I love words and great quotes. My journals and notebooks are filled with phrases from song lyrics, quotes from books, things I hear my kids say, and ideas that pop in my head. One drawer in my desk is overflowing with scraps of paper containing words and quotes scribbled on note cards, receipts, and junk mail.
My house has dozens of framed quotes and Bible verses. They are visible reminders of good thoughts.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8
I recently discovered an great online source for wall decals. WiseDecor is a small, family owned business offering inexpensive decals. Each decal is made-to-order in their studio in Greensboro, North Carolina. The material they use is a durable resin without any clear film on or around the design, so it really looks like a painted-on stencil! (I just ordered a custom decal and can’t wait to see it on my wall.) You can follow them on Pinterest to get lots of good decorating ideas. Here’s a beautiful example of the decals you can choose from.
As much as I Iove wall decals and framed verses, sometimes the words get written directly on the wall. It’s graffiti with a good heart. One of my favorite coffee shops that I described here had a beautiful hand painted verse on the wall done by a very talented artist. I’ve wanted to do that on my wall for years but I know my artistic limitations. Writing on the wall, with paint – artistically, is one of them. Getting a custom wall decal for a long verse would be too expensive and too permanent. So I decided to try writing with chalk and it worked. The great thing about using chalk is that if you make a mistake or want to remove or change it, it wipes right off with a damp rag.
The words on the wall in this photo are a house blessing I found in this book. I’ve recently changed the quote to this one:
“Frodo was now safe in the Last Homely House east of the Sea. That house was, Bilbo had long ago reported, ‘a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep, or storytelling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.’ Merely to be there was a cure for weariness and sadness.”
The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
We love The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and this quote describes some of the many things I want our home to be.