In discussion with two great friends, the topic of home decorating (inevitably) arose. I was listening to a sweet back and forth between two homeowners who work hard daily to provide and save and love and maintain...and who really want to find those perfect elements to make their houses homes. But, they don't want to purchase anything temporary. They're waiting for just the right pieces, with the perfect balance of truth and inspiration and beauty. They shudder at adorning their walls with placeholders and not really meaningful art.
I understand. We all want our halls to honor our hearts and experiences, and to inspire everyone passing through.
But, in "the meantime"...
Are we lamenting the cold vacancies? Are we comforted or forlorn about the blank slate?
One friend feels refreshed and happy with the empty (for now) walls. The other is more anxious to adorn. Neither want to "waste money" on stand ins.
I have an alternative perspective to share. Until recently, I've been steeped in "the meantime" and waiting for the pieces to fall into place. I've been gifted and burdened with "hand-me-downs" and "leftovers" and I've found the beauty and opportunity in that!
If there is a longing for a stylish environment, but a lacking for the budget, I propose using your resources to carve out what you can. I encourage the concept of creating over waiting. If you see something "cheap" that catches your eye and invokes beautiful feelings or memories, then it's enough for now. That big empty space on your wall and in your heart may be better served by a piece that gets your inspirational juices flowing...then by nothing. An affordable tile or heat safe paint to cover the artificial pink marble surrounding your fireplace might not be a permanent solution, but it will save you from having to shudder every time you pass it. With a few dollars and/or a few hours of labor you can save yourself the cost of a full renovation and/or original art piece, and you can refresh your home and your comfort and sanity
...at least for "the meantime".