Some people get weak in the knees at the sight of some hottie…not me. There could be a tall-dark-and-handsome holding a lamp and you know what would make me drool? The Lamp. I have this weakness for decorating, decorations, an eye for color and scheming and feng-shui and balance and (sigh) drippy candles, throw pillows, serving platters, those little balls made of twigs that sit in a dish or a vase, art prints, mirrors and let’s not even START on my passionate love of stripping (not only myself) but old furniture as well – painting and staining it to perfection!
I moved from a fully furnished living rental home to my not-at-all furnished, white, stank apartment building only 8 days before becoming a Stripper. (I’m getting panicky just THINKING about this – paper bag, quick…inhale, exhale, much better) I spent 2 months feeling very, very cranky about the state of my home. I would walk in and not even FEEL at home, but this challenged me greatly. And I ask you, reader, your personal opinion on what I write below:
If you’re following this stripping venture of mine, I ask you to remember my Motive Check a few posts ago where The Little Angel & The Little Devil bickered on my shoulders as to WHY I was doing this. Part of my conclusion was that I was giving up buying things I DON’T NEED (and all “new” things, at that). But in the beginning, I quickly checked myself when I was buying “used” things I didn’t need. So I stopped. And I was miserable in my white, pathetic, completely not-homey home day in, and day out. I waited…and have the super awesome pics to prove some sweet FREE furniture! But, when talking with a friend, we discussed the “need” to feel at home in our homes. I ask YOU – is this truth? Is it truth that decorations that make a person feel “at home” is a need? I am struggling with this one.
To be honest with you, I made a simple list of specific things that would make my white apartment feel like home and I will tell you, I question if these “used” purchases I made at Thrift Stores were actual needs or wants. I’d love you opinions (as much as I love what my apartment looks like after curtains, a centerpiece, a wall mirror and a tablecloth!) Does this so-called-passionate-love for decorating, space and color I have qualify as fulfilling a human need, or is the truest test to live without that which I love?
I know “decorating” seems like a weird way to stumble, but I’ve thought a lot about it. Especially thinking of non-Americans…do the huts of Africa need “Feng Shui” to feel at home? Do the poor in Asia need a splash of color to create comfort and livability? Or are these things non-essentials? Seriously: I’m torn!!!