Award-winning interior designer Georg Andersen has decorated the White House, the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion and the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
But as a man of deep faith, he believes that even the smallest homes in meager neighborhoods can be a powerful witness for Jesus Christ.
Andersen was the featured speaker at a tea luncheon for women at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 17. Southwestern Seminary’s First Lady Dorothy Patterson hosted the event.
Andersen is the author of Silent Witness: The Language of Your Home and Interior Decorating: A Reflection of the Creator’s Design. His book shows how he decorated his own home to be a tool for witnessing for Christ.
“We wanted our home to represent the Father as best as our means and our talents would allow,” Andersen said of his and his wife’s desire for their home as they started their married life together 40 years ago. “We sought not to impress or for show, but rather to be a silent witness of the grace and the beauty of the Lord.”
During his presentation titled “Filling Your Home with God’s Beauty,” Andersen noted that Christians should not wait until they have “arrived” to start sharing their home with others; instead, he said hospitality and service should be a lifestyle from the outset.
“Don’t worry about your floors getting scuffed or the tabletops getting scratched,” Andersen said. “And, most of all don’t worry about the upholstery getting frayed or worn out or faded. To me, this is tangible evidence of allowing your home to be broken and spilled out for others.”
Andersen shared about the things in his own home that silently testify to the true meaning in his life, from a train set on the floor for his grandchildren to the photos of those in the ministry around the world.
“Let’s think of our homes as a silent witness where our values are passed on to new generations,” he said. “With our culture crumbling about us, nothing could be more important. I have found that we need to open doors to our private dwelling so that a society such as ours may see the meaning of family.”