Over the course of 32+ years of marriage I have been fortunate to be the recipient of hand-me-downs.
Most, if not all, remain in their original state, since I do not paint.
Edith Schaeffer's ingenuity sure puts me to shame.
From candle-making to furniture-making, from dumpster-diving to toy-making, there really are so many opportunities to decorate that we have to admit to being creative. If nothing else, I suggest that orderliness counts. My children always played better when the toy room when it was picked up and organized.
Schaeffer's most significant and over-riding point continues to be *communication.* This word keeps cropping up and I finally realized that she's talking about non-verbal communication.
Whether you admit it or not, what you buy or what you forgo, what you keep or what you toss, what you repurpose or what you overlook, all express your style, tastes, and interests.
In other words, we cannot ignore our talents.
My goal is to make sure mine are speaking accurately.
Photo of my living room taken March 2012 ~
Link to interior decorating post written in 2004