My House is My Canvas


Wendy at Shabbynest wrote a post this week that inspired me to ponder if decorating is synonymous with materialism.  I used to think along those lines.

And, even now, very occasionally, that question enters my mind – do people think that I’ve become all materialistic and forgotten my Jesus and deeper things in life?   Am I a little crazy for loving design? 

I assure you, readers, that has not happened.  Though I may indeed be a little crazy. 

This blog is focused on design, one aspect of my life.   It gives me an outlet for one of my passions in life; passions that I believe are God-given. 

Truth is, my house is my canvas.

To me, decorating is an art.  It is also something I want to grow in and nurture.  I read about it to learn. I thumb through magazines to gaze at beauty and admire the work of others. I feel compelled to get my ideas and thoughts down onto paper, errr into the room.  Much like that, a painter works, but with a brush and canvas.  

Just as no one would make the misjudgment of calling a traditional artist materialist or discontent as he or she creates, learns the craft, studies other artists and writes on these topics, that should also not be the case for this version of art – the home.

Singers create songs.  Painters create paintings.  Pianists create arrangements.  Decorators create rooms.  Decorating is the most practical of the arts, if you ask me – you can use it daily and it becomes part of your refuge.

Many spend money on hobbies.  Sometimes decorating can cost financially (but only as much as you want it to).  It’s a hobby.  It’s a passion.  It’s a job.  Money or no money spent, it’s the practice of an art that grows talent.  

The Lord gave us passions and gifts.  You see, I’m not particularly athletic or musically talented…  I enjoy decorating.  (I’m not saying I’m so amazing at it.)  God made me who I am.  At this point in my life, I love to create and make things beautiful, just like my Creator!

It is these passions and gifts that make us who we are.  They stir our souls causing our feet to follow certain paths.  And, while on those paths, we are able to connect with others because of those passions.  It is in this quiet convergence that He uses us and grows us. 

So, hone your gifts.  Pursue your passions.  Dream.  Learn.  Grow.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” - Colossians 3:23-24

P.S.  This is assuming that a hobby or passion is not interrupting wise financial decisions or important relationships.


  1. Sarah@livingwith

    I love this post and I wholeheartedly agree!

  2. Angella Eisman Design

    “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24

    Love that verse…thanks for reminding me of it!
    I'm so thankful that God gives us talent and tells us to use it. I find using mine very fulfilling. Plus I'm meeting and working with people I would have never met otherwise. :-)

  3. The division between Jesus and phsyical things that we sometimes get stuck in… well, really is kinda silly.

    Jesus did, afterall, become physical.

    The question is not about materialism or passion, or anything… it's around, "Who is my God? Who or what am I worshipping?"

    We tend to know what sits on the thrones of our hearts… and anything from Interior Design to the Sunday Football are jockeying for that spot.

    Glad you're thinking about this stuff.

  4. Hyphen Interiors

    Hey em, That is so right. Well said. I agree completely. Good to hear from you!

  5. jesusistherock42

    K, if decorating and making rooms beautiful is synonomous with materialism, then God would be at the top of the list of materialistic folks. Anyone who takes the time to see the intricate details, fabrics and accessories that God told the Israelites to use when building the tabernacle will see that God loves beauty. Gosh, just look around at his creation. Girl, keep on using your talents. You're a chip off the old block. :-)

  6. Hyphen Interiors

    Beautiful comment! Thanks! I love your gift for words!

  7. Love this post! Well written. :-)

  8. Jess @ House Sweet Home

    I adore this. Thank you. It has given my more support than ever to pursue my passion.

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