Spotlight On: Being Content

July 28, 2011

I like white things. I like gold things. I like new things. I like old things. What I don’t like is the nagging voice that reminds me of what’s missing. Here’s a corner of my home that I stumbled upon this morning, paused, and said to myself, “I quite like that”. Sure, I need to hang my art and get some wallpaper… but it’s also fine just the way it is.

Spotlight On: Being Content

Sometimes we need to live in the moment and be perfectly content with what we have and forget about the projects pending, the ugly bathroom tile, the floors in need of a good scrub. It would do us some good to simply pause and say, “I quite like that,” whatever “that” is, and just leave it alone, walk away, and feel good about accepting what is without worrying one bit about what it is not.

(image: holly becker for decor8)


  • Reply michelle July 28, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I quite like this post :) All the inspiration the internet provides us often leaves us wanting more. It’s nice to take a moment to appreciate what you have.

  • Reply tinajo July 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Very true – I try to remind myself of that. :-)

  • Reply Sara Cate July 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I had a very similar conversation with myself yesterday. Sometimes acceptance and contentment seem like such difficult concepts and we have to force ourselves to get there mentally. Thank you for posting such a sweet reminder.

  • Reply Catherine July 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Thank you SO much. I needed this reminder. For some reason, I am going insane this week over how much of this house is dated/ugly/cluttered…just not perfect. I’m going to make more of an effort to notice what I do really like about where I live.

    Hope you have a lovely day!

  • Reply Amanda July 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Ah, amen. Especially the part about liking something and walking away – rather than dwelling on the fact that I dont, or cant, have it. Thank you!

  • Reply Lori B. July 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Wow, sometimes the right message comes at the right time. I don’t often comment, but this reminder to be content really spoke to me. It can be so easy for creatives NOT to be thinking/planning the next project that finding time to appreciate what IS can be difficult. Thank You!

  • Reply Cathy July 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I totally agree! We have a whole house to decorate. Instead of thinking about all of the rooms, I’m focusing on one at a time. And while our living room still needs all sorts of work, we painted and had new couches delivered. So I added some pillows to the couches. And added a tray with magazines to the coffee table. There might not be much on the walls, but it’s a big improvement and I already like it the way it is.

  • Reply VintageVixenlgs July 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Wonderful post and great outlook! I am going to do my best to keep these things in the forefront of each of my days!

  • Reply Ana July 28, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    What a beautiful post!

  • Reply Heather July 28, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I feel like I’ve finally gotten my home to this point. There are still many unfinished projects, and furniture which we need, but it’s really fine the way it is now, and I don’t look at it and feel overwhelmed by everything that still needs to be done.

  • Reply Katie @ Wildwood Creek July 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    What a great reminder to stop and smell the roses!

  • Reply Paula Jo July 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Yes, you are right! There is always something that needs to be done in a home, but sometimes it’s good to just walk away and save it for another time.

  • Reply Kristen July 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I had a moment just like that this morning, I love it when that happens!

  • Reply Melissa de la fuente July 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    ABSOLUTELY. Couldn’t have said it better myself. And…i quite like that little corner of yours. I quite like it, a LOT. :)

  • Reply jennifer / my little adventures July 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    What a great way to start the morning ;) Thanks for the reminder.. being the Virgo that I am, I def have problems with seeing that sometimes things are just fine the way they are..

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  • Reply Renee July 28, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    thanks for sharing this lovely alcove….your blog is great, please visit mine if you can and perhaps subscribe

  • Reply Katie July 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    That’s so true. These are some good words for the day.

  • Reply Jamie July 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I SO need to have that attitude! I keep thinking I should post my home on my blog as soon as it’s “done.” Honestly, it will never be done by my standards, so I should just post it!

  • Reply Aliza July 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I feel like this post was written just for me. So true & so important to remember!

  • Reply Lily from Birch + Bird July 28, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    That is so true! I have a sticky note right in front of me on my computer that says in point form “patience”, “gratitude”, and “be satisfied with less”…little reminders to be content in my life, including my decorating. Now to focus on “I quite like that” instead of what I want to change…thanks for the reminder Holly!

  • Reply Lisa July 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I quite like this post, Holly! :)

    It’s too true.

  • Reply Katia July 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I quite like that too :) It happened today to me too for a corner of my bedroom. I have many projects for it but I surrender to the beauty of the casual setting of things I love in their place and time.Your corner reminds me the style of one of my homemade painted chair … it’s rest :)

  • Reply Fatou July 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I like that corner and what a beautiful thought!

  • Reply Barbara July 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Such a great thing to remind us all of! I was struggling with this last night, after considering all of my unfinished projects and tasks around the house. Thanks Holly :)

  • Reply desiree - Vosgesparis July 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    hah was just thinking that whilst turning upside down my bedroom.. I got so inspired in Paris… so I want to change some things… but I thought those little Christmas sheep my mom got from her dad when she was a nine year old girl, do look good on the industrial cupboard.. I like that ;)

    huggles from Amsterdam x

  • Reply Katie Truelove July 28, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Totally agree:) Thank you for the reminder!

  • Reply Michele Davidson July 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    SO TRUE!! I too quite like this post, a GREAT reminder!!

  • Reply vicki July 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Beautiful reminder, Holly. I’ve been looking at my closet lately and feeling discontent … I keep telling myself “I need something royal blue”, “I don’t own anything yellow”… blah, blah, blah. Love your wisdom here. :) xo

  • Reply sécia July 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I think this is totally fine the way it is. Lovely.


  • Reply Marianne July 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    There are a lot of things that need to be done in our home. Not all of it is fun stuff I’m afraid. Sometimes I worry about it a lot! Too much! I promised myself I would leave it alone for a while. I hope I can. Thank you for the encouragement.

  • Reply Carly July 28, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I like that corner! I like this post! YAY! This is so true – sometimes things look very special just leaning on a wall before they’re put up, etc!

    So true!


  • Reply Mónica July 28, 2011 at 9:56 pm


  • Reply Rebecca @ beautiful square feet July 28, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    I totally agree with you! Also, all too often if someone says somewhere in my house looks nice, I find myself explaining to them exactly why it’s not quite right yet, or telling them that it’s only temporary and that I want to do something else to it. Sometimes we should try and view our homes through the eyes of others, and tell ourselves that it’s probably fine! Really like your pic by the way!

  • Reply Kristin Johnsen July 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks so much for this, Holly! I love your little alcove – I too, have little places here and there that I need to go back to and let them know that I quite like them! It’s those little special places where all we’ve learned comes together so pleasingly that make life worthwhile, right? Thanks!

  • Reply Tori July 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Nothing could me more true. I think it is so important to pause and appreciate what is around us. Whether it’s our objects, living space, relationships — if they are in our lives we should take the time to pause and appreciate them. Great topic Holly.

  • Reply sally July 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    I do need to have the reminder to see the glass half full instead of half empty. To be contented is a nice place to be ( still a work in progress )
    :) x

  • Reply will July 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    great post – sometimes all of these beautiful & inspirational images on the net leave one feeling so charged to make changes that it’s easy to forget that things are often fine just the way they are :)

  • Reply able mabel July 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Very true. Focus on the moment. I needed that, thanks!

  • Reply Tara July 29, 2011 at 12:29 am

    As a Capricorn and a perfectionist sometimes I have trouble just letting things go but this is some great advice that I will try and follow! Sometimes I really wish I could just let the dishes go one night or not pick up all the kid’s toys after they go to bed so maybe the next time I won’t!

  • Reply Jeanne@bellissimakids.com July 29, 2011 at 12:30 am

    I always concentrate on one area at a time and do that bit over. I do like lots of our place (the ones that aren’t covered in baby food LOL). For instance, we are redoing just one corner of my room. And then when that is done, we will redo the other. It’s all a process.

  • Reply Heather {The Lovely Cupboard} July 29, 2011 at 1:00 am

    I needed to hear this today! It’s easy when you see all the beautiful spaces-objects-clothing-people on blogs to feel a constant sense of needing something else. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply kara July 29, 2011 at 2:35 am

    thank you—–I needed that–with 3 wee ones hard to see beyond “little stuff everywhere”
    have a lovely creative tomorrow!!
    eventide here in Ohio–

  • Reply Jane July 29, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Just perfect timing, Holly. We’ve just moved house, have 3 littlies under 6 and my Dad is dying. I really needed to hear this as I walk past all the boxes waiting to be unpacked and things waiting to find a home. J x

  • Reply Starla July 29, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Amen … always good to remember to prioritize and put everything into perspective. Godliness with contentment is great gain.

  • Reply Desha July 29, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Yes mam, you said a lot in a short post. Sure, there’s always more to do, but how about being grateful and enjoying the lovely things we’ve already created.

    As my best buddy says, “Gratitude leads to Abundance”~

  • Reply Ea July 29, 2011 at 7:34 am

    very inspiring and timely! with our world getting more commercial and consumerist, it’s very overwhelming to look anywhere and everywhere. just watch TV for a couple of minutes and count how many commercials ads you come across. i, for one, am sometimes an impulse buyer. so thank you for the gentle reminder.

  • Reply Sheila July 29, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Well said! Thanks for the reminder!


  • Reply Jeanette July 29, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Bravo!!! If often hear in my profession that the enemy of good is perfect. Many times I found myself wasting money in order to achieve the “perfect” look. Consequently, I often ended up disappointed and going back to the decor arrangement that initially struck me as mesmerizing. Thank you for your enlightening entry.

  • Reply Nieves July 29, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I like that too!
    I received a copy of your book, amazing! thanks!!

  • Reply fenny setiawan July 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Love this post, simple and honest. And your corner of your house in this picture also very cozy. Love it.

  • Reply Sue July 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Yes, this is soooo true, I’m currently sat in my caravan overlooking the Derbyshire dales, sketching out some new ideas for new work, drinking tea and eating cake. I could be at work earning money, but I’ve decided I like my part time hours and I like just being!! We should all do it more!!

  • Reply Joyce July 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I think we have to remember most of the magazine and online images we see have been staged, styled and primped – they’re gorgeous but that’s not real life. I have three kids and a dog that sheds. I love great design. My family? Hmm, they just want a comfortable home. They keep it real for me! By the way Holly, I’ve been loving your book – a great read.

    • Reply decor8 July 29, 2011 at 11:35 pm

      @Joyce – Thank you Joyce, I’m glad that you are enjoying Decorate. :)

  • Reply Leone August 1, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Lovely post and a very lovely vignette.

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