Making our House a Home – Decor!

The investment in simple decorations, table runners, cloth napkins and the like can make a house a place of warmth and refreshment for all those who enter. Part of our calling as homemakers is to make our homes that source of oasis for our families but also to extend in hospitality to friends, family, and all whom the Lord might call you to minister to. Developing those creative juices in your homemaking can be so much fun and it also doesn’t have to cost a lot of money! The addition of decor and giving it a little womanly touch can make such a difference.

I have been inspired lately to decorate my house a little with some fall colors.  Jo-Ann Fabrics is a wonderful source of decorations at great prices. Just check out their website and subscribe to their emails. About once a month I get a 50% off coupon as well as notification of sales. Ross stores also have a nice selection of household decor for great prices. I love buying my photo frames there.

I couldn’t believe how delightful it was to freshen up our home with a little love and decor. It made me enjoy being a homemaker that much more! I am not naturally gifted in creativity so it takes a little work, but the more I do it the more enjoyable and easier it gets!

We found the table arrangement pictured above at our local farmer’s market this past Saturday for $8. I added a few candles and table runner that I had on hand, and with the addition of some fun little gourds (which are very cheap at the produce stand), we were set! Gourds and candles alone can make a nice arrangement! I found the best thing is to take a little bit at a time to collect decor and once you have it you can use it again and mix and match, as I often do with my candles. Don’t invest in a huge closet of decor at one time, collect a little here and a little there.

This is a dark picture due to the light coming in, but this is a lovely fall wreath I bought for just $5 at Jo-Ann’s. IT was originally $30, but with the sale and the additional 50% off coupon, it was $5! It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it can definitely freshen up your home!

A fall garland hanging inside another window – a $4 find at Jo-Ann’s!

So have fun becoming a creative homemaker!

For further thoughts on decorating, especially on a budget, check out these posts:

Decorating on A Budget – part 1

Decorating on A Budget – part 2

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of three, homemaker, and writer. She is the editor of Passionate Homemaking since its beginning five years ago. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

10 Responses to Making our House a Home – Decor!

  1. Ribena June 10, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Hi Lindsay,
    You have a beautiful home! You have such wonderful and economical ideas, please keep them coming. I’m not sure if you’ve mentioned this or not, but can you please tell me your resource for buying reasonably priced linens?

    Thanks

    • Lindsay June 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

      Ross stores or Home Goods. Ross is my all time favorite if you have one in your area.

  2. Shannon October 16, 2008 at 6:41 am #

    I am so very challenged in design and decor! I would never have thought of hanging a wreath or garland in a window! Thanks for the great idea… we’re just about to move to a different house, and I’ll have the perfect windows to use your idea. Joann’s and Ross are two of my favorites. Also, Big Lots is a good place to find decorations, if you have one in your area.

  3. kelly October 16, 2008 at 12:25 am #

    I was doing some research today about beeswax health benefits etc. and rolled across several sites that noted how typical parrafen candles are made, and how potentially unhealthy they are. I thought you might be interested. I don’t have a specific link, but just did a simple quick search.
    Do you know anything more about it?

  4. Kate October 15, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    I’m in my early 30′s and have been collecting decorations and such since I got out of college! I usually add onto what I have each year. (new place mats, candles, something)

    I love shopping thru Current. Nice stuff and cheap price! I also, shop thru HSN, or QVC.

  5. Christina October 14, 2008 at 8:47 pm #

    Seasonal decor tends to discourage me–I tend to think of needing a storage shed full of decor to change the entire look of my home every season, which is not an appealing thought. This post encouraged me again to be creative in making small seasonal changes. It also reminded me of the book “The Hidden Art of Homemaking” by Edith Schaeffer. An inspiring book that I think I’ll read again soon.

    • kelly October 16, 2008 at 12:26 am #

      I love that book. I go back to it all the time. It just churns the milk of creativity in my mind.

  6. Melissa October 14, 2008 at 8:11 pm #

    Thank you for this sweet reminder! We homeschool at our dining room table, which is the center of my home, so I don’t often get to make it pretty. I am going to purpose to set-aside school and make it more lovely when school is not in session! I love to have a beautiful table and I am excited to see what I can find around my house to decorate for fall.

  7. Eryn October 14, 2008 at 7:28 pm #

    I saw you at JoAnn’s yesterday in the checkout line. Since we’ve never met in person, I didn’t want to be a creepy blog stalker :) . That, and you had your girl with you, and I had my two boys, PLUS all the goodies from JoAnn’s…that equals a handful and too hard to chat! Just thought I’d say hi here, instead! Eryn

    • Lindsay October 15, 2008 at 7:51 am #

      Wow! That’s crazy Eryn…who would have thought? I always find it fun to meet readers, especially discovering local ones! Maybe some other time…blessings!