I open a text from my husband and gasp in horror. My mother-in-law is on her way in town for a surprise visit to see our house that we recently purchased. My mother-in-law—the real-estate extraordinaire, the woman who has an opinion about everything, the woman who spends more than I make in a year on a rug—is coming to see my house that has almost no decor aside from a few things I purchased at a local warehouse store. I have no time to waste; I immediately pack up and leave work. My boss will understand. I must get to a furniture store. I speed on the highway, already planning my ‘my mother-in-law is coming!!’ speech that I would tell the police officer if I were pulled over.
When I finally arrive, I breathe a sigh of relief. I browse and soon find the perfect blend between my style and a style that I know my mother-in-law will be impressed by. I buy it and text my husband a picture. He is already on his way home from the airport. I have one hour to get this rug in my house and staged before they get home. When they arrive, she is taken aback. I know that I made the right call. Decor is important because it is how you can make your house your own. It is a reflection of who you are and how much you care about your home. Decor can make or break a dreaded visit from your in-laws. A rug and even just the positioning of the rug can completely transform a room. The room can from “you are obviously a struggling college student” to “wow that gal really cares about herself and her environment! She is obviously the right lady for my son!”. Luckily, by choosing Southwestern home decor, I wowed even the pickiest of mother-in-law’s, and I received significantly fewer side eyes during dinner.