If someone were to ask me two years ago how décor mattered in my life, I wouldn’t have an answer to give them. To be honest, it didn’t matter to me. I lived in a cabin with a folding lawn chair for furniture and a kitchen table and bed I built myself out of 2×4’s. That was it. Nothing on the walls, not even paint. Needless to say, vintage design was the last thing on my mind. It wasn’t until I got married that I can say the thought of design even entered my mind. Going through pre-marital counseling, our pastor told me that the house was the woman’s pride. That was where she could express who she was. At that time, I didn’t really think much of it. My wife changed my view on this. I moved into an apartment in the city about six months before I got married. When looking for a place to live, this was not our first choice however it was what we could afford.
This apartment was old and tiny, had definitely seen its better days. After we got married, my wife moved in. With the move, I upgraded my folding lawn chair to a couch and loveseat. In addition, we added a (real) kitchen table, a bed with matching nightstands and dressers, a bookshelf and a desk. It was at this time that I realized our pastor was right because my wife started adding to our walls as well; pictures, crosses, and clocks. This old, run-down apartment was the same one I moved into six months prior, however it was at this moment that it felt like home for the first time. While I realize that a large part of that was my wife moving in, I also need to acknowledge that it was what was done to the place that made it feel like home. You can buy a $3 million dollar mansion on the lake, but it won’t feel like home just because you bought the house. What’s truly important is what you do with the house. It doesn’t have to be fancy, I’ve learned that a little goes a long way, but adding design transforms a house into a home.