Thank you Jen for asking me to write a guest post about incorporating our Catholic faith into our home décor.
We moved to Southern Maryland 3 years ago and left behind a finally finished and beautifully decorated home in Virginia. It was 10 years of love, sweat and savings that made that house a welcoming home. However, it was time to stop the horrendous commuting my husband endured for the family. We stepped out in faith, listed our house and asked God to show us what He wanted. Our house went under contract the first weekend and the buyer wanted to close in 3 weeks. 3 weeks! We had our answer and prepared to move in haste. After looking at many houses, we settled on a house that needed much updating and had few features on our “must haves” list. God knows best so we stepped out in faith. Armed with gallons of paint and determination, we’ve been slowly changing the feel of our home to reflect us.
Reflect us. Does your home reflect what matters to you? Some moms out there may think this is a trivial matter. I am not one of them. I spend far too many hours here to not care how it looks. Keeping it organized (for the most part) means less visual noise and a happy mommy. I don’t do it alone. Everyone is “encouraged” to help take care of the gifts God has given us.
Our home is our domestic church. For me, order and beauty go together to bring peace and tranquility. Home is our refuge. While the outside world is competing for our hearts, I use visual aids in the home to remind our family why we are here and what is important: Love–wholesome and holy.
Everyone has a different approach but this is how I do it. I nudge, drip, and splash our faith everywhere. Everywhere. Some of it is subtle, some not. At our last house we had a homeschool room upstairs, in this house it is on the main level right as you come in the front door. We own it. It is the same with our love of Christ, His Church, His angels and His saints. We own it. We live it. We love Him and we aren’t ashamed. (Romans 1:16)
Our new home is cooler in décor color and more casual and coastal in style. After all, we live on a peninsula and water is everywhere. Water is life. The use of cool colors instantly calms me down. If momma ain’t happy…..
Enough talking, let me give you some ideas:
This vignette is at the top of an iron rack where we eat.
This rack is on the opposite side of the breakfast nook and filled with pretty recycled glassware. The soft green/blue is soothing to see.
But look closer, fleur de lis’ are trickled throughout. I am consecrated to Mary and this is one of her symbols. When I see it, I whisper a prayer.
These iron brackets were used to make shelves above our kitchen windows in the breakfast nook.
This sits on the window shelf in the center. It is a kitchen Madonna from 1932.
On the ledge in the family room.
These bookshelves are in family room opposite the fireplace.
A central shelf reminds us we are consecrated to the Sacred Heart.
Another reminds us of our guardian angel.
Still another has an abstract Madonna & Child mingling with other pretty things.
Our family room mantle.
This round table is also in the family room.
I love the Augustine quote!
You will find this in our front foyer.
Even the powder room has a reminder.
All our rooms have a crucifix.
Can you see the one above the girls’ bed? It glows in the dark!
And all our rooms are designed to feel welcoming and peaceful.
I hope these pictures give you a little encouragement to live your faith out loud. If you already have plenty of religious art and symbols in your house but needed to know how to incorporate them in a calm and eye pleasing way, I hope in some small way I showed you how to do that too. May God bless you and your family!
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