Why Decorating Matters

Why Decorating Matters by sheholdsdearly.com

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Have you ever been in one of those conversations on Instagram about how not realistic everyone’s lives are on there? That sounds so critical as I type that.

 Or watched a “messy home” tour and thought, “Holy cow, that’s nothing!  I’ll show you messy, how about four kids with a bunch of farm animals in the middle of a remodel?!”

I used to be one of those cynics.

Admittedly, there are still days that blogs and social media are exhausting to me in their relentless flow of completed projects and spotless spaces.

I remember when I first published photos of our home online and my husband jokingly commented that our house didn’t look like that and that he would never trust magazines again.

Why Decorating Matters by sheholdsdearly.com

Here’s the deal, my house is just a house until I begin to intentionally tweak things to tame the chaos and bring in the layers of beauty.

My home is my canvas, as I know many of my readers understand.  As I photograph and edit everything, I feel like I am translating, speaking a language to people, one the shows what my eyes see when I look at a space. 

Does that makes sense? Photography gives me a way to show you how a place makes me feel.   There are things that stand out to me, details that move me, light that catches my eye, all these can be captured and communicated through the lens of a camera.

Is that lying about what is really there?

I don’t think so, see these very imperfect apples . .

Why Decorating Matters by sheholdsdearly.com

They are not from the store, they are from my orchard.

 The one we designed, saved for and planted one tree at a time.  My husband loves apple cider, so there are trees specifically for cider, the orchard is divided into three sets of trees- the early harvest, regular harvest and late harvest- so we maximize the full apple season.

This picture shows how I feel about our bounty each year.

Cultivating our sense of beauty and gratefulness is key to survival in this world.  Yesterday, our beautiful farm was robbed by people on drugs. Everything about it offended me to the core, the injustice ate at me all day.  Every time I would I try to make a meal or get the kids back on schedule there would be a new development and I would have talk to the police or another neighbor.

In the background, person after person was commenting on Instagram all day long about not letting the ugly side of life shut me down.

They don’t know how much they encouraged me.

It is true that we are surrounded by struggles, brokenness and injustice, but as we continue to make things more beautiful and highlight them we are performing a needed ministry to the world and to ourselves really. We are insisting that we are also surrounded by blessings and reasons to praise God.  The seasons are celebrated, the daily routines create comfort for those around us.  We refuse to sink into despair.

Why Decorating Matters by sheholdsdearly.com

Don’t stop in your push back against the problems we are all facing, don’t stop trying to communicate life and hope in your homes and neighborhoods, even when it feels crazy.

God is still reaching out to us with His great love in so many ways, if we only have eyes to see it.

Why Decorating Matters by sheholdsdearly.com

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  1. Rose
    February 7, 2018 / 10:08 AM

    Hi Sarah, Your home is beautiful and warm you keep doing what you do best.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 19, 2018 / 7:08 PM

      Thank you for this encouragement, Rose! It means so much. I couldn’t do it without readers like you.

  2. Nan
    February 7, 2018 / 11:42 AM

    Sarah Dear,
    A robbery makes us feel shocked and vulnerable, but the beautiful, sentimental objects that were removed from our homes are just that… objects. No matter how awful it is that our things are lost, we are blessed when our family is OK. Things can be replaced, or not as we choose. Sometimes just having the memory of sentimental objects is enough. Life, and family, goes on. It is enough.
    I’m sorry for your losses.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 19, 2018 / 7:10 PM

      You are right. Once the initial shock wears off, I am able to count my blessings. Thank you for your words of wisdom.

  3. Lee
    February 7, 2018 / 12:10 PM

    Thank you! That was a beautiful post 🙂

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 19, 2018 / 7:11 PM

      You’re so welcome! Thank you for stopping by, Lee.

  4. Sherry Myers
    February 7, 2018 / 12:13 PM

    Sarah, I enjoy your blog more than you know. It brings my focus into the calm nurturing side of life. It is beautiful. I am sorry for the invasion of your home. Be still and know that God is God and He cares for you. Thank you for sharing with us the joys and sorrows of your heart.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 19, 2018 / 7:12 PM

      I am grateful that it wasn’t actually our home, it was our yard and trailer that was violated. Thank you for your comforting words.

  5. Chelsea Stith
    February 7, 2018 / 12:53 PM

    Hi Sarah, I would like to recommend a book to you. It seems to speak to your aesthetic but also to your worshipping heart. It has been a treasure for me and I hope it will be for you as well. It is titled INTERIOR WISDOM Designing Your Home and Heart For The Lord by Leah Richardson. I have paced myself because it is so beautifully layered. I have actually been using it as a special day devotional and am savoring every word. I saw it on a coffee table in a vacation home and ordered it off of Amazon immediately after reading just a few pages. I hope you will be able to get it and I am sure you will love it! Blessings!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 19, 2018 / 7:14 PM

      Oh, I love recommendations like this! Thank you so much I am so excited to read this book.

  6. Jessica
    February 7, 2018 / 1:47 PM

    Oh no! What an awful, violating feeling. I hope you and your family are recovering from that and glad you’re OK. Your photos are so beautiful!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 19, 2018 / 7:22 PM

      Yes, I hate stealing! You are so right. I just don’t understand it, thank you for your kind words.

  7. February 7, 2018 / 9:04 PM

    Beautiful. Your home, but more than that, these thoughts.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 19, 2018 / 7:23 PM

      Thank you for understanding, I can tell we are kindred spirits.

  8. February 8, 2018 / 7:42 PM

    Love this post Sarah! So heartfelt, and so on point!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 18, 2018 / 6:48 PM

      Thank you for your kind words! I can tell we are kindred spirits.

  9. February 9, 2018 / 9:08 AM

    It’s so true! I also love that photos capture a moment in time that’s fleeting but special. You’re an amazing photographer! I’m glad the blogosphere is here to support you when it’s hard.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      February 18, 2018 / 6:52 PM

      Thank you for your encouragment! I love meeting other people who love photography, it’s such an amazing way to communicate beauty to people.

  10. Tanya Hulbert
    February 23, 2018 / 11:16 PM

    Sarah, I know this has been so hard for you. What a transition though to focus on the good in God’s world even though we feel at times there is so much wrong with the world. Isn’t it such a wonderful hope we have knowing there is so much to look forward to when things are once again perfect! Love you!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      March 13, 2018 / 6:06 PM

      Thank you for your kind words and encouragement, they mean so much

  11. May 28, 2018 / 4:47 PM

    I read this post on February and loved it, then opened it again and loved it all over again. Thank you for sharing!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 3, 2018 / 7:15 PM

      Oh, good, I love hearing this! You are such an encouragement to me.

  12. Lisa
    October 18, 2018 / 9:06 AM

    Sarah, I just wanted to thank you for your post on why decorating matters. I love decorating and sometimes I think, am I crazy for always changing out my decor every season? You are an inspiration! xx

  13. Laura
    July 30, 2020 / 10:22 AM

    Dear Sarah,
    I love your openness and your want to share the rawness of the situation. God’s word says that when we are weary to bring it to the elders to pray for you. And being weary doesn’t mean that you’re not a good Christian or that you didn’t do something right. Being very just means we are having hard time finding the strength to ever come at. I will be praying for you and your family and pray more than anything for peace in your heart about the situation.

    You’re very strong overcoming woman. I’m sure you will get through this even more wiser than you already are.

    Have a blessed day

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