“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus for you”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
A couple of weeks ago, we took a look inside Katy’s bedroom that we decorated (see here: Blessings In Bloom) and I told you we would be back for more, so let me welcome you back to her home! Today we will be in the living room, where the chalkboard says it all… “Give thanks in all things!” And I am so proud of Katy, that she is choosing to live life this way! It is a beautiful example for all of us to see, and I wanted to give her the opportunity to share a little with us today…
Eucharisteo. Ever heard of that word? It simply means “to give thanks”. This time of year, we see those words on everything from dish towels to church signs. But to make that a signature of our life is quite another. How on earth do we do that, especially when it doesn’t come naturally? As I struggle to thank God in all things, I need to be reminded that the good hands of my Heavenly Father are in control of both, therefore He is worthy to be praised through it all! He gives, he takes away, and remains faithful. As Pam takes you through my living room, you will notice that hardly anything was bought by me. It was all given to me by people who are so very special to me. I love things that tell a story, and I think my living room does just that…from the tedious needlepoint work made by loving hands to the old suitcases that have traveled the world! It all serves as a beautiful reminder to me each day that I have family and friends who love me and take care of me on this earth, but more than that, a good, good Heavenly Father who is the giver of all things. Now that is a reason to be thankful.
The stack of suitcases make for an interesting little corner, since two of them belonged to family members. The round case was used by Katy’s great aunt (who was somewhat of a wanderlust), and Katy rescued the one on the bottom from her Dad’s shop!
In the late 70’s and early 80’s I was into cross-stitching. This throw had been packed away for years and long forgotten…but it has found a happy home! I remember that I worked weeks to complete it and I am honored that Katy loves it!
The chaise lounge also belonged to her great aunt. The upholstery was worn, but nothing that a brightly colored throw couldn’t hide! The small gate leg table beside the chaise and the oak chest also belonged to Katy’s older brother! The rabbit giclee has made its rounds to several of my family members and friends’ homes and now resides in this cozy little room!
Allison (my sweet daughter-in-love) had been given this frame with a broken mirror that she replaced with a chalkboard and in turn gave to Katy! It is perfectly placed as you enter the front door! What a fun way to greet your guests with personal and seasonal messages!
As a decorator, I have worked with clients that had large budgets or no budget at all, but I also had clients that had restricted budgets. I have always enjoyed the challenge of taking what a client has and making it work! I hope this post inspires you to use what you have and add a few bargain accessories to bring beauty into your home. Please stay tuned for more from Katy’s home!
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