I believe this much is true:
Every house has the potential to be a home. This is true whether you live in a castle, a McMansion, an apartment, a mobile home, or anything in between. It is not about the physical structure, it is about the heart and the attitude of those living within the space. The potential is always there. Home is not about square footage or upgrades or granite countertops. A huge commercial industry would have you believe otherwise, but don’t buy (literally) into the false promises of “things” that others will always be trying to sell you. You can have all of those “things” and be happy or you can have all of those “things” and be miserable. Quite frankly, it is not about “the things.”
I remember watching an episode of Oprah, years ago, following a trip she made to Africa where she sat in a hut with a local woman who had attached scrappy bows to the inside walls of her tiny home to decorate the sticks and mud of her home’s construction. It was inspired by her heart and done within her means, however limited. This woman thought her home was beautiful. And because of that, it was.
“It’s better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Layla, she and her husband Kevin are renovating a darling cottage, “the Lettered Cottage,” with relatively limited means and a huge dose of heart. Layla combined her professional training in interior design and her own experience in renovating to write a book that teaches us how to use what we have and can reasonably afford to create a home that is the real deal. You know-the kind of house where it doesn’t matter what the kitchen countertops are made out of because the family and home cooked meal in that kitchen are so consuming and comforting that no one would stop to notice. I love Layla’s book and I know you will too, but this post isn’t meant to be about marketing. It was just the impetus of a lot of reflection on my part on what an “inspired home” really is and how we can navigate our way toward that goal without being sidelined along the way.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.