A Decorating Dilemma

Whew! We’ve all been there. Moving from one place to another is pure chaos. Even though a moving company handled the packing and transporting, the process stressed me out.

I apologize for my long absence from cyberspace. In my last post I mentioned our upcoming plans to move to a retirement community. For the past month, I’ve been consumed with trying to create harmony between myself and my new living space.

Our new apartment is small. (1500 square feet) We no longer have a garage, which was quite useful for stashing items we didn’t use everyday. Now, every inch of storage space matters. Although we tried to downsize, our closets are full. The movers stacked our framed art against a wall in the guest room. Every time I walked in there I thought, “What are we going to do with all of these pictures?” We live in an open floor plan with less wall space, and more windows.

If you think God doesn’t care about the little things we deal with, think again. This is one dilemma I prayed about, and His answer increased my faith.

I felt a need to keep the art I still liked—colorful landscapes and nature scenes from trips we’ve taken. So, I carried each picture from room to room to envision how it might look on the wall. Still, I couldn’t see how this eclectic mix could possibly fit together. Most of all, I didn’t want to make unnecessary holes in any of the walls. Once the pictures were hung, that’s where I wanted them to stay.

Two years ago I repurposed these frames with photographs I took at Lue Gardens. The colors brightened up the dining room and complemented our chairs, so I decided to keep them.

Then I found a collection of small canvases Jenny, our daughter, had painted. For years they decorated a bedroom. When I carried them into the dining room, I realized they matched the chairs as well. Jenny and I found some rustic looking frames at Joann Fabrics, which my husband prepared for hanging. Originally I thought I would line them up horizontally on another wall.

Enter Shaun,O’Dwyer, a floral designer with an eye for hanging pictures. Shaun came up with a new idea. Create harmony by bringing these different elements together vertically. Then hang them high. The result is amazing. I always thought pictures had to be at eye level. Shaun opened my eyes to new possibilities.

If you are wondering what to do with something old, instead of throwing it out or giving it away, think about changing it. Enlist the help of someone who might see things differently and create a new look.

“Redecorating has the power to make us feel like we have created new energy, a new vibe, a new life” —Dr. Sherrie Campbell

I am so thankful God cares about the little details in our lives. When it comes to creativity, I want to remember to look to the master creator. Behold, He makes all things new! (Rev.21:5 KJV)

Thank you for reading my blog. Leave a comment. I’d love to hear how you solved a decorating dilemma.

Author: debbieburton.blog

Debbie Burton is a children's author and award winning poet. Her books, "Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street," "Return to Blueberry Street," and "Truckload of Trouble." (Elk Lake) are available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

11 thoughts on “A Decorating Dilemma”

  1. We love our retirement community. This is move number 22 in 40 years of marriage. That’s what happens when I married a dashing service man. Some places we only stayed 6 months. Others 2 years. Our last military move left us to close to Sydney for our liking but my Dad needed to move in with us after Mum past away. during the next 5 years we renovated a run down cottage in a seniors community which double our money to moved north after a total of 7 years in the one house and town. Dad was by then in a care home but we visited him every month until Covid hit in 2020. He past away 6 weeks ago right bang in the middle of a massive Covid lock-down but I was all ready there when he entered end-of-life care. I’m so pleased that we could leave the lock-down area once we put him to rest. I hope you enjoy your your new forever home.

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    1. My condolences for the loss of your Dad. I’ve been watching news reports of the extreme measures your government is taking against Covid. At this point Florida is entirely open. The Delta variant has caused a tremendous number of cases, but those who are vaccinated have not been seriously affected. I’m looking forward to achieving herd immunity. Hope you stay safe and can still enjoy life.

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  2. I am so thankful that God does care about the smallest details in our lives! In my life the small details are often what gets me off track and then my attempt to fix them causes chaos. So glad you prayed and He answered with Shaun to solve your dilemma! The picture grouping is beautiful and your creativity and Jenny’s (both gifts from God) shines through…I love it!

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