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Winter Reflections: How Solitude Birthed Unlikely DIY Home Décor Ideas

A snowy landscape view from a train window, overlaid with sketched DIY home decor ideas.
Kaia Thonul, Monday, November 27, 2023, 07:11

As my fingers tap along the frosted window pane of the moving train, I feel a certain kinship with the wintery world outside. The silhouettes of skeletal trees sketched against a monotonous grey skyline, the white landscape untouched by footprints, it's all eerily beautiful and empty. Emptiness, it's an echoing word, ringing true in every part of its existence and in my heart as well, as a bitter reminder of the page that would not load, would not provide the much-needed distraction from my day-to-day schedule.

In that vein, my mind weaves its own patterns, recklessly and aimlessly. It veers toward home, the shelter against the cold void outside, the testament to my existence. Each corner has a story, each wall, a silent observer of my veiled despondency. With educate of journalism, I’ve learned to see significance in most minute matters. Can there be a better canvas to transform than the four walls that see my highs and the lows?

DIY home decor ideas seem to sprout in my mind. It might be the lack of distractions or the sensory solitude imposed by the snowscape outside that makes the train journey the free-thinking zone.

You see, redecoration can be a statement or an escape. It might soothe the busy minds and tired souls. It needn't be grand or expensive, of course. Just expressive. The blend of despondence and creativity can birth phenomenal ideas, like transforming cherished words into wall decor. Scribbled words and phrases on scraps of paper, cut and curated, plastered on the walls, or framed less conventionally might create a sense of a living library. Those fall into line, just like the conversations we wish we could have.

What about applying a touch of greenery? Trailing plants cascading off high shelves or standing tall in the corners can bring life into a drab space. The process of repotting, reorganizing and watching them grow could be therapeutic.

Or perhaps fabricating indoor water fountains from unappreciated pots and stones picked up from solitary trails. The soothing resonance of water can be the soundtrack of your solitude.

Light fixtures could be brought to life creatively, by using discarded items like baskets turned upside-down into incredible pendant lanterns or restyling old lamps with paint and ribbons.

It's funny how this melancholy weather evokes a sense of distraction, yet and still paves a convoluted path for creativity. Equally hilarious is how an error in a webpage revealed an unexplored side of my thought process. As if in a twisted way, my desolation turned itself into an epiphany. Maybe stripping away the distractions was what I needed indeed.

Tucking those thoughts away for future reflection, I watch as the powdery snowflakes kiss the windows, much like my thoughts gently touching the canvas of my mind. The relentless hum of the speeding train underpins the silent chatter in my mind. This bleak winter day became the unlikely birthplace of home decor ideas, which might soon be reflected within my sacred spaces. Or maybe it's just the cold seeping in.

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