Designing and planning a room makeover can be overwhelming, trust me, I have been there:). The time, the money, the planning, the second guessing and then bringing it all to life.
But...... it can also be fun and very rewarding. Making a space in your home functional, pretty and a true reflection of you & your family is a beautiful thing.
Through years of decorating for myself & others I have become well versed at decorating on a dime & creating a custom look without the high dollar price tag.
Here are some tips & things I have learned along the way.
1.Take it Slow. Don't be afraid to take your time. I think often we are easily influenced(me included) by others; we can browse the Internet & get caught up in following blogs & home design sites that we can get discouraged by our own home's lack of presence & beauty. The homes that we see in magazines which are beautifully decorated take time & thought to get that way, I remind myself of that often.
2. Establish A Budget & A Plan. I am not sure about you but we do budgets. With the economy the way it is & the fact that I am married to an accountant, influences how I decorate:). I am not ashamed to admit it (I actually enjoy it), we are like everyone else out there, trying to be careful & thoughtful about how much we spend and also save for the future at the same time. Try to be realistic & if you have only a small amount to start with, that is fine, you may be able to add to the budget at a latr time.
3. Enjoy it. Sounds simple, right? Well, sometimes we can put pressure on ourselves and loose sight of the true purpose for designing a space. I usually start with my magazines & store catalogs, yeah kinda sounds old fashioned, but I love this part. I sit down with my coffee and just flip through. For me, this is the dating part, no real plan and lots of ideas stirring in my noggin.This is also going to sound old fashioned:), but I still rip out pages. I start a fresh binder with each room and file them away.The reason I START simple is because I can get overwhelmed if I jump right to the Internet. This way I have an idea of what I am looking for.To read the rest of the list(4-14) click the link below.
I have received lots of questions about my interior paint colors lately.
So I thought I would put them ALL in one post with a few tips on keeping them organized.
Paint swatches can make you crazy, am I right? Often they are small & sometimes don't give you the "true" color & texture. To stay organized I decided to paint my own swatches as I began to choose the colors for my home. This is also a good tip even before you choose your color. You can buy paint samples for a few $ and paint these tags for a larger sample. These became a great resource as I began to look for furniture, accessories, pillows, etc.....I keep these in my "house" zip up folder, along with my fabric swatches & pictures. That way I am ready when it is time shop for the house:). Click the link below to read FULL post.....
Since it's been on my mind to create a cozy cable knit sweater lampshade I headed to the Thrift Store and found this pretty winter white sweater that I knew was perfect for my shade. It's
not cable knit, but the poms caught my eye. And it was only $2.99. Score.
To turn it into a lampshade, I pulled the sweater down over the top of the shade in the same fashion as putting a pillow case over an overstuffed pillow. It was tight, but tight is good in this scenario. The sweater was a ladies size small, but it had enough stretch in it to fit snugly around the shade when I pulled it down around it. I pulled the waistline of the sweater right down to the bottom edge of the shade so it was even all around, then trimmed off the excess material at the top, leaving about 1" all around. Then I secured the sweater around the top edge of the shade with a few dots of hot glue. It's so tight around the shade that I didn't even bother gluing around the bottom. If your sweater is larger than your lampshade, you should be able to just cut it up the back and pull it tight, then glue it down the seam.
And that was it, folks!
The end result is SO simple and beautiful in my sunroom. I love the winter white addition to my room. This is my way of #KeepingCozy in 2013!