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Light Your World

Light Your World

Moms and dads, welcome to my home! I am intentionally simplifying my décor.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how grateful I am for “all things light.” I love candles, lamps, and fireplaces—anything that flickers and casts shadows across the walls of my home. If you come over for a visit—day or night—you will surely find candles burning, and a lamp or two turned on before sundown.

There’s something magical about the soft, warming glow that candles project. I love how they seem to magically whisper to our souls,“Relax, take it easy, calm your mind, all is well.” And even if all is not well, at least we can escape our painful, stressful, realities—if only for a moment.

Light has a powerful way of recharging our minds and refueling our souls. My best ideas have come to me when I have allowed myself the luxury of stopping everything and propping my busy feet up to enjoy the flickering glow of candles. I love the way I feel when I walk into the room in this photo.

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Our world can be loud, obnoxious, and stressful—so let’s focus on ways we can create a safe haven within the walls of our homes. Home should be a place of light, hope, love, and rest. But, first, we have to deal with our clutter. What’s the point of placing more light when the light will only accentuate the clutter?

Focus on ways of creating peace—right in the middle of your most chaotic life circumstances. You can do it!  By creating a more calming environment within the walls of your home, you will light the way for your family and others to leave their cares, worries, and their cluttered lives outside the door.

Clear Clutter from:

  • Mantles
  • Tabletops and any other exposed furniture surfaces
  • Under furniture

Get rid of boxes orbags of things that are just sitting in the room. Donate them, trash them, or take the items to a closet. Remember—less is more. If you haven’t used the items in quite a while, do you really need to keep them?

Light Your World:

  • Scatter candles about the room. (Battery operated is recommended, especially with little one at home.)
  • Battery-operated candles with remote controls are amazing and convenient—plus, you won’t have to worry about fire hazards when you leave the room.
  • If you like flame burning candles, use these on top of counters where children can’t reach them.
  • For a warm glow, fill your fireplace with flame-burning candles when the weather is too warm to build a fire. My friends and family love it when I fill my fireplace with flame-burning candles. (Please note this is NOT recommended for gas-burning fireplaces)
  • Be sure to cover the opening of your fireplace with a protective screen to protect all those little hands.

It’s amazing how much peace and calm we can bring to our cluttered lives with just a few simple steps. And those are two things that every mom and dad can appreciate!

By: LaTan Roland Murphy is a writer, speaker, and teacher who also has a decorating business – Interior Elegance by LaTan. LaTan loves encouraging families to be thankful for what they have and helping them use what they have to create beautiful things. (The decorations and pictures are originals of LaTan Murphy.) Visit LaTan at http://latanmurphy.com.

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