Reading the newspaper on Sunday, I stumbled across a statistic that left me thinking, "Really?" I read that according to the HomeGoods Home Census 2010, only 20% of the people surveyed were happy with their home decor. Now, I realize that conclusions based on surveys vary depending on the phrasing of questions, the sample of those querried, etc. However, I've been up on my mental soapbox all week long, wondering how in the world people can be so unhappy about something over which they have total control. (Obviously, this little Thankful Me blog has its work cut out for itself!)
I've been known to ask a child, who is complaining about an outfit, "Well, who dressed you?" Likewise, who is decorating these homes of unhappiness? No wonder the thrift stores and garage sales are filled with perfectly good items; apparently the vast majority of the nation quickly becomes disenchanted with the look and style of its furnishings and accessories.
Do I have plans, ideas, and dreams about changes I could make in the decor of my home? Sure I do, but that doesn't mean I'm unhappy with the current state of affairs. Am I willing to spend tons of money for the latest, greatest look? Absolutely not. The latest or greatest doesn't bring me happiness. Most of my decor has memory or meaning behind it: family photos; a quilt made for John and I; a knitted throw that I made for my grandma and received back after her death; houseplants to bring life and beauty into the rooms. I enjoy having books on the shelves and musical instruments available to play. The love in a home does not depend on the things in the house, but the things in the house should reflect the love in the home.
Now that I have that off my chest, I'd love to hear your views. Are you happy with your decor? Any insight into the thoughts of the 80%?
Thanks for love, which makes even the humblest of circumstances beautiful.