Make sure the art and decor in your home connects with the whole family. Sharing ways to choose art the whole family will love and discussing our NEED to create art and beauty in our lives.
*This post is sponsored by Minted, but all opinions are my own – as always. I’m grateful to Minted for this design challenge and for giving me the courage to share our current devistating roadblocks with you. Be sure to snag the free motivational printables in this post – a little art done by yours truly 😉 .
I’d much rather talk about our struggles to you in hindsight. Currently, we have no happy ending and the road ahead is looking bleak . . . and that is kind of a downer. What I share today is not for sympathy, rather I want to encourage any of you in the midst of your own challenges to find the desire to create.
No. Matter. What.
First things first – let’s talk about finding art for your spaces that will connect with everyone. Now, not every piece of art will connect with everyone (that would be boring), but I do feel it is so important to find space in your home where each member of your family can connect with a piece that speaks to them. How do we do that? Let me share what I’ve learned.
HOW TO CHOOSE ART THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL LOVE
Filling your walls and shelves with meaningful images or words for everyone can happen in 3 easy steps.
1 – Expose them to art.
2 – Observe their connections.
3 – Make it personal to them.
Let’s explore each step.
1 – EXPOSE THEM TO ART
Don’t rely on teachers or friends to expose your family to art! Parents and spouses know their loved ones best, and can better introduce them to what may connect with each family member. Here are some ideas for exposing your family to art, so you can better understand what they will like for years to come.
- Point out art while in stores, doctor offices, and other homes
- Visit art galleries
- Look online with them at the Minted Fine Art Collections and have them point out their favorites. This is exactly what I did while choosing the art you see in these images.
- Search different types of art with them online, i.e. Abstract, watercolor, landscapes, portraits, acrylic paintings, sketches, photography, sculptures, etc.
- Create art together! This instills a love and appreciate for this type of creative venture, whether or not they excel at it.
Some of my children are more prone to noticing the art around them than others, but I really enjoy talking about what we see around us with them as we go about our day.
2 – OBSERVE THEIR CONNECTIONS
No matter how deep our blood runs, no two humans are the same and our tastes for art often vary drastically. It’s your job as a homemaker to watch and observe what connections your family makes to the art they see. You could even have them create their own art and watch what they come up with, paying attention to any patterns.
I picked out some special art pieces from our collections to show you, that each of my family members so obviously connected to. In each case I was a tad surprised, but delighted to see their preferences take shape.
A BOY AND HIS DOG
This piece has a great story. We were on a family trip and I begged the hubs to stop at a thrift shop. We were cruising along and my son got way excited over this pic of a vintage boy and his dog. Of course, when I saw it my heart flipped over the chippy frame and vintage appeal. SOLD. Price? Didn’t care. My boy and I connected to the same piece.
Got to the register and the lady laughed and said, “I didn’t even bother to price this thing, because I didn’t think anybody would want it.”
I. Couldn’t. Even.
Until she said, “here, just have it for free. Maybe you could paint the frame and fix it up.”
Say no more lady . . . you can’t fix perfection.
Pretty sweet deal huh?! By the way – even a cute 4 year old can connect to art. He loves having this picture in his room.
CURIOSITY AND COLOR
I sat my littlest girl on my lap and we looked over the Minted Fine Art collection. She wanted me to stop right at this Pink Fortress piece. I asked her what she liked and she said “the pink, how it looks old and I really want to know what is inside that window.”
This girl is curious to a fault and found art that feeds that personality trait.
HOPES AND DREAMS
This wee one is a tornado. Giant creative mess in the house? She did it. It takes all my perfectionist self-control to let her have at it without discouraging her creativity. But oh how I love seeing what she creates. She was particularly proud of this abstract art she made after we had researched the topic on YouTube together, so I stuck it in a frame and proudly hung it up. It is a representation of her long time dream of having a barn full of horses and a house surrounded by lavender fields and mountains.
Oh how I would love to oblige.
WONDER AND IMAGINATION
My sweet pre-teen.
Surely, she is so grown up and saw this Real Reflections Art on Minted and pondered on the importance of seeing yourself clearly and thoughtfully. Nope. Boy was I wrong.
She saw this misty reflection and imagined herself and her friends jumping into the image and exploring the forest, while being all their favorite Star Wars characters. That’s what she told me. Her imagination is vivid and alive still, and this art sparked it once more.
Please don’t ever grow up.
THE ESCAPE AND MEMORIES
I made Mr. TIDBITS pose with one of his favorite art pieces I got him this last Christmas. Everywhere we went, he seemed very drawn to greenery and pathways and mentioned how he would like something like that in his work office. He grew up in Washington and his family spent most of their recreational time in the lush mountains. He loves having this art straight across from his desk. He says it feels like a work escape for him, making him feel like he is somewhere different than where he must be, when he needs it.
As for me, my choice of Art may or may not surprise you. Scrolling through Minted, this piece “Beautiful Nature Three” jumped right out at me and I couldn’t let it go. So I went big 😉
It’s minimal. Serene. Peaceful. Blue (hello favorite color). It invokes in me renewal, rest, and calmness – exactly what the artist was trying to depict.
Our life is at a confusing and frustrating stand still right now. We are not wanting to go backwards, yet unable to move forward.
For my regular readers, you know we moved into a rental, trusting too much in a “hot housing market” to sell our beautiful home quickly, and then hoped to make a quick turn around to buy some dream property to build our forever home.
Reality is this. Going on 6 months of 2 house payments, dropped contracts, endless problems, and what you may not know – 2 years of constant dead ends looking for property.
To add to the difficulties, my job is my home! I’m a home decor blogger without a home! Yes, many of you would love to see what we do with our dark rental, and I would love to share ideas, but everything we own that is nice is left at the other home for staging purposes. We dine over fold-up tables and chairs, and relax on hand me down furniture. Not much for inspiration so far.
Now I know there are worse trials. I choose to fill my prayers with gratitude for having healthy, happy children, a roof(s) over our head, and food on the table. I’m holding onto hope that it will all work out when it needs to, and fighting my intense feelings of discouragement and worry by creating.
Creating even if all I might have is a wall on wheels in our garage, a $20 mantel from the classifieds, and a few pieces of art that speak to me and my family.
OUR NEED TO CREATE
I am convinced that we ALL have a deep need to create, no matter our situation. Create beauty in whatever surroundings you find yourself in, with whatever resources you have. Create smiles on the faces of those we love. Create delightful and nourishing food for ourselves and our families. Create a place to share and educate others near and far. Create memories, experiences and opportunities to serve.
Creating something that did not exist before can pull us out of feelings of discouragement and despair. Creating can help us make the most of any situation.
FREE MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES
I created some art of my own to accompany this post, that if you find inspirational I welcome you to fill out the form below to gain access to my TIDBITS SUBSCRIBER LIBRARY where I house all my free printables for my subscribers.
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The CREATE quote is a long time favorite of mine, and the other words were brought to my mind in times of reflection and prayer. You can quote me on them 😉
I hope you find encouragement in them as well. They are meant to be printed on a standard 8.5 x 11 paper and could be framed and hung if so desired.
For personal use only please.
I’ll wrap this up with the 3rd way you can choose art that connects with your whole family and that is to . . .
3 – MAKE IT PERSONAL TO THEM
When my kiddos were invited into our garage to see “our wall”, one of my girlies plopped down and said, “Wow. This feels like home”.
Somehow, I managed to make “a wall” transform into something that felt familiar and comfortable to them. Together, we choose art that connected us to who we are as a whole.
To help kids and family members connect to art, you could hang it in a special place to them, name the art “Kate’s Art” or have them explain to the family why they like it so much.
Our blank walls can become so much more when they become a representation of who we are and what we believe in.
Thanks for reading my heartfelt post today!
I’d love to hear about one of your favorite pieces of art and why you love it! Feel free to leave your comments below and then come and join in on my TIDBITS & Company Facebook Community group and feel free to share pics of your art and chat with others.
For more ways to decorate the walls of our homes, check out my curated Pinterest board all about Wall Decor.
Finally, be sure to check out all the amazing Art and design resources from Minted! Two of our prints we ordered framed and one I framed myself from one I had at home. The options are limitless over there and the delivery to my doorstep can’t be beat!