Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Favorite Quotes In Decor
I'm not much of a "live, laugh, love" in 12 inch swirly type kind of girl, but I do like visual reminders of beautiful thoughts that help me to refocus as I go about my day. I think that when they are done well--meaning they are authentic and heart-felt--they can be beautiful and personal, not trite or insincere.
Quotes and candles sounds like a recipe for a cheesy commercial, right? Well, I really like the Paddywax Library candles that West Elm used to carry. The one I have in Saf's room (above) has one of my favorite quotes by Tolstoy: "All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love"--so true my friends!
I also like reading them in other people's homes because I think they can say a lot about who lives there. My in-laws have a little poem in their bathroom that my mother-on-law inherited from her grandmother. I think it sums up how their family lives, and because of that, it's precious and personal. I love it so much that I've incorporated it into my own home too, appropriately stamped on the wall of our "small means" room, the one that we made-over with $50 :)
To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich;
to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart;
to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never;
in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common
this is my symphony.
So friends, what about you? Do you cringe at the idea of quotes in homes? Do you love it? What are your favorites?