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Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Before I was a home-schooling mama, I was an interior designer.  I loved my job bringing beauty to people’s homes through good design!  I do miss the creative outlet that working with clients afforded me but I have been very content at home knowing that my ‘job’ has a much larger meaning than just superficially giving homes a facelift.  To be honest the walls in my home have been a little too bare for far too long.  We live in a 1920’s Victorian home that we have completely restored over the past 10 years.  And we are at the point were some finishing touches need to be made, mainly in the way of wall art.  Through this blog post series on Catholic Sistas, I hope to bring you a little peek into the Catholic home design process that I will be doing in different areas of my own home as well as sharing inspiring images of what our sisters in Christ are doing with their homes as well. 

First, I will take you back to one of my most vivid design school memories.  Our professor asked our group of fresh faced design students what the first step in designing a space should be.

…. crickets…

We were baffled.  Not a single hand was raised.

He then went on to explain that we needed to research our ideas.

… crickets again…

Finally he explained what he meant by research.  Research should be the sourcing of other projects of similar scope to get ideas from.  In order to add to, and perfect, our own ideas. 

This was a novel concept to us because we all had an ego that that told us we already know how to put a room together.  But alas, research!  How it truly can make a good project better and even more so make a novice look like they hired a designer!!!  So here I am to help you make your home look a little more Catholic with true design elements.

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Step 1)  Print out this PDF I made to share with you all on these projects. 

Step 2) Define the area that you would like to work on.

Step 3) Establish a budget.

Step 4) Research! 

         Pinterest is your friend!  Check out the Catholic Sistas board Domestic Church

                                                      And my boards:  Faith and Religious Art

Step 5) Identify the materials you need to complete your project.

Step 6) Begin to execute the project and keep track of expenses.

 

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You may remember I asked readers to submit images from their homes to share with you all last month.  Here are several inspiring vignettes of readers’ homes for you to get started with your research!


Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

April sent me her stunning display of the stations and I had to write back and ask her if these were on permanent display! Her reply was, “We leave them up year round right in our entry way. My husband found the pictures online and printed them. We then  modge podged them and framed them.  Thank you for your comments. We like to remember the stations.”

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Dana has a gorgeous bookcase at work that she shared with us…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Denise has several areas of inspiring Catholic art…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

This gorgeous Fatima sets above the TV in Elise’s living room…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Genie has several great quotes for wall art as well as sacred images…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

The Ten Commandments are nicely mixed in to family photos in Julie’s home…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

(I personally LOVE the Michelangelo print of the Creation of Man… at one point I considered painting it on the ceiling of our dining room!)

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

 

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Rosaries are always handy by the door…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Keeping faith and family central…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

And I really was struck by this vignette.  It is simple.  And small.  How often do we think to use a small image from our wedding for display?  Right now there is some cultural idea that all major events need to be poster sized on our walls.  But this works better than a wall print in my opinion because it draws the viewer into it.  We can see Julie and her husband’s wedding candle, a keepsake (possibly a cake topper?) and then a photo of her and her husband at the Alter of our Lord.  We can’t even see their faces!  *gasp*  But we are drawn into this image because we see it as a viewer almost as if we were there.  This is a fantastic way to share the sacrament of marriage with our children in our homes and to keep the focus on the sacrament!

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

And two beautiful mosaics made by Julie herself! 

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Kathleen has crosses on the wall above the TV…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

A beautiful crucifix with the Our Father above…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Another crucifix…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

And a place to pray…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Laura’s home is rich in seasonal decor!  (We may have to do another reader image series that go along with the Liturgical year as well!)

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

I love the section of the tree that serves as a base in this vignette!

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

I love a great way to involve the children…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

I spy the ‘log’ again on the base of this table.  Gorgeous!

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

A very moving way to remember His sufferings…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Tina’s home is vibrant with flowers…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

A Sacred Heart made by Tina’s hubby! 

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Our Lady in the Kitchen…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

And a statue in the Laundry room…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

A beautiful wall hanging of Mary and baby Jesus in the Dining room…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

And a special table combining faith and family in the Living room…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

Robyn sent me a stunning vignette of her dresser…

Decorating a Catholic Home Part I: Research

And another beautiful mantle…

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My next post will cover the transformation of the landing at the top of my stairs into a small sacred area.  I can’t wait to share the before images, the process, and the complete space with you all! 

If you have a Pinterest board that our readers might find useful on the topic of Catholic art/home decor please leave a comment so we all can share with one another!

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  • Kala frazier - 💗June 21, 2016 – 8:36 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Buckley - Nice stuff, Janalin! I too am an Interior Designer. I specialize in Faith Decorating. In fact, I have a series called House of Faith featuring some of my clients’ homes and how they decorated with their Catholic faith. It’s so inspiring! You can find my boards on Faith Decorating at Graceful Living at HOME. and daily on Instagram @gracefulliving_at_home. I look forward to your next post!June 21, 2016 – 6:59 pmReplyCancel

    • Janalin Hood - Thank you for the links Jennifer! I look forward to looking at your work!June 22, 2016 – 9:05 amReplyCancel

  • Alicia - This is a beautiful gift you are giving to us all. I can’t wait for the follow-up post. Thank you.
    May you have a blessed and grace filled day.
    -AliciaJune 22, 2016 – 9:50 amReplyCancel

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