Frugal Friday: Number 1 Roadblock To Understanding What Frugal Decor Really is
You know I love value
You know I love finding a bargain
You KNOW I love beautiful things…yesterday I shared a Couture Gown for heaven’s sake…not exactly Frugal Friday material there…
In the genuine pursuit of living an intentional (sometimes literally frugal) decorated life, I want to share the single biggest roadblock I come up against when Clients try to get a handle on spending serious money for things their heart delights in.
I call it “The Beautiful Issue”
It’s actually part of my Decorating Systems Program…and YES, “The Beautiful Issue” is in fact the title of the module…
It goes something like this:
One of the things we come up against is the “Beautiful Issue”
“Oh, that’s a beautiful room…I could never throw a casual party in it”
“Oh, that’s a beautiful room…I could never drink red wine in it”
“Oh, that’s a beautiful sofa, I could never take a nap on it”
“Oh, that’s beautiful fabric, I could never let my grandchildren sit on it”
Oh, that’s a beautiful (insert any item here), I could never (insert any item here) on it, in it, around it….
You get the picture
What is my Frugal Friday contribution to “The Beautiful Issue”?
I was trained, much as I suspect many of you were, to LIVE with beautiful things and to use them
It is FRUGAL to use things
It is WASTEFUL to worship things
So if there is one take a way for this weekend, it’s this…
Use the beautiful you thought you couldn’t
Use the beautiful you forgot you had (I am guilty of this…)
If you perceive it is too valuable to use, then you have assigned a THING more value than a PERSON, not ok
And this coming from a gal who has fabrics in her arsenal that cost more per yard than her first car…
I also have fabrics in my arsenal that are $7/yard.
Frugal depends on usage. Real life living. If I am not using the $7/yard fabric, no matter the cost it is still not frugal
What is your Frugal Luxe item you live with and love each day?
Is it a fabulous sherry glass?
A magnificent chair you sit in?
A Royal Crown Derby Place Setting you enjoy daily?
Frugal = Cost/Usage
Cost DIVIDED by usage…therefore, the more expensive the item…you get the picture….
What is that inexpensive thing, your proverbial “$7/Yard Fabric” that goes unused?
You are the most expensive thing in your home (in a good way;). You have the most value. Your beautiful things are there to work for you, not the other way around.
“The Beautiful Issue”
“Live a custom life. There is only one you.”™
I AM a “justifier”….I just have to “justify” everything…it’s arduous. 🙂 franki
Thank you Linda! Your perseverance inspired me to get a glass of red wine ;)! Have a great weekend.
What a fabulous post Ann!!! You have shed new light into my own home and I thank you!
Missing you! XXOO