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,




Why Making Life Pretty Is Important

5 Reasons Making Life Pretty Is Important

Have you ever noticed that life is messy? I mean, surely my  washcloths aren’t the only ones to get stinky (guilty)  and if you still haven’t figured out how burrito beans get streaked across your couch cushions don’t feel bad … I’m puzzled too. The truth is life is messy, sometimes it’s downright dingy. We don’t live in fairy tale worlds where cutely dressed mice sweep our floors; sometimes the Christmas tree stays up till July and the let’s forget about having the patio arranged in floral bliss.  

Making life pretty can be hard.

Especially when you’re busy, tired, broke or one of those non-creative folks.

But, dear one, it is important.

Making ordinary, everyday life pretty is important because it is artwork. Never let someone tell you otherwise; washing your dishes, dusting the furniture and making a home both functional and beautiful is a creative outlet. Some paint, some play music and others make everyday life pretty.

Here are five reasons why making (everyday) life pretty is important.

1.  Making Life Pretty Makes You Feel Better

Remember how good it felt to look outside of your freshly washed windows? Or maybe you’ve experienced the joy of putting wildflowers in a mason jar? Making life pretty makes you feel better. When we set the timer for 15 minutes and join our kids in a blitz-cleaning spree we feel good (and they feel good too!). When our homes are kept organized, clean and pretty we feel organized, clean and pretty.

2. Making Life Pretty Brings  Peace Into Your Home

We all know that life can be chaotic but I want to encourage you to bring peace into your home by making life pretty. Sometimes, it’s as simple as lighting a candle or using the good set of dishes for once. Turn on worship music while you wash dishes and sing while you fold laundry. We bring peace into our homes when we purpose to make life pretty — suddenly, life becomes a little less hurried and a little more cherished.  

3. Making Life Pretty Creates Purpose

There have been days when I don’t feel like going the extra mile. Instead of making life pretty I simply push through it, accomplishing my to-do list with little drive or joy. Soon I find myself in a “funk” (typically signified by tv marathons and cookie dough raids). And while everyone needs a down day (amen?) purposeless days are something we need to avoid. Who likes going through life in a fog, barely able to get supper on the table let alone make it a nice one? 

I have found that by taking the time to make life pretty I create more purpose in my day. And when I feel purposeful I feel helpful, settled and happy.

4.  Making Life Pretty Encourages Others

I have a few friends I love to visit with; and even though their homes are small, the sinks crowded with dishes and the floors crumby I feel welcomed, wanted and refreshed. One takes the time to make her life pretty by offering me homemade cookies and tea out of a tin can she has collected. Another delights me by discussing the latest feminine styles and ventures she works into her photography business. One ushers me out to her porch where a few simple flower pots and a glass of iced tea make the evening even more lovely.

It doesn’t take much to make life pretty and encourage, bless and refresh our friends and family.

5. Making Life Pretty Makes Your Creator Smile

Finally, when we make our plain, ordinary days pretty we make our Creator smile. How do I know? One of our Creator God’s attributes is that He makes things beautiful. His Word tells us that He was pleased with His creation, that our bodies are made wonderfully and that, as women, we’re to be keepers of our home When we set about to create beautiful, peace-filled lives we reflect attributes of our Creator. As we aim to make the messy, ordinary bits of life pretty we bring joy to the God Who made everyday life full of purpose.

Why do you make everyday life pretty? Have you discovered some of the rewards which come from creating beauty in the simple days?

With so much love,

Frannie Anne

My Love for Apartment-sized, Container Gardening

I have to confess something.

Though I love all things home, have a desire to grow and learn in homemaking skills and appreciate the “little things” which make life so comfy, I have hated gardening.

I know. I’m so ashamed. 😉

It’s terrible, really, considering that my own momma was very good at producing sweet, fresh green things in her Alaskan garden. I remember a time or two when her poor heart broke upon seeing her garden trampled and eaten by the local moose. Unfortunately, I never learned her diligence and discipline; instead of working beside her, I spent those early days frolicking in the yard and imagining all sorts of fun. And so, I learned very little about gardening and even less about loving it.

Thankfully, my interest in gardening has grown. In order to not overwhelm myself (and my little yard) we decided to try our hand at container gardening. And, sweet friend, let me tell you — I am loving it!



We have one lovely lavender plant, a happy tomato (with two cute, little tomatoes!), two rows of leaf lettuce, a strawberry and several green onions which I regrew from a  grocery store purchase I made several weeks ago. 🙂 And I must say, for not being a gardener, I am totally loving checking, watering and, in general, doting on my little garden. Who would have thought?

While I’m outside I check on the flower bed beneath our bedroom window. There we have a few rose bushes and a few anonymous plants. Aren’t these red roses lovely? What a sweet blessing they are!



I suppose I love the green things outside because we started small. The flower bed was inherited and well-cared for when we moved in and our little garden so pleasant because it is easy and manageable. Because the project is small I am spending time learning about how to grow and care for our little friends.

How do you feel about gardening? Love it or hate it I’m sure you have a favorite fresh vegetable recipe — why not share it with us in the comments below! Who knows, I may even feature it!

With lots of love, joy and coffee,

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!