jesus’ care then even the hardest of days cannot take our peace.

Secondly, start small and practical. Our homes are one step closer to being peace-filled when we take little steps in that direction. Light a yummy smelling candle, donate the extra things that clog your hallway and closet, wipe down the bathroom sink. Make your bed every day —  it’s a small, practical effort that will make your whole bedroom appear cleaner than it may be (hehehee … we all have a few dustbunnies yet to be conquered). Start small and soon your home will begin to feel peace-filled.

Finally, be yourself. We feel most at home and most at rest when our homes are decorated in a way that reflects our true selves. I know because I’ve tried it! 🙂 When we copy the latest fads, Better Home and Garden’s cover or our best friend’s style we might end up with a cute house but it will not be peace-filled. So, if you love burlap use burlap! If you find the beach-themed décor totally adorable then use it. Never compromise your personal style for the sake of fashion.

Sweet friend, it is totally possible to have a peace-filled home on a budget! Remember that peace begins in your heart, starts small and blossoms when you stay true to who you are. In what way have you created a peace-filled home? Share with us! I know we’d all love to hear!

// p.s. for photo source click on individual pics //

With love, coffee and blessings,

Frannie

 

 

diy: Recycled Frame Project

diy recycled spray painted frame

I love recycling old things into new treasures. I also love sharing my silly, fun finds with you!

This spring, Dalton and I joined the whole city in “junking.” It’s an amazing thing where everyone tosses out their old, sometimes dilapidated, furniture, clothes and such onto the curb to be picked up. We didn’t set anything out (I recycle things too often to have junk lying around! 😉 ) but we did set about the city looking for finds that could be made beautiful again. We had so much fun and at the end of our search we had gathered wood for D’s whittling, a beautiful (brand new) basket and 3 large, empty frames.

I’ve been itching to repaint a frame and did just that last week.

With a can of gold spray paint I already had on hand I repurposed this to-be-tossed frame into something we can’t get over. What do you think?

diy spray painted frame

I’m just crazy about it! I thought it was going to be too large for our living space but it seems to fit the entry wall perfectly. I recently added a burlap banner I made last fall. Isn’t it just the cutest?

What “junky” project have you made beautiful lately? I’d love to hear about it!

Love, blessings and coffee,

Frannie

Bench DIY // Easy, Cheap, Beautiful Patio Spot

Hello, little patio/driveway/small house outside area.

Oh, you look so lonely.

So empty.

So barren.

I know what. I’ll buy you some patio furnishings … oh, wait. I needed new glasses this month not a $200 seating arrangement.

Hmmm …

Thanks to a little bit of persistence, a lot of Pinterest, this great tutorial and 2 hours of shopping at Lowes (and one awesome, patient husband) our outside area looks a little happier, a little homier than normal.

I promise this bench is as comfy, cute and fun as it was cheap, easy and quick.

For 4 blocks, 2 pieces of wood (which we had cut in half), and 1 concrete glue container we paid the hefty price of $25. I’m half tempted to make one long bench to join this cutie. Eventually, I’ll stain/seal the wood. But for now the patio is happy, I am happy and my bum is happy — cute places to sit will do that. 😉

Question: What creative thing have you made lately? What’s keeping you from making it?

With lots of love and a happy seat!