by Dina Sleiman
People say home is where the heart is. For me, I would also add, home is where the art is. I love to paint, and what better canvas than the walls of my house. I can't say my claim to fame as a homemaker lies in my cooking or cleaning abilities. In fact, I won't even pretend for one moment that it lies in those areas. And while I thought I was fairly economical, many of my fellow inkies put me to shame.
But I do love to make my home a place of beauty.
After renting from 1998 to 2002 I was itchy to buy my own place and do some decorating. We found a great deal for a home with beautiful architecture on a lovely wooded lot in a nice neighborhood. But the six year-old-house was the bottom edition built in that neighborhood. I'm talking bare bones -- consider your self lucky we installed a toilet -- bottom of the line. Which worked great as far as I was concerned. The entire structure was a blank canvas of white walls. An artists delight.
My next project was a four part work of art for the giant wall above the fireplace. Let me clarify that I'm not a trained artist, but I made each canvas a different primary shade to match my red sofa with bright colorful flowers, bleeding the shades from one frame to the next. Then I added some geometric patterns and two solid black silhouettes of modern art dancers.
Yes, I love to paint.
We even added an art wall recently, covered with framed artwork by my children, paintings by friends and family, and special pieces we've collected. My husband is not an artist, but last year he commissioned an artist at his work to paint a picture of Jesus surfing barefoot, just because he wanted one.
But perhaps my favorite paintings of all, the ones that bring me the most inspiration, are the scriptures I've painstakingly copied in my kitchen and above the arch in the entryway of the house. In the Old Testament we are instructed to write the scriptures on our walls and over our doorways. So it took that literally.
So, I guess you could say, I've made a real mark on my home. I encourage you to make your mark on your home in some significant way. Make it a place where the word of God is declared. Choose art that lifts your spirit and soothes your soul. Decorate in a way that displays your own individual touch.
Tell us what your house looks like and what makes it unique.