You can find the coolest things at antique stores. On a recent antiquing jaunt, I came upon a tiny booklet titled, Interior Decoration For the Small Home by Clarice Cunningham. The booklet appears to be from the 50s and is a lovely gem of homemaking days gone by. I purchased it as a cute novelty item but as I read it, I realized that many of the principles and suggestions in the book are completely relevant to the modern homemaker.
I thought I would share a few posts that pull some of the nuggets from this charming little booklet. Here is the first.
Part I – First Considerations
“There is a tendency among people who live in rented houses to consider their furniture as temporary as their possession of the house, and so they never spend the time or money enough in the selection of their furnishings to have those which they really regard as permanent.”
For the three years my husband and I have been married, we’ve lived in rented spaces and will probably continue to do so for the foreseeable future. (Thanks, California cost of living!) I’ll be the first to admit that the thought of buying the first cheap couch or dining table I found was tempting. But what I’ve come to learn is that however cheap something is, it’s almost always used for a longer period of time than first intended. If you purchase a particular item because it’s cheap and it’ll fill the space rather than your love for it and its durability, you’ll only become more dissatisfied with it the longer it’s in your house.
Whether you live in a rental or not, decorate deliberately. Hold out and save for those items you know you will continue to love. Start with the basics: a good bed, a well made couch, and a sturdy dining table, then go from there! Sure, this takes time and little self control, but you will be so much happier with the end result.
So, ladies, decorate with purpose! (And maybe a few adorable DIY projects along the way.)