Reader inspiration from Tuesday's column...
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."--William Morris
"Thanks so much for sharing the William Morris quote. It reminds me of something home interior designer Nate Berkus always says, 'Your home should rise up to greet you.' From the first time I heard him say that, I've always kept those words tucked into the back of my mind when I'm working on decorating my home. For example, I needed to transplant some of my houseplants into new pots yesterday, so I went to Lowe's and could have bought the plastic planters for $2 which were fully functional, but instead splurged on the ceramic ones that were blues and greens and remind me of the ocean and sea glass. Anything that can emotionally transplant this Dallas resident to the beach is worth it in my opinion, and my plants make me smile now because I went for the planters that actually spoke to me...Making decisions like this has actually made for better investments over the years too, because I don't get frustrated or tired of something just because it had a utilitarian purpose. Now it needs to be both useful and beautiful, just like William Morris said. By the way, I'm enjoying your letters. Thanks for sharing your life with us!"--Jathan F.
"Thanks for inspiring me, I have been meaning to clean out and 'spring clean'! I have been ill and things have been piling up, but that is fixing to change. I will remember the quote as I go through my house! Thank you for sharing and here is to cleaning out! One man's trash is another's treasure as they say!"--Debbie L.
"I have SO-MUCH-STUFF. I've kept it all for so many reasons, but just looking at it stresses me out. Your thoughts today have given me 'clarity' and now I can go through and get rid of a lot of it... Some things were given to me and have sentimental value, even though I don't like them. What to do, what to do? I know, I will put all those things together and take a photo of them and then get rid of them. That way I can still look at the photo, and take my trip down memory lane. Easy, peasy."-- Kathi M.
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